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365 Challenge: Day 326 – Segments

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Segments: each of the parts into which something is or may be divided

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I’ve chosen the word ‘segment’ for today’s 365 Daily Challenge as I consider a next blogging step. Today’s post is all about the mind of a writer while editing his/her book. It’s for two primary reasons: (1) I’m editing my second novel, Father Figure, and (2) I’m organizing a new segment for my blog all about writing. As I think through the process, I wanted to accomplish two things with this post: (1) an update on Father Figure, and (2) input from anyone interested in a writer’s segment on my blog.

Father Figure

  • I’ve read all the beta feedback and made a list of 32 suggestions to consider as part of the editing process. I agree with most of them, but there are a few that I need to ponder before deciding how to proceed. It was a very successful process.
  • My new target is February 15th to send to the editor and publisher for final review and feedback. I am confident I will achieve it as my head seems to be working properly again.
  • I might need and want to change the title based on a few things. I also have absolutely no thought about the cover on this one yet. Thoughts?

Writing & Editing Process

  • Once the drafts are written and authors have finished a large piece of editing and proofreading, it actually gets harder to finalize. As I read through it I keep telling myself to focus on voice or perspective, consistency or repetition, emotional depth and showing/telling… it can’t all be achieved with one read through, but you need to find the right rhythm. How do others work?
  • I’ve got some ideas for weekly writer’s segments and wanted to know if anyone would care to listen/read/guest post…
    • Ways to give you characters personality
    • Balance of describing settings to give your readers just enough
    • Choosing your point of view & perspective
    • When and where to elicit emotions without overdoing it
    • Repetition and consistency: solutions for keeping track

 

I look forward to everyone’s feedback today! Thanks.

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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365 Challenge: Day 325 – Monetize

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Monetize: convert into or express in the form of currency

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Today’s post is short as I am focused on editing Father Figure. As I was reading my overnight WordPress notifications, I noticed that somewhere around 4am while I was soundly sleeping, I reached 100,000 visits to my blog in the last 14 months. I’m a statistics and numbers guy, so this was very cool to learn. In the last few weeks, I received at least one email per week asking if I would consider linking my site to another company’s web page and allow some marketing graphics. In return, I’d receive income dependent upon any traffic directed to their site from my blog. This is what people refer to when they say monetize your blog. I’ve thought about it before, but ultimately, this blog is not something I ever want controlled by anyone else. If it’s only checking traffic and paying based on views and clicks, is there really an issue if WordPress already displays ads without my control?

I’m curious if anyone else has done this, had a positive or negative experience, or had any input and suggestions… my inclination is if I don’t have to do anything, it doesn’t impact anyone reading the blog unless they choose to click the marketing advertisement, and it is truly legitimate, maybe it’s worth it. I ask only because having small income streams from multiple sources without having to do a lot is helpful for an author in the beginning when trying to focus on writing but also needing to pay bills. It’s also important for me to decide how to position the blog when the 365 Daily Challenge is over in 41 days (5 1/2 weeks)! Will I post daily? Will I break the blog into a few different ones to focus on (a) books / reviews / author content, (b) my author website, and (c) general / inspiration / fun… or will I keep it as a single blog separate from my author page and have content be consistent by day, e.g. Mondays are writer updates, Wednesdays are inspirational messages, Fridays are Author Alerts, Sundays are book reviews, etc.

I welcome input on all these topics today. Thanks for your thoughts and ideas, or even just reading my posts. I’m grateful for everyone I’ve met in the last year & 100,000 visits.

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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365 Challenge: Day 316 – Rewind

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Rewind: to wind backwards and look at something again

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Prior to everything that happened in the last few weeks, I had plans to visit friends in Hudson, New York this weekend. We considered re-scheduling, as neither W nor I were really up for being social, especially not an entire weekend; however, these are good, long-term friends who understood we needed a quiet weekend just hanging out, cooking and maybe a little downtown window shopping. So… we left last night (Friday) and will return tomorrow (Sunday). I think getting out of the apartment will help this weekend and allow us to rewind a little back to a happier place and time. But that’s not the reason rewind is today’s 365 Daily Challenge word. I’ve been trying to decide how to approach reading all the posts, tweets and messages I missed in the last few weeks, but ultimately, I’ve chosen how to best handle it for me right now.

