Casual Coffee Chat

Video: https://youtu.be/VOz8WPCXXvw

What’s up? I just wanted to do a quick, casual video in between my two videos for the Contemporary-a-thon. So… Before I continue, I wanted to tell you that I want to do a Q&A, so if you have any questions. It can be about anything, leave them below (or on the video linked above). No promises I will answer them, but go ahead and leave the questions you have for me down there.

Okay, to today’s post! If you missed my recent post/video, I’m doing a readathon right now. It started this past Monday, and will be finished this Sunday. You have to read books that fit seven categories. You can read seven books or books that cover more than one category, I went with seven books. I’ve finished four so far and started on the fifth. I think I can actually finish all of them in time, and maybe even some extras. The four books that I’ve read so far: Black Panther A Nation Under Our Feet Vol. 2. I enjoyed it. Second, The Hate U Give. Ahhh, yes. I will expand more later, but you have to read this. Third, The Serpent King. Not what I was expecting, but worth it. Fourth, Words in Deep Blue. Err, I may have to get my own copy of this one. I’m not going to go in-depth here, because I’m planning to do a wrap-up post/video when I’m done with all seven books. So let’s move on!

Last week, a couple weeks ago, whatever, I posted asking you for questions for a Q&A. I didn’t get any responses. It’s fine. It’s fine. No, I’m kidding, but leave questions in the comments please! I did get one response from Ikvy. She occasionally comments on my videos, and she emailed me with a list of, I believe, 25 questions that she said she tends to send if people need to do a Q&A. So I will answer a few of them here.

If you could save just three historical buildings from destruction, which three would you choose? When I first saw this question, my immediate thought was the Library of Alexandria. So sad. I plan to make a full video about it later, so hold on that. Second, the Great Mosque of Aleppo. It’s so beautiful! Third, Cincinnati’s Old Main Library. Look it up. So beautiful. My dream place. My dream library. I know, two out of three are libraries. But what do you expect from me?

Which famous painting would you most want to hang in your place? That would be either Van Gogh’s Starry Night, or Dali’s Clock Explosion.

What do you wish they taught you in high school? Finances. I know some high schools do have that offered, or something similar. But it’s often offered as an elective. I think it should be a mandatory math class or something, because now, a lot of students graduate from high school and have no clue how to do finances. So that would be good.

I will pause there with the questions from Ikvy, because (in the video, light is fading fast and) I would like to save some of these questions for a longer Q&A post/video.

Over a while, I’ve gotten a few questions about ASL translations of music, ASL covers. I could go on and on in a whole video about this – and I think I will – but basically, my answer is I… I really don’t care. BUT I do wish that ASL students would be clear that they are ASL students. Like in the title that this is practice, or something. And not make it seem like, “Yeah I’m skilled at ASL, I’m doing this.” Don’t act like your translation is right, the 100% perfect way to translate it. It depends on how you interpret the songs, so… Yeah, I think I’m just going to make a full video about this, because *sighs* It’s a complicated topic. But I will say this. I have thought about doing some ASL translations myself, but we’ll see.

Before I wrap up, I have a few questions for you. One, have you seen my video about creativity? Link here. Have you seen it? What do you think of it? Do you want to see more like that style? Let me know! Second, remember I want to do a Q&A, so leave questions in the comments. You can tweet me, or on Instagram, or whatever, I don’t care. Just send questions to me. Third is kind of related to the second. If you don’t have a question, but want me to make a full video about a topic or whatever, go ahead and leave it in the comments. Or DM me, or whatever. Just say if you want me to make a full video about it. Again, no promises I will answer all of the questions. I will answer what I can, and what I feel fine with answering, okay? Yeah, I think I’m done for today, so be sure you leave a comment about something!

If you want to support my content financially, I would really appreciate it if you joined my Patreon or made an one-time donation to my ko-fi tip jar. Subscribe to my channel. Follow me on my socials – FacebookTwitterInstagram. Thanks for reading, see you next time.

