Day: June 5, 2017

AWARD: Cramm

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Many thanks to FitnessGrad for nominating me for the Cramm Award. She and I connected about a month ago and have exchanged some fun banter on our sites. You need to stop by to visit her blog, as it is all about her sanctuary for the body and mind. Cool stuff!

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The Cramm Award was created by Liv, the owner of theCramm, an awesome blog, visit it here to see the rest for yourself, you’ll not regret it as I’ve been told. I am checking it out myself this week. It’s got quite a unique approach to the news from my initial quick gander!!!

Rules 

  1. Include a little bit about who created this award (with a link) and mention the person the who nominated you.
  2. Share 3 things that motivate you to blog and share 3 people that motivate you to blog as well
  3. Share one thing you hope to do that will improve the world.
  4. Answer your challenge question
  5. Nominate your choice of bloggers and give them a challenge question.

 

My Blogging Motivators

  • Things:
    • (1) The 365 Daily challenge motivates me to push myself every day. Instead of just posting randomly or when I think of an idea, it’s a little pressure to keep my writing abilities on their toes, to ensure I communicate with fellow readers and writers each day, and to challenge my intellect to come up with unique and interesting content.
    • (2) Reading is important to me. I want everyone to know that. And I am consistent and whole in everything I do. Creating a book review for everything I’ve ever read is another challenge to push my limits. Sometimes my memory is strong, but at others it isn’t. And when it isn’t, I find ways to make the review interesting. I’ll hit my total of 500 pre-read books this month. I know I forgot some, but I’ll address those as I remember them.
    • (3) The Future. Doing this is helping me figure out what I want to do with my life besides “work” and “play.” Seeing my strengths and weaknesses. Figuring out my voice and perspective. Am I funny? Am I serious? Do I use proper formatting and grammar? Do I have a style? Helps figure out my writing identity and possibly people who might be interested in reading my current book or future books.

  • People:
    • (1) All my online followers friends. Interacting with everyone means people enjoy what I have to say, so why would I stop? It may mean less some days and more other days, but as long as I have positive and collaborative communication with each of you, I’ll blog. When I get bored, boring or redundant, it’ll slow down. Thank you for being such a great community.
    • (2) My significant other has been very supportive of my decision to take this year off and focus on my creative outlets, rather than work full-time in a corporate position. I may go back to work this summer, but the blogging won’t stop. He’s been helpful, reads some and responds, and stays out of it too. It’s a fair balance and I’m grateful to have such a connection.
    • (3) My friend and former co-worker, Lisa. She and I no longer see each other regularly because we live in different states, but each time we talk, she brings up so many of these posts, ideas and comments… makes me realize that I have great friends, too. And she encourages me to keep pushing these limits to see how far I can go with my blogging and writing.

 

My World Improving Action:

  • If I could change one thing, it would be in how we [the world] communicate with one another. Few are open-minded and listen. People hear what they want to hear and say things without realizing the words they choose and the tone surrounding it. I’m guilty of it from time to time, too. But if we all just took a moment to relax and have an honest and open conversation, recognize there is no need for violence and hatred, we’d be a little bit closer to where we need to be. If I could do anything, I’d want to spread that word from person to person, so we’d all try just a little bit harder. It may sound a bit silly or useless, but instead of responding when you are upset with someone, stop and think… why did they do it? why did they say it? Could I look at this differently? And then when you do respond, see if there’s a way to discuss it rather than blast emails or words back and forth until someone feels horrible or does something bad. So… perhaps by helping a few people via my daily posts, something will start a little fire around the world. A guy can hope, right?

 

Challenging Question

  • If you could join the “TEAM” who’d be changing the world, what role would you play?
  • To be fair, I’ll answer it as well:
    • I’d be the project manager because that’s my greatest strength. I have a great memory for tasks, I’m very strong in communicating, I am quite organized and I change the way I work to suit the person I’m working with… thus ensuring we can collaborate successfully together. Plus, I have high expectations and I tend to hold people accountable to their duties. I don’t accept failure.

 

My Nominees Are:

 

About Me

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. Once you hit my site “ThisIsMyTruthNow” at https://thisismytruthnow.com, you can join the fun and see my blog and various site content. You’ll find book reviews, published and in-progress fiction, TV/Film reviews, favorite vacation spots and my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge.” Since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life… see how you compare! Each month, I will post a summary of a trip I’ve taken somewhere in the world. I’ll cover the transportation, hotel, restaurants, activities, who, what, when, where and why… and let you decide for yourself if it’s a trip worth taking.

Feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Tell me what you think.

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Review: Garden of Shadows

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Garden of Shadows Book Review
3 out of 5 stars to Garden of Shadows, the 5th book in the young adult thriller series written in 1987 by V.C. Andrews. Two key things to note about this book. The author passed away while writing this book, and I’m not clear on how much VC Andrews wrote versus a ghost writer at the publishing firm. Also, it’s the fifth book in the series, but it is actually a prequel to Flowers in the Attic, so it should be read first. That said, if you read it first, you’d totally lose the power of the first book… it’s better to see someone as bad before you find out they were once good, as well as what pushed them to turn towards the bad life! If you haven’t read Flowers in the Attic, stop reading this review and go back to the beginning.

We find out what Olivia, the grandmother, was like as a child. We learn to like her for awhile, seeing how she was broken down by a wicked man and the loss of her parents at a young age. You begin to feel sympathy, but then you remember, it doesn’t quite matter what was done to you, you should know better than to repeat the cycle, right?