When Ryder went to the doctor on January 11th, I continued to post for a couple of days, but barely read anything from other people’s sites. After we knew how bad it was, I stopped looking at all social media and my blogs, responding only if someone sent me a personal message. I’ve decided not to go back and try to catch up on anything during the last two weeks; instead, I plan to start reading posts this weekend while I’m away, as I normally would, to keep close with all my online friends. That said… I wanted to offer a chance to anyone to let me know if there was anything you posted or saw that I missed during the last two weeks. I’ll rewind back and read anything that you think would be good for me to catch up on. So… if you had a post you tagged me in, or a post you thought might help me, or you shared something about me or my book, or anything else, feel free to respond with the link or how to find it. I’ll happily catch up, read and respond on those types of messages so it’s not like I ignored your kindness. No pressure either!

I just wanted to let everyone know how grateful I am for your support, and to explain why I hadn’t read or responded to anything in the last two weeks. I’m close to being back on a normal schedule of reading and posting, but should there be anything in the past you need me to do a rewind on, please let me know. 🙂

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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Explanation for my absence this last week: an unexpected and core-shaking loss

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As many of you have noticed and commented, I haven’t been online in the last week. Given my 365 Daily Challenge and normally frequent interaction, it was unusual and unexpected. Even when I went on a two-week vacation last fall, I briefly posted each day to stay connected with all my online friends. There would only be a few things to keep me from blogging or responding to comments, and unfortunately, I experienced one of them this past week.

Ryder Reg

For anyone who doesn’t know, Ryder was my ten-year-old shiba inu dog, who had a huge presence not only in my life, but on this blog. As you can probably tell by my use of the past tense, Ryder is no longer with us. It’s taken me several days to even be able to return online and to try to let everyone know what happened. This will unfortunately be a very sad post, and if you prefer not to read it, I completely understand. I know how many people enjoyed hearing from Ryder, and I wanted to at least let everyone know what occurred this last week. You can skip this and just read a happier memorial here.

Ryder has taken anti-seizure medicine for most of his life. We ran regular tests once or twice per year to check his blood chemistry, as the medicine which prevented seizures also has the ability to destroy his liver. When we went to the vet ten days ago, as I could tell Ryder was too lethargic by normal standards, I expected to adjust his medicine and possibly add something else if he was starting to become arthritic. Unfortunately, when the blood test results came back, it showed his liver was severely impacted and that we needed to take quick action.

The recommendation was an immediate transition from one anti-seizure medicine to a newer one, but given the potential for Ryder to take on more side effects, the ideal course was to load a higher than normal dosage of the new medicine while slowly weaning him off the old medicine over a five-day period. Ryder was very ill over that weekend and stopped eating by Sunday morning. He was disoriented, vomiting and refusing to take his medicine. Both W and I were very worried, but knew it would be a rough transition. We expected him to recover within a few weeks.

After last Monday’s Ryder Rant, where he mentioned he was feeling blegh, things quickly deteriorated. When we wrote that post, I had every expectation of continuing my regular posts that week while Ryder recuperated from whatever was ailing him. Part of me knew he was going to become a different dog, but I didn’t expect the true extent as to how bad the situation had become. I checked again with the vet that Monday morning to let him know that things were getting worse. Given Ryder’s refusal to eat and take his pills, the vet scheduled an immediate ultrasound to check his liver and stomach.

At 2:30 that afternoon, we took Ryder to the veterinary hospital and had the ultrasound. When the technician brought Ryder back to us in the waiting room, I could see it on his face. By 3:30, the vet let us know that Ryder’s liver was beyond repair. I knew my worst fears had come true. I’ll spare everyone the details of the next few days, but Ryder was never able to leave the hospital. We checked him in for emergency care and tried for two days to load the medication into him, get him to eat and ease any pain. We knew there was a very small chance that things would turn around, but there were a couple of attempts made to help him, so that we could truly understand if his liver might function once the old medicine was out of his system.

By Wednesday morning, we knew there was nothing left to do. I made a few deals with whomever controls this world; I offered up a year of my life to give Ryder more time with us, and I begged for something else I loved (being a writer) to be taken away from me, instead of Ryder. I knew it wasn’t rational, nor did things even work that way – but I would have done it if were an option. When I accepted that Ryder only had a few more days, W and I focused on getting him healthy enough to bring home, so he could have a day in his own apartment where he could spend his last moments.

