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Week in Review – January 15, 2017

The past week was the complete opposite of the previous two weeks. I wasn’t that busy. A week off work and I spent a lot of time doing things with my daughter and not so much with videos or my blog. Basically, I took a holiday. But I did some things.

Reading

No work meant no commute to work, which meant I didn’t read. Actually, I did read, but they were books for my daughter. However, I didn’t start Animal Farm. I will be reading it tomorrow, though!

Writing

Like I said, I took a holiday. But after watching two movies and an anime series, I feel very motivated.

Videos

A whopping two videos on my main channel! And they were both reviews, one of a movie, the other of an anime series. Returning to normal this week, including a couple of channel trailers. That’s right, getting to work on my science channel. I still don’t have a name, though!

Patreon

Nothing. Major revamp coming very soon!

Languages

Again, nothing.

The Blog

It was a slow week again, but that’s because I took the week off. I didn’t miss a day, though. I got a movie review done, as well as the usual Authors Answer. I haven’t missed that in the 115 weeks we’ve done it.

Studying

Nothing.

The Next Week’s Goals

First of all, two channel trailers, one for my main channel, the other for my science channel. I’ll also have another movie review, since we saw Passengers today. I have some things to catch up on for the blog, including a Star Trek episode review and books from Argentina. And book reviews!

How was your week?

About December

So, December is almost upon us.

I have plans for December. I talked about how I plan to get back to the basics before. December is the month I start to do it. I have a pretty solid plan for it. Now, keep in mind that my work schedule is pretty heavy during the holidays, so I will be working longer hours and more days than usual then. Regardless, I’ll maintain a post a day. But what I post about will be back to the roots of this blog. This is what to expect:

  • Five book reviews. That’s right, five.
  • An author interview.
  • Resuming Quick Facts Astronomy.
  • And at least one worldbuilding post.

I really want to get back to doing these things. It’s part of what gave this blog its character. I also plan on doing something else new. You know I’ve been doing Star Trek episode reviews. Well, I plan on doing reviews of full seasons of different TV shows and movies. Coming soon will be season 1 of The Walking Dead, as it’s pretty short, and I just have two more episodes to watch.

Are you looking forward to December? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Back to My Roots

This blog started out as a way for me to talk about the books I’m reading and what I’m writing. I really haven’t been doing much of that lately. I also had some series that I was enthusiastically doing. Some of them I haven’t been doing. So, it’s time to get back to what made this blog better.

Here’s what I want to make sure I’m writing:

  • Book reviews. I have three from earlier this year that I never did get written up other than notes. I’ll be doing those. Also, I recently finished a book, and that needs to be reviewed.
  • Worldbuilding series. I need to get back to writing posts about worldbuilding. I already have five posts, but there are many more to go.
  • Astronomy Quick Facts. I’ll continue touring the solar system’s moons in this series.
  • Instagram photos. I haven’t done this in a while. I’d like to continue round 1 of the voting for my best Instagram photos. Some great photos have yet to come.

There are some other things I’m considering. One of them is more author interviews. What do you think about that?

Let me know what you think in the comments. What are you most interested in seeing return?

From Andorra to Space! The Jay Dee Show 3

Another week, another group of video to share with you. In the past week, there were fewer videos, but partly because of my anniversary. Things should return to normal in the next week, though! This week, we looked at another country, Star Trek, and more. In my main channel, there were 6 videos.

First up is the return of the Library Book Hauls with my daughter. She continues to be silly.

Also returning is The Star Trek Project with episode 5.

Moving on to the Read the World Project, we take a look at literature from Andorra.

And then it’s the final video in the From East to West series about our move from Japan to Canada.

Then it’s a Retro Book Review. I take a look at Excelsior by George Sirois.

And finally, we go back to #16 of Authors Answer with a look at some online writing resources.

Then going on to my vlog channel, I posted 4 videos, though two should be coming tomorrow.

Up first, we got to watch some guy riding on the hood of a car in a parking lot. That day, there was some silliness going on.

And then I talked about doing search engine optimization and show you how I make hot chocolate.

