Blog Awards

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

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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.

 

AWARD: Versatile Blogger #3

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Many thanks to Maria @ Super Wife & Mummy for nominating me for this award. Maria and I met about a month ago through another mutual blogging friend, and once we connected, it’s been all humor and sarcasm… well, the good kind. Check out her site — lots to offer. I’m very appreciative of her comments, ideas and posts… always something with personality and a clever approach.

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The Versatile Blogger Award was created to feature and recognise blogs that have unique content, high quality of writing, and fantastic photos. As the Versatile Blogger Award states : Honour those bloggers who bring something special to your life whether every day or only now and then.

 

Rules for the nominations:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate up to 15 bloggers for this award and inform them.
  • Share seven facts about yourself.
  • Put the logo of Versatile Blogger in your post and display the rules also.

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Seven Facts

  1. I can’t drink tequila anymore… bad incident in college on my 21st birthday. Oy!
  2. I’m really strong at mathematics, but I love to read and write so much more.
  3. I once raised baby squirrels abandoned by their mother. 
  4. I am an only-child.
  5. I would like to learn how to play euchre and canasta.
  6. I won the Goodreads Giveaway for Ken Follett’s A Column of Fire – and I can’t wait to read it. I think it just arrived in my building’s mail room. Will pickup after the gym!!!
  7. I can’t swim, only keep myself afloat. I understand the movements, but I’m uncomfortable with water in my eyes, so I don’t often go in the water except to shower!

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Nominations

  1. https://didioviatt.wordpress.com/2017/06/26/gratitude-reflection-and-celebrating-700/
  2. https://thescribblingssite.wordpress.com/2017/03/22/were-together-in-this-swedge/
  3. https://theprojectbyjudy.wordpress.com/2017/07/31/me-and-navy-seals/
  4. https://ramblinglisasbookreviews.com/2017/07/28/blogtour-review-giveaway-the-dark-isle-by-clare-carson-clarecarsonpen-%e2%80%8fhoz_books/
  5. https://amandashivrattan481.wordpress.com/2017/07/31/ten-ways-alaska-is-different-by-beth-carpenter/

 

Note: I’ve been nominated for this award before, so I am handling it a little differently. I’ve picked 2 new bloggers to me, 2 I’ve known and enjoyed for a while, and someone in the middle who I’ve known for  a while but we are chatting more now than we did in the past. Congrats to all!

 

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.

AWARD: Black Cat Blue Sea #3

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Many thanks to Invisible-No-More for nominating me for this award. It’s a really fun one with a cool image. Please check out her site as she has a stellar intro all about herself and why she’s chosen to blog. Go meet someone very interesting and thoughtful! It’s not every day you’ll find a personal journey that someone is willing to share.

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What Is This Award

This award is for bloggers who strive to write for everybody, and no matter how many viewers they get, make an impact on a reader. This award is an expression of gratitude to the nominee. It should be awarded to anybody that you choose deserves it, and it doesn’t mean that they must have hundreds of followers and likes.

Rules

  • anybody nominated can nominate up to eight other bloggers
  • the nominee answers three questions posed by the nominator
  • the questions you ask while nominating can be any three questions

 

Questions to me

  • Where do you look for inspirations for your blog posts?
    • I think about lessons I’ve learned and people who have done something remarkable and generous. I figure out what needs to be shared between both of those items, and then I try to find a way to blog about it in a meaningful way. Sometimes it fails. Sometimes it works.  In the end, I want there to be fun and a moment of shared thoughts about something important or impacting — in a positive way.

 

  • How has your blog changed / evolved over time? Was the change in line with your expectations?
    • It is not in line at all! When I first started, I thought I’d have a few followers on cozy mystery books. Suddenly, it involved into tags, awards, 365 Daily Challenges, my own novels, and a whole bunch of other things. I’m not even sure how it happened or what prompted all the growth. But I love it and apart from a few days where I cannot conjure the perfect topic, it’s been an amazing experience.

 

  • What would you like to be doing in the future? Are you still blogging?
    • Yes, I think I will always blog. It might change to a weekly post, and it may be more about my writing, but I want to connect with people thru my words. What do you want to hear about from me?

Questions to you

  1. What is your next big blogging goal?
  2. What is the first thing you do FOR YOURSELF every morning?
  3. Where do you go when you need a good wake-up call or advice?

 

Nominees

 

Note: I chose only 3 people for this award as I was nominated earlier in the week for it. But since there were different questions, I wanted to participate again. So I pass it on to another 3 very inspirational bloggers!

 

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.

AWARD: One Lovely Blog #2

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Many thanks to Yellow Fuzzy Duck @ Turtle Desk for nominating me for this award. With a blog name like this one, how could you not go checkout the site? Seriously… Turtles and Ducks. How fun!!

Rules of the Award

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

 

Seven Facts

  1. I taught children how to bowl years ago. I was in a bunch of leagues and had a 200+ average.
  2. I’m currently sitting on my couch half-dressed (as in shorts but no shirt, only 1 sock and shoe) because I was trying to go to the gym when I had a phone call a few minutes ago. After the call, I forgot I was going to the gym and just sat back down to type this post, not realizing I hadn’t finished putting clothes on. I need to finish it so I can get fully dressed and go to the gym. Thought you needed a laugh mid-way thru this post. 🙂
  3. I have hazel eyes. They seem to change color based on whatever colors I wear. 
  4. Other than writing, I have no artistic talent when it comes to painting, drawing, music or photography. I’m bad!!!
  5. I am contemplating getting a sibling for Ryder, my nearly ten-year old shiba inu dog. He won’t be thrilled about this!
  6. I just hit 2000 followers which is incredibly strange given how shy I can be in person.
  7. I used to have 4 piercings. I no longer have any. Some days it’s sad as I want them back. Other days, I want to get a tattoo instead. 😛

 

Nominees

 

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.

