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Watching Glass Shatter: Blog Tour Day 13 – Everyone Else Has the Best Titles

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Linda is today’s 13th stop on the Watching Glass Shatter blog tour. She’s taken a different route to help promoting the book by asking hilarious questions (some submitted by her amazing followers). I might have revealed more than I should have!

Thank you to her for being such a great friend and part of this launch team. She’s awesome and if you haven’t seen her blog before, you will find something funny every day… go check out today’s post and then scroll back over the last few weeks. You may not escape without a serious chuckle!

via Q&A With James Cudney, Author Of Watching Glass Shatter

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365 Challenge: Day 201 – Celebration

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Celebration: (a) hotel where we are staying in Orlando and (b) a big party

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I still can’t believe I’m on day 12 of a 15 day vacation and finding things to post about! Today the 365 Daily Challenge word is celebration — for two reasons. Our friends are getting married this evening at the Bohemian Hotel Celebration (Autograph Collection) in Celebration (Orlando) Florida. It’s a celebration on so many levels. I was surprised to learn that this town (Celebration) was built by Disney about thirty years ago and is actually an entire town full of life and fun — yes, an entire town. I knew Disney was huge down here, but this is even more intense. I’m excited to check it out this morning and afternoon before the wedding this evening. Later today, I will wear a bowtie and suspenders (wedding attire selected for us — never wore either before — this will be amusing), and we will run around town taking hilarious and memorable photos in a bunch of very cool spots. I probably won’t have those pictures for a few days/weeks, but we’ll take some before we go to the wedding (small, less than 30 of us) so you can see how silly I will probably look! And then tomorrow begins two days in the Disney parks. Can’t wait to get this Celebration started.

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Lake our hotel sits beside

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Pool over the lake

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Hotel Room

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Interesting birds following us around

Thanks for all the comments and feedback. Looking forward to catching up with everyone when I return early next week. Have a great weekend.

 

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 124 – Unpredictable

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Unpredictable: unexpected; not foreseen; up in the air

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In life, there are times when it’s necessary to be predictable and there are times when it is not. I could go on for a very long time about how I am predictable, or cite examples of when I try to be unpredictable, but I will not. Instead, I’m taking us on a little sideways path, still aligned with the 365 Daily Challenge, yet also in a bit of a new territory. For as far back as I can remember, there are moments in our lives when we feel the following  way in some shape, manner or form:

  • You’re in a rut and seem to consistently do the same repetitive things
  • You have an afternoon, an evening or a whole day with some flexibility or time on your hands, and want to use it wisely, but can’t think of anything to do
  • You have the same fears or wishes but never see any movement or traction in a positive direction

I’ll stop there as I am fairly certain we’ve all been there at least once for at least one of these items. As this is a blog about the truth, I fully admit, I have encountered all of these quite frequently, and to this day, I still do. But what I’ve learned is that there are two ways to handle it: (1) Do nothing and it stays the same or (2) Change it!

Sure, there’s a little bit of work involved, depending on how much you want to address any of these items, but I solidly believe it will be worth it in the end. Here’s my suggestion to each of us as a goal we need to incorporate into our next few weeks. Pick one of the above general areas of concern. Narrow down the specific component that you’d like to address. A few examples:

  • Eating out at the same places because you don’t know what else is available.
  • Cooking the same meals because you don’t have time or recipes for something else.
  • Visit the same movie theatre or watch the same TV shows because, well, they’re just available and easy to access.
  • Never trying some new activity that you’ve thought about in the past as really fun but have been lazy about trying it out.
  • Always finding yourself afraid to speak up to new people and share you opinion because your voice may not be valuable or warranted.
  • Tons of ideas about new hobbies but somehow it’s overwhelming to pick up something new.

