Day: July 4, 2017

TAG: Listicle – Top 5 Psychological Thriller

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Thank you to Kate for tagging me for this one! Please go check out all the cool graphics, content and fun on her site. Full of new stuff that will open up a new world of fiction and art for you. This is an awesome tag as it gives you the opportunity to make your own tag using the listicle guideline. The definition of a listicle is:


Rules

  • Create your own listicle tag, using the prompt from the person who tagged you.
  • Tag the creator of the post (not-so-modern-girl!) so that I can read all your brilliant posts and see how the joy of listicles is being spread.
  • Nominate as many people as you want!
  • Set those 5 people the subject/prompt of their listicle post!

 

Top 5 Psychological Thrillers

Prompt is: 5 psychological thriller or mystery pieces of fiction, (that can include books, movies, TV shows and anime, or web comics) that you’ve either read or watched, or want to read or watch.

  • Book: “You” by Caroline Kepnes.
    • The narrator is amazing. The stalker is fantastic. And the drama is awesome. Check out my review here.
  • Movie: Silence of the Lambs
    • Hannibal is just such a wonderful character. And the way in which he works with Clarice is stunning.
  • TV Show: Pretty Little Liars
    • I know it’s about teenage girls. But the drama of “Who is A?” or “Who is Uber A?” or “Who is AD?” is very captivating. It got a little tedious at times, but there were so many great shocking moments.
  • Movie & TV Show: Pyscho / Bates Motel
    • The whole concept of is Norman crazy or not and the shower scene… and his obsession with his mother… so many things to fall for!
  • Book: “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” by Steig Larsson
    • It has everything I love: genealogy, murder, family drama, love, suspense… and I still haven’t seen the movies!!! Check out my review here.

 

I Tag:

 

Your Topic:

  • Choose 5 favorite characters who died in some of your most beloved books or movies. Name the author/director, book/movie, character and way in which (s)he died. Then replace that character with another one from the same book/movie who you would have preferred died in your favorite’s place.

 

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!

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TAG: Blue Sky

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Many thanks to BludgersAndBroomsticks for tagging me on the Blue Sky Tag! We’ve only been connected about two months now but always find fun things when checking out The Mockingjay’s site… haha… and points to you if you can figure out why I am referring to that name!

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Rules :

  • Give 11 questions
  • Tag 11 people
  • Answer the 11 questions given to you

 

 

My questions:

  1. Which mythical creature would you want to be?
    • Fairy Godfather (instead of Godmother) so that I could grant wishes to all the deserving people around me. And make them rush home at midnight, lose their shoes and possibly create a little crazy and interesting fun!
  2. What do you think happens after death?
    • We become omniscient, but are unable to communicate with anyone living. Our soul is alive still, but we are less about physical things and more about emotional things with all the people who have passed before us. There’s no pain, anger or sorrow; it’s all some form of happiness and you can do whatever you want whenever you want.
  3. What fictional universe would you want to live in?
    • Harry Potter. No question. I’d want to have magical skills and teach at Hogwarts.
  4. What is the meaning of life, the universe and everything?
    • That’s a big question for such a small space to write. But… I don’t believe there is any specific meaning. I think there is free will after death up until the point where you cannot communicate with anyone still alive. That’s the only rule. And sometimes it is broken but only when some omniscient creator allows it for some specific reason. I think we are meant to exist in whatever way, shape of form we want, amass as much knowledge as we can, then move on to something else. I think there are a few post-death phases, something along the lines of past lives over a few lifetimes. But it will come down to learning as much as you can until you are ready to move forward. And then it’s about living and being happy.
  5. If you could get a tattoo, what would it be?
    • I want one. I haven’t figured out what it would be tho, which is why I’ve held off. It would be on my arm. Some colors. And it has to mean something very personal and indicative of who I am.
  6. What would be the first law you pass when you rule the world?
    • Tax reforms to re-circulate money back into the hands of the people so we could then focus on things like healthcare and the environment.
  7. If you had to write a book on your life, what would you name it?
    • Duality in One, as I always see both sides of the puzzle or story, and I feel like I am two people stuck inside one body and mind.
  8. What are you most afraid of?
    • Not achieving my goals and feeling as though my life accomplished very little.
  9. What would be your patronus?
    • A book, if it can be an inanimate object. If it must be alive, then probably a dog.
  10. If you could change your name, what would it be?
    • Zachary or Caleb.
  11. Do you believe in aliens?
    • Yes. There is more than life on Earth. It may not be as advanced or it may be so far advanced, it knows to stay away. But there is something else out there.

