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A Look to the Future! The Jay Dee Show 14

It’s been a busy week for me at work, so I didn’t have nearly as much time to work on my videos. In fact, I didn’t even record a single video this week. However, I posted 5 new videos.

On my main channel, I was unable to do the weekly Retro Book Review or Authors Answer videos. However, I did get others up.

Up first is a New Year video where I talk about what happened in 2016 and what I plan to do in 2017.

Then Christmas returns with a Christmas book haul! Check out what I got for Christmas.

And then I talked about which Fantasy series I want to read in the future.

I continued that theme with a video about which sci-fi series I want to read in the future.

And finally, a video in the A Taste of Japan series with a visit to an amazing temple that has a beautiful cemetery. It really must be seen.

Over the next week, I’m off from work, so I have plenty of time to do videos. I’ll be doing a new channel trailer for my main channel, as well as an announcement video on my vlog channel about the change to a science channel.

So, which video did you like? Let me know in the comments section.

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!

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.

Merry Tagmas! The Jay Dee Show 12

It’s Christmas Eve. Christmas videos have been the common theme on booktube recently, and I’ve joined in with one of my own. In fact, I had a week filled with book tag videos. I was able to get eight videos up for my main channel, but my vlog channel is still quiet. It will be until the new year. Also in January, I’m hoping to start another channel about science. I’m very excited about that. But let’s check out this week’s videos!

To start off on my main channel, I had the regular Library Book Haul with my daughter. She talked about Christmas.

And then the first of four tag videos came next. This time, it was the Kate Bush Book Tag. I have to be honest, I don’t really know anything about Kate Bush.

Following that tag is a writing tag. I did the A Writer’s Life for Me Tag.

And for a third day in a row, another tag! But this one is an original, created by me. It’s The Star Trek Book Tag!

Taking a break from books, we travel to Japan. This time, it’s actually to my old neighbourhood of Ofuna in Kamakura. We visited Ofuna Kannonji, a temple with an enormous statue of the goddess Kannon.

Back to books and my regular monthly retro book review, I reviewed A Clash of Kings, by George R. R. Martin.

And then came the weekly Authors Answer video. This time, I talked about whether I would prefer writing only one novel which is successful or many novels which don’t sell well.

And finally, the fourth tag video of the week, the Authortube Christmas Tag.

That’s it for this week! Next week is going to be a bit unusual. Actually, the next two weeks will be, as I’ll be extremely busy at work. I may be posting fewer videos, but we’ll see. I would also like to recommend that you subscribe to my channels if you want to see the videos as I upload them. Thanks!

Authors Answer 112 – Characters Celebrating Christmas

It’s almost Christmas now, which means it’s time for the annual Christmas question. The authors love presents, but what about the characters? They should be able to receive presents, right? But what if they’re in fantasy or science fiction, where they may not have Christmas? Let’s find out!

2002_Blue_Room_Christmas_treeQuestion 112: It’s almost Christmas. What would a main character of one your works like for Christmas?

Tracey Lynn Tobin

Nancy – from “Nowhere to Hide” – would probably like a few new weapons, maybe some new clothes, a hot shower…oh, and definitely as large a supply of non-perishable food items as Santa can fit in his sack.

Gregory S. Close

Osrith Turlun, former Captal of House Vae, soldier, duelist, sometime criminal, mercenary and generally grumpy man-at-arms, would like a new knitting needle.  He just broke one off in someone’s skull where last I left him in the writing of End of Dreams.  Knitting is his happy place.  Or, at least, his more-centered grumpy place.

Cyrus Keith

A new SIG Model P220 with custom grips and an extended magazine.

Paul B. Spence

I don’t think they celebrate Christmas in their society. Some of the secondary characters, maybe… I’m not sure. Peace on Earth seems a strange thing to ask for since they are at war with Earth at the moment…

Elizabeth Rhodes

Let’s talk Dex from Jasper. He’d probably bypass his own gift and wish for something to give to his daughter Natalie. She’s terminally ill and still a child, and he’d like to get her some makeup or a big book to read. The idea here is to make her feel like an adult for a little while.

