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365 Challenge: Day 364 – Reprieve

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

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Two days left until the 365 Daily Challenge ends on the This Is My Truth Now blog. I’ve shared all the new segments with you, but as I write this post I find myself a little emotional. Since I’m sharing the official 365 goodbye in tomorrow’s ‘finale’ post, I’ll contain my feelings for another twenty-four hours. My message today applies to all of us who have been working hard toward a goal. Sometimes you need to take a break and give yourself the opportunity to rest and recover. I plan to do so in the next few days and weeks, but for now, here’s where my head is at:

  1. I submitted the final version of ‘Father Figure’ to the publisher today and we are done with all editing. We will finalize the cover and new title next week, but this second book is coming to an end in terms of the writing phase. Next up is the launch phase.
  2. Tomorrow completes the 365 Daily Challenge. I blogged for 365 consecutive days except for the five where my focus was on a sick Ryder. I made those up here at the end. Throughout the months, I’ve provided inspiration, laughs and tears. I made beautiful connections and friends. And I learned a lot about myself. Tomorrow I will share my true thoughts and emotions.
  3. On Sunday, I hit another milestone as it is my next birthday. My parents are visiting for brunch, then W and I will spend the evening together. I’ve asked for a sushi dinner! It will be the first day after the 365 Daily Challenge is completed. My mind will be free from one part of the blog and preparing to think about the next one. But the key thing: there will be no post this Sunday!

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Before I jump into the new segments on my blog in tomorrow’s announcement and final post, I wanted to tell everyone to expect a short reprieve from me once this ends. I will need a few weeks to pull together the new segments, but I also need a few days without the requirement to post something. I’ve loved every moment of it, but with these 3 big events happening all at the same time, it’s important for me to recognize the need for a bit of rest. I still plan to post book reviews in the next few weeks. And if something happens to strike my fancy, I will post about it! But there will be nothing forcing me to stick to a schedule in the near term future.

I’m also thinking about the structure of the new segments, e.g. weekly, monthly, whenever I want but with the same title so everyone knows the scope of the post… lots to consider. I would like a bit of freedom not to have to write something unless I feel like the words or message are fully ready to be shared. I also want time to read other blogs and comment back and forth! Between books, short stories and posts, I’m always on and that falls to the wayside. I love being busy, but at the same time, let’s see what happens when I get a bit of a reprieve… maybe I’ll find my brilliant side… see you all tomorrow on the final post!

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

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

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

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

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365 Challenge: Day 286 – Break

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Break: interruption (in continuity, sequence, or course) — as ‘Father Figure’ was sent to beta readers

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I submitted the second draft of ‘Father Figure’ to the beta reader team last night. I asked for feedback in three (3) weeks by January 11, 2018, which gives me a break from writing and editing. It is much needed, as my head is a pile of goo right now. I plan to take the week off between the holidays, only to write the 365 Daily Challenge posts, and to read a few books. I will start drafting the 2018 marketing plan for Watching Glass Shatter right after the new year, then dive into the short story collection, beginning with Ethan.

I’ve updated the draft/tentative book summary for Father Figure below. My second novel has ~115K words (20% longer than Glass) and stands at 318 pages, which is funny, as that’s my birth date. It’s broken into 32 chapters with two primary characters and timelines. It’s contemporary fiction, centered around family drama, with a few elements of romance, mystery and suspense. It also has a relatively sizable diversity theme, and potentially geared towards young adults, but that’s not the primary focus. I’m still deciding how I feel about it… some moments, I think it’s 90% done and just requires a bit of input on a few open items. Other times, I am curious if it should be two separate books with more intensity added to separate the two story-lines. I look forward to the break and hearing all the beta reader thoughts. Hopefully it sounds intriguing! Many thanks to the team reading this draft.

Summary of Father Figure (UPDATED)

Between the fast-paced New York City, a rural Mississippi town, and a charming Pennsylvania college campus filled with secrets, two young girls learn the consequences of growing up too quickly. Struggling to survive in a claustrophobic, unforgiving world, they embark on a journey to overcome all the pain, disappointment, and horror of their experiences. Through alternating chapters set two decades apart, each girl’s plight unfolds revealing the parallels between their lives and the unavoidable collision that is bound to happen. In an emotional story filled with mystery, romance, and suspense, fate intervenes forcing someone to make a dreadful decision that will leave permanent scars.

Amalia Graeme, abused by her mother for most of her life, longs to escape her desolate hometown, connect with others, and fall in love. Contemplating an impending loss of innocence and conflicting feelings between her boyfriend and the dangerous attraction she’s developed for an older man, Amalia suffers devastating, life-altering tragedies. No matter where she turns, someone or something always steals her hope of finding happiness and protection.

