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365 Challenge: Day 150 – Surprised

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Surprised: feeling or showing an unexpected or astonishing event, fact, or thing

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When I thought about today’s 365 Daily Challenge word, the first thing that came to mind was the fact that I’d created 150 posts already, which was a bit of a surprise. But then when I checked to verify I hadn’t used any word similar to ‘surprised,’ I received another shock. WordPress never emailed me to tell me I hit my one year blog anniversary over the weekend. Seriously, what’s that all about?

Technically, I created this blog in August 2016, but I only posted a few things about Watching a Glass Shatter. Hey, that’s another surprise… it’s one year this week since I started the outline for that novel. And if everything lines up, I might have a major step to announce for the book later this month. SURPRISE again.

Wow… this is an appropriate word for today. While the blog went live in August 2016, I didn’t post anything or even connect with anyone else until early 2017. It was just for me in the beginning as a place to include book reviews and details on my own book. Maybe WordPress is waiting until February 2018 to inform me of my blog anniversary. Fickle little thing… oh well… it’s still a surprise I discovered this week. Not unlike the way a child can immediately got from sheer happiness to sh*tting its pants in fear of a monster.

So yeah, 150 distinct posts about me. Now that’s some arrogance, eh? Some might say I don’t know how to shut up about myself, constantly bragging and tooting my own horn. That’s not a guy I’d want to be friendly with… so why on earth would you be? Better run while you can, as before we all know it, it’ll be 182.5 posts in this 365 Daily Challenge which means 50% has zoomed by. (What’s a half a post anyway?) And if you made it that far, why would you ever stop? Once you pass this midway mark, you’re locked in — you must deal with me. And I feel for ya, that’s gonna be a bumpy ride. Dude’s got a wickedly dangerous mind these days…

In general, I don’t like surprises. I’ve never had a surprise birthday party thrown for me. Well, that’s not exactly true. A few years ago, my assistant did have a surprise office birthday cake event for me. I had expected her to do something, so I was prepared for any unusual meetings popping on my calendar. But she was sneaky and re-purposed an existing meeting that I had to attend with the CFO. What I didn’t know was that she secretly worked with his assistant to carve out another time for the real meeting, as he needed to re-schedule.

There I am… heading to what I expect to be a budget meeting with 4 or 5 people… and I walk into a conference room with 150 people waiting for me — my entire team, part of our larger department and a bunch of colleagues from other divisions had been invited. They caught me that time, even though I figured out something was up. Just not that big of an event. She made me give a speech, which I absolutely hated. I can lead a room of 150 people through a presentation without batting an eyelash (do men do that, btw? If not, I need a new expression), but thanking people for showing up to wish me a happy birthday and I’m a shell-shocked introvert who can barely mumble anything. From that day forward, I called out sick on my birthday. Fixed her.

Surprises are always met with really happy or really unhappy expressions. It’s rare someone says “oh, that’s nice.” It’s usually “I hate them” or “I love them.” How do you feel about surprises?

RECOMMENDED BLOGGER

  • Today’s 365 Daily Challenge recommended blogger to know is Joanna @ Momentum of Jo. Joanna and I met about two months ago through a mutual blogging friend who shall rename nameless. We quickly began exchanging friendly banter and jabs, all in the name of good fun and the occasional corny humor we all love. Some days she accuses me of breaking her blog, others she tells me she might steal Ryder. The only thing I know to expect from her is that she’s one of the most funny and thought-provoking bloggers I’ve met since joining the WordPress family. Joanna ( I don’t use nicknames tho at last count, she has 6 for me) has a sharp wit, brilliant sense of humor and amazing / alarming comedic timing. Among reflections on her family and pets and other people’s posts, you get a real sense of who she is and the strength she brings to any conversation. It’s really quite amazing. If I see a new post, I tend to look fairly quickly, as it’s gonna make me smile even if I’m particularly busy at that moment. You kinda wanna hear what she has to say about all the topics she discusses. The point of view she brings is often unlike any other you might predict. Joanna tells you when she’s done something wrong, she looks for the positive side of all situations, and she brings more sass than I have seen in my lifetime. I’ve been on the floor laughing to the point I thought she had tased me, which has come up between several times before. Today we “argued” over the appropriate definition of whether she could be called a ‘hot mess’ and why she didn’t have an “About Me” section to reference here. If you don’t believe me, check out the site yourself thru that link above. I’d share the About Me content, but as she said “it’s under construction” right before I was told to be more patient (in not so many words). I gotta love it when she just tells it like it is. So might you.
    • I’m about to post this, and of course, lovely Joanna posts her About Me section. So go see it, it’s as great as you’d expect.