Advertisements

Contemporary-a-thon Round 2 TBR | BookTube

Video: https://youtu.be/x0U06Qw5Yy4

Let me tell you, today’s been an adventure.

Hello and welcome! As you saw from the title, Contemporary-a-thon is what I will be talking about today. This is actually Round 2. I didn’t participate in round 1, because that was last year, before I really got involved with the BookTube community. But I want to do another readathon, so here we go!

I said today’s been an adventure, because… *chuckle* Story time! Last night (Saturday), I was thinking and… Oh. It hit me that the Contemporary-a-thon starts on Monday. (The readathon runs from February 12 to the 18th.) Well crap. I don’t have a video, I don’t even have a TBR, nothing. So… I thought to myself, “Tomorrow morning, I need to get on this.” This morning, I got up, made coffee, and immediately went to find books. To add to that adventure of needing to make a TBR… I started a TBR with some books I had and some I knew I wanted, figured out what the library has, working it out. My list ended up having only two out of seven books that are mine, while the rest are e-books or physical books from the library. Once I finished my TBR, I thought, “No big deal, I’ll just go to the library, get the books, and come back before I do this video. Easy enough right?” Well… I forgot my library is closed on Sundays. So… The list I give you today may change if I’m not able to get all of the books I need from the library. Sigh. Okay! Without further ado, I’ll tell you my books.

Geekerella.jpg1. Read a contemporary book with pink on the cover. I struggled with this one. The first book that came to mind was Queens of Geek. Buuuuuuut my library doesn’t even have it. E-book, physical, audio, nothing. So. That choice was out. Another choice that I had is I Hate Everyone But You. I don’t mind reading it, but I’m a little ambivalent about it. I decided to go ahead and get it so I can have it as a back-up if my first choice doesn’t work out. My first choice is Geekerella. All of the copies are checked out from the library right now, so I put a hold on it (and I’m the first on the list). Hopefully it will appear sometime this week. If not, I already have a back-up.

Image result for homegoingThe next two books, Homegoing and Behold the Dreamers, can actually count for two categories interchangeablyI ordered these two together, I’m not actually sure if they are my most recent contemporary purchase. But for the sake of this video, I’m going to count them for 2. Read the most recent contemporary book you purchased/acquired. These can also count for number four, read a diverse contemporary book. However, I’ve decided I will pick Homegoing for number two.

Hate u give.JPG3. Read a hyped contemporary book. I chose The Hate U Give. This is from the library, hopefully I’ll be able to get this copy because… I really want to read this.

Image result for behold the dreamers4. Read a diverse contemporary book. Like I’ve said, I have two that can count, but I’ve picked Behold the Dreamers.

5. Read a dark/taboo contemporary book. I really, really wanted to read several books, but my library doesn’t have any of them. In particular, I wanted to read The Bone Dragon. serpent king.jpgThe library doesn’t have it at all. The Year of the Rat, they have an audiobook. Only. That’s it. No e-book, no physical book, so! I ended up picking The Serpent King because it was recommended by chelseadolling reads. She has a video that is like 18 minutes long with a huge list of recommendations for all of these categories. So… If you need help finding books, go check it out. This is a physical book from the library, so fingers crossed I can get it.

Black Panther vol 2.jpg6. Read a contemporary graphic novel. I chose Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Vol. 2. If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I read Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Vol. 1 for Sbooktacular Reading Adventure, or whatever, in October, a readathon. So I thought why not read the second one? (The library) has the e-book, and I’ve already gotten it, I have it ready.

Words in deep blue.jpgLast but not least, 7. Read a contemporary book that has been recommended to you. After hearing about this book in what feels like almost every video recently by Kathy, I decided I’m going to get this book. Words in Deep Blue. HOPEFULLY my library has this, because I really want to read it.

That’s it for my TBR that was thrown together in less than a few hours. So let me know if you’ve read any of these books, which ones you’re most excited for me to read? Let me know in the comments below.

If you want to support my content financially, I would really appreciate it if you joined my Patreon or made an one-time donation to my ko-fi tip jar. Subscribe to my channel. Follow me on my socials – FacebookTwitterInstagram. Thanks for reading, see you next time.

