365 Day Challenge

Author Alert: Didi Oviatt’s Book Makeovers!

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Earlier this year, I had the privilege to read two fantastic books by Didi Oviatt. I’m going to be reading a third sometime in the next three months, too, once it’s ready to launch. While this prolific and creative writer works on that next book, she’s also signed on with a new publisher and has re-issued her earlier books – it’s makeover time! And what gorgeous covers they’ve come up with.

In today’s post, I’m sharing the new covers, new blurbs, some updated special scenes, and the links to get everything when it’s re-published this month. If you’ve missed out in the past, now’s your time to jump on the bandwagon because once it gets rolling, you might not catch up! Here’s a link to her dedicated author page on my blog — very few have earned this spot… but she’s definitely one of them!

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Aggravated Momentum:

The life of a seemingly normal family is shattered as long-buried skeletons emerge and dark family secrets surface.

Danger lurks so close to home. But who is the cold, calculated murderer? Can it be Markie or Kam: one of the independent sisters, guilty of nothing more than getting tangled with the wrong people at the wrong time?

Or is it another cowardly snake, curled in a hidden corner?

The deeper you dig, the more breathtaking the secrets you will find.

 
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Search For Maylee:

Since Maylee was abducted from her high school the very month of graduation, her Aunt Autumn has never lost hope in finding her.

It’s been three years. Autumn has finally reached inside herself and found the courage to track down an old lead, and travels across the country to find more clues about Maylee’s disappearance.

But will she be able to pry Maylee’s case back open, and what will she uncover in the process of searching for Maylee?

It’s a cold, dark world we live in, and Autumn is about to find out just how cruel it can be. But strength and determination are on her side, and she will do whatever it takes to deliver justice.

Excerpt from Search For Maylee

This wasn’t the same manager that she’d spoken to when she picked out the apartment. This new guy had a much smoother and kinder face, and he appeared to be a lot younger, probably in his late twenties. Perhaps a College drop-out? Autumn speculated, concluding that he was most likely managing the place for the free rent that the job entails. Was she stereotyping him? Maybe… Did she care? No.

“Can I help you ma’am?”  His smile rang friendly.

“Hi, yes.” She hesitated, “My name is Autumn. I’m renting an apartment here. I’m sorry to bother you so late.”  She straightened her wrinkly top and fiddled with a gnawed off thumbnail before saying, “I’m just arriving, and I was wondering if you know of anyone that I could pay to help me unpack?”

“Oh, hey, yes, I heard about you!”  His handsome smile grew causing his ears to lift, and a cute little crease to form just below the right cheekbone. “Apt 22 right?”

“Yes, that’s right.”

“Howdy then, ma’am, I’m Jeremy.”

It was a very informal introduction yet he insisted on shaking her hand. His palm was big and his fingers were slightly calloused. A heavy free hand slapped her on the shoulder causing her entire body to jolt. He seemed like a very outgoing young man. A few husky voices rang in from behind him. Autumn could hear a couple of men laughing and joking in the background. It actually sounded like they were having a blast. She couldn’t quite make out their jokes or comments, but it wasn’t from lack of trying. A listening ear strained to make out their words.

Autumn tried, without success, to recall the last time she was able to laugh so freely.  Even with her friends, witty conversation and playful banter had been forced since the loss of Maylee. The lighthearted beam that Autumn used to carry with her everywhere, was now nothing more than a distant flicker.

It existed somewhere, but she was unable to actually grasp it tight enough to hang on for more than a few seconds at a time. Every time that lighthearted twinkle returned to her eyes, or a gleeful fire began to build in her chest, it was quickly distinguished with grief. Washed away before anything more than a spark could ignite. But, at least there was hope. Autumn was here for a reason and maybe someday she could get that light back.

Jeremy must have noticed her distraction by his guests because he tilted his head to the side, leaned into her personal space, and made a fully conscious effort to engage her in eye contact. That attractive crease in his cheek returned with the questioning grin he threw at her. Embarrassed butterflies escaped Autumn’s chest and a lump formed in her throat.

“Care to join?” He asked, pointing over his tall shoulder with a large outstretched thumb. “I’ve got a few friends over. We just finished up a barbeque. I’m sure there’s a burger left if you’re hungry?”

“Oh no,” was her very quick response.

