Blog Awards

AWARD: Mystery Blogger

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I’ve been nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by caterpillars2butterfliesblog and angiedokos. Many thanks to both of them, I’m honored. Please check out their blogs. Between books and inspirational advice, they’ve got fantastic content and voices.

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The Rules

  • Put the logo on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and add a link to their blog
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • Answer the questions you were asked
  • Nominate a few people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice. One weird and one funny one.
  • Share a link to your best post

Here are three things about myself:

  1. I have hazel eyes.
  2. I am an awful singer.
  3. I miss winter already.

Questions to Me:

  • What is your favorite pastime, besides reading?
    • Genealogy
  • What is at least one thing you feel that you are really good at?
    • Cooking
  • If you could be an animal, which animal would you pick? Why?
    • Owls because they are wise!
  • What is your worst fear?
    • Being sick
  • What would the title of your life story be?
    • The Average Man Who Sees All Sides
  • If you could go back to any year in your past, when would it be?
    • 1998
  • What is your favorite Christmas song?
    • Hard Candy Christmas by Dolly Parton
  • What would be your number 1 piece of advice to yourself at 18?
    • Be confident to try anything you want to try.
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
    • African safari

My Nominees:

Questions for Nominees:

  1. How many countries and/or states have you lived in? Least and most favorite?
  2. What author whose last name begins with an M comes to mind and why?
  3. What charity do you most support or believe in?
  4. Where is your go to spot to be alone and think?
  5. What’s a great unsolved mystery you wonder about sometimes?

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About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. 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.

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AWARD: Liebster

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I was nominated by seven wonderful bloggers over the last few months for the Liebster Award. Thank you so much for all their wonderful posts, friendship, and votes. I’m combining these together and picking the 11 best questions so I can to cover all the bases on this fun award tag. I was nominated by:

debbimack

flexireads

meltingpotsandothercalamities

dothething

annthebookmaster

aspentreesbookreviews

brizzlelassbooks

liebe

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog
  • Indicate 11 facts about yourself
  • Answer the 11 questions the person asked you
  • Nominate 11 people (comment on their blog to let them know)
  • Ask the people you have nominated 11 questions.

11 Facts About Me

  1. I wear contact lenses because I am worse than a bat.
  2. I’m the fourth male directly in my line with this exact name, hence the “IV” after my name. Please bow before me. Just teasing. A curtsy is sufficient.
  3. I prefer spelling things the British way. I’m American. They seem better lately.
  4. I have been to Cambodia. I saw the best life has to offer. I saw the worst life has to offer. Don’t ask for details. I am not at liberty to reveal due to a… never mind.
  5. I am a reader and writer, yet I always test nearly perfect on mathematics. Took so many advanced calculus courses, I think I plotted every angle possible. I know the exact angle to send a sling shot towards… whomever deserves it.
  6. The calla lily is my favorite flower. I’d like them at my funeral please. You’re all tasked with making sure this happens or I’ll haunt you.
  7. I was a good gymnast as a kid. I could climb to the top of the rope, walk the balance beam, jump the horse and use the rings to turn myself in every direction. After puberty hit, my balance was so off, I could barely walk a straight line. A few drinks make it much better now.
  8. I used to ride horses, but it’s been almost two decades since I’ve been on one. I love it, but I see no reason to feel like I’m constantly vibrating (in a bad way, to clarify) while the wind is whipping in my face.
  9. My nickname in high school was Tooshie. You can decide why or what it means.
  10. I can’t smell tequila anymore or it will make me sick. Bad college incident. It’s okay in a mixed drink, but a shot will induce projectile, something fierce along the lines of what happened to me in question #8 below (you’re in for a treat!).
  11. I have no self control when it comes to dark chocolate or champagne. None. I will do anything for it.

Questions to Me

  • What’s your favourite drink?
    • Jack Daniels and Ginger Ale
  • If a bear and a shark had a fight, who would win?
    • Shark… I think one bite and the bear couldn’t get loose
  • Is there a sound or a word you absolutely cannot stand?
    • Anything at the dentist’s office
  • Would you rather have to say every thought out loud or hear everyone else’s thoughts?
    • Say every thought out loud. I already have too many people’s voices in my heads. Characters just won’t behave anymore.
  • What household chore do you actually kind of enjoy doing?
    • Mopping
  • What are you reading right now? Are you enjoying it?
    • Ken Follett’s A Column of Fire. And YES!
  • Harry Potter or Twilight?
    • Harry Potter all the way.
  • How long do you think it takes you to read a book? (on average, of course)
    • I generally read 1 page per minute, and that’s an average of a light cozy (2 pages per minute) compared to a heavy historical fiction novel (about 3/4 page every minute)
  • What is the number one book on your TBR now?
    • I really want to read Kate Morton’s The Lake House
  • What do you like least about blogging?
    • Formatting posts… it takes forever!
  • Do you consider blogging a hobby, a marketing tool, or a way to make a living?
    • It could be anything. For me, it’s both a hobby and a marketing tool.

