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What’s Happening? A Lot!

My current mood: motivated!

What exactly does this mean? Well, I do have a lot of plans, and I’m actually getting them figured out. You may be wondering what the plans are. And do they have anything to do with this blog?

Short answer: Yes. And No.

I’m sure you want the long answer, don’t you? Well, let’s go through everything.

This Blog

Blog posting is returning. There’s been a severe lack of posts after a long time of posting daily. My focus on this blog is books and writing, and I will be getting back into that. I intend on writing a bit at a time in my works-in-progress, but also on this blog. What’s returning soon is Read the World, which is also connected to my YouTube channel. I will also be working on more world building. Book reviews will come, but I’ve been reading unbelievably slowly lately. I don’t take the bus to work anymore. I drive. I can’t read while driving.

You may be wondering about Authors Answer, as well. I’d like to get back into it, but probably not until the New Year. And I have three questions that I still haven’t posted yet. I really should do that!

Another thing that will continue is the Star Trek Project, where I review and nitpick every episode of Star Trek. I’d been doing video versions, as well, but I think I will discontinue that and focus on blog posts only. But that leads me to…

Booktube

My main self-named YouTube channel is a booktube channel, where I talk about books. I haven’t been uploading many videos there recently, either. But I’m getting back into it, and I will be recording regularly again. I’m also just two subscribers shy of 800. What’s coming soon on that channel is the continuation of Read the World, more reviews, more Authors Answer, more discussions, and more live streams. Live streams are difficult to plan, unfortunately, but I’ll do them when I can.

But this isn’t the only YouTube channel I have. I have two others at the moment, and one has had some recent uploads. But I’m going to be adding a fourth channel soon! Let’s take a look at them.

Tommy and Dad

This is my vlog/adventure/fun channel I share with my six year old daughter. She loves being in front of the camera, and absolutely loves YouTube. She wants to be a YouTube star. I won’t tell her that she will be, as she understands that it’s extremely unlikely. But we have fun with the channel, anyway. We’ve been visiting some places recently, and I’ve been putting together some videos about our experiences. In the future, we’ll be doing toy reviews, and when I eventually get a new computer that’s capable of playing some decent games, we’ll have some Minecraft Let’s Play videos. Some will be mine, some hers. She’ll probably want to play some Roblox, too.

Science: Not Just a Theory

I also have a science channel I haven’t been updating recently. But that’s going to change. Every second week, I’ll be uploading a new video on that channel. I will be focusing a lot on space and astronomy, but also on other science topics. I have a series in planning stages about the future of space exploration on each planet. I also have a Patreon page that has been underutilized, but I will be putting up some worthwhile perks for anyone who wants to be a Patron. No link right now, as I’d like to revamp the entire thing.

English Lessons on YouTube

And finally, the new channel. This channel will relate a lot to my job, as I am an English teacher (again!). The channel exists, but nothing is on it yet. I will be uploading English lessons every two weeks focusing on anything from grammar to vocabulary and for levels from beginner to advanced. I will also be starting a Patreon page for this where I will offer pdf downloads for the lessons, including worksheets. I will also be offering one on one lessons via Skype for those who contribute more. Eventually, there will be an eBook available for purchase, though Patrons will get a significant discount.

Does it sound like I’ll be busy? Sure, but the number of videos produced per week will be less than what I was making a year ago. I’ll be spending more time on the editing aspects of videos, though my booktube videos don’t require much in the way of fancy effects.

Is there anything you’re looking forward to? Let me know in the comments!

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone! And welcome back to the blog. I’m rejuvenating the blog this year, and I have many exciting things to come. Many of them are things you already know about, but there will be some new things, as well.

First of all, I’ll do a minor refreshing of the design. I’ll make it look more bookish. Second, more of my own writing on this blog. Third, a desire to do some collaboration with others. And fourth, a bit more of an integration with my YouTube channel.

But I think the biggest thing is that I’m going to concentrate a lot on writing. In particular, Ariadne and short stories. I really need to focus on the main reason for this blog, my writing.

Another thing I’d like to do with YouTube is profile booktubers (book vloggers) who I subscribe to, and think you should watch if you’re interested in that kind of thing.

