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:
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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?)
- 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:
- How I Came to Be a Writer by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
- The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo
- Storyteller by Edward Meyer
- The Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson
- The Greatest Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- How to Develop Self-Confidence and Influence People By Public Speaking by Dale Carnegie
- Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
- Sixteen: A Collection of Short Stories edited by Donald R. Gallo
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
- Persuasion by Jane Austen
- The Diary of Samuel Pepys (Vol. I & II)
- A Tale of a Tub by Jonathan Swift
- The Collected Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne
- Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
- The Verdun Affair by Nick Dybek
- How to Write Like Tolstoy by Richard Cohen
- The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
- On Writing by Stephen King
- Bird by Bird by Anne Lamont
- The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
- Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre
Have you read any of these? Tell me if you liked/disliked it in the comments!