AWARD: Sunshine Blogger #6

Many thanks to Mischenko (Jenn) @ ReadRantRock&Roll for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. It was called #2, but it’s the sixth time I’ve been nominated for the award, so I’m not sure what to do except say how much I adore Jenn and her blog. You must go visit her site via the link above.


What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

How Does It Work:

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog

Mischenko’s Questions For Me

  • Is there something you can tell readers about yourself and your blog?
    • I am a writer and a reader. My almost 1-year old site is divided into several areas, including:
      • 365 Daily Challenge – Inspiration & Revealing daily posting challenge
      • Book Reviews – Over 500 completed
      • Tags / Awards – Over 75 fun personal quizzes and nominations
      • Miscellaneous – Author Spotlights, Book/Age/Genre Recommendations
      • Creative Writing
        • Novel: Father Figure
        • Novel: Watching a Glass Shatter
        • 2 mystery fiction novel overviews – draft form
        • Short Stories
        • Poems
  • What satisfaction do you get from blogging?
    • Seeing other people happy or inspired
    • Mentoring, guiding or teaching other people
    • Sharing book ideas
    • Making new online friends and hopefully a few I could meet up with
  • How do you bring traffic to your blog?
    • I post through WordPress but interface to lots of other places
    • I’m on tons of social media sites and I try to spend a few minutes on each one every day interacting with everyone who follows me or comments on my posts
    • I read a few posts from everyone I follow at some point during the week and try to interact as much as I can
    • You can find me and follow me at:
  • What’s something that you’d like to improve on this year?
    • Time Management: I feel like I am all over the place and not able to interact with people as much as I’d like to… so I need to organize my day enough to have time for everything each week.
  • How do you get motivated to blog?
    • I think about the benefits I bring to others and the opportunity to build connections across the world. And then I think about which topics mean the most to me so that I can offer quality, quantity and inspiration.
  • Do you have any favorite books this year?
    • I have read 60 books so far, and the highest rating I gave was a 4.5 out of 5 stars to:
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  • Are there any songs you’re into right now, or music artists?
    • I am a radio guy. I tend to just listen to a pop or rock station and enjoy whatever comes on!
  • What do you like to do with your spare time?
    • There is no such thing. It all goes to reading, writing, networking, gardening, TV, friends and family. But if I had it, I would hide in a corner and sleep.
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
    • I would like to be a published author with 5 books available for readers. I’d like to see 1 of the 5 being considered for a TV series or movie. I’d like to be a known quantity in the publishing industry working with other writers, including prominent authors, well-known authors, new/indie authors and those hoping to get published. I always try to give back as much as I’ve learned along the path to achieving my goals.
  • If you could choose ONLY 5 subjects to read on other blogs, what would they be? (Books, music, film, health, etc.)
    • Book Reviews
    • Monthly Update Posts
    • Humorous & Personal Life Stories
    • Inspirational Messages
    • Photos of Life Experiences
  • Do you make money from your blog? If not, do you have plans to try in the future?
    • Nope. I wouldn’t know how to begin… I would want to personally approve any message or ad I earned money for, and that seems rather tedious.


My Nominees:

Note: Since I’ve been nominated a few times before, I am only picking three new people for this award.


My Questions for the Nominees:

  1. What are all your social media links?
  2. What is your blog about?
  3. What prompted the start of your blog?
  4. What is your profession?
  5. Where you spend your free time?
  6. Do you have any pets?
  7. What are your 1 and 3 year goals?
  8. What part of the world do you live in?
  9. What TV shows do you watch?
  10. Who has inspired you the most in your life?
  11. What is your favorite vacation spot?


Questions Mischenko Answered – Get To Know Her!

What is your ideal vacation?

I love just chillaxing wherever I am. I love being at home, hanging out at the beach, and being out in nature. Ideal is doing what I like and being where I want to be.

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What do you love about yourself?

I’m told that I’m creative and I love that. When I make something and someone says, “Wow, you made that?”, It makes me feel awesome.

What do wish you could change about yourself?

There are actually a few things, but I would choose becoming more self-confident as my first choice.


What book are you reading now?

I’m reading Marcel Malone by Lew Watts and Beauty and the Beast by Vivienne Savage (audible).

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What keeps you blogging?

What keeps me blogging? That’s a hard one. I’m going to say interacting with people. I love learning about others. I’m going to mention a few specific people here that inspire me to continue blogging and that’s my mom (Starjustin), James, Nel, Stephanie, Vanessa, Claire, Noriko, Mohamad, Kim, Lana, Dani, Jo-Ann, Robin, Jennifer C, Dave, Donna, Misty, Kim, Christina, Anthony, MoJo and the list goes on. I also appreciate the authors that take the time out of their busy schedules to do Q&A’s with me,  I love that. I’ve learned so much and met some awesome people. That’s why I keep blogging.

You are having a relaxing evening.  What are you doing?

Either hanging with my family, having some tea while wrapped up in a good book, or simply listening to some great music.

Do you have pets?  

Yes, I have two border collies and a ton of outdoor cats. I love animals, and I wish I could give every single animal in the world a good life. Here are a few pics…


Winston and Cynder


Rambo The Wise


We had 13 kittens in April.  I’ll do a post on them soon…


Favourite pizza toppings?

I try not to eat meat or pizza in general, but I’ll say Sausage, Pepperoni, Onion, and Banana Pepper.

Coffee, tea or wine or other?

Organic decaf coffee and I love tea as well. Pukka and Yogi are my favorite tea brands.

What is your favourite season? 

Definitely fall and winter. I don’t deal well with the summer heat and look forward to harvest time and Christmas.

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What is your favourite book genre?

I absolutely love memoirs and non-fiction in general. I love learning about people and their pasts, and what they’re doing with their lives.



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. Wow, you really are the social media king! I was amazed by that. I recently saw Bloglovin, but need to look I to that one more. Talk about inspiration! I just loved all your answers and I hope everything you want to achieve in 5 years comes true for you. I find it all so amazing, James. Really! 💗 Thanks for reposting my questions too, that was sweet. Have a great night!

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  2. Congratulations! Thank you so much for the nomination! I also need to improve on time management for sure. Thank you for sharing all of your social media. Is your first novel a published one? I would like to check it out!

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  3. Congrats on yet another nomination James!
    And thank you so much for nominating me these questions look like loads of fun I look forward to starting on them soon!
    OMG, same here, my time management skills have been on an all time low this summer. I tend to just go with the flow and never bother to pay attention to the time – hence the reason I’m always late to just about anything and everything! *eek*

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    • Thank you. I appreciate it. Have fun with this one. 🙂

      I’m hoping to have this time management thing back under control in a few weeks. Boxing myself in for max times on each social media account and blog post! LOL


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