New Blog Feature: Tips & Advice

Welcome to a new feature on my blog: tips and advice on a variety of topics ranging from everyday life to product and service recommendations to clever ideas for bloggers, writers, and readers.

  • You will find lessons learned, motivational thoughts, and easy suggestions that apply to general life and finding a path to happiness.
  • Other hacks and tricks consider the world of literature and publishing to help bloggers, reviewers, and authors kick off a new website, develop a marketing plan, or write a book review.
  • I’m even going to share some of my favorite products and services that friends and family have create and offered to others via their companies and websites.

Welcome to the site of my future tips, tricks and advice for everyday life. Beginning on 11/8 and continuing as a weekly segment, you will find lessons learned, motivational thoughts, and suggestions to help with a wide range of things. One portion of the tips and tricks will apply to general life and finding a path to happiness. The other portion will apply to the world of literature, book reviewing, publishing, blogging, & writing.

While I will host and lead these posts, I plan to invite fellow bloggers to guest post each month too. I’ve met dozens of online friends who are life coaches, motivational speakers, advice lenders/givers, and genuinely good, honest souls. I want to offer them an opportunity to share their ideas too… and what better place than the This Is My Truth Now blog?

(FYI – if you’re interested, message me to discuss ideas on how you can contribute)

First, I will start off by saying I am not formally educated or trained as a doctor or life coach. Second, I admit that any fool can offer advice which might or might not be ideal. Third, after writing a 365 Daily Challenge blog nearly two years ago, I have amassed a ton of useful advice on what to do and what not to do in life. It’s time to share that in a more formalized manner. Fourth, I plan to handle this quite differently than what one would usually find available on the Internet. What I intend to do is offer ideas and suggestions based on personal experience. It will not be an overly complex, step-by-step how-to guide. You can find those on YouTube… but I can provide some guidance in certain areas to help you decide which things you might want to follow through with in the future.

Or does it?

My tips, tricks, and advice will apply to things I’ve personally experienced or helped someone else through in the past. I’ve divided this into two separate themes and will properly update the menu structure in the coming days on this blog. To provide a few examples, here are examples of things I expect to offer:

  • If you have an account on Twitter, be sure to take advantage of two key features: (a) pinning a tweet to your profile and (b) use the bookmark feature. Stay tuned next week to find out why in the first of this new series.
  • You will never be 100% comfortable with every decision you make all the time in life. There are parameters outside of your control which could divert your plans in the absolute wrong direction. Rather than plan for every potential issue or get stuck worrying to the point you cannot decide what to do, find a happy medium based on risk and comfort level. Find your balance without being stationary.
  • Authors need reviews to get noticed by more readers. But there are other paths that don’t involve pressuring your friends and family to post anything just to get another 5-star rating. Have you thought about the best way each of the different people in your life can help? Some might be strong at reviews but what about those friends who can drop off your book in the library of their apartment building? Or someone who might be able to connect you with a magazine editor or publisher for a mini news article on the web or physical form? What about the friend who visits the doctor all the time… maybe (s)he’d be willing to accidentally leave a copy of your book there for someone to enjoy?
  • People don’t realize the impact they have on someone else. It isn’t always a positive experience. Reacting to a situation without giving it some thought often makes the problem a lot worse. Before blasting someone for something they’ve said or done, humiliating them and/or damaging your relationships… give some consideration to why they did what they did. If you can open your mind to what might’ve led to their reaction, you have a better chance of helping them understand what they’ve done wrong or how to behave better in the future. Fighting fire with fire is not usually the best approach to putting out the flames.


These are just a few of the types of things I plan to cover. As you can probably tell, I’m not a famous author… I haven’t earned millions of dollars… I do not have producers after me to create a show from my books – YET! But I do something every day to get me there. And at some point, it will pay off in a variety of ways. So… you can opt in to read these posts or you can ignore them — I totally understand it not being the right content for you. But I feel a responsibility to share what I’ve learned, as we should all do in our lives, so that we can have the best possible impact on this world when we leave it.


About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. My new book series, Braxton Campus Mysteries, will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations but with a twist. There are five books: Academic CurveballBroken Heart Attack, Flower Power Trip, Mistaken Identity Crisis, and Haunted House Ghost. I read, write, and blog A LOT on this site where you can also find all 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. 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. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.


  1. Your “About Me” section should say “ tireless and creative.” Congratulations on your monthlong focus on your Halloween cozy, and best wishes on this new blogging idea. It will be interesting, for sure.👏🏻

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    • Thank you, Linda. I am hopeful I can pull this one off. I am not sure yet how to organize it, as I don’t want to lump all the advice / tips together, but I can’t take on more admin… it’ll come to me at some point soon.

      Hope you have a wonderful weekend. And Happy Dia De Los Muertos (not sure I got that right) but I know it’s a big one for Mexico.


  2. This is a great new adventure. I look forward to seeing it. I will also think of there is anything I could contribute as a still going strong 70 year old. At my age I see young people agonizing over things I know will pass but it is hard to say that to people for whom it is the current crisis of their lives.

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    • Hi Candace. I used to keep one, but I found there was so much going on, I let lots of things go. Social media seems to document most of this for me now, and if it’s more private, I will email myself things. (odd, huh?)

      I think it’s a great way to keep ourselves focused and learning about our own minds and decisions.

      What made you think of it?


  3. I came to visit the “new blog” as you said in the newsletter and was perusing said blog when I spotted the tips and advices. Of course I had to read this and now I can say that I want more because yes that’s true what you’ve said above Jay. About the impact of words on someone’s life and before speaking with hunger just try to think! Also about how people can help you and how you don’t have control on everything but have to find your “middle ground”. So I’ll be back for more!

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