I loved and hated this book. Took too much to read, pushed in the wrong directions. But it also continued a devastating and complex family saga. I had some different ideas on how it should have come together, but I was barely a few years at this point to be able to say anything. Imagine a young kid saying “Oh, I can write that better.” LOL

If you read the series, you owe it to yourself to finish it with this one. If you didn’t, don’t start with this one even tho it’s technically the “first.”

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

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Review: L is for Lawless

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L is for Lawless Book Review
4 out of 5 stars for L is for Lawless, the 12th book in the “Kinsey Millhone” cozy mystery series written by Sue Grafton in 1994. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as it covered a lot with Henry, Kinsey’s landlord and friend. He asks for her help to find the military records proving a good friend of his was in the service, in order to properly bury him. But this is where it takes a turn… Kinsey goes dark… well sort of… she’s on a trip around the country to find the answers, stuck side by side with some ruthless characters whom she has to pretend to like. Less about murder more about mystery and past background checks, your mind works overtime to try to solve this one. It’s complex but soft at the same time. Kinsey’s personality makes these books…. you always root for her. In this one, she has to take more risks than usual, but it thankfully pays off. A must-read in this series, but there are a lot of those!

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

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Review: The Cat Who Sang for the Birds

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The Cat Who Sang for the Birds Book Review
3.5 out of 5 stars for The Cat Who Sang for the Birds, the 20th book in the “Cat Who” cozy mystery series by Lilian Jackson Braun. Well kiddoes… only 3 books in this 30+ series for me to complete a book review on… I can’t believe it’s coming to an end. This was a really traditional cozy… reminds you of apple pie and a lovely spring day where everything’s just shiny and pretty and calm. But those darn birds won’t stop tweeting. Though I read this 10 years before I had my dog Ryder, I can imagine him trying to catch the birds and kill them — just as Koko felt in this book. The town’s all abuzz over some strange happenings, including weird and early weather. The mystery is light. The characters are fun. It’s a good book in this series, but I understand there are a lot to keep up with. The murders make sense, that is, the reason for them and the root killer. But in the end, why would anyone ever stay in this town? Seriously, Qwill… you’re a good guy and all, and I’ll probably turn into you in about 30 years, but I don’t want to die. Move. Now.

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

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Review: Richard II

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Richard IIBook Review
4 out of 5 stars to Richard II, a tragedy or historical account written in 1595 by William Shakespeare. Richard II is the first of a series written about the War of the Roses, a famous tug-of-war over England’s throne just prior to Shakespeare’s time. This is the most fascinating period of English history for me and I loved reading this play. Though Richard III is my favorite of all the kinds during this era, the circumstance surrounding Richard II’s kingdom and power are quite unique. He was either a brilliant man or the biggest loon out there. He had ideas, but he couldn’t follow through with them due to a split in his views on responsibility. His words had beauty, but he wasn’t respected. Shakespeare paints a similar picture of him. There’s little plot in comparison to other plays. It’s more of a historical account, a point-in-time view of what was happening. Who was trying to take the throne? What was each man’s or woman’s position? How would it turn out? People wanted to read this to see what he’d choose. If you’re not a history buff, there’s no point in reading it, other than perhaps for some of the beauty in the images being created in each passage and in the dialogue. You might even want to brush up on the time period by reading some historical fiction such as a few of the books by Philippa Gregory covering these characters. It’ll help with perspective and background, then you can compare the way the characters (cum real life people) are portrayed.

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

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Review: The Tempest

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The Tempest Book Review
3 of 5 stars to The Tempest, a play written around 1610 by William Shakespeare. Ever wonder where the word prosperous came from? Or did Shakespeare name the lead character in this play Prospero as a nod to the word prosperous? They are one in the same… sort of. Prospero’s been cast off onto an island and wants to restore a life for his daughter. Thru trickery and imagination, he succeeds in a manner of speaking, and though it’s a troubled path, he learns his lessons in the end. I really do like this play. I’ve seen it on stage and it was well-produced. It’s one of his somewhat-more-famous plays, but it’s not as well-liked in popularity, if that makes sense. As always, its highly creative, but to me, it’s a bit of a compilation of all his other plays over the years. Written in the last 5 years of his life, it’s one of his final pieces, which may explain why. The characters are vivid. The action is mostly clear. But I felt it lacked a driving force like the others. I didn’t so much care whether he was successful until the end. I think because it is more ethereal and aesthetic than full of huge substance, I might have been in the middle. I only read this one once, so I’m due for another read.

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

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Review: Measure for Measure

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Measure for Measure Book Review
3 out of 5 stars to Measure for Measure, written in 1603 by William Shakespeare. When I think of reasons why people find Shakespeare difficult to read or understand, this is the play that most comes to mind. It’s a good play. But you won’t get much from it on a single read. And if you’re not a fan of classic literature, or easily able to understand language differences from 400 years ago, it will be even harder to digest this one. Part of me believes this isn’t all that different from some of the popular ones, but because it’s often less read, copied or produced on TV or Film, it’s much less understood. The plot is clever: a man gives up his position of power to the next in command and watches from afar to see what happens. He’s got personal reasons for abandoning his role, but he also doesn’t quite leave it. You’re left with a quandary both in plot and in persona, which makes it harder to easily grasp on the first round. I basically understood it but didn’t find it all that appealing. On a second read, it was better. I may go for a third this summer. Who’s in??? LOL

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

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