365 Challenge: Day 364 – Reprieve

Reprieve: a cancellation or postponement of a punishment (ha… is the 365 a punishment?)


Two days left until the 365 Daily Challenge ends on the This Is My Truth Now blog. I’ve shared all the new segments with you, but as I write this post I find myself a little emotional. Since I’m sharing the official 365 goodbye in tomorrow’s ‘finale’ post, I’ll contain my feelings for another twenty-four hours. My message today applies to all of us who have been working hard toward a goal. Sometimes you need to take a break and give yourself the opportunity to rest and recover. I plan to do so in the next few days and weeks, but for now, here’s where my head is at:

  1. I submitted the final version of ‘Father Figure’ to the publisher today and we are done with all editing. We will finalize the cover and new title next week, but this second book is coming to an end in terms of the writing phase. Next up is the launch phase.
  2. Tomorrow completes the 365 Daily Challenge. I blogged for 365 consecutive days except for the five where my focus was on a sick Ryder. I made those up here at the end. Throughout the months, I’ve provided inspiration, laughs and tears. I made beautiful connections and friends. And I learned a lot about myself. Tomorrow I will share my true thoughts and emotions.
  3. On Sunday, I hit another milestone as it is my next birthday. My parents are visiting for brunch, then W and I will spend the evening together. I’ve asked for a sushi dinner! It will be the first day after the 365 Daily Challenge is completed. My mind will be free from one part of the blog and preparing to think about the next one. But the key thing: there will be no post this Sunday!


Before I jump into the new segments on my blog in tomorrow’s announcement and final post, I wanted to tell everyone to expect a short reprieve from me once this ends. I will need a few weeks to pull together the new segments, but I also need a few days without the requirement to post something. I’ve loved every moment of it, but with these 3 big events happening all at the same time, it’s important for me to recognize the need for a bit of rest. I still plan to post book reviews in the next few weeks. And if something happens to strike my fancy, I will post about it! But there will be nothing forcing me to stick to a schedule in the near term future.

I’m also thinking about the structure of the new segments, e.g. weekly, monthly, whenever I want but with the same title so everyone knows the scope of the post… lots to consider. I would like a bit of freedom not to have to write something unless I feel like the words or message are fully ready to be shared. I also want time to read other blogs and comment back and forth! Between books, short stories and posts, I’m always on and that falls to the wayside. I love being busy, but at the same time, let’s see what happens when I get a bit of a reprieve… maybe I’ll find my brilliant side… see you all tomorrow on the final post!


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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  1. Why is it that after this journey with you I kind of want you to post tomorrow and say “so, here it is… my TRUE thoughts and feelings…. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?! How have you read all this drivel for an ENTIRE YEAR?! Do you have no lives??” LMAO!!! For some reason, I just think that would be HILARIOUS!! But, then, we’ve all established that I’m pretty strange….

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  2. Whatever am I going to do without my daily dose of your truth now? I totally get the feeling of needing a break from your ever busier schedule. I felt that way after doing my 365 picture project last year and I didn’t even blog about them all. Looking forward to whatever comes next!

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  3. I can’t believe it has already been a year. What an accomplishment especially with everything else you have accomplished as well throughout the year. I’ve told you this already but I definitely think you deserve a break. I am looking forward to everything you have in store for us and in case I don’t talk to you Sunday I want to wish you an early Happy Birthday.

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  4. A well-deserved reprieve if you ask me. I don’t follow many people who post as consistently as you do, so I hope the break will do a lot good for you. And those 3 events are definitely note-worthy and heavy on the psyche! Keep it up, sir.

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  5. It may be a reprieve, but if I know you, there is already a blogging plan bubbling up. Will you have another series? Hmmm…I wouldn’t be surprised. As for a reprieve from writing your book, I am positive you have another book started and ready to roll. You are not one to lie idle! Congratulations, my dear friend.

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    • Thank you, Linda. I promise, I’m taking 2 weeks off before I start the new segments. I may post a few random things before then, but nothing serious! 🙂 The other book… well, no comment. Outline to commence in 1 week!


  6. Such an awesome accomplishment, Jay! So glad we met during it. Can’t wait to see what’s next, and know you always have a reader (and friend) in me! 🙂

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  7. Enjoy your well deserved freedom Jay and already happy birthday!!!! I’ll miss your daily posts but I know from posting for daily challenges since a few months now that as much as it’s fun it’s also taking its toll. So relax and see you soon!

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  8. You have incredibly motivation. Am sure some people feel motivated as well, while others feel they can’t measure up. But never mind. We all have a purpose and you are fulfilling yours with incredible tenacity. Only good will come from your efforts.

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