Brianna Porter, a sassy yet angst-ridden NYC teenager, yearns to determine her life’s true purpose, conquer her fear of abandonment, and interpret an intimidating desire for her best friend, Shanelle. All the confusion stems from desperately needing to find the father whom her mother refuses to reveal, but an unexpected discovery of a journal leads Brianna to a shocking revelation about her missing parent. Unfortunately, by casting the net to find him, she’s unleashed a tragic history that was meant to stay buried and might now completely change everyone’s futures.

 

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 83 – Clumsy

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Clumsy: awkward in movement or in handling things, difficult to handle or use; unwieldy

When I began the 365 Daily Challenge… oh, 83 days ago (wow!), I noted it would be about traits I currently embody or would like to embody in the future. Today, I’ve selected a trait that I am not right now, nor would I want to be in the future. Why, you’re undoubtedly asking, [are you boring me] would I choose this one? It’s a pretty common one, and it affects my life a bit more than I realized. You’re in for a bit of a more revealing than usual post, as it’s all on the table now! Hopefully you enjoy my sarcasm and humorous mood today.

I am not clumsy, but my significant other is quite clumsy. I cannot even begin to bitch about explain how many times we have laughed over the messes being made all about the house. A good friend of his once exclaimed “You make some of the biggest messes I’ve ever seen” in a public setting… to which several heads turned… and I in my shyness, I believe, ducked behind a column near the table. Those lines somehow ended up in my book, too. Revenge is sweet — remember that!

An example… when we moved in together about 4 years ago, we consolidated kitchen stuff. Between the two of us, we had about 16 wine glasses. After about 3 months, I noticed we were down to 6. I realized how many had either “disappeared” or been broken either while I was already in bed sleeping, or hidden during the day so I couldn’t find the remaining shards. {Not that I’d be mad… it’s a running funny joke between us). So… that weekend, we went to some department store and bought a box of 24. We arrived home, started unpacking everything else… he took responsibility for the glasses… as I didn’t break them, so I wasn’t cleaning all the new ones. As I’m putting away some groceries.. BANG. BOOM. CRASH.  I meander into the living room… half a box of glasses strewn across the floor. Ryder sitting on the couch looking judgmental… possibly annoyed for being woken up. And the significant other… holding a box upside down… “They were stuck. I was just trying to get them out.”

Unfortunately, in the last few weeks, the tables seem to have turned on me. Last week, I was clearing out the dishwasher, mostly full of wine glasses, water glasses and some plates.  {Aside: Maybe I do drink too much…}  We’d washed the pots by hand. As I pulled out two stemless wine glasses, I knocked one against the top of the counter and cracked it in half. OK… cleaned that one up. I then grabbed the remaining glass, turned around and lifted my arm to place it in the top cabinet on the other side of the room… and misjudged the shelf. Yes, that one cracked, too. OK, twice isn’t so bad in one day, right?

Moving along… last night, we’re at a friend’s 40th birthday dinner at a restaurant our friend picked because of its performance space. Guests are arriving…. he hired a few friends to sing since he’s in the theatre and music business… a few of us are chatting near the entrance. In comes someone I know, who walks towards us. We both lean in to give a quick hug / kiss, and as I pull back, I look at my significant other’s expression… {no, it wasn’t jealousy}… then my eyes cast downward to the front of his shirt… about a third of the Manhattan he was drinking casually rested on his dress shirt, awaiting a tart reply.

I ask: “Did I do that?” {Aside: Not in an Urkel voice, don’t go there please}

The response: “Grumble Grumble… Yes.” {Grumble = inexplicable words I couldn’t understand}

What do I say: “Eh, you had it coming. Not sure why, but I’m sure it was warranted.” {Followed by a very huge smirk!}

And to top it all off… this morning… I got up at 8am — later than normal, but then again, I stayed up past midnight, which is unusual for me. Made coffee. Had 1 successful cup of coffee. He wanders out around 8:45 and sits on the couch, petting Ryder (dog. shiba. almost 10 years old). I stand to get myself more coffee and pour him a cup, too. I bring it back from the kitchen. At that exact moment, Ryder chooses to jump down in front of me, as I lean in to hand over the coffee. I try to stylishly pause, but it was too late. I jerked the cup forward and about 1/2 poured out onto the significant other. {Thankfully on him and not the couch. I didn’t feel like cleaning couch fabric this early in the morning! This is where that revenge part comes into play — turn-about is fair play!}.

I didn’t even respond. I just casually backed away and sat on the other side of the room in the chair and covered my face in a pillow, laughing uncontrollably. So… you see… I am not clumsy. I have never been clumsy. Except for the last few weeks. I don’t understand it. It’s a regularly daily occurrence when it’s his clumsiness. Every meal requires clean-up on the floor (whatever Ryder’s chosen not to eat). I constantly take clothes to the dry cleaner and apply stain remover to the laundry. It’s never been me. Why, oh why, have the Clumsy Gods chosen to reverse this malady of bad fortune onto me?

Are you clumsy? Do you live with someone who is always making messes? And does anyone know a spell to reverse whatever cockamamie (sp?) ridiculous switch-a-roo has befallen me?

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.