 

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.

Novel: Father Figure (Week 5 – Friday, August 4th, 2017)

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Shock accompanied my mouth as it dropped to the floor today when realizing it was Friday and another week had passed since our last Father Figure update. Are we seriously finishing the fifth week since I began writing this new novel? It must be true or I wouldn’t be writing up this post, so here we go with the weekly status:

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Status:  Friday, August 5, 2017 – Week #5

  • Research
    • I unfortunately avoided this again because I was heavily involved in editing and writing. It’s being pushed out another week. No real impact to the overall schedule.
  • Chapters 1 thru 3
    • I edited these chapters, cleaning up grammatical issues, passive voice, repetitions and missing dialogue tags.
    • It reads well, but I am not ready to share with with any beta readers at this point. I believe some of it might move to a later chapter and/or be pulled as background simply for me to know while writing future content.
    • Contains 23K words on 70 pages (way too long)
  • Chapters 4 thru 6
    • I wrote all 3 chapters this week, as per the plan and the outline.
    • I edited all three chapters on Friday afternoon similarly to the first few chapters, as noted above. They are in decent condition, but I’m not thoroughly happy with where they ended up. It needs a few days to idle before I re-read them and decide on the appropriate alterations.
    • Contains 13K words on 45 pages (about right)

 

 Next Steps: Plan for Week #6

  • Complete the research for setting locations and character personalities to incorporate very specific facts into the detailed descriptions and scenes
  • Write chapters 7 thru 9 with a target to end up in total at ~ 135 pages & 36K words
    • At this point, I’ll be 1/3 complete with a first draft
    • At that rate, with 7 more weeks to finish the remaining 2/3, a first draft will be ready by early October. I’m thinking I might have to pull this forward as I leave mid-September for a two-week vacation. I’d like a full draft completed beforehand, which means I need to start writing 4 chapters per week.
  • Edit Chapter 4 thru 6 to match tone and voice of earlier chapters

 

What’s on the author’s mind?

  • Who will beta read the first 3 chapters in late August? I’m searching for 4 people, as I have someone who beta read the first book and is formidable when calling me out for less than stellar writing.
  • Chapters 1 thru 3 are too long for the story I am telling. It’s important to capture readers’ attention by getting to the conflict and drama by ~ 15% into the book. My outline planned for that to happen in Chapter 5 and 6, which I’ve just completed; however, at this rate, the book would be 25% longer than planned due to my extra-wordiness. I’ve got a few options to mull over, but I think it will require a little bit of each of these items:
    • Do nothing except increase the planned total page and word count
    • Determine what needs to be cut as it was only initially included to help me flush out characters and relationships
    • Move a few small scenes and content to later chapters as I write future conflicts
  • I love these characters more than I had last week. Amalia has so much more depth than I had originally felt inspired to create within her. I Brianna has a wicked charm and sass about her, but I think it will resonate with those who enjoy the tone in my 365 posts.
  • I’m still a child, as whenever I reread the intimate scenes, I giggle. I can’t help it when I say certain words that don’t ordinarily come up in conversation. I might not make it through this exercise if I have to talk about cleavage anymore…

Not that I am the smartest, but the clip was too funny!