Nominees

Question to You

  1. Which body part would you exchange if you could?
  2. What do you like least about blogging?
  3. If you could inhabit someone else’s body for a day, who would it be?
  4. If you could have someone else’s personality and intelligence, who would it be?
  5. Where are you taking me to dinner tomorrow night? Or if that’s not gonna work for you, what gift are you sending in lieu of canceling last minute on me? Seems appropriate.
  6. Have you ever tried to count the licks to get to the center of the Tootsie Roll Pop?
  7. Did I share too much above? If yes, which item. If not, you’re my new best friend.
  8. If you could hide in someone’s pocket for a day just to see what they really do when you’re not around, who would it be?
  9. If you have an entire cake to yourself, and you know for certain that no one else will eat it nor see you eat it, would you still cut it up and serve it on a plate? Or would you dig in with a shovel? (Assume nothing bad happens to your body as a result of consuming said healthy cake)
  10. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when I say “bite me” ? Good or bad, let it rip.
  11. Have you met Liebster? If Yes, please describe. If No, please contribute $25 to the charity of your choice in order to successfully have completed this easy and fun quiz. Failure to do so results in an automatic replication of 10 more quizzes a day from me to you as a loving gesture of support.

 

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. 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.

AWARD: Blogger Recognition

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I was nominated by homemum2catspluskids and coffeecocktailsandbooks last year but with my book launch, I wasn’t able to respond. Now I am back to finishing a few tags and awards. Thank you so much for the nomination. Please check out her blog!

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The Rules

* Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
* Write a post to show your award.
* Give a brief story of how your blog started.
* Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
* Select other bloggers you want to give this award to.
* Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide the link to the post you created.

How My Blog Started

  • Almost two years ago, I left my full-time corporate technology position and found myself with a few months of free time, at least before I would head back to work again. Part of my professional position included managing WordPress website development, and I had done some XML and HTML coding over a decade ago. I thought I should get a bit more hands-on with WP, which led to me creating three (3) websites: (a) author, (b) this personal blog and (c) my book. I also began reading and posting my reviews on Goodreads each day. After a few weeks, I found myself meeting new people, adding more content and having a grand ole time. I had things to say and people seemed to have fun reading and commenting. It’s taken off over the last 18 months and I now have about 6000 followers between all three sites and my connected social media accounts. Thank you to everyone; I truly appreciate all the kindness and interest. It’s become part of my full-time job, in addition to writing, bringing lots of fun and depth to my life each day. And now I’m looking to build and grow in many directions, looking for guidance, advice and requests from each of you! So bring it on…

Advice For Others

  • Create the blog for yourself — not for anyone else, in the beginning. Give some thought to the things you want to say and how often you plan to share. Create content that makes you happy, as it will have more quality when you’re first starting out as a new blogger. Reach out and connect to other bloggers who share similar interests. I’ve had about a 50% connection rate, meaning half the time I never hear back from the person, but  half the time I do. And in that process, I see great styles and topics on other people’s blogs, find wonderful people to share a few minutes of fun with each day and I learn different techniques for being open, flexible and friendly. Comment all the time. Be nice. Be friendly. Open new dialogue.
  • Build check-in points. I don’t mean put in a target to have “x” followers by a certain time period. I mean… check your statistics every week or couple of weeks to learn how people are using your site. Do you have 100 views and only 2 likes? What does that mean? Do you have 100 views and 100 unique people, meaning no one is looking at multiple pages? Learn what you’re doing that people like and what they don’t like, so you can determine if you need or want to make any changes down the line. Message me if you have questions on these features. Don’t get discouraged. Over time, you’ll see growth if you’re doing all the right things. Some people hit it perfectly the first time; others take a few months. But remember, you need to start out doing this for yourself to get comfortable before you can leap frog all over the place.

My Nominees

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About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. 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.

AWARD: Sunshine Blogger

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I was tagged several months ago by 6 amazing people for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I’m catching up on all the tags now that I have a little bit of time while my second novel is being formatted for print.  I am also combining any similar tags or awards together so that I don’t overwhelm everyone with posts in the next few weeks. Thank you so much for this wonderful award nomination. I follow all these blogs and enjoy reading their posts.  Please take a minute to visit them because you may just find a new friend or two!

