AWARD: Blogger Recognition #3

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Many thanks to Nel @ Reactionary Tales for being an absolutely amazing and fantastic blogger and friend, as well as nominating me for this award. Her daily post is always something extremely valuable to read, and I hope you will check it out. Above and beyond the posts, she and I chat offline and have begun building a friendship, so I know she’s worth checking out. Go see what you can find on her site right now!!!


The Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 10 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.



My Story

  • I’ve shared versions of this story before, but I’m going to tell it from a different perspective this time. Most people who follow me know me as the Crazy Book Reviewer and 365 Daily Challenge Poster. Both are true and also the reasons I begun writing part of my blog. There is a third reason, perhaps one not as well known as the others…
  • Jay fell in love with creating stories when he was a young boy in the 1830s 1920s 1980s. Some days, I no longer remember due to his creativity taking him all over the world and all throughout history. He was an only-child who spent all his time inside his own head, which made it easier to create life for others without worrying about being judged. By the time he went to college, he’d decided that he wanted to become an author, but he let go of that dream for nearly twenty years to focus on building a career and earning money. All that changed last year when he left the corporate life, deciding it was finally time he became a published author.
  • I’ve written an entire novel which I’m currently shopping with literary agents and independent publishers. I’ve started 4 other novels, all with at least 4 chapters and a full outline. Last week, I began the next novel I plan to remain focused on… completing the first chapter earlier today. Writing is in my blood and in my soul. Becoming an author is what I want because it’s who I am. When I set my mind on a challenge, I have and will always succeed.
  • I built a few websites to get to know the world, to let the world hear my voice and know my style. While my blog is much more free-form, my novels are well-structured, full of complex plots, contain beautiful settings and challenging characters. I want to share my stories with you along this journey as I connect with friends, fans and followers across all social media platforms. This website is one of those, but I hope to build many more. I hope you’ll join me and help me navigate towards the future I know has already been destined for me.
  • Two other sites includes:



My Advice

  • First piece of advice: 
    • Always be honest in your writing. Admit when you’ve made a mistake. Acknowledge when you missed something critical. Learn to laugh at your failures. Find a way to take each moment and extend that growth into the next moment. Your imagination will help deliver you where you need to be. Just put the words out there and worry about the editing process a few days later. If you don’t start it, you will never end it.


  • My second piece of advice: 
    • Engage with everyone. Find something you like about a person and connect with them. You never know what (s)he could bring to your life or you could bring to his or hers. Nothing exists without people sharing communication, and if you are a roadblock or unwilling to open yourself up, you won’t be able to succeed in the way you are meant to do so. The only person who holds you back is you, so remove that obstacle and your chances have already improved.



My Nominees



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.


52 thoughts on “AWARD: Blogger Recognition #3

    Harini@BooksandReaders said:
    July 25, 2017 at 8:55 PM

    Congrats James 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    thenuttybookblogger said:
    July 25, 2017 at 9:06 PM

    your blog is worthy of many awards, I am glad I found you.

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 25, 2017 at 9:33 PM

      Thank you so much! I am trying to catch up today, so that I am up to date on my tags and awards. Sorry for all the posts in one day! Great to meet you. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

    Nel said:
    July 25, 2017 at 9:15 PM

    You didn’t have to be that nice to me. I’m nothing crazy special 🙂 Congratulations! This award actually meant Blogger of the Year because you’ve definitely made your mark my friend!

    Liked by 2 people

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 25, 2017 at 9:34 PM

      Shh… I think you are talking about the wrong person! 🙂 Thank you again. You deserved all the kind words.

      Liked by 1 person

        Nel said:
        July 25, 2017 at 9:35 PM

        Ha! We’ll agree to disagree this time then otherwise we’ll be debating until we’re 90 😛

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        July 25, 2017 at 9:38 PM

        now that’s quite a true statement… in the rocking chairs.

        Liked by 1 person

        Nel said:
        July 25, 2017 at 9:39 PM

        You can be in the chair. I’ll be on one of those rocking ponies. 😉

        Liked by 2 people

        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        July 25, 2017 at 9:40 PM

        Awesome. We’re gonna rock around the house tonight!