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Summary of Father Figure (only need to read if you’re new to it)

  • One young girl’s need to escape the mundane life she’s grown up in and another young girl’s quest to find her father, unaware of all the circumstances they’ve both been placed in due to decisions and actions occurring nearly 20 years ago and that both women have made in the present. How well do you really know your parents? Do they truly understand you? Can you ever truly escape the past?
  • A contemporary fiction novel set in two time periods with two primary characters:
    • 1998 – Amalia Graeme, about to turn 18, attends college, leaving behind a mother with whom she had a difficult relationship. While Amalia has a boyfriend, she’s secretly attracted to an older professor, Dr. Jonah West. She begins an affair with him and realizes she must come clean to her boyfriend. After she tells the boyfriend, they have a huge fight and she leaves to find Jonah who she thinks can comfort her. Along the path, she’s attacked by a stranger and her life is never the same again. Amalia makes a few choices which will later have disastrous consequences.
    • 2018 – Amalia, going by Molly and living in NYC, sends her daughter, Brianna, away to college. Just like her mother, Brianna begins dating one of her professors, probably looking for a father figure, as she’s never met her real father. Brianna has always accepted her mother’s story that her father was a military man with whom Molly had a one-night stand and later found herself pregnant with no way to find him. When Brianna uncovers her mother’s old journal, she learns the shocking secret that her mother never knew who the father was because it could have been more than one man. As Brianna searches for clues to find her father, she stumbles upon a few facts which could completely change the future. But when the stranger who attacked her mother re-surfaces, not even Molly knows if she can protect her daughter anymore.

 

About Me
I am a writer. I am currently searching for an agent and looking at independent publishing options for my first book, Watching a Glass Shatter. To see more, please check out the website for this novel where you will find the first 3 chapters, character bios and sample quotes.

I am writing my second novel, Father Figure, with plans to finish it in December, 2017. As part of the process to engage with my fans and followers, I am publishing a weekly status on the progress of this second book. For a description of this book, check out the post where my friends and followers voted for this book as my second novel.

Beyond these two books, I have a number of short stories, poems and other novels in various shapes and forms. I also read 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 also find TV & Film reviews, Tags, Awards, Age/Genre/Book Reads and Author Spotlights, as well as the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge.

You can also access 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. Vote in the poll and ratings. 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.

365 Challenge: Day 144 – Name

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Name: a word or set of words by which a person, animal, place, or thing is known, addressed, or referred to

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Before I explain the 365 Daily Challenge word of the day, I need to set the stage with a little background ambiance. Over the last six months since I began actively blogging, I have been a bit reticent to share the site with any friends or family. I mentioned it to a few people when I first created it and provided the link. A few close friends followed it, which was really sweet of them, but for most people in my ‘real’ life, they were clueless as to what I had been doing with my day, besides searching for a job. About a month ago, I began sending out invites to my Facebook page for “ThisIsMyTruthNow,” letting former colleagues and some family and friends know, assuming it would slowly spread to the rest. I held back from a small group of people, not because I didn’t want them to know, but I didn’t want to seem like I was promoting it and asking for their help. At dinner last night, a friend asked me how the blogging was going, and I soon realized he knew about my blog through someone else, not because I had told him of it. Needless-to-say, I explained it all to him, and he was very supportive. But it made me realize that I haven’t been quite clear on why I chose this name for the blog. Let’s roll back the clock to my college days…

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In 1997, I met someone new through a group of friends at a party. This person, who will always remain anonymous, conjured many new feelings and questions in the puzzle I call my mind. To this day, (s)he does not know how I felt. There was an immediate attraction, but not one I could act on due to me still being shy, hidden and closed off from others about the real me. We became good friends, socializing almost daily. During that semester, I’d been taking a creative writing course, tasked with writing poems for a few weeks. I was feeling a bit open-minded, ready to share what was going on in my head. I began writing poems about this person, in particular, what the relationship was doing to me on many different levels. I found myself struggling with a name or a concept that could consistently run through the series of poems, clearly showing a theme. One day, it dawned on me… I was writing about the truth in my head and heart. And suddenly, the theme became “Truth.” (S)he was subsequently referred to as “Truth” in all 12 of the poems.