Creativity | Jeong Kwan

Trying something new! There is an English transcript below the video. Enjoy!

ENGLISH TRANSCRIPT

Creativity and ego cannot go together. If you free yourself from the comparing and jealous mind, your creativity opens up endlessly. Just as water springs from a fountain, creativity springs from every moment. You must not be your own obstacle. You must not be owned by the environment you are in. You must own the environment, the phenomenal world around you. You must be able to freely move in and out of your mind. This is being free. There is no way you can’t open up your creativity. There is no ego to speak of. That is my belief.

(Most of) January Wrap Up| BookTube

Video: https://youtu.be/pY4v7AJnQj8

I really tried to break the alternation of queer (and/or ASL Ponderings), and books, but… Oh well.

Hello and welcome to a wrap-up. I will TRY to make this short but we’ll see. (Ha, it never happens.) I’ve decided that I need to be more consistent about WHEN I post wrap-ups of what I’ve read. So from now on, I will be doing end-of-month wrap-ups. I will try anyway. So! I have nine books today. Let’s get started!

Image result for how to survive a garden gnome attackHow to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack. This is funny. It’s kind of a parody book. I enjoyed reading this. It’s a very quick read, maybe a hour. If you’re a fast reader, maybe a hour. It’s not even that thick. It’s written like a “how to survive a zombie apocalypse,” that kind of thing. So this is pretty funny. It will talk about garden gnomes like they’re alive and have very murderous intent. It’s a funny little book, I enjoyed it.

Related imageNext, The Partner. It’s basically about a guy who worked for a law firm, and stole money from them, disappeared for ~4 years. They looked for him, couldn’t find him. The law firm that he worked for went broke, all the partners spent the money before they even had it. There’s a lot, but at the same time, not a lot going on in this story. It jumps back and forth a lot. It kind of pieces together the story as you go, it doesn’t tell you from the beginning to now, no. It starts now, jumps to back here, then forward to now, a little back, now, far back. It can be a little confusing sometimes, but overall, it is good. It’s a Grisham book, I enjoy his books. *shrugs* It was good.

Related imageNext, Queer by William S. Burroughs. I gave it three stars on GoodReads. Partly because it was just very confusing. I’m just going to read the synopsis on the back of the book, because I’m not even sure how to explain it. Set in Mexico City during the early 50s, Queer follows William Lee’s hopeless pursuit of desire from bar to bar in the American expatriate scene. Yeah… It was interesting, but very confusing. The writing style is very different than modern books, so… It’s not something I would say you must read. It’s okay if you… Yeah, I don’t know.

Related imageNext, Girl at War by Sara Nović. A couple things. One, I already kind of explained this story in a collab I did recently. I’ll link that here. Second thing, the author is deaf. Now, this book has only one deaf character in it, as far as I know, and it’s a minor character. But the story itself is good. It’s about a girl who was born in Croatia and grew up during the downfall of Yugoslavia. Then at about 11 years old, she was sent to the US to live there. She grew up, became an adult there. She started to have flashbacks, struggling with her life. So she decided it was time to go back to Croatia and reconnect with her roots. It’s really good. It does touch on war, violence, trauma, so be aware of that if you need to prepare yourself for that.

Image result for creative struggleNext, Creative Struggle. If you know Zen Pencils, you will know what’s in this book. It’s pretty much his comics from online put into book form. (Not all of them, just a select few.) So if you read online, there’s nothing new in this. It has different comics about famous people like Tesla, Einstein, Akira Kurosawa (a filmmaker), Mary Shelley (the author of Frankenstein). All different masters of creativity, and the comics are about their own struggle. Many people will look at them and go, “They’re brilliant, good at what they do, they never struggle.” But the comics say no, really, they did have their own struggles that they had to get through before they became skilled/good. I really liked how Gavin, the cartoonist, did this. He drew it as if the person themselves was telling the story. After each comic, he will have text about that person, what their history is, maybe more details about their accomplishments, and why it’s important to know about this person. It’s really interesting, I liked it.