You’ve undoubtedly got a few in your head beyond what I’ve proposed. And now here comes the word association portion of the 365 Daily Challenge. You’ve grown so predictable, you can’t even imagine how to get yourself out of this nasty little dilemma. But it’s time for a change. It’s time to take a small part of your life and make it unpredictable for the greater sake of your future. Now don’t be throwing all the rules out the window and going for broke on a new life of chaos and disaster. Put a little game together for yourself so that you can ease on into your new life of charm and titillation. {Aside: Does anyone else hate that last word as much as I do… titillation?}

Decide the frequency of this new thing we’re talking about. Perhaps it’s Monday night meals, so it would be weekly. Maybe it’s the weekend each month you want to take the kids somewhere new. Perhaps it’s the daily 3 minute conversation you need to have with a stranger. Whatever it is… write up all the options / examples… put them on individual pieces of paper and then fold them up. Or if you are tech-savvy, find an online tool that allows you to randomly select a choice out of a group of options. And ease into your unpredictable life-changing plan… and randomly choose one of these options at the frequency you desire. In the immortal words of ABBA:

On Me! (*Couldn’t find an ABBA GIF with this song)

But here’s a link to the sound clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-crgQGdpZR0

  • If you picked “cook a new recipe,” then draw a recipe out of the hat, so to speak, on a Sunday, get the groceries and cook that food whatever day works out best for you that week — with the kids, significant other, spouse or friends.
  • If you picked “try a new activity,” then choose one of them at will (or have someone else reach into the hat for you), and take a chance on it. Do a little research and just go do it because the paper in that told you to that day… let some control go!

The point is to have fun. To try something new. With boundaries since you picked all the original options and still in a bit of a safe zone. If you’re feeling risk-friendly, throw some “out there” choices into the hat, so that you can keep pushing yourself a little more. And forgive yourself when you draw an activity that perhaps is too overwhelming for the day you chose it. Put it back, draw something else, but promise yourself the next time you draw it again, you will do it. I’m gonna give some thought to this over the next week… and next Friday, at the end of my 365 post, I’ll reveal what my “unpredictable” actions are going to be. How about you?

 

RECOMMENDED BLOGGER

  • Today’s 365 Daily Challenge recommended blogger to know is Patty @ Moohnshine’s Corner. Patty and I connected about two months ago when I stumbled across a post similar to the one I linked in her name at the beginning of this paragraph. Suddenly, tons of fantastic covers showed up in posts on my WP Reader every Wednesday for Hump Day. I leave the rest to your imagination when it comes to what to do on “hump day.” I also felt connected to Patty as her husband’s name is James, which is my given name, and anyone who chooses to marry or spend their life with someone named James has gotta be a good person in my book. We torture our partners and spouses something fierce!!! But in all sincerity, Patty is a fantastic blogger. She posts nearly every day, even when she’s on vacation and in a kayak, and there’s always something interesting or beautiful about the post. She makes it fun, even in the incorrectly spelled name of her blog, and she tells me there is a story behind it, but I’ve yet to find out! Maybe you’ll have better luck if you go check out her site and meet this new friend. It’s a true reader’s book site, full of author content, book tags, contests, feedback, opinions and a general safe space to dish all about our favorite book characters. Grab yourself a bottle of some homemade hooch — as I’ve heard it referred to before (Scandal reference) — and settle in for a fun escape from the day.

 

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: Awesome Blogger

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I’ve been nominated for the Awesome Blogger Award. I’m not sure what I’ve done to deserve the nomination, but am definitely grateful. It’s been quite a fun ~9 months working on the blog… seeing where it takes me… and introducing me to all of you!

Much appreciation and many thanks for the nomination go to Nel at Reactionary Tales, where you will find tons of blog fun from book reviews to tales from the husband / wife, social issues to photography and history to creative writing. Always something new and exciting to read up on when visiting her site… so please find a way to check it out!

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Nel tells me this award was created by Maggie  at Dreaming of Guatemala who said:

“This is an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. That is what truly defines an awesome blogger.”

So go visit that site, too! I just did and started following to see all the fun firsthand.

RULES OF THIS AWARD

  • Thank the person who nominated you. Include the reason behind the award. Include the banner in your post.
  • Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward in the Reader.
  • Answer the questions your nominator gave you.
  • Nominate at least 5 awesome bloggers.
  • Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer.
  • Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated!

