so i launched a youtube channel

So, I may have launched a YouTube channel. Hey, don’t say I didn’t warn you. But actually, I’m super excited and super proud of this little intro video even though it’s, by all means, a first attempt. Big props to my beau, who will be doubling as cameraman and video editor for this little endeavor! It would have looked way shittier without him.

So here it is, for your viewing pleasure:

Obviously, this means I have chosen to show my face on the interwebs (something I have avoided like the plague up to this point). So yeah, that’s my face. It’s very face-like, as far as faces go.


Each video will come with a supplementary blog post (not a transcript, per say, but a bloggy version). However, I’ll still produce original content on this blog that isn’t necessarily related to my channel. Those will be reserved for Wednesdays, whereas video-related posts will be on Saturdays. Yay, structure!


the purpose of my channel

So what’s this all about? Mostly, for the heck of it. But I’m starting off with a series called “Lessons From My Bookshelf,” where I read everything in my home library (because most of it I’ve never actually read). As I say in the video, it will take about a year to get through them all. Not the most ambitious endeavor in the world, but an endeavor nonetheless!

I also have some ground rules for the project, which I will relay here:

  1. I will be posting a video once every two weeks, which means I have to read a book once every two weeks. (Fortunately, I’m ahead of the game at the moment, but I have a feeling this won’t last all that long.)
  2. I don’t have to read anything that I know I’ve read in the past two years. (I think that eliminates, like, one or two books. So that sure is helpful.)
  3. I don’t have to read “coffee table” books. (I have a riveting one on all the things you can do with baking soda and another all about rocks. Bonus video?)
  4. I reserve the right to decide what I’m going to do about collected works, because those are big bois and it would definitely take me more than two weeks to get through them.

As I read these books, I will not only be evaluating their merits and determining whether they are worthy of my humble shelves, I’ll also be going in with a writer’s perspective and teasing out what writers and lovers of literature can learn from these books, a là much of what I already do on this blog. (Have you read my one on The Mandalorian yet? I’m a little too proud of it, I’ll admit!)

I hope that in doing this, I’ll be able to produce videos that are interesting, educational, and maybe even a little entertaining. I’m not the most talented actress in the world, but I think that works in my favor. Aside from planning out what ideas I want to touch on in these videos, what you see is what you get: me in all my nerdy, unscripted glory. And though I’ll definitely be working on my “YouTube voice” so as not to bore my viewers to death, I’m naturally soft-spoken, so maybe if the channel fails I can just pass these off as unintentional ASMR. Hey-o!

One more thing before I sign off: I want to provide a list, here and now, of all the books in my library, in roughly the order I’ll be covering them (which will be roughly in order by how long I’ve had them). I’ll come back and revise this list as I go down and link to videos as I make them. But in case you’re curious, this is the line-up:

  1. How I Came to Be a Writer by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  2. The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo
  3. Storyteller by Edward Meyer
  4. The Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson
  5. The Greatest Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. How to Develop Self-Confidence and Influence People By Public Speaking by Dale Carnegie
  7. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  8. Sixteen: A Collection of Short Stories edited by Donald R. Gallo
  9. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  10. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
  11. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  12. The Diary of Samuel Pepys (Vol. I & II)
  13. A Tale of a Tub by Jonathan Swift
  14. The Collected Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne
  15. Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
  16. The Verdun Affair by Nick Dybek
  17. How to Write Like Tolstoy by Richard Cohen
  18. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
  19. On Writing by Stephen King
  20. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamont
  21. The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
  22. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  23. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  24. Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre

Have you read any of these? Tell me if you liked/disliked it in the comments!


4 thoughts on “so i launched a youtube channel

  1. I have read #6 (How to Develop Self-Confidence and Influence People By Public Speaking by Dale Carnegie.) It was a life changing book for me. I wanted to learn how to get rid of my public speaking phobia, so I chose this book by recommendation “and I happened to have a copy on hand.” Def not a waste of time!

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