Related imageNext, The Orchid Thief. Basically, the story is about orchids and trying to figure out WHY people are so obsessed with them. This started as a New York Times article, then the author decided that she wanted to expand to a full book, maybe. So she went to Florida, everything happens in Florida. She follows one person who is obsessed with ghost orchids. He wants to get one, and clone them to sell everywhere. Because they’re hard to get, they’re in the wild, only in Florida, they don’t grow anywhere else. It’s an interesting story, yeah, and I did learn quite a bit about orchids in this. I gave it three stars on GoodReads, because it wasn’t anything that hit me and made me go, “Wow, this is really fascinating!” It was an interesting story, yes, but not anything special.

Image result for winter lunar chroniclesNext, Winter. This is the fourth, and final, book in the Lunar Chronicles. If you remember from my previous videos, I’ve read all four – Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and now Winter. I really enjoyed reading Winter because we got to learn more about Luna, and what the author imagines what life is like on the moon, and the people who live there. It was interesting. It was good, still has a little bit here and there that felt a little bit convoluted. But…overall, the series is good. I enjoyed reading it. I enjoyed seeing the alternate possibilities of all these fairy tales. Winter is obviously based on Snow White, just looking at the cover. But I’m not going to say anything more because this series is one of those you have to read in order, they’re not stand-alone novels. So let’s get to the next one.

Image result for piper graphic novel coverNext, Piper. I… *winces* I don’t like this one. I don’t. To be clear, this book is a graphic novel, so that’s different from a book. This is a re-telling of the Pied Piper. Simple and basic. But I really didn’t like it because… It has a deaf character in it, a main character other than the Piper. But I felt like the deafness was used as a plot device, and the whole story felt kind of forced, and… The way it was written was kind of all over the place, it felt choppy, jerky, it didn’t feel natural at all. So… I gave it two stars on GoodReads. Yeah, I wouldn’t recommend this book at all.

Image result for mr penumbra 24 hour bookstoreNext book, I started and finished in maybe four hours: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. This was recommended by Kathy, and the minute I saw it, I knew I had to get it and read. I mean, a book about a 24-hour bookstore, books, mystery, and all of that? Yes. Yes, please. I decided, fine, I’m going to the library, get it, because I found out my library has it, yes. I got it… and I think I may have to get my own copy. Anyway! This story is about a guy who recently lost his job, his career goals didn’t really pan out, so he’s looking for a job. He happened to find one at Penumbra’s. He thought, sure, why not?Related image It’s a good temporary job for now. And of course, things get weird. And get weirder, very fast. This has a good mix of old-timer, books, a bookstore, and tech with Google, 3D models, and all of that. While I was reading it, I used a specific bookmark to hold my place that has flying books on it. I thought it was appropriate. A book bookmark in a book about a bookstore and books. What can get better than that?Related image Also, for those who don’t know sign, the book has a symbol that is mentioned frequently in the book. It also has a picture as shown here. That’s the end of the sign for book. So…I don’t know if that was the author’s intent or not, but I thought that was a cool tidbit. Oh and of course I want to add this! A really cool thing with this book cover is it glows in the dark. That’s really cool! I would definitely recommend this read.

That’s it for today’s wrap-up. Have you read any of these books? If so, did you like them or didn’t like them? Let me know in the comments!

If you want to support my content financially, I would really appreciate it if you joined my Patreon or made an one-time donation to my ko-fi tip jar. Subscribe to my channel. Follow me on my socials – FacebookTwitterInstagram. Thanks for reading, see you next time.

Webcomics | BookTube

Video: https://youtu.be/jU6uAOK6g14

Yes, I consider comics to be books, including webcomics!

Hello, and welcome. A while ago, in one of my wrap-ups, I asked you if you would be interested in what webcomics I read. Quite a few of you said yes, so here you go. If I don’t say where it’s from, it’s from Tapas. And the majority of these are from Tapas. This will be mostly long-form comics. I’ll link a few “slice of life” comics at the end along with some bonus long-form ones. Also, many of these comics are still in progress, so I will say specifically if they are finished. I will link all the comics I mention as I go. So, in no particular order, let’s get into it.