 

NEL’S QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

  • What are you currently binge watching or plan to binge watch?
    • I started watching the latest seasons of “Grace and Frankie” and “Great British Baking Show” last week. And tonight, I’m going to start season 3 of “Kimmy Schmidt.”
  • Have you ever experienced a critical comment (justified or unjustified) on your posts or comments? How did you you deal with it?
    • No, not yet. A few comments were direct and had a disagreement with something I wrote, but nothing was rude or mean. I believe they even apologized for having a different opinion than me. I’ve got amazing online friends and followers!
  • Do you believe in chance or luck? Or everything is based on logic?
    • I definitely believe in chance, luck and logic. It could be any of them, or even a combination of all three. Sometimes things just happen for no reason. Sometimes it’s random. Sometimes it’s destiny.
  • Android or Apple?
    • Apple. Nothing wrong with Android, just none of my closest friends used it, so I didn’t bother to get one. I work in technology, so I’m familiar with it, tho.
  • What’s something on your bucket list that you hope to do in the next 5 years?
    • Publish a book. Eh, too easy since I’ve already written the book and am working with an agent. Invent something.
  • Hot sub or cold sub?
    • Cold… I’m not one for mushy sauces on bread when heated up.
  • If you are given two choices – death for denying to accept a lie as a truth, life for accepting a truth as a lie, what would you choose?
    • I think that’s too complicated to know… it’s always subjective and based on the actual situation. But as a general rule of thumb, I believe in the truth for nearly all situations. I wouldn’t choose death simply because I disagreed with something. I’d keep trying to fight it until I proved my point.
  • Polar bears or Pandas?
    • I can’t choose. They’re both too cute. If you force me, polar bears. I love the cold.
  • If you could travel, all expenses paid, to anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
    • African safari for a month.
  • Tag your own favorite post you posted here.

JAY’S QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

I’m a bit of a game-player (in only the fun way)… so I’ve created 10 questions with increasing difficulty. Be prepared to think!

  1. What book best describes your life right now?
  2. What makes you immediately feel connected to your characters? Answer either as a writer or a reader.
  3. What do you do with 3 hours of free time when no one knows about it?
  4. There’s a million dollars in a bag under a tree. You can take it and no one will know, but you lose 1 year of your life. Do you do it?
  5. You must transfigure to an animal for the remainder of your life. Which one?
  6. One of your favorite authors asks you to help edit their next book. Do you do it?
  7. A genie in a bottle — lame, I know — offers you one wish. You have to choose between the following two.  Which one and why? (a) a pill that will cure any illness or (b) a clock that can be turned back by 24 hours to prevent a disaster.
  8. A family member has a secret that will change the world’s perception of you. You have the ability to lock them in a room never to be seen again. Do you do it?
  9. You find the Fountain of Youth and it offers you an opportunity to bring 2 people with you. Who do you choose?
  10. You have the opportunity to erase this post from your WordPress site, and I’ll never know you chose not to answer these questions. Would you do it? 🙂

 

TAG: YOU’RE UP!

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I picked a random selection of bloggers I’ve known for a few months or just met this week. Have fun with it. Don’t stress. Skip it if it’s too much. Pass it on if you love it. Participate even if you weren’t tagged. I love learning about everyone. And remember, if you don’t do it, then:

About Me

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. Once you hit my site “ThisIsMyTruthNow” at https://thisismytruthnow.com, you can join the fun and see my blog and various site content. You’ll find book reviews, published and in-progress fiction, TV/Film reviews, favorite vacation spots and my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge.” 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… see how you compare! Feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Tell me what you think. Note: All 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.

Review: The Cat in the Hat

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The Cat in the HatBook Review
Everyone’s heard of SEUSS (Dr) (I hope). 4 stars to The Cat in the Hat, an adorable children’s book full of little amusing pictures and rhymes.

Kids love the absurdity. It’s an opportunity for the reader to use different voices… to dress up… to be free and fun and just enjoy reading.