I’m going to leave you tonight with a video of mine, which is all about the year 2018. It’s all about plans related to my writing, YouTube, and business. While watching, I’d like you to think about what your plans are for 2018. Let me know what they are in the comments section.

Happy New Year!!

The Slow Month! The Jay Dee Show 39

September is done, and I’m finally doing another video digest. August was VEDA, so I was doing a video every day. But in September, I did fewer videos on my main channel than an entire week in August! Let’s just say that I had a bit of a video-making overload in August, and September was my month to recover. But I was able to make a video for my science channel, too! I did a total of 6 videos on my main channel and 1 on my science channel.

On my main channel, I made mostly Authors Answer videos, but also a couple Star Trek Discovery videos!

First up is Authors Answer #44, all about money! Check it out.

And then came another Authors Answer. But this one is about using real life events to influence writing fiction.

Continuing on with some Japan videos, I visited Meigetsuin, a temple known for its hydrangea. Beautiful place!

And then another Authors Answer, one talking about this blog!

And finally, the two Star Trek Discovery episode reviews. Here’s episode 1:

And episode 2:

Moving on to my science channel, there was a big news story coming from Saturn. Cassini is no more! It’s now burned up in the atmosphere of Saturn. I talked about what happened and looked at some of Cassini’s discoveries.

Coming in the next couple days, I’ll be opening up a new channel! This new channel is all about English. As you may know, I was an English teacher in Japan. I’ve got the itch to teach English again, and I thought, why not make quick lessons on YouTube? So, stay tuned for that!

What did you think of the videos for September? Let me know which ones you liked the most.

Social Media Book Tag

Time to get caught up on the blog posts for VEDA! Uh, that’s about 20 videos to catch up on.

For this one, I did something called the Social Media Book Tag. I had to relate different books to different social media platforms, based on the nature of those platforms. It was an interesting exercise. Find out what I said:

Which books would you relate to the social media platforms? Here’s a list of the questions:

Twitter- Your favorite shortest book.
Facebook- A book everybody pressured you into reading.
Tumblr- A book you read before it was cool.
Myspace- A book you don’t remember whether you liked or not.
Instagram- A book that was so beautiful you had to Instagram it.
Youtube- A book you wish would be turned into a movie.
Goodreads- A book you recommend to everyone.
Skype- A book with characters that you wish you could talk to instead of just reading about.

Let me know how you would answer these.

Authors Answer, a Great Source for Authortube

Authortube is a small part of Booktube, which is also a small part of YouTube. I take part in all three, of course. Authors Answer, which I’ve been hosting since 2014, has been a great source for video ideas for my YouTube channel. If you are an author and a YouTuber, then why not join in? Today’s VEDA video is all about that. Check it out.

So, if you are interested in joining in, then let me know! Keep in mind this is for YouTube, not on this blog.

My Most Difficult Female Character Deaths

When you read a book, most likely you’ll get attached to some of the characters. And then some of them die. Don’t you hate it when that happens? Well, in today’s VEDA video, I talked about 4 female characters that I really did not want to happen. Why only female? I’ve found that there aren’t many male deaths that have affected me. There are a couple, but I don’t think it’s enough for a video.

If you want to know which characters they are, then you must watch this video. But be warned that there are spoilers! If you don’t want to be spoiled, then don’t watch. The books featured are:

  • Angel Fire East, by Terry Brooks
  • The Rise of Endymion, by Dan Simmons
  • The Elfstones of Shannara, by Terry Brooks
  • Dragonsdawn, by Anne McCaffrey

I won’t mention the characters, but you can find out if you watch.

If you’ve read any of these books, let me know what you thought of these characters’ deaths without giving any specifics about the names or how they died in the comments section below. Also, don’t tell me about any other characters in different books, because I don’t like spoilers, either!

VEDA Has Begun!

This month, I’m participating in VEDA, or Vlog Every Day August. I’ll be uploading a video every day this month. I have a few Japan videos to do, so I don’t have to record new videos all the time, and I currently have about 5 days’ worth of videos to upload. I plan ahead.

Today is August 1st, which means it’s the first day of VEDA. And so, here is the first video. It’s Authors Answer #37, where I talk about beta readers. Check out my updated answer 3 years after I originally answered it.

And now it’s your turn. If you’re an author, do you have any beta readers? And how many? Let me know in the comments section below.