365 Challenge: Day 111 – Winner

Winner: a person who gains victory


We’re all winners! Even if you don’t know why. Today marks the beginning of the seventh month of 2017; some consider it the official second half of the year’s beginning. Technically, given the way the days break down each month, we truly don’t begin the second half of 2017 until Monday, July 3rd, which means that today’s post can’t be about beginnings. It can be about endings, though, right? Two things ended yesterday… the polls I launched last month… so let’s get to them:

Book Bucket List Choice

In the middle of June, I opened a poll to help me choose which book from my Book Bucket List I should read in July. Polls closed last night and the winner is:


I will purchase the book in the next few days, and once it arrives, I’ll confirm the dates I plan to read it — tentatively set to the third week in July. Anyone want to buddy read with me?

Many thanks to everyone who participated. And when I begin the book, I’ll open a new poll for the book you’d like me to read from my Book Bucket List in August.

Next Book I Will Write

In early June, I opened a poll to help me choose what I should focus my attention on for a next novel — see post here. Based on everyone’s input, I closed the poll last night and verified the winner is: Father Figure. A description is listed below.

  • Amalia Graeme, sheltered and abused for most her life in Mississippi, longs to escape her difficult family and small hometown in 1984. When her older brother returns with his best friend by his side, Amalia is tempted to have her first experience with a boy that summer. As they head off to college for her first year and his senior year, she begins to learn about life and love, battling her loss of innocence with a new attraction she’s developed to an older professor. After she suffers a few personal tragedies, Amalia is forced to head back home, uncertain how to handle the permanent impacts on her life and future. No matter where she turns, someone or something always takes away the possibility of her hope to find happiness and to escape.
  • Brianna Porter is a typical angst-ridden teenager living in New York City in 2004, struggling to choose a college, build confidence in herself and interpret intimidating and growing feelings for her best friend. But for Brianna, these paralytic decisions all stem from desperately needing to meet the father whom her mother refuses to discuss, before she can accept her own identity and determine her life purpose. When her best friend suggests hiring a detective, and they stumble upon her mother’s old journal, Brianna learns a shocking secret about her father, rocked by a truth that could completely change both their futures. It may be too late to deal with the impacts of unleashing a history that was meant to stay buried for many reasons. When it leads to someone’s death, Brianna must come to terms with the choices she’s made and what is left of her own future.


I am going to start putting together a detailed outline and timeline next week. I will keep everyone updated with a weekly post on how the plans are going.

Based on a few conversations with some very smart people, I’m re-thinking how much content I will post each week from the actual book / novel / chapters. You’ll still have an opportunity to read about the plot and characters, but I may not post every chapter. I might ask for a few beta readers who’d be willing to read offline and provide feedback.

More to come with the first official post to occur the weekend of July 7th thru 9th. Thank you to everyone for voting, commenting and advising.


So that’s why this is about winning! And moving on to the next half of the year beginning on Monday, Jul 3rd. How about you? Any winners or losers out there this weekend? Any plans for your upcoming second half of 2017?


About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where 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.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.


  1. I’m so excited for your next book! I actually voted on ‘Father Figure,’ so I’ll definitely keep my eyes peeled for the weekly updates 🙂

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  2. I do hope you enjoy the Bear and the Nightingale as much as I did. It is so rich and immersive! Great choice. Ironically, it was my “You Choose, I Read” selection. Looks like we both won luck of the draw 😉 Hope you have a great week ahead!

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