Jean Davis

Vayen of The Narvan series would like a whole day where no one is trying to kill him. If Santa could arrange that, he would be most appreciative, because he’s sure not getting that from me.

Eric Wood

Basing it on the short stories I’ve written, I’d have to go with little Timothy from Barnaby’s Toothbrush. He’s a curious, creative five year old. He would love something that would allow him to fully employ his imagination. Books. Art sets. Play-Doh. His mom would like a leash so he won’t wander off.

D. T. Nova

I tried to think of what would be both something the character wants for reasons beyond just “they would like to have it” and something that would actually be given as a gift, and can’t think of a perfect answer.

However, I think Alice would have somewhat personal reasons for wanting a Weissritter model to go with the Alteisen she got for her birthday.

Beth Aman

The main character of my High-Fantasy would love a new knife.  Or five.  The main character of my Contemporary would kill for leather-bound editions of Lord of the Rings.  I personally would love with either of those gifts.

C E Aylett

A great big rave up! Huge warehouse party, glow sticks, tinsel, house music and tekno. Fairy wings. The lot.

H. Anthe Davis

Shaidaxi Enkhaelen would like some specimens of our local variety of ‘human’, in either living or cadaver form — whatever would cause less complaint — because he finds it both curious and bizarre that we’re all descended from one specific form of mammal life, instead of having multiple lines of descent from multiple creatures that crossbreed with spirit assistance.  He thinks we sound terribly boring but that we might be more interesting on the inside.  Any volunteers?

Jay Dee Archer

The colony of Ariadne doesn’t have the same calendar as Earth does, so figuring out when Christmas happens would be difficult. However, there are still people who celebrate Christmas, or something similar. Solona Knight, the main character of my first Ariadne novel, is a teenager, but she has a strong interest in magic. She may appreciate a copy of the classic fantasy series Harry Potter. It’s a couple centuries old, but she may enjoy old Earth fantasy literature.

How about you?

For those of you who are authors, what would your main character like for Christmas? If you don’t write, what would your favourite character want for Christmas? Let us know in the comments below.

The Final Two Weeks of 2016

It’s already half way through the second last week of the year. I just finished three days of work with a Christmas concert at my daughter’s school. She sang a couple of songs with her Kindergarten class, but spent half the time looking behind her at the screen. But it was fun.

My next five days, I have no work. The next four days I’ll have a lot of down time to be able to work on many things, including my blog, videos, and reviews. After that, it’s Christmas! And that is a day I’m really looking forward to. The best part is watching my daughter open her presents. We still have to wrap all the presents, though.

After that, I go back to work, and I’ll be busier than usual. Longer hours and an extremely busy workplace. December 26th may be one of the busiest days I’ve ever experienced. There are some things I might not be able to do very much of, and that’s make videos. Blog posts should continue as usual, though.

But I’m really looking forward to getting a blog post and video up on Christmas Day. They’ll actually be done before then, but will be scheduled to go up. I hope you’ll be looking forward to them.

What’s the rest of the year like for you?

Best Christmas Ever?

When I was a kid, I loved Christmas. It meant toys. It meant turkey, mashed potatoes, and gravy. It meant two weeks off from school.

This Christmas is totally different. This time, my daughter gets to have her first Christmas in Canada with a Christmas tree and plenty of presents. There are some things that she’s been wanting a lot. On Christmas morning, she’s going to be excited. She’s going to be so incredibly happy. I don’t care so much about what I’m getting. I want to see her reaction. I want to watch her open her presents. I think seeing her happy is the best present I could ever get.

And on a side note, I’m going to have a special video up on Christmas Day. It’s not related to this blog, but I think the message can apply to this blog, as well. I’ll be leaving a post with a similar message. Look forward to it!