 

Nominations:

 

Questions for Nominees:

  1. If you could rewrite one thing in history, what would it be and why?
  2. If you could meet any living celebrity, who and why?
  3. If you could buy a new home anywhere, where would it be?
  4. If you had a job in the White House, which one?
  5. If you could split the country into 2 different countries, would you do it? How?
  6. What would your last meal be?
  7. What is the first thing you look at on your phone each morning?
  8. What job would you want even if it paid nothing?
  9. What made you choose your current profession?
  10. What is your favorite dessert?
  11. What aggravates you more than anything else?

 

BludgersAndBroomsticks Questions (so you can meet someone new)

1. What’s your favorite cookie?

I can’t possibly pick favorites among my children (*whispers* chocolate chip)

2. Can you do a headstand? (If yes, Woooooooah!)

Unfortunately not. Add that to the pitifully long list of things I can’t do.

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3. How good are you at cooking? Do you like it?

From a scale of burning water to Gordon Ramsay, I’m a solid should-maintain-a-10-mile-distance-from-the-kitchen-for-security-reasons.

4. What’s one book you could read every year and never get tired of?

pin5. Who’s the one person you’d call at 4 am, telling them you need a burger asap?

No one. All the people in my life are incredibly touchy about their sleep. So if I do call them at 4 am, they will 100% stab me and sleep in jail.

6. What made you start blogging?

My brain thought it was a good idea. My brain is very stupid. Now, I have the pleasure of reading my older posts and suffering a cringe attack.

7. Have you achieved any of the goals your younger self set?

Even as a child, I knew not to set goals because I will surely not achieve them and thus succumb into a vortex of disappointment.

8. What’s the first place that pops in your head if I said I’d fund your trip to wherever that is? And why?

If you have a fictional world immersion thingummy than Hogwarts, otherwise, Paris

9. On a scale of one to ten, how temperamental are you? If you think it’s bad, and want to simmer down, how do you plan on doing that?

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10. What’s something you’d like to tell someone but can’t right now?

I’ve been hiding this for a long time but I’m not ashamed of who I am any more. I watch Minecraft videos *let the judgement begin

11. Give me one good word to describe yourself. (Make it reaaaaally good.)

Flatulence (cause I’m the shit)

 

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!

AWARD: Unique Blogger #2

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Thank you so much to Angelica @ TheBookCoverGirls for nominating me for this award. Angelica shares a book blogging site a friend. Go check out their cool 2017 reading challenge!

 

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The Rules:

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them 3 questions.

 


Questions Asked of Me

What is the book that has made you cry the most? The one that completely broke your heart and made you spill all your tears?

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I adore Leisel and the book that passes through so many hands. The topic is a tough one, and you already know the outcome: Nazi Germany and The Holocaust. But it’s handled so well and the characters will truly impact you.

If you could change places with a fictional character (from TV, book, movie etc.) would you? If so, which character and why? Keeping in mind that while you are in their world, they are in yours, living your life!

  • I would not change places… there are a few people I’d like to be for different reasons, but everyone has love and hate, happiness and pain. I wouldn’t want to trade up or down, as you never know what might happen to you in someone else’s place.

The world has turned into a zombie apocalypse and you are alone! You have the magical ability to bring a single fictional character to life to help you survive. Who would you bring to help you? Why them of all people?

  • I would bring Lisbeth Salander from The Millennium Series, as she seems to be capable of doing anything! I’m sure she’d save me from going crazy, protect me from all the bad things and provide some solid friendship. 

 


So…Who do I tag?

 

 


And what are the nominee’s questions?

  1. What is your most unique quality and how does it materialize itself in your blog?
  2. Your favorite author comes to you for advice about his/her next book, hoping to decide on the best path. Which author, book series, character and plot would you recommend?
  3. Which job in the government would you want and why?

 

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!

365 Challenge: Day 114 – Earthy

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Earthy: resembling or suggestive of earth or soil

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People have lived on the planet called Earth for millions of years. Billions if you count previous incarnations of plant and animal life. Many argue it was created during a cataclysmic explosion; others by the hands of a powerful god. No matter what you believe, it was one of the very first things to be discovered by humankind. Whether you slept on it as a baby, crawled on it as an infant, or played on it as a child, you must have fond memories of touching the soil, grass, waters and rocks that comprise what we call our land.

