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25 Bookish Facts About Me

A very popular tag going around on the Booktube area of YouTube is the 25 Bookish Facts About Me. I did it. So now you can find out about some interesting facts about my reading habits and interests! It’s not so long, so won’t take up a lot of time. Check it out.

Any questions? Let me know in the comments below!

Patreon Video Now Here!

As you may already know, I joined Patreon yesterday. I encourage you to read the post now. But what I hadn’t done is record a video for it. Well, it’s here now!

Now I need your help. If you can, please share my Patreon page with your social media contacts, friends, and family. Basically, anyone who would be interested. And if you have a Patreon page, please let me know in the comments below. I’ll share as well. Thanks!

Who Am I?

This is in response to Solveig Werner’s interesting post. She described herself in the form of a poem, and it was a nice and simple way to state who she is. I’m not a poet by any means, so I’m not going to tackle this with poetry. That would just be awkward coming from me. I’ll do it in my own way.


I am…

a father, a husband, a son, a brother, a cousin, a nephew, an uncle, a friend, a man, a Canadian, an Albertan, an Edmontonian

I am…

a teacher, a mentor, a writer, a blogger, a YouTube content creator, a tourist, an explorer, a worldbuilder, an artist, a thinker, a planner

I have…

a daughter, a wife, a mother, a father, a sister, a niece, many friends, many cousins, many aunts, many uncles, many students

I study…

science, life, writing, languages, the land, the sea, the sky, the mountains, the planets, the stars, the universe

I was…

an elementary school student, a junior high school student, a high school student, a university student, a classmate, a data entry operator, a call centre team leader, a tour guide

I am…

a walker, a hiker, a birdwatcher, a photographer, a nature lover, a lifelong learner, a book lover

I was…

a golfer, a skier, a hockey player, an ice skater

I love…

good food, summer, animals, plants, a starry sky, thunderstorms, science fiction, fantasy, art

I hate…

tomatoes, injustice, bullies, the cold, false accusations, bad drivers, arrogance, know nothing know-it-alls, the smug

I had…

a dog, a Sega Master System, an Apple II/e, an Atari 2600, a ladybug record player, a Superman cape

I will be…

published, an author, a father again, a grandfather, a world traveler, bilingual, trilingual, multilingual

I could have been…

a palaeontologist, an astronomer, a scientist, an architect, an artist, an athlete

I have…

hopes, dreams, desires, goals, regrets, fears, worries

I am a human. I am only one, but I have the power to affect many, even if it’s in only a small way. I respect others by default, but I will not respect them if they disrespect me. I am sympathetic and empathetic.

Small gestures can make my day. A hug from my daughter, a thank you from a friend, a kind comment from a reader.

When it comes down to it, I only need a few things. My family, my friends, a home, my writing, and the world.

I am Jay Dee


Who are you? I can’t wait to see your responses. But please link back to Solveig’s original post if you write a response. Comments are always welcome.

But That’s Not My Name

My name is not very common. Jay Dee Archer.  Well, there is an American who’s been in trouble with the law, but I think his name is hyphenated.  But aside from him, I don’t think you’ll find anyone with the same name as me.

It seems everyone gets my name wrong when they first meet me.  In elementary school, I always had to correct the teacher. It’s not Jay, it’s Jay Dee. This continued all through junior high school and high school.

Then I come to Japan. I’ve been called Dee Jay, Joy, Jamie, Joy Dee, you name it.  Many thought Dee was my last name.  As a foreigner in Japan, it’s also not easy to convey the pronunciation of my name to others.  Typed out in Japanese, it’s アーチャー ジェイディー, or Archer Jay Dee.  But today, I went to get my annual health checkup done, and they had my name as アーチャー ジェイビー, or Archer Jay Bee. They kept calling me Jay Bee.

But I guess my name is unique enough to attract some attention. Think it’s good for an author’s name? Or do I need a pen name?

Does anyone get your name wrong?

Random Facts About Me

I thought I’d do one of these again. Some really random facts, hopefully some pretty obscure that few people know.  I’ll try for ten of them.

  1. I was attacked in Tokyo by a nationalist. He was probably drunk, too. But all he did was tap me with his knee and shout at me to get out of Japan. He just tapped me. Weird.
  2. I once held a boa constrictor on my shoulders, behind my neck. It was a big one. Very interesting feeling.
  3. I’ve eaten jellyfish. I didn’t like it.
  4. I once killed a spider in a bathroom only to wake up the next morning to thousands of baby spiders on the walls and floor of the bathroom.
  5. In university, I had the phone number 727-2277. Best number I’ve ever had.
  6. I’ve dislocated both of my little toes in exactly the same way, but 17 years apart.
  7. I played hockey for four years, yet didn’t score a single goal. I had a fear of being in the spotlight, so I always passed the puck. I had plenty of assists, though.
  8. Although I studied computer science in high school, I didn’t learn anything new. I knew it all before.
  9. The first earthquake I ever felt was the 6.8 magnitude 2001 Nisqually Earthquake when I was living in Victoria. I was on the 11th floor, so I felt a lot of shaking.
  10. My family name is Archer, and as you may expect, I have used a bow and arrow. However, I’ve only tried about four times. I’d like to try more.

