AWARD: Black Cat Blue Sea #2

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Many thanks to The Living Book Tree for nominating me for the Black Cat Blue Sea Award. I’ve been nominated once before, but this is a different set of questions, so I thought it would be fun to participate.



What exactly is the Black Cat Blue Sea Award?

This award is for bloggers who strive to write for everybody, and no matter how many viewers they get, make an impact on a reader. This award is an expression of gratitude to the nominee. It should be awarded to anybody that you choose deserves it, and it doesn’t mean that they must have hundreds of followers and likes.



Anybody nominated can nominate up to eight other bloggers
the nominee answers three questions posed by the nominator
the questions you ask while nominating can be any three questions
if any of the questions asked are offensive or the nominee simply does not want to answer, the nominee does not have to answer them to earn the award


The Questions & My Answers:

1.What is your guiltiest pleasure?

  • Probably food and liquor. I have a hard time saying no to chocolate, bread and cheese, champagne or cake. When I am super happy or super sad, I immediately for them. 🙂

2. What is your greatest joy in life?

  • My friends and family. My dog, Ryder.

3. Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your 13-year-old self?

  • It’s a waste of time and energy to hide who you are from other people. The only person who loses out is you. When you add up the minutes, it seems such a loss to give away time to others who are probably either not worth it or who will be very understanding and happy no matter who you are. Be yourself and the world will find a way to love you.


My additional questions are:

1. If you could take one character from one book and put it in another who would it be and why?

  • I would put Harry Potter in a romance novel. I’d love to see what 18-year old Harry would do with that kind of trouble… maybe he’d use his wand to send the girl away, or he’d fall in love and be a dashing stud. Either way, it’d be hilarious to see how it all played out!

2. What can’t you live without during the summer?

  • Air Conditioning. I hate the heat more than anything else in my life… and if I sweat, when I’m in public, I am a miserable guy. There are a few situations I don’t mind sweating in, but that’s a topic for another day.

3. What would you say to someone that is in a reading slump?

  • Message me. We’ll go through my top 10 books and find the perfect match. I know how to pick really strong ones, so I feel confident that I’ll kick the slump’s a$$ out the door.


The Ones I Challenge:


Note: You can pick any of 4 of these 6 questions to answer!!!


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.



40 thoughts on “AWARD: Black Cat Blue Sea #2

    bookfandom1001 said:
    July 30, 2017 at 5:45 PM

    Thank you for tagging me I can’t wait to do this challenge. 😊

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 30, 2017 at 5:46 PM

      Have fun with it! I made it a little more fun/easy (not sure!) by giving you the opportunity to pick certain Q’s! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

    Zoë said:
    July 30, 2017 at 5:49 PM

    Thanks for tagging/awarding me! 🙂 I can’t wait to give this one a try. The questions you came up with seem like a lot of fun!

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 30, 2017 at 5:52 PM

      Enjoy! I hope you have fun. I borrowed some from a few others and added in my own this time. Good luck.


    Noriko said:
    July 30, 2017 at 6:45 PM

    Congratulations!! Well then, you’re a go-to guy when we’re having reading slumps. Good to know! 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    Mama Cass said:
    July 30, 2017 at 6:59 PM

    Loves it! 🙌😎😘

    Liked by 1 person

    RhapsodyBoheme said:
    July 30, 2017 at 7:28 PM

    Congratulations and loved your answers 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    MoJo said:
    July 30, 2017 at 8:47 PM

    Thank you my friend. This is one award I have not received before,and per your previous (yet again) awesome advice, I will start a post draft on it now. 😉 You made my day. Thanks for the love love!

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 30, 2017 at 8:47 PM

      You are welcome! I’m so glad I chose the right one for you… excellent. did something right twice today.


    susandyer1962 said:
    July 30, 2017 at 8:51 PM

    Wow, you have been busy today! Congratulations on all of your tags and for hitting over 2000 followers!! So, about this sweating you left to discuss on another post? Haha haha……..

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 30, 2017 at 8:54 PM

      I know… so many! I am trying to start the week out with nothing outstanding on my draft list. Won’t be happening. But I can try. Thanks!

      And I was talking about sweating in the gym, of course, right?

      Liked by 1 person

    susandyer1962 said:
    July 30, 2017 at 9:04 PM

    Hahaha innocent is NOT something I think when I think of my buddy Jay in my soon to be home state!!!

    Nice try though………props for trying lol!!

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 30, 2017 at 9:06 PM

      Ha! That welcome package might just get lost in the mail now…

      How does everyone come to this same conclusion? I must give off different vibes than I think I do. I always thought I was so shy and quiet. LOL

      Are you ready for the drive tomorrow?

      Liked by 1 person

    Trisy @ Bobo's Book Bank said:
    July 30, 2017 at 9:06 PM

    Sigh…13…yup wish my 13 year old self had met you, Jay! Great advice!😜😜

    Liked by 1 person

    susandyer1962 said:
    July 30, 2017 at 9:08 PM

    Yes yes yes!!! I can’t wait to leave!!

    Shy and quiet???Hahaha uh……. no!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    Kristin said:
    July 30, 2017 at 9:18 PM

    mmhmm, he might use that wand alright. Sending her away wasn’t what popped in mind :O

    Liked by 1 person

    coffeelovingbookoholic said:
    July 31, 2017 at 1:56 AM

    your advice to your 13-year-old self is amazing! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    thelivingbooktree said:
    July 31, 2017 at 12:05 PM

    Really great answers. So if I’m ever in a Reading slump I Will def write to you 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    glamitupwithtc said:
    July 31, 2017 at 12:40 PM

    Congratulations yet again 😁

    Liked by 1 person

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