Truth was dating someone else. I also went on a few dates during those few months. But every night, we’d all end up hanging out in the same dorm rooms until rather late. Often, Truth and I were the last two still awake, or the only two who hadn’t gone back home. We’d watch a movie, play video games, have another drink… normal college-type stuff. My crush was growing each day. But I couldn’t do anything about it. Truth looked exactly like what I was most attracted to in another person. Truth’s personality was absolutely intoxicating. Truth smelled wonderful. I’d feel such a wicked intensity if Truth passed a beer bottle to me that they’d just been drinking out of. “Oh, we’re connected,” I’d think. The silly immature things we do in our youth.

One night, Truth and I were the last two hanging out in Truth’s dorm room; the roommate was not home. Truth was fairly drunk. I was not that drunk. Truth couldn’t even climb into bed without help. I vividly recall having to help Truth to the bed, taking Truth’s shoes off, helping take off outer layers of clothing so Truth could easily sleep. As I grabbed my keys, Truth looked over at me and said, “Stay here tonight. Got the place to myself.”

What an invitation. I worried if Truth knew how I felt. I was curious if this was Truth’s way of saying there might be a chance. But mostly I was afraid for my secrets to be found out.

“No… I shouldn’t. Classes in the morning. Need some sleep,” I mumbled, sitting on the edge of the bed.

Truth grabbed my arm, pulled me closer. “Nah, it’s cool. I’ll set the alarm.”

I laid on the bed next to Truth, the ability to hide my feelings quickly receding from my body. Time stood still for at least ten minutes, as I willed myself to relax. I turned to my side, noticing Truth beginning to nod off, then grabbing my arm to wrap around their shoulder. When our fingers briefly touched, I felt the shock waves in my toes, little dances of a flirtatious happy beckoning me to trust in their guidance.

It was too much for me. I had to leave. I wasn’t ready to handle each of the emotions and situations that grew that night. We remained friends throughout college, but eventually lost touch.

When I tried to think of a name for my blog last year, shuffling through all the witty nods to books or clever personality traits, nothing fit. I knew my life was shifting in so many intense directions, having just left a promising management position, drafting a new novel, taking risks with a different career… the last time I’d felt that way, I recalled those moments in Truth’s room, where I was afraid to take a chance. I began re-reading the poems I had written nearly two decades before, finding the inspiration and strength to push myself through the fear of not having a job. And suddenly I realized… this is my truth. This is where I need to take a chance on me, trust in myself and find comfort in a different path to the future I’ve wanted ever since I was a little boy.

I searched WordPress for site domains, but “ThisIsMyTruth” was taken. At first I was disappointed, but within moments, I noticed the suggestions it provided. Among them, was “ThisIsMyTruthNow.” It all connected together within those first few moments. Now. ThisIsMyTruth NOW. And I made the commitment to myself at that moment… it’s time to take a chance on what Jay wants. I purchased the domain name, chose a style and created my first blog. That was a few days shy of one year ago. I focused on book reviews and writing “Watching a Glass Shatter” during those first six months, accomplishing my initial goal; however, it wasn’t enough. And shortly after the new year, I began the 365 Daily Challenge and pushed myself to make it or break in this new world of Truth. I learned to believe in myself and accept the truth of who I am on the inside. Now it’s who I need to show everyone on the outside through my blog and my novels.

Never give up on a dream. Never hold yourself back in fear. Take a risk as often as you can.

Take a chance on yourself. Find your Truth now.

 