Autumn couldn’t possibly impose on a party of strangers. The pull of her tired eyelids were nagging at her to get settled for the night, and she couldn’t help but to notice there wasn’t a female voice to be heard. This entire situation had danger written all over it. If there was one quality Autumn truly admired about herself it was a keen sense of reserved caution. After all, you’re nothing if not safe.

After declining the drink to go along with the already turned down burger that her stomach was very loudly cursing her for, Autumn again asked for help. Jeremy shouted over his shoulder toward the kitchen causing her to nearly jump out of her skin.

“Hey guys,” he yelled at his guests without taking his eyes off of her. The smile he had remained intact.  “I’ve got a quick job to do for a tenant, wanna’ help?”

Autumn’s eyes widened in fear, her feet shifted nervously beneath her, and she struggled to find words.

“I… Um… I can find someone else, really.” She hesitated.

Jeremy leaned forward and whispered, so that no one else could hear.

“They really only look scary, and they might smell, but they’re harmless, I assure you.” He said with a wink.

The three men that entered the room caused Autumn’s mouth to open, just a crack, and her shoulders to lower with the air that escaped her. An awkward rush of defeat crawled up her legs and stopped in her neck, threatening to drain the very life from her. The first man in sight was clearly older than Jeremy, by at least five years – was her guess.

He appeared to nearly double Jeremy in weight, and not the unhealthy kind either. There wasn’t an ounce of blubber to be found, only the thick hard kind of weight that most men only dream of developing. His hair was light, short, and squared off in a boxy type cut that had a weird way of making the muscles between his neck and shoulders look even bigger. A superman symbol was tattooed on his neck, just above the collarbone. It was the first tattoo Autumn noticed but definitely not the only one in the room.

Two more men emerged from behind the giant. One looked a lot like Jeremy, with the same smile and an identical crease below the cheekbone. It wasn’t really a dimple so much as a handsome dip of the skin, or a glorified wrinkle in the perfect spot.

 

Author Bio & links:
Didi Oviatt is an intuitive soul. She’s a wife and mother first, with one son and one daughter. Her  thirst to write was developed at an early age, and she never looked back. After digging down deep and getting in touch with her literary self, she’s writing mystery/thrillers like Search For Maylee, Aggravated Momentum, The Stix, and New Age Lamians. Along with a six- piece short story collection called the Time Wasters. She’s also collaborated with Kim Knight in an ongoing interactive short story anthology The Suspenseful Collection. When Didi doesn’t have her nose buried in a book, she can found enjoying a laid back outdoorsy life. Time spent sleeping under the stars, hiking, fishing, and ATVing the back roads of beautiful mountain trails, sun-bathing in the desert heat, along with watching the relaxing dance of a campfire plays an important part of her day-to-day lifestyle.
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Relentless: (a) ‘a force to be reckoned with’ or (b) 365 Daily Challenge word for today’s author alert — Didi Oviatt

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If you are new to the ThisIsMyTruthNow blog, the 365 Daily Challenge, or the Author Alert segment, check out the About Site section from the main menu. Below are some key things to know about this author, but at the end of this post, you’ll see the permanent page I’ve added to my blog. You can return to check out more on who she is, what she’s writing and how to buy her future work.

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Hello there This Is My Truth Now readers (and hi Ryder!).  Allow me to introduce myself before I proceed to barge my way into Jay’s blog for the day. My name is Didi Oviatt, and sometimes I consider myself to be a professional make believer. I write suspense novels and short stories, but to stop myself from getting carried away by talking too much about myself, which I’m good at *wink wink* let me first dive into Jay’s 365 word of the day!!

I think I’ll follow the lead of Chauncey Rogers. In his Author Alert on Jay’s blog last week Chauncey chose the word of the day (chicken), and did all the breaking down of this word rather than letting Jay do it. Now, because this is the big Book Blog Tour banner month for James J. Cudney’s novel Watching Glass Shatter, I feel like he could use the break today. [Alert Interruption from Jay — Yes, totally. I am grateful to you!]

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I’m choosing the word Relentless! I love this word, and for so many great reasons.

The word relentless is really a force to be reckoned with. It’s an adjective and it’s very definition states: oppressively constant; incessant. Some of the official synonyms listed for the word Relentless are: Persistent, constant, unabating, and even never-ending.