Always Human.pngAlways Human This is on WebToons. It’s fantastic! Someone recommended it to me when I asked about webcomics, and… It’s beautiful. This is a finished one. It’s set in the future, it focuses on two main characters. Both women, and it’s sort of a lesbian romance, kind of. But it also includes a lot of struggles with identity, and disability, and… It’s beautiful.

Sharp Zero.pngSharp Zero Oh, the queer representation in this is FANTASTIC. They have bi, pan, ace, genderqueer/fluid, trans, you name it, they have it. They even have a few disabled characters. Sharp Zero is set in, I guess, the not-too-distant future where superheroes are a real thing, and there’s a lot of them. The main character’s a normal person and then he somehow becomes a “superhero” but we still don’t know what happens, because it’s still in progress.

Desert Rose.pngDesert Rose The main character, a boy, has a celestial being in him. It’s hard to be a normal boy like that. The story follows him and another main character on their journey to unite the nations and save the world. Now, the main character, the boy, is trans, and so far, one disabled character! There’s also magic and fun stuff in this!

Everblue.jpgEverblue It’s hosted on its own website. You know Waterworld? Similar concept with no land, just islands that were built by people. So Waterworld, and Avatar: The Last Airbender, kind of. Those two combined. Kind of. It’s really good! It does take a while to update because… Several reasons, but it’s worth it. Worth it.

TPOH.pngThe Property of Hate It’s on its own website. I’m not even sure how to describe this story because it’s very…different. Unique. It’s… I really don’t know how to describe this story. I tried looking up the website to see if it had a blurb, but no. It’s really interesting, definitely a good read!

Sprinter.pngSprinter I’m just going to insert the blurb for this one. “Sprinter was supposed to save the world; she saved herself instead. Raised beneath the weight of an overwhelming responsibility, an impulsive flight whisks her from an ordered life into one of adventure. But it’s not long before she’s forced to acknowledge the consequences of her decision.” This comic is beautiful. The art style of this comic is interesting because the majority of the comic is in black-and-white, but each character has a specific color associated with them. So parts of their clothing will be of that color. It’s really cool.

Flying Ship.pngThe Flying Ship The story opens with the king announcing, “If you want to marry my daughter, you must create a ship that can fly.” So that’s a very interesting start. Right now, the comic is mostly following the main character who is homeless, she travels. She ends up with a dog, traveling around. I’m not going to say anything more than that. Other than one, the story has magic, kind of magic, it’s fantasy. Also, the main character is queer…in some way, and disabled!

SatW.jpgScandinavia and the World It’s on both Tapas and its own website. This is a cute comic. It basically takes the Scandinavian countries and turns them into a person. They have a head that looks like a stereotypical person that lives in that country. It has different stories about their cultural differences, or things that are special to their cultures. Sometimes it’ll show how they behave when they’re in a group. It’s really cool. This is kind of short-form but long-form? That line is blurry, so I’m just including this because it’s a good one.

Lochbank Cryptid Society.jpgLochbank Cryptid Society I will insert the description for this one as well. “Three teenagers start an after school club dedicated to hunting cryptids and legends of their small town, only to discover a conspiracy bigger than anything they set out for.” This is good so far! It has one non-binary character, and I think a couple of the main characters are queer too.

Demon House.jpgDemon House A woman who needed an apartment found one for very cheap, and moved in. The landlord basically told her, “Just so you know, many tenants can’t, don’t live there long. So just be aware, because they keep saying there’s ghosts in the house or something.” She thought, “That’s fine, I can handle some imaginary ghosts, pfft that’s fine, whatever.” Moved in. Oh. The whole house is full of demons. And the story goes from there. It’s really good. One character is gay, at least one is bi, and there’s several ace characters. I think there’s a few other queer characters too but I don’t remember specifics.

Cupido.jpgCupido It follows a person who has the ability to see the marks that connect soulmates. He sets out and tries to connect soulmates without screwing up things. He does that with a friend. It is good. The main main character is bi, and his friend is gay.