RECOMMENDED BLOGGER

  • Today’s 365 Daily Challenge recommended blogger to know is Kim @ CadburyPom AKA By Hook or By Book. Kim and I met about three to four months ago over a few children’s books that I had been reviewing. We quickly connected over Beauty and the Beast, as I had then reviewed the new movie. Now we chat back and forth each week on all different topics, mainly books, but other stuff sneaks in… like Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock! What I love about Kim’s site is the sheer variety and beautiful layout of all the content. She’s funny, smart, detail-oriented in her reviews and great to exchange a short barb back and forth with on each other’s posts. I also think it’s fitting that today I’m talking about how my blog name came to be, given the name of hers is so clever and inviting. Who wouldn’t want to learn more when the name says “By Hook or By Book” — so many meanings to lure followers into her fantastic world. And if you don’t believe me, check out her very detailed About Me section, which I’ve included below:
    • “Hello Wonderful Reader! Thank you for stopping by! My name is Kim and I live in Massachusetts. I used to be a children’s librarian until I had to go on disability five years ago. I miss it dreadfully, but where one door closes, another one opens right? I love blogging and most of my posts are book related. My favorite genres are: Historical Fiction, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, High Fantasy, Horror, Suspense,  Romantic Suspense and YA Fiction in just about any form. Phew! In essence, I guess you could call me a Bookaholic! I also have a weakness for superheroes, and I’m enjoying (for the most part) the resurgence of them in popular culture. Don’t ask me who my favorite is because I can never make up my mind. Right now I’m just loving: The Flash, Gotham, Marvel’s Agents of Steel, the Thor and the Avengers movies, and the Iron Man movies. I also love the Batman movies with Christian Bale. I’m a Sherlock Holmes fanatic, and I love his current incarnation brought to life by Benedict Cumberbatch. although I also enjoy the older ones with Basil Rathbone, and the movies with Robert Downey Jr.Finally, I’m truly terrible at all the technical things that go along with blogging. I battle with linking, and I’ve yet to figure out how to add badges. If you choose to follow me I hope you don’t mind putting up with my travails. I’m working on it!”

 

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.

365 Challenge: Day 143 – Jumper

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Jumper: (a) a collarless sleeveless dress, typically worn over a blouse, (b) sweater, (c) person who moves suddenly and quickly in a specified way, or (d) to push oneself off a surface and into the air by using the muscles in one’s legs and feet.

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As I put on my jumper to head out to dinner, a jumper dashed in front of me calling out to the jumper on the other side of the street wearing a jumper — and a romper. OK great, now it’s your job to figure out what the devil I’m talking about, ’cause I certainly don’t know. It’s 12:30 and I am wiped out from writing all day… now I need to write a 365 Daily Challenge post? Who made those rules up? Oh wait… I did… what a convef… wait that excuse has been used before… and I’m no plagiarist. But I am a procrastinator again.

What do I really mean by jumper, other than those very eccentric definitions above that I found on a few popular dictionary sites this evening. By the way, many thanks to Joanna from one of her earlier post’s today seen here, where Google gave her one of the worst definitions possible, which in turn gave me the idea for this post. And since I just told you in a recent award/tag that I’m always saying ‘Google That Sh*t’ — I now need a new catch phrase because that’s not gonna work anymore. Back to the word jumper…

I went to the gym this afternoon after six hours of writing. I was mentally drained more than usual for some reason. It was a weight day. I usually complete 2 exercises with 4 sets and 12 reps. Then I do 5 calisthenic-like exercises to get my heart rate higher before the next set of exercises. Repeat 4 times. Today included jumping jacks. I began adding them into the routine because I found it helped with stretching out my muscles and limbering up my body. {Keep your mind out of the gutter, please — another nod to Joanna!} I normally have the gym to myself around 5:00, as most of the building residents are eating dinner at that time. {Aside: does anyone know why they call in the blue plate special? I have my ideas, but I could be completely wrong}

Today, a woman about my age was also in the gym with her trainer. They kept switching back and forth in the same two general areas I was floating between. At one point, they were doing weights while I was on the other side doing my jumping jacks. 50 each session. I’m usually a tad out of breath when finished. As I come back to the weight area, they look at me and say, “we’re gonna call you Jumper from now on.”

I’m a friendly guy. I tend to be fairly curious. So I do the appropriate thing. Hit them both and leave. No! Just kidding. I asked what they meant. And I learned something today… the trainer says to me “You are awesome at jumping jacks. I’ve been training people all year and no one does them the right way and that speed. You’re a machine.” I nod. Of course I am. No. I’m not. What??? I smiled, laughed, thanked them, said I’d be so tired by the time I was done, my form would be awful. They laughed. I finished and left. Jumper. That was a new one for me. I’ve had a lot of nicknames in the past, but not that one.