And there are ten facts about me. Any random facts about you? Let me know in the comments below.

The 2K International Writers’ Blog Tour – Jay Dee Archer

the2kinternationalwritersblogtourIt’s the third last day of the blog tour, and look at that.  It’s me.  The original post can be found here and here.

Jay Dee Archer

jay_dee_archerBorn in a very small town in Alberta, Canada, I went through an atypical childhood as a nerd, all the way up until university. I have been living in Fujisawa, Japan, which is near Tokyo, for nearly ten years now. I’m an English teacher, but writing is my passion. I’m married and have one daughter. We will be returning to Canada next year, where I will hopefully find a lot more time to write, and a lot more privacy. Although I teach English and write, I have a university degree in physics and astronomy from the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia. This helped fuel my obsession with everything science related, including science-fiction. When I’m not writing (which is most of the time), I’m playing with my daughter, going out hiking and walking, and blogging. Through my walking, I also like doing photography, and have gone on some very long walks of up to 35 km or 250 pictures.

What is the first piece you remember writing (from childhood or young adulthood)?

Back in high school, which was in the early 1990s, my English class did some creative writing. That’s when I wrote my first short story. I wrote about the space shuttle getting hit by some small asteroids, and the astronauts having to make an emergency landing. My first foray into science-fiction writing.

What is your favorite aspect of being a writer? Your least favorite?

I love creating new worlds. I can make something totally unique and build a society, people, and stories around it. It’s my world, and it only fully exists within my mind.

I don’t like the moments when I reread my writing and find that it sounds stiff or a bit corny. I really have to watch both my dialogue and narration. Editing is a friend.

Do you believe in writer’s block? If so, what is your best tip for beating it? If not, why not?

It’s hard to say if I’ve ever had writer’s block, as I have other things that prevent me from writing. Usually excuses, such as my daughter, lack of privacy, being cold in winter, and YouTube. To me, writer’s block is a form of procrastination. If I have trouble thinking about what to write, I go off and do something else. But to beat this, I find inspiration in strange places. Whenever I go for a walk or take a shower, my mind wanders into my world, and I can think of entire scenes very clearly. After that, I either write down my ideas so I won’t forget, or go straight to my computer and write. For other people, I would say just start writing. Anything. It’ll get your mind into it. It doesn’t have to be your work in progress, just write.

What is your current writing project? What is the most challenging aspect of your current writing project?

I’m currently writing a web serial called Journey to Ariadne. It’s a prequel to my science-fiction series, which is mostly planned out, but not written yet. This web serial is a window into the preparations of an interstellar colonization attempt, focusing on the characters rather than the action. I will eventually incorporate these brief stories into a novel. What’s most difficult is not so much the writing itself, but finding the time to do it. It’s so episodic in nature that I also worry about flow between the parts. However, massive rewriting should solve that problem in the future.

What supports you in your writing?

Determination, basically. But since I write science fiction, particularly about space and planets, I can draw on my education to give me an accurate depiction of the science involved.

What are you currently reading?

I’m reading two books at the same time. When I have time to sit down and read, I read a paperback. That is Deadhouse Gates by Steven Erikson. It’s a great, gritty fantasy based in the extensive world of Malazan. The other is an eBook, and I read those when I can’t sit down. So, when I’m on the go, I usually have it open on my phone. I’m reading In Her Name: First Contact by Michael R. Hicks. It’s a military science fiction series which has strong characterisation and plenty of action.

Where can our readers find you and your books online?

You can find me easiest where I’m most active, on my blog, I Read Encyclopedias For Fun (https://ireadencyclopedias.wordpress.com).

You can find my writing, including Journey to Ariadne on my official site (http://jaydeearcher.wordpress.com).

10 Questions with Jay Dee Archer

I’m doing something a little different here.  I’m interviewing myself!  Since I’m asking others these questions, I may as well answer them, as well.

As you know, I’m Jay Dee, and I’m currently writing Journey to Ariadne, which is currently a web serial that will be heavily edited and added on to so I can publish it as a novella.  It’s an origin story for the bigger Ariadne universe.  I live in Fujisawa, Kanagawa, Japan with my wife and daughter.  Definitely check out this page for my daughter. She is the reason that this interview took me nearly four hours to write.

You can find me and follow me on this blog, on my website, on my Japan blog, on my Facebook author page, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Goodreads, and YouTube.

1. What’s your favourite colour?

Blue.  More specifically cobalt blue.  Even more specifically, the blue of copper (II) sulfate.  I had a chemistry set when I was a kid, and loved that colour.

2. What’s your favourite food? Do you like Marmite?

It seems to change every once in a while.  However, I think the food that I always love to eat is curry.  I’ve grown to love the curry here in Japan.  And I love Marmite!  Who wouldn’t love yeast extract spread over toast?  Okay, maybe it’s an acquired taste.