Himawari Share.pngHimawari Share It follows three international students living together in Tokyo. This comic is SO relatable, because I experienced living internationally for a year. And the way this comic is done is beautiful. The main main character used to live in Japan, but moved to the US when she was seven. She speaks only English. So she came to Japan as essentially an international person, being lost, not sure… Not really fully understanding everything in Japanese. So, the artist does this. You know the dialogue bubbles? She writes in both Japanese and English. If the character understands what’s being said, she will show the English words clearly, but if the character doesn’t understand, she will show a blur in only the English text. And you can almost see the evolution of the character’s understanding of Japanese. At the beginning, there’s a lot of gaps, and as it goes on you can see more and more words, and less gaps. So that’s really cool. I like that, I relate so much to that experience.

Les Normaux.jpgLes Normaux This is a world where the real world and the supernatural world exist, but the real world doesn’t know about the other. They exist together, but hidden. This story is set in supernatural Paris. It’s really interesting because it’s basically a parallel world, but existing in the same place. It follows a human wizard that finds out he has magic, and he can do that stuff. So he moves to Paris to learn, it goes from there. The queer representation in this is pretty diverse. It’s really good.

MaryDeath.jpgMaryDeath This has a very similar feel to Calvin and Hobbes. So if you enjoy Calvin and Hobbes, read MaryDeath. Death is a personified, Mary is the only one who can see him. They have conversations about the universe, about death, about different stuff, similar to Calvin and Hobbes.

Project Nought.pngProject Nought I’ll insert here. “Ren didn’t expect to be thrown over a hundred years into the future for an exchange trip, but it’s apparently what he signed up for.” It’s interesting so far. It’s still really new so…we’ll see what happens. This is by the same person who drew Rock and Riot, the comic I mentioned in my wrap-up. So I’m guessing that, based off that comic, this probably will have a lot of queer representation in it down the road.

what qq.jpgwhat qq This is a “slice of life” comic, but it was drawn by a deaf trans masculine genderqueer person. I wanted to include this because they’ve recently been doing a long form comic of their experience figuring out who they were.

Aaaaaand that’s all! I know it’s a lot, but I read a lot. This was probably less than half of what I read on Tapas. I read a lot so… Anyway, I hope you found some that you’re interested in reading, and if you do read any of them, let me know in the comments what you think of it!

If you want to support my content financially, I would really appreciate it if you joined my Patreon or made an one-time donation to my ko-fi tip jar. Subscribe to my channel. Follow me on my socials – FacebookTwitterInstagram. Thanks for reading, see you next time.

Bonus comics

Long form comics

– Empyrea: https://tapas.io/series/EMPYREA

– Haibi: https://tapas.io/series/Haibi

– Alec in Wunderland: https://tapas.io/series/Alec-in-Wunderland

– Help Wanted: https://tapas.io/series/HelpWantedcomic

– DPD: Arcane Affairs (This is in the same universe as Help Wanted): https://tapas.io/series/DPD-Arcane-Affairs

– Unfamiliar: https://tapas.io/series/unfamiliar

– Heavy Horns: https://tapas.io/series/Heavy-Horns

– Flóra (same artist as Cupido, be sure to check out the thumbnails on Tapas!): https://tapas.io/series/floracomic

– The Witch Journals (relatively new, but looks like it’ll be very good!): https://tapas.io/series/The-Witch-Journals

Short form

– Brutally Honest: https://tapas.io/series/Brutally-Honest

– Coffee: https://tapas.io/series/Coffee

– Sarah’s Scribbles: https://tapas.io/series/Doodle-Time

– Shen Comix: https://tapas.io/series/Shen-Comix

– Will and Raph Chronicles: https://tapas.io/series/willandraph

– Husband and Husband: https://tapas.io/series/HusbandAndHusband

– My Life as a Background Slytherin: https://www.facebook.com/backgroundslytherin/

– Same Shit, Different Day: https://tapas.io/series/Same-Shit-Different-Day