365 Challenge: Day 111 – Winner

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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.

  • A young girl’s quest to find her father, unaware of all the circumstances she’s placed herself in due to the choices both her mother made 18 years ago and the girl has made on her own.
  • A mystery set mostly in the present time with some flashbacks to nearly twenty (20) years ago:
    • 1999 – Molly Graeme (17) attending college. She has a boyfriend. But she’s secretly attracted to her professor, Dr. Jonah West (40). She begins an affair with him but is later stalked by a very angry young man who a hatred for women because his mother left his father. One night, the guy attacks Molly and her life is never the same again.
    • 2018 – Molly, goes by Amalia, sends her daughter, Brianna, away to college. Brianna begins dating her professor, Carter Villing. Brianna has always accepted her mother’s story that her father was a military man she only met one night and never saw again, but found herself pregnant months later. But Brianna uncovers her mother’s old journal where she confesses to finding out she was pregnant and not knowing who the father was. And then she reads an entry about who her mother’s boyfriend really was back then. Could that be her father… and if so, what does she do now?


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.


29 thoughts on “365 Challenge: Day 111 – Winner

    Mischenko said:
    July 1, 2017 at 11:29 AM

    Sounds like it’s going to be a great book, James. I’m definitely interested in reading more about this book! ❤

    Liked by 2 people

    Nel said:
    July 1, 2017 at 12:59 PM

    I’m going to hopefully get some home projects done this second half of the year. And see a beach! That’s about it, lol.

    Liked by 3 people

    the bookworm said:
    July 1, 2017 at 5:40 PM

    Happy reading and happy writing!

    Liked by 3 people

    Noriko said:
    July 1, 2017 at 7:21 PM

    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 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    Avid Observer said:
    July 2, 2017 at 7:33 AM

    The novel sounds really intriguing. Will wait patiently for the updates 😀
    Good luck 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    Rae Longest said:
    July 2, 2017 at 2:29 PM

    I can hardly wait for the book, and will enjoy the review as well. Sounds like you are getting down to business!

    Liked by 1 person

    Valerie @ Valerie's Musings said:
    July 2, 2017 at 3:01 PM

    Congrats on both! I like the idea of “Father Figure”. Can’t wait to read it! I have “The Bear and the Nightingale” on my list for this month too. I’d be happy to do a buddy read with you. 🙂

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    Books, Vertigo and Tea said:
    July 2, 2017 at 3:03 PM

    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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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 2, 2017 at 3:05 PM

      Wow. That is so funny. Everyone wants us to read it. :). Too bad timing did t work for a buddy read here! You too on the weekend.

      Liked by 1 person

    frootygirl said:
    July 3, 2017 at 3:07 PM

    Love this post! The book sounds amazing I can’t wait to read more!

    Liked by 1 person

    shalini said:
    July 5, 2017 at 8:28 PM

    Great book Jay. Volunteering to beta read it 😇 can you believe I have missed more than 10 posts of yours. WP has gone mad.

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