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World Building Now on Video

I’ve started adapting my world building posts for video! I’ll be bringing the information to a whole new audience. For those of you who haven’t read my world building posts yet, you can also watch the videos.

Here’s the introductory video, which I never made a post about:

But the second video, or should I say the first episode, is based on a blog post. You’ll find that the post is more detailed, but the video has the most important points. Check out how to choose a star.

This is also the first series of videos I’m making that uses thumbnails that I hope will be eyecatching. Let me know what you think.

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.

Schedule Disruptions Continue

It’s still the holiday season, especially at work. I work six days this week, so I haven’t had as much time as usual at home. I’ve also been working a lot of evenings, which is different than usual. Unfortunately, this has led to some disruptions to my schedule already this month.

I said I’d be doing two posts a day this month, but I missed one yesterday. I worked late, and didn’t have much time to do my second post. I also haven’t had time to record videos as usual. I have to actually sacrifice my regular Retro Book Review that I’d normally post tomorrow. I may still do it on Saturday, meaning two videos that day. But I also work on Saturday, so we’ll see.

Next week, I’m free all week. My daughter goes back to school, both Kindergarten and Japanese school. Since I have this free time, I’ll be doing several things:

  • Regular videos, possibly getting ahead of schedule.
  • Getting my science channel under way, probably posting the channel trailer at the end of the week.
  • Lots of book reviews for the blog.
  • Playing NHL 17 on the Xbox.

The last one is just for my own enjoyment, of course.

I’m thinking about getting back to doing Quick Facts for the moons of the solar system, as well. I have my job to thank for the inspiration to get back to it.

In case you’re wondering about the videos I’ll be doing for my science channel, I have a few things planned:

  • Weekly science news (this will include astronomy news and more, as well as weekly facts, such as world population updates)
  • Weekly science videos (I will focus on astronomy at first, but expand to other sciences later)
  • Raw science news updates for any big news that I want to report about right away. These will be kind of rough videos with little editing.

To do these videos, I need to get to work on using a new video editor that allows me to do video overlays and picture in picture video. I’m going to install it soon.

Anything you’re looking forward to?

Top 5 Must Read Fantasy and Sci-Fi Series

There are so many fantasy and science fiction series out there, I don’t know how I can read all of the ones I want to read. So, I just make a list of the top ones, and make sure I focus on them.

Here is my top 5 must read fantasy series list, in video form:

And my top 5 must read sci-fi series, also in video form:

What do you think of my lists? Any surprises?

What I’d like to know is what are your top 5 series, not just for fantasy and sci-fi. 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.

Authors Answer Goes Big! Exciting!

I never thought this would happen. When I started Authors Answer, I thought I’d have a series of posts that people would enjoy reading and find informative and interesting. Now that I’m posting number 112 tomorrow, I’ve found it amazing that I’ve kept it going for so long. Can you believe it’s been going for 112 consecutive weeks?

Earlier this year, I started answering the questions on YouTube. I started off with question 1, and am now about to post number 25 tomorrow. Here’s my first one:

This was early in my booktube video-making days, so I was pretty awkward and my editing wasn’t very good. I’ve improved.

However, three weeks ago, something happened. Two people started answering the questions. First was Amy Tasukada:

And soon after that was Maya Goode:

And then it exploded. Since then, four more have done videos and one is already on question 3 (Ben Sanders). Here are the others who have done the first question. Here’s Ben Sanders:

Here’s Kelly Willard:

And most recently, Bookish at Heart:

Another is PaganPages, who is tackling them in a different order. She’s picking a choosing. Here was her first:

How many more will be doing this? I know some others have said they plan to make videos, so I’m pretty excited to find out how many.

I suggest you subscribe to their channels if you’d like to see more of their answers.