I Love Booktube! The Jay Dee Show 13

It’s the end of the year, and this is the final blog post of 2016. It’s been a terrible year in terms of reading, writing, and celebrity deaths. I wonder what 2017 will hold. In the last week, I only posted 5 videos on my main channel. Christmas and a busy work schedule resulted in fewer videos. But I think you’ll enjoy what I have.

First up is my Christmas video! I talked about why I love Booktube. Check it out.

For the next two posts, I talked about my favourite novel series. First up is my top 5 fantasy series.

And then my top 5 sci-fi series.

Moving on to regular videos, I finished the year off with the next two. First is the weekly Retro Book Review. This was for Terrene: The Hidden Valley, by Eric Liu.

And finally, a little love to end off the year in my weekly Authors Answer.

On my vlog channel, I’ll be making an announcement in the next week about how it’ll be changing to a science channel. Subscribe for some science!

That’s all for this week and this year! Next week will be another busy work week, but after that, I’ll have plenty of free time for a week. And that’s the week I plan to reveal the new science channel. Stay tuned!

Authors Answer 113 – Writing in 2016

In two days, it will be 2017. It’s been quite a year with the high profile celebrity deaths, the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, Brexit, and the refugee crisis. Some people may say it’s the worst year in a long time. But what about our writing? Did we have a good year?

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveQuestion 113: Looking back on 2016, how was your year in terms of writing?

H. Anthe Davis

Well, beyond the standard ups and downs (such as losing all will to live during the desert summer and then losing some extra will to live in October and November), I did fairly well writing-wise — got one book completed and started on another, even though publication for the first book is delayed until 2017.  I kept a pretty steady pace all year, and am starting to actually feel like I know what I’m doing, and that I’m qualified to go back to some older work and fix the problems that have nagged me for ages.  I shouldn’t tinker with my older stuff as much as I do, but as long as this first series is still being written, I can’t help it; sometimes I have a revelation and I need to correct old bad information.  But that’s fine.  After all, I’m still just self-published.  These books can remain living, changing works as long as I need them to (though I do believe the large-scale changes are now done).

C E Aylett

Probably crap by most people’s standards. I spent most of the year submitting various short stories and my novel (I did spend 18mths prior to that editing said novel). I hate the submissions process: it’s slow, requires a lot of research, and immensely frustrating. I understand why it is this way, but it doesn’t make it any easier! Still, as I wasn’t ready to hop over to another big novel project after finishing my last, turning to shorts and my online classes seemed like a constructive and related distraction. And I also picked up a reasonable amount of editing work. Come the New Year I am putting my next novel up on the top of the priority list.

Beth Aman

Weird.  It was a year when I was kinda in-between projects.  I did some editing, some plotting, and some querying of agents, and altogether not enough writing.  Here’s to a better 2017!

D. T. Nova

Not nearly as productive as I would have liked.

I have made some pretty important decisions about what I’ve been working on, but haven’t done enough to implement them.

Eric Wood

My writing was very productive. I have just surpassed the number of posts I published all of last year. I passed my total views long ago. But the comments have nearly tripled. The comments are what keep me coming back. You all are responsible for that and I thank you!

Jean Davis

2016 had its ups and, well, mostly ups. After two years of not getting much writing done, I’m happy to say this past year was relatively productive, and I hope the next one is even more so. Sahmara was released, The Narvan series got a contract, a few short stories went to print. I have a horde of short stories and novels waiting to be finished and edited and a new novel that popped up during NaNo. If next year goes as well as this, I’ll be quite pleased.

Elizabeth Rhodes

This was the year of loose ends. I started projects but never finished them. I submitted short stories but received few acceptances. 2017 will be better.

Paul B. Spence

Terrible. I didn’t get any new books finished. I only wrote about 80,000 words on three books I’ve been working on, different series. I hope next year that I have time to finish them and get them out.

Cyrus Keith

Interrupted.

2016 was an eventful year, in many tragic, significant, and otherwise big ways, and those events more than anything dictated how much time I was able to spend actually creating. As a consequence, I’m almost a year behind my self-imposed deadline of completing my current WIP.

Gregory S. Close

Simple answer for me : it didn’t!  Terrible year for writing.

Tracey Lynn Tobin

I won’t say that I’m terribly disappointed with the way 2016 turned out, because I did get a fair bit done, but there’s also a lot that I wanted to do that didn’t happen, like publishing my second novel (it’s looking like maybe Summer 2017 now). I wrote a fair number of words overall, but they were spread out over a bunch of different projects because I had a hard time focusing this year. Between that and the fact that I was excruciatingly busy with “real” work and the YouTube channel, I definitely feel like the writing aspect of the year could have gone better, but I won’t beat myself up too much. 2017 is another year!

Jay Dee Archer

2016 has been a year of almost no writing, other than blogging. Thanks to a lack of privacy and quiet, I haven’t been able to make much progress. I attempted NaNoWriMo, but that died out quickly. Hoping 2017 is a better year!

How about you?

How was your year in terms of writing, if you’re an author? If not, how was your year in terms of reading? Let us know in the comments below. And Happy New Year!

A Completely Impulsive Change

After much thought tonight, and a sudden realisation, I’m completely changing something. You see, I’m quitting vlogging.

But, hold on! What exactly do I mean by this? Well, you know about my vlog channel, right? I haven’t posted any videos on it in a couple weeks. I’ve come to a realisation that the daily vlogging thing wasn’t something I wanted to continue much longer. Everyday life isn’t interesting enough for it. I need topics or stories to be able to continue.