See, I told you, it’s quite a powerful word, right?!

Today when I think of this word, the very first thing that comes to mind is Ryder and his relentless love of chasing birds. The second thing that comes to mind is Jay and his relentless dedication to this perfectly executed blog, along with his relentless love for writing and producing such amazing literature and blog posts. Jay, you’re a fantastic human and I couldn’t be any more grateful to be here today. [Alert Interruption from Jay — Shh, I’m just me!]

The third thing that comes to mind with this powerhouse word of the day, is the character is my new release. Her name is Autumn, and the book is called Search For Maylee. You see, Autumn’s niece Maylee vanished. The last time anyone seen her was three years ago right after Autumn dropped her off in the parking lot of her High School. The case file was eventually placed on a dusty old shelf to grow cold and forgotten, yet Autumn refuses to let it go and give up. Autumn is RELENTLESS!

Autumn fights through her fears and anxiety in order to take matters into her own hands. Upon tracking down a current address for an old lead, she sells everything she has and moves across the country to find him…. and watch. Autumn has no intention of confronting this man, but rather to stock him in hopes of finding anything that might lead her to Maylee. What Autumn finds is far beyond anything she could have imagined. And, because of her relentless dedication to finding her niece, she continues to push through no matter what heart wrenching circumstance is wedged in her way.

[Alert Interruption from Jay — See, I told you she’s awesome and generous and cool! Now follow her site and blog to get more great deals and news in the future!]

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To see more about Didi Oviatt on ThisIsMyTruthNow, check out her dedicated author page where future content and books will added as she publishes them and I review them. You will also see my review at that link — and let me tell you, it was a GREAT Book. You won’t be disappointed and you may just find a new favorite to follow.

Thanks for stopping by this edition of the Author Alert.


 

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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365 Challenge: Day 365 – Finale

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Finale: the last part of a piece of music, a performance, or a public event, especially when particularly dramatic or exciting

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I have spent the last 365 plus 5 days on a quest to find myself. During this time period, I’ve shared all the ups and downs of my personal life with my online world. When the title of my blog is This Is My Truth Now, how could I do anything else but that? It’s been a year of major growth on all levels. Although I never expected to lose Ryder this year, I still see all the positive changes and wins since the Daily Challenge began. Between meeting all of you and becoming close friends with several people whom I speak to regularly, this blog has been a truly remarkable and amazing experience. I am not naming anyone specific, as it would take me a long time to come up with that list — I’ve honestly met a large count of wonderful people.

As I put book two to bed this weekend, close the 365 segment on my blog today, and celebrate my birthday on Sunday, the next phase of my life begins. As a quick re-cap, here’s what to expect:

  • A reprieve for the rest of March so I can read and comment on more blogs for a few weeks. I need to catch up on what I’ve missed.
  • Book 2 (Father Figure with possible change) is with the publisher for final review, cover design, title finalization and marketing plans. I will announce more about the next steps in a few weeks.
  • Ethan Glass short story will be completed and sent to beta readers in April. I have no one on that list yet, but I will send out a post in the coming days.
  • An outline for Book 3 (Watching Glass Shatter’s sequel) will be finished in April.
  • Three (3) new blog segments will start in April:
    • WWtR:  Writer’s Way to Review
    • Cozy Mystery Online Installment Series
    • Tips: Writing & Life

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I could go on and on, but I choose the simple route today. I’m sure after 365 days, everyone’s either heard enough from me or already knows what I’m thinking! Thank you to everyone… I am truly blessed.

-Jay

 

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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365 Challenge: Day 364 – Reprieve

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

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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!

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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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365 Challenge: Day 363 – WWtR

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WWtR: Writer’s Way to Review, a new segment on the ThisIsMyTruthNow blog

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Many tried to guess what the WWtR stood for in last week’s hints… one person came very close! I debated whether I wanted it to be the Write or Writer ‘Way to Review,’ but ultimately settled on this interesting play on words: Writer’s. So… what’s this new segment going to be about on the This Is My Truth Now blog when it starts in a few weeks:  Explaining how people choose to review books (or other things) from all different perspectives. I find it’s quite an eye-opening experience now that I’m a published author. Everyone’s styles are different, and people get quite angry over words and ratings. I want to share my approach to reviewing, as well as the pros and cons that go with it. I plan to have a weekly segment (tho that might change) covering as many angles as I can come up with, but I want it to be interactive where everyone can share their thoughts. I’ll cover questions or topics like:

