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August 2015 Update

It’s been a while since my last update, but it’s been a busy few months. Long story short, we’ve been dealing with immigration for my wife’s visa in Canada, and have decided when we’re moving to Canada. But on to the update.

I have now completed Journey to Ariadne parts 4 to 6. Critiquing is coming up next, and after that, I will edit and post the parts. Part 7 will commence soon. However, due to the fact that we’ll be busy preparing for our move to Canada over the next seven to eight months, writing will be slow. After the move, I should have more privacy and time to do my writing.

Outside of writing, I have more worldbuilding to work on, as well as character profiles to post. I have several written in a notebook, but I haven’t transferred them over to the website. I also have countries to work on and post those to the website. I think I’d like to be able to use better image editing software, though.

The newsletter is still not ready. But I’m thinking now is not the time for it, as I just don’t have enough to update people on. I will be working on getting it up and running after the move to Canada.

I’m going to resume monthly updates, and hopefully some other updates. There’s even a surprise coming. It’s something from April. Something I hope you’ll enjoy reading. Stay tuned for that!


March 2015 Progress

It’s a new month, and progress is happening.  I’ve been doing a lot of behind the scenes things recently, not just writing.

Parts 4 and 5 of Journey to Ariadne have been finished, of course.  But part 6 is proving to be an interesting one to write.  It may be a bit controversial, but we’ll see how it turns out.  It’s not finished, but should be shortly.

Behind the scenes, I’ve been working on the world of Ariadne, as well as character profiles.  I’m trying to flesh out the characters to make sure I’m consistent.  They’ll also have profiles on this blog.  As for the world, I’m going through the countries that I’ve already created and making sure they have appropriate names.  It’s important because I want them to have some reasons for their names, and not just some random fantasy-like name.  I’ll be working on the individual country maps, though only the physical maps for now.  I’ll make an entry for each future country, but only discuss the physical aspects of the country.

The newsletter should be set up later this month.  Haven’t gotten around to setting it up, though it is registered.  Look for that soon.

For daily discussions and updates, check out my official blog, I Read Encyclopedias for Fun.

February 2015 Update

Another month has passed and I’ve made some good progress.

First, the writing.  Parts 4 and 5 of Journey to Ariadne have been completed, and I decided to submit both together for critiquing.  So, once they’re finished being critiqued and then edited, I’ll post both parts.  Part 4 is shorter than usual, while part 5 is the usual length.  Writing for part 6 will begin shortly.

On the worldbuilding front, as the story is currently at the point where Ariadne has been fully mapped by the Ariadne Project team, I’m going to get to work on the world map, as well as work on country profiles for the planet.  They will feature physical geography only for the time being, though. And yes, I will be working on maps, though those will take more time.

The newsletter will be coming soon, and I’m debating whether to do weekly or biweekly.  I’ll see how it goes.

In the meantime, please refer to I Read Encyclopedias for Fun for daily blogging by yours truly.

Facebook Author Page Now Open

I’ve started an author page on Facebook.  If you use Facebook and would like updates that way, please head on over and like my author page.

I’d also like to take the time to remind you of other ways of interacting with my via social media.  You can follow me on Twitter, as well as on Google Plus.  If you use Goodreads, please send a friend request there.

In case you’re wondering, Journey to Ariadne is coming along, albeit a bit slowly lately.  It’s been outlined completely, with most characters established.  But keep watching, as new parts will come out soon.

You deserve an update

I apologise for the lack of new content lately.  A lot has happened in the past couple of months.

I had very little free time due to my daughter’s illness, or I should say multiple illnesses.  She spent most of the past 2 months sick with something, including a week in the hospital with pneumonia.

She’s healthy now, so I can finally get things back on track with Journey to Ariadne and Ariadne Origins. I have some exciting things planned for the Ariadne Encyclopedia as I write, so don’t worry, everything is moving forward.

Tweaks here and there

Over the next while, this website will be adjusted and fine-tuned until I have it just the way I want it.  So, you may see some changes here and there, as well as some new features.

The biggest changes will likely come as I add information about my fictional sci-fi world, which I hope to get started on in the near future.  Think of it as a sneak preview of the books and short stories.  I will also flesh out my about page, add more information about my stories, and a links page.

I welcome all questions and comments.

Interact with me

Social media is a great way to get to know people, and I’m always engaged with others.  So, I’d like to invite you to interact with me.

I’m most active on Twitter, which is great for getting quick information and enjoying conversation. Follow me on Twitter!

On Facebook, you can follow my page, which I use to provide information for my blogs and websites.  Comments are always welcome there, as well.

You can also find me on Goodreads, where you can check out my reading list, reviews, and ratings.  Add me as a friend, and let’s discuss books.

Use Google+?  You can find me there, too!  Add me to your circles.

And finally, I always enjoy comments on my blogs and here.  So, whenever you can, please leave a comment.  Let’s have a great conversation!


Welcome to my new official website.  In the future, this website and blog will be the home of my books and short stories, as well as an encyclopedia of my science fiction world.

For now, please visit my blogs:

I Read Encyclopedias for Fun – My writing and book review blog.  On this blog, I also talk about many other subjects from science to current events.  The name of the website comes from my childhood hobby of reading encyclopedias.  It really was for fun.

Jay Dee in Japan – This is my first blog and most popular.  It’s about living in Japan, and it showcases my photos.

Foreign Dad in Japan – This blog is much more limited in scope.  If you enjoy baby pictures, this is the place to go.  I also discuss what it’s like to be a foreign parent in Japan.

365 Rotations – An experimental photo blog featuring pictures taken every day from the same locations.  Interested in seasonal changes?  Check this blog out.

Come back for more in the future!