My main channel, where I do videos about books, Japan, and Star Trek continues on as usual, of course. I’ll be adding the occasional vlog on that channel, though. When I go on vacation, I’ll put travel videos on there, as well. The title is Jay Dee’s Journeys after all. But it’ll primarily be about books and writing.

So, what am I doing with my vlog channel? It’ll get a new name and a totally new focus. You see, I’m not going to start a new science channel, as I said before. I’m going to change this channel into a science channel. I have few subscribers, so it won’t affect a lot of people. The existing videos will go private. I won’t delete them, but I’ll keep them there and if I get back into vlogging, I’ll re-upload them on a new channel.

I’ll be doing a video on my vlog channel explaining all of this. If you want to get ahead of the game and subscribe to it for the science, then I definitely invite you to do so!

I Keep Coming Back to Teaching

For eleven years, I was an English teacher in Japan. It still feels strange to say that I’m no longer teaching and no longer living in Japan. Part of me feels like I should still be there teaching. You know the feeling? You know things have changed, but part of you doesn’t want to accept it.

I missed the teaching. And then I started working at a science centre. Every day that I work, I’m teaching people (usually children) about the planets, physics, and occasionally bird feathers. I’m finding that I’m loving seeing kids enjoying learning about science. Science was my first love. Teaching English was an incredible experience, but now I’m helping to teach science to people, although not as a teacher. Today, I spent forty minutes talking to a woman (half in the planetarium, half in the gallery) about astronomy, science centres, and life experiences. It’s that kind of interaction I love. I enjoy talking to people about science and helping them learn something new.

That brings me to what I’m going to be doing very soon. And that is starting a science channel on YouTube. Science education and science literacy are very important to me. I want to help people understand that science can be interesting and fun. But I also want them to understand that without science literacy, society can’t advance. It’ll stagnate or even regress. I want to combat scientific illiteracy, pseudoscience, and misinformation. There’s too much of that going around these days.

I’m hoping that through the science channel, I’ll be able to help people learn science and enjoy it. While I’ll be doing the videos on my own, I’m hoping people will share the videos and help spread the word about my channel. I want to reach as wide an audience as possible. While I may be only one person, I hope I can change some minds about the importance of science.

I still have some work to do to prepare my new channel. I still need a name, and I’d like to work on a schedule for it. I plan on doing two videos a week. One talking about weekly science news stories, one doing specific topics to help educate people about science. I’ll focus mostly on astronomy, physics, biology, geology, and palaeontology.

So, who’s with me on this?

2016, What the Hell?

I think this tweet says it all:

Sorry about the language. It just seems like this year won’t stop.

Alan Rickman, David Bowie, Prince, Gordie Howe, Muhammad Ali, Arnold Palmer, and John Glenn just to name a few. And now Carrie Fisher.

And that’s not all. The refugee crisis, Brexit, Trump add on to the things that have so many people upset.

But really, Carrie Fisher?

Can we just have 2017 already?

Week in Review – December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas! This is the final Week in Review of the year, though next weekend’s will be about the final week of the year. A lot has happened, most of it in the last 24 hours. Well, it was Christmas! Unfortunately, I think a lot of my free time will be taken up by NHL 17 and Final Fantasy XV. Yeah, we got an Xbox One S. Also, I received something from Google AdSense. Turns out it’s just a PIN so I can claim my income. It felt oddly official, even though I haven’t made enough to claim any of it yet. So, what else happened?

Reading

I’m now at 51% in The Martian, by Andy Weir. I hope to finish it in the next week, but we’ll see. I work a lot, though I may drive instead of taking the bus sometimes.

Writing

Still feeling that inspiration, but no privacy.

Videos

I posted 7 videos on my main channel since the last Week in Review, including a lot of tag videos. However, my latest video was a special Christmas one. My vlog channel has been silent, but it’ll return! I also experienced the subscription glitch. I lost a few subscribers on my main channel, and someone told me they were unsubbed from me. Wonderful.

Patreon

Nothing. Major revamp coming very soon!

Languages

Again, nothing.

The Blog

Nothing really special has happened, other than annoyance about WordPress changing some things again. Also, Authors Answer has been getting popular on YouTube. That’s right, people are doing videos now!

Studying

Nothing.

The Next Week’s Goals

I’ll be working a lot over the next couple weeks. However, I hope to do the usual work on the blog, as well as on my channels. The biggest thing I need to do is some new channel trailers, as well as setting up the new science channel, which still needs a name!

How was your week?

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope you had a great Christmas. I know I did. My daughter had an incredible Christmas, as she got a lot of things she wanted. And this was one of them:

She’s always wanted a toy kitchen set, and this one looks really good. Quite realistic looking, and she’s really enjoying it. She also got a lot of things for PAW Patrol, My Little Pony, and Barbie.

I got some books, a movie, a new wallet, and my sister and I are sharing an XBox One S! We have Final Fantasy XV, NHL 17, and Minecraft, which I’m sure we’ll enjoy. Also, something we ordered several weeks ago finally arrived this week: Cards Against Humanity! We played a game tonight, and this was one of our rounds:

The one on the right was our “4th player” Rando Cardrissian, a player who was just random cards. I had the middle group of cards. The game is hilarious. I love it! Have you ever played it?

Something I wanted to talk about was you. That’s right, my readers. I want to thank all of you for reading, following, and commenting. You are what makes doing this blog fun and worthwhile. I appreciate every one of you.

I made a video on YouTube that has a message that I think applies to this blog, as well. Please watch.

I hope you all had a great Christmas! Let me know what you got and how you spent your day.