3. Which country would you most like to visit?

New Zealand.  But not because of Lord of the Rings.  I love the outdoors, and New Zealand is one of the most remote countries in the world.  I’d love to just get away and explore the mountains.

4. What genres do you like to read?

I think it’s pretty obvious, considering what I review here.  Fantasy, science fiction, and a bit of Shakespeare.

5. If you were going to write a book outside your genre(s), which genre would you choose?

I might go for historical fiction.  I like history.

6. Describe your writing environment, including room, desk, sounds, etc.

Sitting on the sofa in the living room with my laptop on a low table.  There’s a TV directly in front of me, and my daughter constantly trying to get my attention.  The room is cluttered with many toys. Far too many distractions.  One reason my writing doesn’t advance as quickly as I’d like.

7. If you could have dinner with any character (person if non-fiction) from your books, who would it be?

Solona Knight.  She’s someone you wouldn’t know yet, as she hasn’t been introduced yet.  She’s a kind of pioneer, and I’d love to discuss with her what it’s like.

8. Do you draw maps when planning your books?

Absolutely!  In fact, Ariadne began with a world map, then a much bigger world map with all of the countries and capital cities defined.

9. Do you ever read self-published books?

All the time.  I read self-published books with my Kindle app on my iPhone.  I also review them.

10. I’m interested in fantasy, science fiction, history, and classics. Which author’s books would you recommend to me?

This would be kind of strange for me to recommend authors to myself.  However, I’ll give you a list of some of my favourites, though not necessarily the best authors.  These authors’ books have just found a special spot in my heart.  Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series, Terry Brooks’ Shannara series, George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, and J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion.

So, that is me.  What I’d like to do now is give you a chance to be interviewed.  This is free promotion for your books.  If you’re interested in being interviewed, please send me an email through the form on the About page.  You must be a published author or are in the process of publishing your first book.  Indie authors are happily accepted. If you have any more questions, please ask me in the comments.  I’m also hoping to make this into a video.  I won’t be reading it off this page, though.  I’ll be able to elaborate more about my answers.

Ask Me Anything

I’m thinking about making a video that is a kind of interview of me.  But I need questions.  So, I’m asking you to ask me some questions.  I’ll take the best questions (or all of them) and answer them all in a big video.

The topics can be anything, though I’d prefer bookish, literaturish, writingish, and readingish questions.  But that’s not all, I also have my own 10 questions I’m asking authors in interviews that I’d like to ask myself.  I wonder what my answers will be.

So, please leave a comment with your questions, and I’ll try to work on that video as soon as I can.

Interview Me, Right Now

Here is your opportunity to get to know me better.  I’d like you to interview me.

How do we do this?  Very easy.  Just ask me questions in the comments and I’ll answer them as soon as I can.  You can ask me anything, though I do reserve the right to refuse to answer some questions if they’re too personal or will spoil future stories.

So, go down to the comments section and ask me questions!  Ask as many as you like.

Ten Things You May Not Know About Me

Everyone is unique.  Everyone has their interesting qualities that most others don’t have.  Some are mundane, some are surprising.  Well, here are ten facts about me that you most likely don’t know.

1. The thumb on my left hand is double-jointed.  But on my right hand, it’s normal.

2. I have issues with animals that don’t have internal skeletons.  I simply don’t want to touch them.  However, I like to eat shrimp.  But I won’t touch it with its head or legs still attached.  I’ve tried eating squid and octopus, but I didn’t like them.

3. I love Marmite.  It’s one of the best things to put on toast.

4. I’ve dislocated both of my little toes.  Both times kicking a door frame.  Once was when I was 19, the other happened just last year.

5. I have a strong dislike of performing music in front of other people.  In fact, if you take me to karaoke, I will refuse to sing.  I just won’t do it.  I lip-synced in music class in elementary school.

6. I hate tomatoes.  Fresh tomatoes are the worst, but tomato sauce and canned tomatoes are nearly as bad.  The taste just makes me feel sick.  As a result, I rarely eat pizza or pasta with meat sauce.  When I do eat pizza, it must not have pizza sauce.  However, I do like ketchup, barbecue sauce, A1 sauce, and HP sauce.

7. Whenever I go somewhere, I visualise my location on a map in my mind.  I am extremely aware of my location, and I take note of everything I see when I’m out.

8. This may be a strange one, but I can remember everything I’ve eaten on the tops of all three mountains I’ve climbed in Japan.  On Mt. Fuji, I ate ramen.  On Oyama, I ate yakisoba.  On Mt. Takao, I ate barbecued corn on the cob.

9. Although I was quite skinny when I was 19 years old, I could eat two whole supersized double quarter pounder meals from McDonald’s.

10. I once had a dream about being chased by trolls and the troll king Ned Flanders while I was flying.  In the dream, I was Homer Simpson.

Now that you know a bit more about me, I really look forward to your comments.