Day: October 9, 2017

365 Challenge: Day 211 – Rip (RYDER RANT)

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Rip: to just let something release even faster than you expected



Good Day! It’s Ryder and I’ve got control of the blog again today. Dad’s busy with some book cover launch; he had to let it rip this morning since the on-sale date is coming sooner than he expected. Kudos to him. I’m still angry he hasn’t put my picture in the book. As I searched for a word today, a picture of either dead people or human muscles appeared in the image section. I am not sure what that’s all about, as I meant the word ‘rip’ in terms of letting his book, or my little venting session, release this week.

They finally returned from their trip and it was great. I missed them. But at the same time, they are totally ripping up my routine now that we’re all back home. I am used to waking up leisurely in the morning, letting the sun dance on my fur. Instead, they are up early and I don’t get to sleep in like I did for a few weeks while they were gone. How rude! I suppose Dad gets more done this way, but still… I should come first. I am not happy when he nudges me out of the bed to re-make it, nor when he runs off to the gym first thing and makes a whole bunch of noise. And don’t get me started on the big fall clean-up they did outside this weekend on my NYC Enchanted Terrace. I had some birds and stuff I left for use in the future; now they’re all gone. I’ll have to find a few more before it gets too cold.

As for the whole word ‘rip’ — let me just say this… I don’t like this word. It doesn’t have a good connotation. Either you get ripped off, or you are dead (R.I.P.)… you’re ripping a band-aid off which always hurts. That expression about “ripping someone a new @#$%*&!” — I mean, seriously… how did we bastardize the English language in such a way? Speaking about that… I’ve read so many posts for Columbus Day about people saying he ripped off the Native Americans when he took over America. I suppose that counts for the meaning of the word, too. I just wish we could all live happily together supporting one another instead of being mean. But that makes me a Polly-Anna!

We’re back on a routine here, so I’ll be able to post again more regularly. Hope you all missed me. I will share a video of me on Instagram (in a few days) from when I was playing with my friend Zora while I was away. She’s fun, that’s us below. She’s three times the size of me, but we seem to find a way to get along even though I’m not usually very fond of other animals. She’s sort of related to me, only because she’s my Dad’s good friend’s dog. We both happened to be at the dog-sitter at the same time. They call her Zora the Destroyer, as she’s been at NY’s Comic Con 2017 this week! How fun. I miss her.



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.


My Novel: Watching Glass Shatter – BOOK COVER REVEAL

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I am very excited to reveal the cover of my first book — ‘Watching Glass Shatter’ — in today’s post. I thought about sending out a few teaser messages, but I’ve talked about it for a few months now… it’s time to debut! Without further ado, below is the book cover:



In the coming days, I will provide the launch date, places to purchase and the initial marketing plans. I will also share more about the selection of the cover art, explaining how and why it connects to the book. To see more, the book is listed on Goodreads at:

Please take a look and mark it ‘To Be Read’ in the coming days. Share with your friends and followers. I will have a few Giveaways on Goodreads as well as some posts to share more information with my fellow readers.  It’s very exciting and will become reality very soon!

Below please find ways for you to get involved in the launch. If you’ve already messaged me, I’ll be in touch over the next week to discuss next steps. Thank you.

As part of the launch of my new novel, Watching Glass Shatter, I am beginning to plan key marketing activities for November and December. If you are interested in participating, please private message me through email at or via any of my social media accounts. You can find the links at the bottom of this site. I am considering the following items plus anything else you might want to suggest:

  • Book Review
    • If you’re interested in reading the novel when it’s released, or possibly beforehand as an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC), sign up with your email address on my blog. I will have a few giveaways and freebies for a select number of folks who can help promote the novel.
    • Looking to promote and publish reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, Google+, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, your personal blog and anywhere else you can think of.

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  • Blog Tour
    • If you’d like to be part of a blog tour for the first month after it’s released to help promote and advertise the book, let me know.
    • I’m looking to do a 30-day launch party where someone posts on a specific day with advertising and promotion for the book after they’ve read it. I’m open to whatever content you’d like to include to drum up interest.

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  • Author Interview
    • Perhaps you’d like to do an interview feature by asking me a set of questions I can respond to on your blog.
    • Let’s talk about options on how you’d like to share more about me and the book with your followers.



I look forward to everyone’s interest and ideas. Thanks in advance for wanting to be part of the street team to help launch Watching Glass Shatter. Very exciting!


Book Summary

A contemporary fiction novel focusing on a New England family’s drama set in current times. The wealthy Glass family has lost its patriarch, Benjamin Glass, sooner than expected. Benjamin’s widow, Olivia, and her 5 sons each react to his death in their own way while preparing for the reading of his will. But it is Olivia who receives a very unexpected confession from her late husband about one of their sons that could shatter the whole family.

Prior to revealing the secret to her children, Olivia needs to figure out which boy Ben is referring to in the confession he left her in his will. While the family attorney is searching for the mysterious Rowena Hector whom Ben says holds the answers, Olivia asks her sons to each spend a week with her as she isn’t ready to let go of the past. But when Olivia visits her sons, she quickly learns that each one has been keeping his own secret from her.

Olivia never expected her remaining years would be so complex and life altering, but she will not rest until she is able to bring her family back together after Ben’s untimely death. Will she be able to fix them or will the whole family implode? We all need family. We all want to fit in. We’re a mix of quirky fun!