AWARD: Sunshine Blogger #7

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Many thanks to Claire @ BrizzleLass Books for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Claire is fantastic… she was recently my Recommended Blogger to know for the 365 Daily Challenge… so if you missed that post, click here to check it out and learn more about Claire.

My Questions

  • You can live anywhere in the world, where do you choose?
    • Cotswolds, so I could visit you!

 

  • What are you reading right now?
    • Two books:
      • The Bear and the Nightingale
      • If the Creek Don’t Rise

 

  • What was the last live music show you went to?
    • It’s been a really long time for a concert. Maybe Dolly Parton in June, 2016. I see Broadway shows all the time!

 

  • If you weren’t a book blogger, what would you blog about?
    • 365 Daily Challenge, but I’d make it even bigger!

 

  • What is top of your bucket list?
    • I have a Book Bucket List… but I doubt that’s what you meant.
    • I’d love to see either the North or South Pole.

 

  • What is your autobiography called?
    • Duality in One — cause I always feel like two different people!

 

  • What’s your favourite season?
    • Autumn… perfect weather, perfect colors, perfect temperature, perfect smells… just perfect

 

  • Coffee or Tea?
    • Coffee… a few cups per day… or don’t talk to me

 

  • Chocolate or Wine?
    • I won’t answer it. Not fair. You are so mean. We’re never speaking again.
    • Both. At the same time. There. I said it.

 

  • Walk or Cycle?
    • Walk. I never understood cycling. Where do you get when you cycle? I assume you mean a fixed bike. But if you meant a real bicycle, I haven’t done that in 20 years, so still walking. I’m old. Leave me alone.

 

  • Finally, your favourite book this year?
    • You by Caroline Kepnes.

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Nominees

 

New Questions

  1. What is your eye color?
  2. What city have you spent the most time in other than your current one?
  3. Favorite TV show?
  4. What time do you usually eat dinner?
  5. What languages do you speak?
  6. Have you ever considered running for political office?
  7. Do you have any foods you are afraid to eat?
  8. What three jobs would you want other than your current one?
  9. If you were a character on Sesame Street, who would you be?
  10. What is 10 plus 10? Answer if 3 different languages.
  11. Who is buried in Grant’s tomb?

Note: Pick 1 question to skip and add in any question you’d like to include! I’m generous.

 

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.

 

AWARD: Real Neat Blog #2

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Many thanks to Mischenko for nominating me for the Real Neat Blog Award. I gushed over her in a post earlier today, and if I do it anymore, she won’t believe me. So… just go check it out and don’t tell her you know me! 🙂

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 Here are the rules:

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the person who nominated you

4. Nominate 7 people

5. Ask 7 questions

 


My Questions:

1. What’s something you find yourself worrying about or thinking about frequently?

  • Whether or not I will be a successful author, or if I’ll go back to working in corporate technology and operations. I think about other stuff, but lately, this has been a key thing on my mind.

2. If you had to change your name, what would it be and why?

  • I am the 4th in a row of males with my name, so I want something much more distinct and unusual… Ethan, Zachary, Caleb…

3. Are you doing a reading challenge? If so, where are you with it?

  • Yes, Goodreads. I bid two per week, or 104 books. I am at 62, which is 3 ahead of where I should be. Link is here.

4. What’s your favorite fruit and favorite vegetable.

  • Avocado and Banana. You can figure out which is which… oh wait, I think they are both fruits. Um… let’s throw carrots in there, too.

5. Which fictional character would be the most boring to meet in real life?

  • There are tons since I’ve read so many books… let’s see… perhaps books about boring people… oh, I don’t read those kind! LOL I can’t think of one.

6. What’s something your brain tries to make you do and you have to stop yourself from doing it?

  • My brain tries to get me to organize everything in sight. I have to stop myself or I’d be organizing my garbage. And that’s just disgusting.

7. If you could stand in front of the entire human race, what piece of advice would you choose to express?

  • Judgment gets you no where. Focus on your own life. Let others do what they want. And when you do this, everyone seems a little bit happier.

 

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Nominations

  1. https://imperfectlyperfecthoughts.wordpress.com/2017/06/14/first-blog-post/
  2. https://booksandreaderssite.wordpress.com/2017/07/31/midnight-jewel-minion-review/
  3. https://thatsoulshit.wordpress.com/2017/07/28/well-i-guess-it-would-be-nice/
  4. https://artibookreviews.wordpress.com/2017/07/30/short-story-review-touch-wood-a-short-story/
  5. https://cornfedcontessa.com/2017/07/30/living-with-chronic-pain-some-much-needed-relief/
  6. https://teaandtales1.wordpress.com/2017/07/30/me-and-the-octopus-are-taking-to-the-bed/
  7. https://livelifelightlysite.wordpress.com/2017/07/16/i-wont-apologize/

 

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Your Questions

  1. Who’s your favorite cartoon character?
  2. What color do you wear the most?
  3. What is your occupation / profession / focus?
  4. Have you ever gone to a murder mystery event?
  5. What sport are you most intrigued by?
  6. Where do you shop the most?
  7. How many posts a week do you share on average?

 

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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.