Day: August 5, 2017

My Novel: Watching a Glass Shatter

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It’s been a few months since I mentioned anything about my first novel, Watching a Glass Shatter, which prompted me to assemble this post as a way to share its current status. As you already know about the second book, Father Figure, I wanted to reveal a little more about the first.

Watching a Glass Shatter is the story of a ~65ish widow, Olivia Glass, who receives shocking news after the unexpected death of her husband, Ben. In a letter Ben left behind as part of his will, he confesses a secret about one of their five adult sons, but fails to specifically mention which one. Wretched with anger and fear, Olivia asks the attorney to investigate Rowena Hector, the mysterious woman whom Ben names in his last communication. While the attorney searches, Olivia embarks on a journey with each son to share one final moment and connection before the secret Ben kept must be revealed, ultimately changing the face of their family’s future.

Olivia has neglected her family over the years, losing touch as each son became a man and built his own life and family. She grew too focused on her place in society and her own needs that she failed to realize how to be a good mother. When she visits with her sons, Olivia learns they’ve been keeping secrets from her, too. The journey becomes not only about accepting the decision Ben made without her years ago, but to help prevent each of her sons from destroying their own lives with the secrets they’ve kept.

Theodore, the eldest, should be taking over the family law firm, yet his focus is anywhere but on the family business. When his wife intervenes, everything could change.

Matthew’s always been the dependable son, but his struggle is one that could have long-lasting impacts on the family if Olivia can’t help him learn how to survive.

Caleb chose to abandon his family a decade earlier, unable or unwilling to share his life with those whom he once held a strong bond. Will he even return at this point?

Zachary’s given his parents the most grief over the years. Olivia berates him over how he cares for his young daughter, unaware he might be strongest of them all.

Ethan is the youngest, finishing up the final steps to becoming a doctor and falling in love for the first time. But is the pressure getting too intense for him after the loss of his father?

The novel is about the relationships between brothers, husbands and wives, parents and children. The Glass family were once a strong brood, but blood can’t always keep you together when people’s fears and desires takeover. The story is told from the viewpoint of Olivia and each of the five sons, sharing the perspective and points of view from all angles. As the secrets slowly unfold, the Glass family begins to shatter. Olivia knows it needs to be her to break down the barriers and re-assemble what was once a powerful family. But time is running out in more ways than she knows. When she meets Rowena, the final pieces of the puzzle come together, placing the decision to reveal Ben’s secret in her hands, and her hands alone. Has she learned the lesson or will she make the same mistakes again? It’s her no-nonsense sister, Diane, who helps Olivia determine the path; however, the path is one neither of them could have predicted.

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My passion for this story is infinite. I lived and breathed the Glass family from September through December in 2016. It’s been through a few editing and beta reading stages in early 2017, and out with agents and publishers the last few months. I’m close to making a decision with a plan to publish the novel before the end of 2017.

If the story interests you, please check out the first three (3) chapters I’ve posted on the novel’s website:  https://theglassfamily.wordpress.com/watching-a-glass-shatter/

And tell me what you think! I’d love to hear from everyone. Thanks for reading.

 

-jay

 

About Me
I am a writer. I am currently searching for an agent and looking at independent publishing options for my first book, Watching a Glass Shatter. To see more, please check out the website for this novel where you will find the first 3 chapters, character bios and sample quotes.

I am writing my second novel, Father Figure, with plans to finish it in December, 2017. As part of the process to engage with my fans and followers, I am publishing a weekly status on the progress of this second book. For a description of this book, check out the post where my friends and followers voted for this book as my second novel.

Beyond these two books, I have a number of short stories, poems and other novels in various shapes and forms. I also read A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, Tags, Awards, Age/Genre/Book Reads and Author Spotlights, as well as the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge.

You can also access my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. 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.

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365 Challenge: Day 146 – Synergy

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Synergy: the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects

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Synergy has always felt like one of those buzz words from the early 2000s to me. Corporations attached themselves like vultures to the last remaining object of prey holding on with a determined grasp, pushing employees and customers to find the synergy between everything and anything. I lived through the tail end of it. It wasn’t a pretty sight. Not because it felt like a fake marketing attempt to design a better-sounding relationship than what had actually existed, but because so much effort had been put into something that is way more more simple and only ever required opening one’s eyes to the world around them.

Synergies have always existed. Whether it’s the bond you feel with a friend while watching your favorite television shows, the connection between an author and their editor or a beta reader when falling in love with a plot and character, or fans of a sports team rooting for a big win in unison. They don’t need to be crafted, designed, altered or constructed. Synergies should evolve naturally in order to have the most intrinsic and valuable effect possible. If it takes work, I worry a little about the authenticity of what’s being developed, which is never a good thing to question.

