A Quick Trip to Italy

Italy is just so close. AirBnB link below (as requested) and I don’t think I spelled Ventimiglia the same way twice (border problems). Help me make better videos at and then find me on the internet in all of the usual spots:

(me) (books)

Music by: DJ Quads
AirBnB I used on this trip:
After leaving my review, AirBnB threw this referral link at me to give out $31 in travel credit for any first-timers: www.airbnb.com/c/jswanson16

My name is Jay Swanson – I’m an American writer living in Paris on an artist visa and hoping to make the city of light my home base – at least for the foreseeable future. I write science-fiction and fantasy, vlog daily, and love pizza a little too much.

How long have you lived in France? On and off for over two years.

What do you miss most about ho- NACHOS

You’re always talking about living on some ship. WHAT SHIP? – I made a “Draw My Life” video that explains a lot here:

Where are you from originally? – Pullman, Washington – a small university/agricultural town near Idaho (and yes, the potatoes are amazing).

What do you film with? – I currently film almost exclusively with my Samsung Galaxy S8:

How do you get those shots where you’re walking or running? – A Joby Gorillapod for smartphones, like this:

You drop your phone a lot, how does it survive? – THIS CASE IS AMAZING: (Galaxy S7) – (Galaxy S8) – (iPhone)

What do you edit with? – Adobe Premiere – it’s pretty much all I’ve ever used since high school.

Aren’t you ever freaked out by leaving your camera behind to film yourself? – Yep. But not too badly – I tend to be careful when I do.

Why are you living in #Paris? – Because I’ve always wanted to; I feel at home here:

But what are you doing there? – Living it up!

Do you speak French? Oui.

You talk a lot about the books you’re working on, what are they about? – They’re sci-fi (and fantasy) and I’ve got a decent pitch for you here:

Do you make money off YouTube? – Ha, no. I wish. It took me over 500 videos to make my first $100 off adsense. I think it will slowly change, but VERY slowly.

I really enjoy your videos, how can I support you? – The easiest and best way to support me is through Patreon, where you can pitch in as little as $1/mo to help me make better videos:

I don’t trust this Patreon thing – what’s your PayPal? – Here’s a handy link!

I like PayPal in pink! – Here’s my ko-fi if that’s your thing (and coffee is your game):

But I want to send you something tangible! – I do have a wishlist on Amazon, though it’s a bit complicated with the international shipping situation. This is the US one:

And here’s the French one:

Can I come stay with you in Paris? – Have you seen my apartment? It’s too small for me as it is!

OK, but how do I use the Metro when I’m there? – I made a handy video for you:


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