Our land. This land is our land. In America, those words are part of our our national canon of heritage songs. Many people attribute them the American Revolutionary War in the late 18th century, claiming our independence from another (won’t say who… too many friends from there… and part of me wants to live there); however, the song was actually composed and published in the 1940s by folk singer Woody Guthrie. Today’s 365 Daily Challenge honors our great founders and leaders as we celebrate Independence Day, our Fourth of July holiday. Rather than add another post about this great celebration, as so many of my friends and acquaintances are doing a fantastic job writing about it, I thought I’d take a different approach and cover something about our land… hence the word “earthy” as the challenge for today.

Have you ever taken a moment to simply think about the Earth’s land? We’ve studied it in science courses, learning about the different layers, crusts and cores. We’ve memorized different aspects of geography from mountains to lakes and plains. We’ve prepared timelines for historical conquering of one country by another. Many of us have planted flowers, trees and vegetables in the dirt. We’ve swam in the oceans. We’re turned its materials into abodes and clothing to keep warm.

Many of us have been privileged to purchase our own land. A small home in the suburbs. An apartment building in the city. A farm in the country. We gave someone else money and in exchange received the deed and title to a parcel of land that we could call our own. And each previous owner did the same thing. It all traces back to some king or queen, the Native Americans (or other country’s original inhabitants)… somewhere, thousands of years ago, a person staked claim on part of the Earth and used it as a means for bartering and paying for materials and goods. But have you ever thought about who first owned this land?

Along the way, it’s become important for so many people to say they own a piece of land. To have something they can call their own. To be able to do whatever they want with it without someone else stopping them. It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to stand on something you’ve worked hard for and to have those moments of pride and honor. If we were to trace it back as far as we can, who first owned it? When did the concept of individual parcel ownership become such a powerful aspect of life. The same house on Long Island where I grew up which sold for over $500K could be worth $100K in many other states. The value of money is the significant factor, but when you truly step away and think about it, it’s land. It’s just an earthy material, right?

Soil. Grass. Water. Rocks. While it makes tons of sense to me how this happened… and why it’s more valuable in one place than another… it makes no sense to me when there is so much of it to go around, to share among the billions of people on the planet. And we don’t always remember how important these little facts are. And so today, as we’re celebrating Independence Day in America, or just a normal Tuesday in any other country, maybe we should all take a moment to feel earthy for a few moments…

  • To pick up a handful of soil and remark at it’s ability to turn itself into so many things
  • To touch something green — a plant, a shrub or a tree — and know it is the foundation of all of our food and air
  • To drink a glass of fresh and clean water, knowing that’s not the case everywhere around us
  • To admire close up or from a distance some great mountain range or small stone and realize they provide us protection from the other elements

This post could have been on Earth Day. It could have been on New Year’s Day. But I thought about it today. Earthy. Connected with our planet. Connected with our land. Ownership. Freedom. Power. All the struggles over the years to maintain it. Or seize it. Or protect it. And yet we don’t always take proper care of it.

No, I’m not going all hippy or environmentally protective or focused… remember, these are 5 to 10 minute reads and thoughts… just a reminder what we already have in our lives and all that we want in the future. And that maybe we should take 5 minutes every day to connect with nature around us — to feel earthy… as it will help ground us among a sea of rocky pastures… and ultimately grow towards the future we hope to achieve.

 

RECOMMENDED BLOGGER

  • As part of the 365 Daily Challenge, on a go-forward basis, I am going to highlight a blogger at the end of each post. The blogger will be someone I’ve come to know well via WordPress and social media, who has a site everyone should take a look at. It will also be someone connected to the word of the day. Yesterday, I started with the post on Growing with Roda…
  • Today’s blogger to know is Nel @ Reactionary Tales. Nel has become a friend both on WordPress and daily texting, covering what’s going on in each other’s lives, advice for sullen days, happy moments on fun days… I’m grateful to have a new friend. Nel is connected with the word “earthy” for a few reasons. In the link with her name above, you will read a post about how she saved a few baby birds from nets which would have undoubtedly wounded them so they could no longer fly, becoming easy prey for other animals. She has a regular post on different animals that are in danger. And she provides wonderful ideas and content about all the things in nature around her. She’s someone to check out and follow just to find that way each day to connect with the positive around us. Go see what I mean!

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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.