WHAT IS THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  •  Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  •  Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog

Questions Posed to Me:

  • Which Disney Princess do you relate yourself with?
    • Jasmine, just ’cause I like that smell!
  • What would the world be like if you are the leader? (Be as detailed as you like)
    • Ummm… a much nicer place!
  • Top 5 Pairings?
    • Books & Wine
    • Books & Food
    • Wine & Food
    • Wine & Walking
    • Food & Dessert (yikes, I’ve got a theme today)
  • What animal is your patronus?
    • Shiba Inu
  • OH NO! Eric Cartman from South Park came and stole your favourite desert. What’s your favourite desert and how would you deal with it?
    • Chocolate. I’d kill him.
  • What would you do if you won a huge jackpot from the lottery?
    • Buy a few houses in different parts of the world so I could live wherever I wanted and write all the time. Throw a huge blogger party. Share with charities.
  • What book do you think should be a videogame?
    • I don’t play video games anymore, but if I did… a cozy murder mystery where you can be the killer or the sleuth!
  • (On the behalf of my friend who would ask everyone this) Vampires or Zombies?
    • Vampires. I don’t like zombies.
  • You have the power of re-animation to bring back anyone from the dead. Who would you bring back?
    • Agatha Christie
  • Would you be a Superhero or a Supervillian and what would your name be?
    • Mr. Analytic (villain, of course)
  • And lastly the most important question: Cats, Dogs, both or neither?
    • Love both, prefer dogs
  • What is your dream vacation location?
    • African safari
  • When would you say you became a reader?
    • as soon as I could hold a book myself
  • What was the last book series you completed?
    • completed???? um… Harry Potter, years ago…
  • What is your biggest bookish pet peeve?
    • Plot lines that are not wrapped up and there are no sequels
  • Do you have any unique talents? If so what are they?
    • Nope. I’m just me.
  • What character do you wish was a real person in your life?
    • Hercule Poirot
  • Aside from reading what are some of your other passions?
    • Genealogy, Gardening, Cooking
  • What is your favorite genre?
    • Mystery
  • Who is your favorite author?
    • Agatha Christie
  • Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf?
    • Theme here!!!  Vampire. I like blood.
  • What fictional world do you wish you could be a part of?
    • Right now, Follett’s Pillars of the Earth
  • What was the date of your very first blog post?
    • sometime in Fall, 2016. I’m too lazy to look it up.
  • Have you ever thought about writing a book?
    • Never. Oh wait, I have two published. Ouch, I forgot.
  • Is there a quote or saying that you simply don’t like?
    • “Never give up.” I don’t agree with that statement. Knowing when to give up is essential. It’s not a bad thing. It means you’re re-aligning resources with needs.
  • Name a book that you would NEVER recommend.
    • The White Bone (elephant confusion!)
  • What are the best and worst books you’ve ever bought?
    • See above for worst. For best… The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
  • Name a book that you wish had a sequel.
    • Stacey Ballis ‘How to Change a Life’
  • What’s the most interesting thing you’ve read or seen this week?
    • This Post! such a range of questions…
  • What are some favorite childhood books?
    • Charlotte’s Web by EB White
  • Do you read newspapers and magazines?
    • Nope!
  • What influenced your love for reading?
    • Being an only child, I needed to keep busy
  • What book have you reread the most and how many times?
    • I’m not a re-reader…
  • What are 5 words of phrases that make you laugh?
    • ninkinpoop (sp?)
    • wino
    • underwear (I’m like a teenage boy sometimes)
    • fabulous (I hate and love the word, but I’ll never use it)
    • baudy
  • What are 5 ways to win your heart?
    • cook for me
    • good reviews (ha!)
    • buy me champagne
    • send me books
    • kindness
  • What is something you’ve always thought “…. What if?” about?
    • I were president
  • What are 5 of you pet peeves?
    • rudeness
    • loud noises
    • selfishness
    • lying
    • hurting someone or something
  • If you could trade lives with anyone for one day, who would it be, and why?
    • No one. Never. I like my own life.
  • What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
    • frog’s legs
  • What is your favourite joke?
    • Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear…
  • Where would you go if you were invisible?
    • Yikes, I’ll get back to you. That’s tough.
  • What is one thing you own that you wish you didn’t?
    • Nothing. I don’t keep things I don’t want.
  • What is a weird habit that you have?
    • Curling my toes
  • What is the longest word you know?
    • supercal… but I can’t spell it. I guess that doesn’t count since I don’t really know it. Epic Fail!
  • What is your all-time favorite book?
    • Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
  • Are you currently binge watching anything? If so, what?
    • Nope. I watch one at a time to savor it.
  • If you had to pick a book boyfriend, who would it be?
    • Umm…. I’m currently writing him in my third novel. I am not at liberty to reveal this info.
  • What’s your favorite TV show and why?
    • I’m currently really loving ‘Schitt’s Creek’
  • When did you start blogging?
    • 1.5 years ago
  • What’s your favorite type of blog to read?
    • all about books
  • What did you first expect from starting a blog and is it any different at the present time?
    • Yes… I am much more free-form and open-minded.

