365 Challenge: Day 286 – Break

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Break: interruption (in continuity, sequence, or course) — as ‘Father Figure’ was sent to beta readers



I submitted the second draft of ‘Father Figure’ to the beta reader team last night. I asked for feedback in three (3) weeks by January 11, 2018, which gives me a break from writing and editing. It is much needed, as my head is a pile of goo right now. I plan to take the week off between the holidays, only to write the 365 Daily Challenge posts, and to read a few books. I will start drafting the 2018 marketing plan for Watching Glass Shatter right after the new year, then dive into the short story collection, beginning with Ethan.

I’ve updated the draft/tentative book summary for Father Figure below. My second novel has ~115K words (20% longer than Glass) and stands at 318 pages, which is funny, as that’s my birth date. It’s broken into 32 chapters with two primary characters and timelines. It’s contemporary fiction, centered around family drama, with a few elements of romance, mystery and suspense. It also has a relatively sizable diversity theme, and potentially geared towards young adults, but that’s not the primary focus. I’m still deciding how I feel about it… some moments, I think it’s 90% done and just requires a bit of input on a few open items. Other times, I am curious if it should be two separate books with more intensity added to separate the two story-lines. I look forward to the break and hearing all the beta reader thoughts. Hopefully it sounds intriguing! Many thanks to the team reading this draft.

Summary of Father Figure (UPDATED)

Between the fast-paced New York City, a rural Mississippi town, and a charming Pennsylvania college campus filled with secrets, two young girls learn the consequences of growing up too quickly. Struggling to survive in a claustrophobic, unforgiving world, they embark on a journey to overcome all the pain, disappointment, and horror of their experiences. Through alternating chapters set two decades apart, each girl’s plight unfolds revealing the parallels between their lives and the unavoidable collision that is bound to happen. In an emotional story filled with mystery, romance, and suspense, fate intervenes forcing someone to make a dreadful decision that will leave permanent scars.

Amalia Graeme, abused by her mother for most of her life, longs to escape her desolate hometown, connect with others, and fall in love. Contemplating an impending loss of innocence and conflicting feelings between her boyfriend and the dangerous attraction she’s developed for an older man, Amalia suffers devastating, life-altering tragedies. No matter where she turns, someone or something always steals her hope of finding happiness and protection.

Brianna Porter, a sassy yet angst-ridden NYC teenager, yearns to determine her life’s true purpose, conquer her fear of abandonment, and interpret an intimidating desire for her best friend, Shanelle. All the confusion stems from desperately needing to find the father whom her mother refuses to reveal, but an unexpected discovery of a journal leads Brianna to a shocking revelation about her missing parent. Unfortunately, by casting the net to find him, she’s unleashed a tragic history that was meant to stay buried and might now completely change everyone’s futures.


About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. 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.

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30 thoughts on “365 Challenge: Day 286 – Break

    Firelands said:
    December 23, 2017 at 9:25 AM

    Have a great holiday.

    Liked by 2 people

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      December 23, 2017 at 9:26 AM

      Thank you. I hope you do, as well. Any fun plans?

      Liked by 1 person

        Firelands said:
        December 23, 2017 at 9:28 AM

        Our Christmas Eve tradition: enjoying my wife’s sushi while opening presents.

        Liked by 1 person

        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        December 23, 2017 at 9:30 AM

        Lovely tradition. I always had Chinese for dinner on Christmas Eve when I was younger. Now it’s always different. Sushi would be a grand tradition.

        Liked by 1 person

    Books Teacup and Reviews said:
    December 23, 2017 at 9:27 AM

    That’s really amazing! Have a great holiday and enjoy break! ☺️

    Liked by 2 people

    Mischenko said:
    December 23, 2017 at 9:29 AM

    Father Figure sounds great! Exciting news! 😁 Hope you enjoy some relaxing reading time and have a wonderful Christmas and New Year, J! 💚❤💚

    Liked by 2 people

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      December 23, 2017 at 9:31 AM

      I appreciate it. I need it. So do you! I hope you and your family have an amazing holiday weekend, too.

      Liked by 1 person

    theloyalbritwit said:
    December 23, 2017 at 9:36 AM

    Congrats Jay!! I look forward to hearing more in the coming weeks. 🙂 A early Happy Holidays/Merry Christmas! 🎄💚

    Liked by 2 people

    Roda said:
    December 23, 2017 at 9:50 AM

    Congrats! You deserve a break!!

    Liked by 2 people

    melaniemolewriter said:
    December 23, 2017 at 10:18 AM

    I’m looking forward to the short story collection! 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

    wakinguponthewrongsideof50 said:
    December 23, 2017 at 10:59 AM

    Great job! Looking forward to all the good things happening in 2018!,

    Liked by 2 people

    roseelaineblog said:
    December 23, 2017 at 11:04 AM

    Have a lovely well deserved break. 😊

    Liked by 2 people

    scr4pl80 said:
    December 23, 2017 at 11:09 AM

    Sounds like another winner. I’m interested to see how these two girls’ lives intersect. Any concern about the movie out now “Father Figures” having an impact on your novel? Have a great break!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      December 23, 2017 at 12:06 PM

      Thank you. I am excited! Happy Holidays! I am a bit worried about there title. I am considering something different too! Very different plots tho!

      Liked by 1 person

    BrizzleLass said:
    December 23, 2017 at 1:22 PM

    Have a great break…you deserve it for all of the hard work you have done this year!

    Liked by 2 people

    mistysbookspace said:
    December 23, 2017 at 3:29 PM

    Congrats Jay you definitely deserve a break!! I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

    Liked by 2 people

    theorangutanlibrarian said:
    December 23, 2017 at 4:18 PM

    Definitely sounds intriguing!

    Liked by 2 people

    By Hook Or By Book ~ Book Reviews, News, & Other Stuff said:
    December 27, 2017 at 1:00 PM

    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas Jay. Enjoy your much needed break.🤗

    Liked by 1 person

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