Fast-forward to me getting out of the shower 20 minutes later. Mind you, I have done nothing all day but write and work-out. I pickup my phone to look at all the social media and blogging stuff I’d missed during the day. I met my promise and no one had to use a taser on me (see yesterday’s post if you are unsure what I’m talking about). 937 red notification dots all over the phone, basically flashing ‘read me’ signs. I’m throwing my clothes on, putting out food for Ryder, getting ready to meet friends for drinks and dinner — just dinner for me since I stopped drinking until I head to Fire Island for a long weekend in mid-August — basically jumping all around the apartment, trying to get everything done before I have to leave. I felt like one of those Olympic jumpers… all over the place, hopping over sleeping dogs, towels, shoes — WHY ARE THERE SHOES IN THE MIDDLE OF MY FLOOR (hint, I did not leave them there) — narrowly missed slipping onto my ass. Jumper. I am literally jumping around because I have too much to do and I can’t even slow down to walk.

And even right now, I’m jumping around from topic to topic. By the way, I am finally going bathing suit shopping tomorrow in between the eye doctor and getting my hair cut. It will not be the Matt Damon trunks I displayed a few weeks ago. Just forewarning you. I also refuse to spend more than 30 minute in the store searching for, trying on and purchasing said bathing suit. Maybe if there is an attractive salesman who insists on properly fitting me and assisting in the ‘try-things-on’ room (wink, wink). I’m TOTALLY joking! I will wear it for maybe 2 hours when I go to the beach in a couple of weeks. And I won’t go in the water, splashing and jumping around like a little kid. Not for me. I will read a book under an umbrella and ogle everyone walking by me — as one should do on a beach. Seriously? OK, enough jumping around in this post. Let’s get down to business…

What’s with these weird clothing names called jumpers and rompers. I read a few news articles in the last week indicating more men are wearing them. What is going on? You couldn’t pay me enough to wear something like this.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/17/health/male-romper-romphim-trend-trnd/index.html

 

Men's Grand Stand Short Sleeve JumpsuitRompers like this understated number have been available for years, but the trend is hitting the mainstream hard.  shjh.png

 

And yes, those are all called jumpers per the sites I looked up. Which is the real one? And once again, Google failed by directing me to pornographic sites of what a jumper meant in that world. Feel free to look it up in that sick Urban dictionary again. This time you can find the link. I’m afraid to copy/paste it in fear it will keep sending me these tawdry definitions. Seriously? Why is this word so peculiar AND why has it popped up so much today. There had to be a reason… maybe it was meant to be the 365 Daily Challenge word. And that’s why, my dear online friends, your word today is ‘jumper.’ Pick any of those definitions, as none worked for me. Maybe you’ll have better luck next time.

 

RECOMMENDED BLOGGER

  • Today’s 365 Daily Challenge recommended blogger to know is Pirate Patty @ Books, Books & More Books. She’s been blogging for about two years from and her site is organized quite well — with over a 100 categories to choose from, including book reviews, author discussions, sports, life musings, eye-sight, humor, gardening and politics. We’ve shared several conversations on flowers, kidney stones and other semi-humorous topics, always finding something in common in each other’s posts. Down-to-earth. Interactive. Open-Minded. Friendly. Witty. Sarcastic (in the good way). All the attributes I enjoy seeing in fellow bloggers. Plus the books she reads are always entertaining, including unusual titles and crazy covers. I enjoy reading posts from her site each week, and so might you… go take a short trip over there by clicking the link in her name above and meet a new friend.

 

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.

What’s a Spoiler??

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My friend Mischenko has started an amazing conversation about spoilers in book reviews. You should definitely check it out… so many comments already from all her followers. Great perspectives in this post. Nice job! #spoilers #bookreview #awesomepost #reading

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Spoiler is typically defined as a person or thing that spoils something, but it’s not that easy is it? I’ve been thinking a lot lately about spoilers when it comes to book reviews. On Goodreads, there are people that will straight up lash out on others for including spoilers in their reviews, but just what exactly is considered a spoiler?

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I recently reviewed a book and compared my review to somebody else’s review on the same book and they had many labels for spoilers that I really didn’t consider spoilers at all. It made me reflect on my review writing and I’m questioning if I’m giving out too much information about the content.

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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: 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.