Throughout most of the week, W and I visited him in the hospital several times per day, for several hours. He was given extra medication, IV drips and constant attention. When we came home for breaks, we spent the time staring at the walls or the phone, in fear the call would come that he either had a seizure or things took a turn far worse. Luckily, Ryder’s last few days were seizure-free, and at most, he was uncomfortable and confused as to what was happening to him. We knew he wasn’t strong enough to make it home for even a few hours. I am disappointed, angry and sad I couldn’t give that to him.

On Wednesday afternoon and evening, he roused a little bit to give us a few lucid moments. We sat with him in a small private pet waiting room where he licked and kissed us a few times. He took a few spoons of his favorite vanilla bean ice cream, and slept next to his favorite toys. On Thursday morning, my parents came into the city to visit Ryder, as he loved them dearly. They were able to say goodbye and help comfort us. In the afternoon, W and I held Ryder for the last time, cradled in our arms, where he passed away peacefully.

I’ve spent much of the last week in a complete daze. I haven’t slept. I barely ate. My eyes have not had a moment without filling with tears. I couldn’t speak to anyone on the phone but the vet or my parents. W has been and felt the same way. We have been unable to go out or see anyone. While the rest of my post is all about how I feel or what Ryder has meant to me, it also applies fully to W, who has been the only reason I am able to function right now.

My heart is broken, and my entire core is unsteady. I lost grandparents, godparents and friends when I was much younger, and it all devastated me as a child or teenager, but this has truly been my first major personal loss as an adult. I’m experiencing everything from anger to guilt, but I know it is part of the process and will get better in time. I cannot look at his food & water bowls, bed or toys without breaking into tears; yet, I will not be able to put them away anytime soon. I haven’t just lost a pet or a close family member. I’ve lost a part of me, perhaps the single most important part of my humanity.

I tend to be quiet and shy, preferring to be alone rather than in groups or with others. I have often been told I hide my emotions/feelings and tend to have tunnel vision over what’s going on around me. Ryder changed all that. He taught me how to be selfless. He showed me how to put someone else first. He helped me realize how to care for someone dependent on you for nearly everything. Ryder has been a part of me for ten years. Every part of my day revolves around him, and always has. He was always healthy, but he took medicine twice per day – and I couldn’t easily adjust the time frames without impact. I was always on the lookout for a potential seizure. I talked to him all day long. He had a voice in our day and decisions.

I’ve decided to share two separate posts today: this one, to let everyone know what happened and explain my absence, but then a second, which you can see here, to tell everyone what Ryder meant to me. This very special dog changed me when he came into my life, and I fear he has changed me again when he has left my life. I know we all feel like this when we lose someone important, but for me, I’m scared that I will forget him, or that I will forget my humanity and my ability to love others again. Right now, seeing pictures of him, or sharing memories, doesn’t feel like it will ever be enough to connect with the real thing.

I am beyond grateful to everyone who checked in on me, or to ask about Ryder, in the last week. Despite being completely destroyed emotionally and uncertain where I was or what I was doing most of the time, it helped to see your messages. They made me cry more. They made me happy to know how much he was adored. It is in these life moments where I believe there is goodness in the world that will always overpower the negative and the evil. Thank you for being part of Ryder’s life and listening to me speak from a place of raw emotion. I’ve tried to control the extent of my words, as I want to look back on this time and remember Ryder with love and not sadness.

Humbly yours….  Jay

(It’s okay to LIKE the post, as I know it comes from a good place.)

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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365 Challenge: Day 296 – Marketing

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Marketing: the action or business of promoting and selling products or services, including market research and advertising

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It’s the first official work day of the New Year for me, but it’s an unusual one given what I’ve been doing the last few months. My second novel, Father Figure, is with a team of beta readers, who will provide feedback by January 11th. I have no writing to do for about ten days, which is a good feeling; however, there is something I’ve been a bit lax on — MARKETING! I used the word ‘market‘ earlier in this 365 Daily Challenge, but in a different way, so I’m comfortable with the definition / change I’m blogging about today.  I need to plan my 2018 marketing plan for Watching Glass Shatter, my first novel, released on October 8th, 2017.

Marketing, sales and advertising have always been the weakest of skills during my days in the corporate business world. Given my personality, I’m not one to push opinions on others, nor try to persuade someone to buy goods and services. I prefer the approach of putting something out there, then letting others make the choice by reading or hearing about it. When I launched WGS, I posted a few times on my blog for anyone who was interested in helping me promote the book. I was lucky enough to find at least 25 people who took me up on the opportunity, which made the initial publication and launch successful. Throughout November and December, between the publisher’s work on Amazon and my posts on Goodreads, several hundred people have read and reviewed the book. Now that we’re hitting the 3-month mark next week, I need to settle on a game plan for 2018 in how I will market the book outside of those two key websites and my various social media platforms.