  • Ratings
    • Amazon and Goodreads have 1 to 5 stars. Does that provide enough of a scale?
    • Should it be grades, like A+, A, and A- (along with other letters)
    • What about % out of 100?
  • Taking a Chance
    • If you’ve never read a genre before, or you read in one you don’t like as a test, is it fair to rate the book?
    • If an author corrects issues in a published book, should they have another chance to get ratings or is it only the first one.
    • Do you read books with lower ratings like a 1 or a 2… or even a 3 which to some is good, to some is bad.
  • Impact / Perspective
    • Low ratings can hurt someone’s ability to make a sale, which hurts their income — do reviewers realize that impact? Is that even a consideration? How does it compare to movies or theatre shows?
    • Should Indies be judged differently than established authors?
    • Are there differences in self-published versus traditional published approaches to rating a book?
    • Can you rate a book without reading the whole thing or never reading at all?
  • Grammar
    • Are you rating the book or the author/editor/publisher/marketer?
    • Do reviewers know the difference between editors and writers?
    • How forgiving are you as a reader when you see a few spelling or proofreading mistakes?
  • What things should you cover in a review?
    • Style & Approach
    • Characters
    • Plot / Story
    • Grammar and Language
    • Point of View (POV) and Perspective
    • Tones, Themes and Messages
    • Comprisons to other authors or books

My list could go on and on… but I intend to provide my thoughts from both a reader’s and a writer’s perspective. I will cover as many sides as I can think of, not just my own, although it will focus on how I personally choose to review. My hope is to offer ideas to others struggling to write something different or get started writing reviews.

I also want to encourage people to be critical of themselves when they write a review. Words can hurt people; it’s not fair to claim ‘freedom of speech’ so you can say whatever you want, including mean things about it. I believe there is a way to find a way to be constructive / nice. On the flip side, if you are a bit forward or mean, it might help drive the author to improve or build a thicker skin. I want to explore this one deeply… for example, why cross that line to be a truly nasty individual just because you can or you want to make a name for yourself? Or why be super sweet and always give a 5 because you don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings? Skip the extremes, find the middle ground, perhaps?

So… I promise to be fair. I can’t wait to get started. What do you all think?

 

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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365 Challenge: Day 362 – Installment

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Installment: new series on my blog with a story where several parts could be published or made public in sequence at intervals

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In our countdown, we have four 365 Daily Challenge posts left… and today’s word is installment. As you’ve probably guessed, I love a good challenge and often over commit myself to tasks on my to-do list. It should go with no surprise that I will want something to push my envelope (eh, buttons?) and force me to write a specific post at regular intervals just like I’ve done in this challenge. And so… I’m strongly considering releasing a regular web serial where I can highlight my creative writing to share with existing readers and help find new ones. A few things come to mind:

  • Should it be weekly, every other week, or monthly? My primary concern is that if I’m writing part of a story each week, I really can’t go back to change anything from prior installments… I’d need to have several months planned in advance (which I don’t have fully written at the moment), so this is a work-in-progress theory right now.
  • It will be a mystery novel… cozy but not too cozy… somewhere in the middle to appeal to a wide audience. I have 30% of two separate books drafted and plan to re-read what I’ve written next week before deciding which to focus on. The first is set on a college campus, the second is about a large family of cousins who get into lots of fun trouble. Both deal with murder mysteries, but they’re also about relationships and the more relaxed and fun side of life.
  • Is there really interest for this? I wouldn’t want to publish it in installments if readers aren’t fans of waiting each week to see what happens. I also would need to figure out how to protect my copyright and/or not have something stolen. Thoughts?

Part of the reason for this is to keep my “on the fly” writing skills current, as well as feel that giant push to write even if I feel like being lazy. I can see building a setting, cast and story online via my blog for the first book, then launching into a full series with printed and e-books to evolve the entire story. I have lots of thinking to do in the next two weeks… anyone interested in being part of the process, either writing, beta reading, promoting? Just thinking outside the box!