Though it could be used as a way to teach kids about rhymes, as well as what’s real and not real… my recommendation with this one is to just HAVE FUN! Act out all the scenes. Make it a fun Saturday experience with your kids, friends, nephews, nieces, cousins.

Teach kids to enjoy reading.

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. 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.

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365 Challenge: Day 15 – Sarcastic

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Sarcastic: marked by or given to using irony in order to mock or convey contempt

There aren’t many good images for “sarcastic,” but I was able to find this one. I liked that it should have said “sometimes I’m asleep” or “sometimes I’m sleeping,” but doesn’t!

Today’s characteristic is an unusual one. By true definition, I am absolutely not sarcastic, as when I exhibit the behavior I’m thinking of, it never comes from contempt. My brand of sarcasm is always humorous, and either meant to fill in a gap in silent conversation or an attempt to be funny and show my affection.

I’ve never intended to use contempt; I actually don’t condone that behavior. If you truly dislike something or someone, have unadulterated hatred or anger over it, figure out how to deal with it in a positive way. Don’t take it out on another person. Try to explain to someone why you are angry, figure out a way to fix the situation or convince them what they’ve done is wrong. But don’t ever mock them or physically hurt them because you don’t like what they’ve done (unless you’re trying to stop them from being violent, etc.).

Back to sarcasm. To be sarcastic, you need to be witty and timely. You need to know when to repeat versus leave it at one brief line and let the humor unfold all on its own. My sarcasm often comes out when someone asks me a question that opens an opportunity for me to provide the ultimate silly or stupid answer, thus bringing about a moment of laughter and connection.

Often on the receiving end of my sarcasm is my mother. I love to respond with slightly sarcastic answers to basic questions. For example, when she comes over for lunch and asks what time we’re eating, my response would be, “as soon as you leave, I’ll probably have some lunch. By the way, how long do you plan to stay today?” Or if she wants to know what I’m looking for in the bookstore, I’ll say: “Not sure. Something with words on paper, most likely.” And we’ll banter for a few seconds, get a good laugh, and move on.

Actually, thinking about my history of being sarcastic, the person on the receiving end is almost always the 3 or 4 people I’m closest to… parents, partner, best friend… how interesting it should be those you love!

As I write this, and truly think about the definition, maybe I’m not sarcastic. I wouldn’t call myself witty. Perhaps I’m sassy? Although, sassy to me implies a much more boisterous tone, and I’m anything but boisterous. Any suggestions for the best trait to use here? <i>I’m sure someone as literate and intelligent as anyone, like you, reading my blog must know the word I’m trying to use…<i/>

I think about the people I’ve interacted with over my time and don’t really ever recall being on the other end of the someone’s sarcasm. I tend to not engage with people who come across mean-spirited or contemptuous, unless there is humor attached to it. Humor helps ease the situation, ensure words aren’t bitter, or as bitter as they could be taken.

People often use sarcasm as a way to avoid the truth or intimacy, a detraction from something they are uncomfortable with. I’ve done that a few times. Someone asks a question that requires you to reveal or respond in a way you would prefer not to. So you deflect with a sarcastic comment and hope to end the conversation. It’s rare I will use it, as I believe I mentioned very early on in these daily challenges that I am honest, and prefer to just say what I’m thinking. But sometimes you just don’t want to engage in a specific conversation for any number of reasons.

If someone often brings up a negative item (constantly referring to themselves as overweight or not intelligent, etc.), and you’ve tried to convince them otherwise many times before, sarcasm may come into play. You can change the topic, or say something sarcastic about yourself to level-set the conversation and hope it moves on. Not in any grand manner, but in the hopes you don’t have to repeat prior discussions or soothe someones mind yet another time. I don’t mean this to be insensitive, but you can only help someone else as much as (s)he is willing to be helped and you are educated.

So… sarcasm can be a handy tool for good reasons, which perhaps means I am considered sarcastic. Ugh, I’m just talking to myself on this one. Like you’d know, right?