That’s my focus for the next 10 days. I’ve got some input from good friends and new friends, but I welcome any ideas and thoughts from the wonderful world of bloggers. You can reply here or send me an email at jamesjcudney4@gmail.com. And if you don’t have ideas or any time to think about it, that’s OK! I’m just sharing what’s on my mind and my upcoming focus. Many thanks in advance.

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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365 Challenge: Day 283 – Hole

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Hole: (a)  small or unpleasant place, or (b) where Jay goes when searching for music

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Ryder and I had the apartment to ourselves last night, as W had to be out of town for the day. I thought I’d spend a few hours reading and get to bed early, but that didn’t happen. Pitch Perfect 2 was on the television, and I succumbed to the music for two hours, only to drag myself into bed completely focused on recalling various songs from the 1980s. Reading was no longer an option, so I decided to look up a few of my faves on the YouTube app on my phone while in bed. Ryder slept at my feet until I apparently pushed him too far. I was prepared to spend 15 minutes searching, then turn it all off. That never happened… the proverbial rat hole we’ve all gotten stuck in took over! One song led to another, which led to more memories. Ryder abandoned the bed within fifteen minutes and curled up under his own blanket in his own bed. I guess he wasn’t in the mood to listen to my jamming. Though I had gotten in bed at 11pm with a 100% charge on the phone, next thing I knew, it was 1:30am and I had a 13% charge on my phone. I don’t recall anything that happened during those 150 minutes!

I have this occasional habit when I’m home alone of listening to sad songs and power ballads. You name it, I probably listened to it last night… starting with three different versions of Hallelujah. Air Supply certainly figured prominently, as did a few Heart songs. It stayed mostly in the 1980s, but I did jump around a little bit. Adele was the last song before I finally told myself to go to sleep, as I had to be up at 7am to do laundry. Our building is changing over the laundry room provider tomorrow, and we won’t have services for 5 days. Since we leave on the weekend for Christmas, I had to get it done today. All the maids (seems like everyone has one in this building) arrive by 8am to start cleaning, so I had to get to the laundry room first, especially on the last day it was available. I’m my own maid!

Anyway… I realized two things last night: (1) I am easily distracted by music and therefore do not listen to it while I write; however, there were some amazing French songs that I could probably have in the background, as the words wouldn’t mean anything to me nor disrupt me, and (2) I woke up this morning with tons of lines I want to add into Father Figure. I wrote many of them down, but now I need to verify none are from the songs I listened to! I doubt they are, as I basically crafted them as I was pulling clothes from the washer and putting them into the dryer. The words feel original. The point being… both laundry and music led me down a hole in the last 24 hours, but in the end, I came out the other side with some really fantastic improvements to the book.

I call that a hole in one!

{Worst line of cheese I’ve ever used… good thing I’m not a writer! Oh, wait…}

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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365 Challenge: Day 265 – HUNDRED

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Hundred: when there’s only this amount of days left in the 365 Daily Challenge – a countdown must occur

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As of tomorrow, we hit the start of the 100 Days Countdown for the 365 Daily Challenge — there’s only one hundred posts left to explore my world… can you believe it’s been that long already? A few interesting things to share today:

  • On Monday, Ryder will kick off the ‘This Is My Truth Now’ 2017 blogger award poll. There will be a very special poll to determine the award winner, as well as giveaway that will be fun and rewarding.
  • I have been blogging for just over 1 year.
  • Today’s post is #980 — we’re getting close to 1000!
  • There have been 14,274 comments.
  • The site has been viewed 79,274 times.
  • There are ~3600 followers.
  • There are 100 posts left for the 365 Daily Challenge
    • 14 Author Alerts
    • 14 Ryder Rants
    • 14 Lists
    • 58 Miscellaneous Posts
      • a new weekly segment on Father Figure
      • a new weekly segment on Watching Glass Shatter
      • what else do you want to read about?

This has been incredibly exciting and I can’t wait to see what happens in our countdown. While I won’t really do anything special until the last 10 days next March, I did want to start getting everyone thinking about what else I should try to achieve before this concludes. Thoughts?

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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