When I first began blogging, I wondered what type of content would feel most natural to me and anyone who perused my words. The answer was simple: book reviews. As I evolved, I pondered my voice and perspective. I’m certainly not very formal. While my grammar and word selection is certainly not poor, I make little effort to ensure I consistently follow all the rules of the Chicago style or whatever the latest trend is at the time. I write like I speak. There are pauses, breaks and silence. I use big words and simple words. I re-appropriate meanings to serve my intended purpose. I poke fun at myself. I am just being who I am in real life with a little more ‘oomph,’ given I feel more comfortable behind the computer or camera screen rather than in front of it. I’m less concerned with how I might look or sound to someone, allowing the words, passion and imagination do the work. And in the end, I feel like that’s what has created a synergy between me and… well… all of you.

Some days I connect over the 365 Challenge. Others it’s the books we’re reading. And at times it’s any of the novels I have written or am writing. I’m building a synergy with people around the world, enjoying and loving every moment of it. This pushed me to think about how synergy actually plays out in the world beyond our blogging platforms. For instance, in our friendships and family. What kind of synergy do we share? Does it evolve as we evolve? Is it part of the momentum when things are prosperous versus when things are downtrodden. How about with our colleagues, supervisors and staff? Do we feel that strong and innate connection when working together, or is it actually what the word “work” means? EFFORT.

When I picture the world I want to be surrounded by, it needs to be full of synergy. Full of people who share things in common with me. I don’t want to spend more time working on the effort than actually living. It’s a subtle difference for me. I’ve had many synergistic experiences in the past in several of my jobs and professional relationships, but many of them felt forced. Almost as if I had to be someone else in order to be successful at the whole game, for lack of a better word. But in the last six months, probably most of 2017, I haven’t had to search for this infamous synergy society tells us is so important. I innately feel it everyday when I have conversations about blogging, writing, reading, publishing, editing, marketing, networking, inspiring, challenging, thinking and organizing. I have this synergy with all of you, and for once, it’s natural.

Yes, there are days where I stress over how much I’ve taken on, but it never makes me upset. I channel it into more drive and focus, which ultimately energizes me each day to continue these efforts. To find my success. To build my future world. And when I stepped away to think about it this morning, I realized there are different ways to interpret synergy between things. Synergy between people. Synergy between experiences. Synergy between our different worlds. Synergy within ourselves. I will not pretend to know why this world of ours was created, and there are days where I certainly don’t follow my own advice, but the word synergy seems to be quite emblematic of what I think I should incorporate in every aspect of my life and my day. Life is not about just breathing and moving around for the sake of breathing and moving around.

It’s finding your connections and happiness in all that you do. I want my decisions to mean something. I want my relationships to have strength. I want my voice to have impact. And I want to know I’m living every moment in the most ideal way that will lead to success. But at the very core, I want this synergy to be natural, which means I have to be me and do what makes me feel good. I’m grateful to have realized it and to have the goals within striking distance, if not already a major component of my day.

Today’s post doesn’t have my normal addition of wit/humor/sarcasm. It’s just a few thoughts about how to find some focus in your life to ensure you’re on the path you want to be on. What’s your synergy? How do you locate it? How’s that exploration going for you?

P.S. Thanks to the faeries from R for motivating me today!

 

RECOMMENDED BLOGGER

  • Today’s 365 Daily Challenge recommended blogger to know is N.N. Light @ Princess of the Light. I chat more often with Mrs. N (at least I believe so!) who has been very gracious and kind in the several months we’ve been acquainted. We first connected on Goodreads where we shared a few books in common, but then found each other’s WordPress blogs. Not only is she an avid reader, but she and her husband have a business where they conduct author promotions and book reviews, among many other things. They’ve a very inviting design to their site with tons of promotional opportunities and inspirational advice. But beyond those great things, they are also published authors with a beautiful story, who’ve taken some time from their schedule to give me a little advice from time to time about the publishing industry. Genuine is the word that comes to mind when I think of these bloggers, which is why I wanted others to know of them, too.  Check out their books and the site to learn more. If you don’t believe me, below is a snippet from their very detailed About Me section:
    • “N. N. Light is the best-selling husband-wife writing team, commonly known as Mr. N and Mrs. N. Mrs. N. has been creating stories ever since she was little. Her grandfather remembers when she was two years old, she would stand at the top of the stairs and tell him a story filled with emotion (and in a language foreign to him) with her hands on her hips. Let’s just say she was a born storyteller. We wrote Princess of the Light in response to a life-changing encounter with a homeless man in our neighborhood. Princess of the Light is an inspiring Paranormal Romance and you can find out more information by clicking on My Books in the header at the top of the page.”

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work as a writer. My first novel, Watching a Glass shatter, is currently in reviews with literary agents and publishers. My second novel, Father Figure, is being written with a target to send to the publisher in December, 2017. But 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.