 

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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365 Challenge: Day 361 – Tips

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Tips: (a) monetary gratuity for doing a good job, or (b) new segment sharing advice for writers on the ThisIsMyTruthNow blog

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Today is the 5-day countdown until the 365 Daily Challenge is complete. I’ve chosen tips as the word to discuss in my post because it will be one of the bigger segments on my blog in the coming weeks. I have a few other reveals in the next few days, but this is the first of the vision unfolding before our eyes… I’m not entirely certain how it’s going to come together, but I plan to spend the next two weeks mulling over the approach, style, and content I’d like to share. Along with last Sunday’s flashback word mentor, I want my website and blog to represent a big piece of who I am… someone who likes to help other people by sharing all that I’ve learned on my own journey. Through the 365 Daily Challenge, I often suggested tips or provided advice on a few topics. In the enhanced blog, I want it to be a more formal approach where I have a few different segments or arcs throughout the month.

A few of the areas I’m considering:

  • Tips for writers. While I’m a fairly new author, I have been writing for years either professionally in my business career or creatively in my personal time. Providing tips doesn’t imply I’m an expert… I’m certain my editor will concur with that statement! I have loads of mistakes in different drafts of my books as they’re being written. In the first published version of Watching Glass Shatter, it contained a bunch of grammatical and proofreading issues (all later corrected) because it’s hard to find your own mistakes after re-reading the same thing repeatedly. Once I brought in an outside editor, it was life-changing. And so… I look at tips as a way to share things I’ve learned, explanations on how I write, or thoughts on options for others to try. These tips could include things like: (1) how to build characters your readers can connect with, (2) what are filter words and how do you remove them from your novel, (3) what ways/tools can you use to find duplicate/repeated words in your drafts, (4) how do you use Twitter to find new readers, or (5) how do you build a timeline and outline before you begin writing without going crazy.
  • Tips for life. The world is a big place. Our education can be formal or informal. I’m often surprised at the types of things people don’t learn along the way, but probably should have. Things that help you build a stronger, happier, and more efficient life. Many of these things I was lucky enough to be taught throughout the path. Some I learned only after failing miserably along the way. And in a few small cases, it just came naturally to me. But that’s now how it happens for everyone else, nor do people truly get the ‘life education’ they should get early enough to make an impact. These tips could include things like: (1) how to manage your money when you’re first starting out after school, (2) how do you handle constructive criticism, (3) how to think for yourself and not just go with what others want, (4) what do you need to do to achieve a balanced day, or (5) why is it important to trace your ancestry?

Both of these items are only partially fleshed out, but I’m passionate about the necessity of these lessons and experiences at an early age / period in life. I spend a lot of time thinking inside my head about how much we all face the same issues, yet we fail to truly enact the change to make the future better. It usually comes down to not having built your life with these principles at an early enough stage. I’m far from perfect. I make mistakes all the time. But I have a strong foundation and easily find my way back to peace. I would love to share my approach with others in the hope it helps even just a few. I’m thinking through how to make this work on a blog — also always open to suggestions. I thought I’d share just a little in today’s post about how I see tips playing a bigger role on my blog in the future. Looking forward to everyone’s ideas and feedback.

 

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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365 Challenge: Day 360 – Titchy

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Titchy: very small or tiny, but also the word chosen by a fellow blogger and friend who you should be following– check out her post twitchy today!

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Kelsey at The Loyal Brit Wit blog and I met around 7 to 8 months ago after realizing we were both doing daily word challenges… while I tend to throw out a word and find something interesting to say about it, Kelsey takes it a step further and provides a creative piece of writing that includes the word and/or impressions and characteristics of the word. Sometimes it’s a brilliant excerpt from a story, and in others it’s a full poem. Whatever she chooses, I learn a titchy bit new that day… I wonder if I used that word properly. You see, it’s a UK word… so not only am I learning new things to say, but I’m getting more British just by reading her blog. How fun is that! If you haven’t already, I’m highly encouraging you to stop by and visit the link above to see what she’s produced in the past… and what she’s considering doing next as she’s also in the process of finishing her 365 days of a word challenge. I guess the world is a titchy place after all… wait, I don’t think I used it properly there either. Kelsey (or any other of my UK friends), I apologize in advance for any mistakes I’ve made here with the use of this very fantastic word! But go check her site out; you won’t regret it!

 

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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