Monday was our fifth anniversary, so my wife, daughter, and I went to Plate International Buffet, a great restaurant in Edmonton.

And last, we watched the Presidential Debate on TV, and I considered a drinking game.

And that’s all for this week! If you have any comments, please leave them below. And of course, please subscribe to my channels!

The Snow Doesn’t Stop! The Jay Dee Show 2

I hope you’re ready for more videos. It’s been an interesting week, including a lot more snow. I worked quite a bit, but I kept up with booktube. I researched and explored the literature of Algeria, and I enjoyed giving some shoutouts. Let’s take a look at my main channel‘s videos.

First up is a vlog-like video where I talk about some authors who behave badly.

And then we go on to find out about literature from Algeria.

Next up is a popular video of mine, my monthly booktuber shoutout video.

And then I started a new tag, one targeted toward the parent booktubers.

Nearly finished the From East to West series now. Finally, we have reached Canada!

Then I reviewed Terry Pratchett’s Guards! Guards!

And finally, I answered Authors Answer #15, talking about new media.

So, let’s move on to my vlog channel. It snowed again! Is it going to stop?

First of all is my daughter’s first time playing in the snow. You definitely need to watch her first snowball fight.

The next day, my wife and I encountered a creepy snowman.

Something happened on YouTube thanks to Casey Neistat, a big vlogger. Find out what happened.

My daughter told me about a Pokemon that she was pretending to be. It was absolutely hilarious!

And yes, it snowed again!

If you have any comments, please let me know below. I’ll be back with more videos next Saturday!

Snow and Books! The Jay Dee Show 1

Get ready for a lot of videos. As I promised, I’m doing a weekly digest of my YouTube videos, so you can watch them all in one place! First up are the videos from my main channel, then those from my vlog channel. I strongly suggest you subscribe to them!

So, check out my main channel’s videos!

First up, you can see what happened three days before we left Japan. I went to Tokyo with my friend and looked at cherry blossoms.

Next up, a review of Revelation Space, by Alastair Reynolds.

And then I talk about some lesser-known authors I recommend in Authors Answer #13.

And return to some silliness with my daughter in her second library book haul.

September ended, so I talked about my September reading in this wrap-up video.

I then talked about what I plan to read in October.

I was tagged to do the Author Goals Tag, so I talk about five things I want to happen as an author. Definitely watch for #5.

And then my most popular video recently, it’s a video I took the day before we left Japan. I talked about how I was going to miss Japan, and that I felt like I didn’t want to leave. Kind of a bittersweet day.

And then, I did a review of Gunship, by John M. Davis.

And finally, I talked about what I think of first, the character or the plot in Authors Answer #14.

Next up are the most recent videos from my vlog channel. And there’s snow. It snowed!

In the first one, I went to work for a day of training. It was quite a bit of training, actually.

Next up, my knee has been acting up. It’s become stiff and sore.

Snow started falling in Canada! But not in Edmonton yet.

Then I had a great day at work, and I also talked about flying drones.

There was a news story I read about a restaurant in Osaka giving foreigners more wasabi than usual. This is my opinion about it.

We had a couple really cold mornings with frost. I had to get up early to go to work.

And finally, it snowed! It really snowed!

That’s a lot of videos. You don’t have to watch all of them, but I encourage you to watch whichever ones interest you. If you have any comments or questions, please leave them in the comments below. I hope you enjoyed the videos!

Three Book Reviews Coming Soon!

I admit it, I’ve been slacking off in the book review department. I don’t think I’ve done one this year. At least not on the blog. I have three books I finished earlier this year to actually write the full reviews. And they’re finally coming!

Interested in knowing what they are? Well, here they are:

  • The Dragon Reborn, by Robert Jordan
  • Mercury, by Ben Bova
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C. S. Lewis

I’m not sure why I haven’t written these reviews out yet. But I’m going to change what I’ve been doing and write the reviews within a week of finishing each book. I’ll be finishing Redemption Ark soon, so that’ll be a fourth review within a couple weeks. Not bad for a month. And maybe even a fifth.

Which review are you looking forward to the most?