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*Since I had 6 different tags, I combined all the questions. Wow, you’ve really gotten to know me. For the 11 people I tag below, you can choose any of these 11 questions to respond to… 

I tag:

Reading Minds

By Hook or By Book

Touch My Spine Book Reviews

Jessica Rachow

The Project by Judy

sjhigbee

bewareofthereader.com

phantompaper

onceuponaspineblog

britwitblog

culturevultureexpress

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About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. 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.

AWARD: One Lovely Blog

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I was nominated by 5 wonderful bloggers for the One Lovely Blog Award several months ago, but I’m just coming up for air to address a few missed posts in the past… All of these women are truly inspirational and remarkable… you must visit their sites as there is something new and fun every single day. From book reviews to blog tours, learning to laughing, and all the way to recipes, you’re bound to spend hours getting lost in their amazing forums.

Read Rant Rock and Roll

The Cozy Pages

Valerie’s Musings

Two Gals and a Book

Invisible-no-more

Thank you for the nomination!

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RULES:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Share 7 facts about yourself
  3. Nominate 15 bloggers and inform them of the nomination

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SEVEN FACTS ABOUT  ME:

1. I’m making mini-coconut and chocolate cakes for Easter.

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2. I rarely go to the movie theater. I prefer to wait for them to come out on one of the digital apps / television subscriptions I have.

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3. I am starting up 3 new segments on the blog in April. I can’t wait to launch each post.

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4. My favorite season is autumn and I can’t wait for it to come back.

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5. I’ve been back to eating healthy after the doctor yelled at me said my cholesterol is too high. I want cheese again!!!

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6. I’m going to England and Italy for 3 weeks in May.

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7. My second novel, Father Figure, will be released in early May, 2018.

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MY NOMINEES:

  1. Rugby843
  2. Carlalovestoread
  3. Thebookwormdrinketh
  4. Malia @ Princessandpen
  5. mnbernardbooks
  6. writercammieadams
  7. watchingthedaisies
  8. bookloverblogs.com
  9. wakinguponthewrongsideof50
  10. createspaceweb
  11. bvitelli2002
  12. carrierubin
  13. countdownto95
  14. theorangutanlibrarian
  15. bewareofthereader

 

Happy reading and tagging!

Jay

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About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. 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.

AWARD: Sunshine Blogger #8

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Alex @ Coffee Loving Bookaholic nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award today, but I had just completed one earlier today. Rather than duplicate my post, my way to say thank you is to share her answers via Press This!

Please check out her post below. And thank you for the nomination! 🙂
I picked 1 of the 12 questions to answer:

Are you more productive in the morning or in the evening/night?

Definitely night. I am not a morning person. Takes me a bit of time to wake up even after 3 cups of coffee!!!

Source: sunshine blogger award

AWARD: Unique Blogger #5

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Many thanks to Charles French for nominating me for this award. I have been nominated before, but these are different questions, which means I want to share it with everyone. But everyone should check out his site to see all the cool and informative posts he shares throughout the week on reading and writing. Always learn something new!

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THE RULES:

  • Share the link to the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 15 people and notify them.
  • Ask them three questions.

 

THE QUESTIONS:

1.) What is one goal you hope to achieve with your blog?

  • To meet new people across the world who share my vision, humor and outlook on life. I want to find strong and positive connections and build friendships and a following for the future.

2.) If you could travel anywhere, with money as no issue, where would you go?

  • I’m thinking it’s time I took an Alaskan cruise, maybe stop at the North Pole and explore parts of upper Canada. Sound fun?

3.) If you could have a conversation with a character from a work of fiction, who would it be?  What would you like to talk about?

  • I’d like to talk with Robert Langdon from Dan Brown’s novels so he could teach me all the ancient secrets and puzzles. Then I could solve more on my own!

 

MY QUESTIONS:

  1. What quality do you admire the most in others?
  2. What has been the most memorable moment of your life thus far?
  3. What’s new for your blog?

 

MY NOMINEES:

  1. https://moorezart.wordpress.com/2017/07/30/i-felt-like-a-painter-yet-i-couldnt-make-paintings/
  2. https://bookdragongirl.com/2017/07/31/loving-kalvin-by-siobhan-davis/
  3. https://vinnieh.wordpress.com/2017/07/31/alice-doesnt-live-here-anymore/

 

Note: Since I’ve been nominated before, I am only going to choose 3 people this time! Congrats to them.

 

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.