        Liked by 1 person

    BeaFreitas said:
    July 25, 2017 at 9:44 PM

    Congratulations !!! Absolutely love your advice!

    Liked by 1 person

    Trisy @ Bobo's Book Bank said:
    July 25, 2017 at 11:27 PM

    Excellent advice Jay…you rock!🌠

    Liked by 1 person

    Egg Reader said:
    July 25, 2017 at 11:34 PM

    Great post and great answers! ❤️❤️❤️

    Liked by 1 person

    cwhiteweb said:
    July 25, 2017 at 11:47 PM

    Great advice! Congratulations James 🎊 😊

    Liked by 1 person

    RPR said:
    July 26, 2017 at 12:02 AM


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    PoojaG said:
    July 26, 2017 at 7:03 AM


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    glamitupwithtc said:
    July 26, 2017 at 7:19 AM

    Congratulations! 💫

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    janieleeds said:
    July 26, 2017 at 8:04 AM

    Congrats Jay! I am really enjoying getting to know you through your posts! I can’t wait to read your book! Looks like a perfect way to spend a weekend!

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    RobbyeFaye said:
    July 26, 2017 at 1:03 PM

    Oh, WOW! I just saw that you nominated me!! Thank you so very much for your kind award.

    I will be a few days getting to it. I’m trying to keep up with my blog while fighting some nasty flu-like symptoms that have me dragging!

    Thanks again so very much!

    Liked by 1 person

    RobbyeFaye said:
    July 26, 2017 at 1:03 PM

    Congrats, to you, by the way!

    Liked by 1 person

    Valerie @ Valerie's Musings said:
    July 26, 2017 at 2:24 PM

    Congratulations on another award! You definitely deserve it. 🙂 I love the advice you gave. They’re both things I sometimes have to remind myself about. I’m not naturally a super open person (except online 😉 ) so sometimes it’s hard to open up to others.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 26, 2017 at 3:36 PM

      Thank you. I appreciate it. It is hard. Somehow, I found a way to just let go and be super open. It makes me feel free, less worried about things. 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

    inspirationpie said:
    July 26, 2017 at 6:36 PM

    Congrats, Jay. You have some great advice there. I love that you are so open to communicating and helping others 🙂


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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 26, 2017 at 6:37 PM

      Thank you, Jo-Ann. I appreciate it. How’s settling back in after the trip?

      Liked by 1 person

        inspirationpie said:
        July 26, 2017 at 6:43 PM

        Your very welcome 🙂

        Laundry’s done, things are getting normal but UGH…There’s too much going on around here for me to get in a writing groove and it’s making me crazy (I don’t have too far to go, either!)

        Thanks for asking, though. Going to try to get some blog posts up maybe that will give me a feeling of accomplishment at least 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

    Blogger Recognition Award! – FNM said:
    July 26, 2017 at 6:50 PM

    […] so much to James @ This Is My Truth Now for nominating me for this award! James runs a truly awesome blog which includes book reviews, TV […]

    Liked by 1 person

    Christy B said:
    July 26, 2017 at 10:20 PM

    Congrats! I like that you say the only thing that holds you back is you – absolutely! Our mind is our only limit so let’s think far-reaching!!

    Liked by 1 person

    Phantom Paper said:
    July 27, 2017 at 3:58 AM

    Oi, sound advice, Jay! ‘If you don’t start it, you will never end it.’ You hear me Procrastination?? Start it! 😁

    Liked by 1 person

    thenuttybookblogger said:
    July 27, 2017 at 10:27 AM

    You put a lot of time into your blog. I am in college full time trying to get blogs done too…time is always scarce…i work too. It’s hard but glad I can be inspired by you and your blog ~your friend, Jackie

    Liked by 1 person

    frenchc1955 said:
    July 27, 2017 at 12:05 PM

    Hello, I have nominated you for The Unique Blogger Award! The information can be found here:


    Mama Cass said:
    July 28, 2017 at 4:49 PM

    I think you’re one of the nicest, compassionate, sweetest and intelligent guys I’ve ever *met*. Hugs Jay, I love your answers.

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 28, 2017 at 5:18 PM

      Thank you! Hugs to you, too. Hope you have a wonderful weekend planned.


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