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365 Challenge: Day 279 – Numbers

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Numbers: an arithmetical value, expressed by a word, symbol, or figure, representing a particular quantity and used in counting and making calculations and for showing order in a series or for identification

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Numbers have always been important to me. I’m extremely adept at adding numbers together, remembering what I paid for an electric bill years ago or how much a hotel room costs from prior trips. It tends to be either percentage or financial based, as I can’t remember addresses or phone numbers. It’s quite odd. And don’t think I’m bragging about this ability, as it comes with some important things I am lacking, e.g. common sense! I get lost all the time, I don’t understand where the sun sets and I barely remember to chew before swallowing sometimes. Anyway, I digress… numbers have always been important to me, that’s where I left off.

Today, we have our monthly board and card game with friends, and we’re hosting. I’ll be cooking, cleaning and preparing all afternoon. Then I intend to wipe the table with everyone… take their money (we really don’t play for money), win all the contests (it’s often teams, so no individual wins) and kick some a$$ (ok, that’s just rude). Other than those numbers in the cards and games, a few other important numbers this week:

  • Yesterday was my 1000th post. I thought it was today, but I accidentally sneaked (or is it snuck?) in a book review which never occurred to me would impact my numbers count. So, congratulations to Atwood Cutting for being number 1000!
  • Today is the LAST day to vote in the poll for the 2017 TRUTH AWARD, which will choose three winners to receive a signed copy of my book, an Amazon gift card and a donation in their name to charity. There are tons of numbers in that post!
  • I have 2 books left to complete my Goodreads Challenge of 90 books this year. I originally picked 78 books as the goal last January, assuming 1.5 books per week. I was a reading animal in the beginning of the year, choosing to increase it to 104 books, believing I could achieve 2 books per week. Then Watching Glass Shatter was published, so I had to switch gears, compromising it with 90. I’m now hoping to land at 100. That means 12 books in 16 days. In all fairness, I have 4 short children’s books to read, so it might be achievable.
  • Vote for my January 2018 read in the Book Bucket Poll – 12 books… the top 2 are pretty close right now… only 4 days left to vote!
  • Lastly, I’m starting to write down my 12 New Year’s Resolutions and 12 Goals for 2018. Numbers will be pretty important there, considering the blog and book sales. I also need to decide what happens with the 365 Daily Challenge after it ends on March 12th, 2018. I’m looking forward to sharing my plans with you all very soon!

 

Any number freaks like me out there?

 

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 240 – Vote

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Vote: formal indication of a choice between two or more candidates or courses of action, expressed typically through a ballot or a show of hands or by voice

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As with 100% of all my other posts, I don’t usually discuss politics on my blog. I’m not going to today either, but I will encourage everyone to vote today in the US. Our ancestors fought hard for it. It can make a difference down the line. You have some level of control and power. To keep this light and friendly, today’s 365 Daily Challenge word is vote but for three (3) different reasons:

  1. It’s Election Day in the USA, so please do your best to vote.
  2. Thank you to everyone who wrote in my book for the Goodreads 2017 Choice Awards. Round 2 kicked off today and unfortunately, I did not receive enough votes to get added to any of the 20 categories. It was truly an honor to hear from so many friendly bloggers who told me they nominated me or even pushed me to throw a post out there to notify everyone it was even an option. That said, please be sure to check out Round 2 on Goodreads and VOTE for your favorite books.
  3. About ten days ago in my post on ‘Tea’ we had a sort-of-vote on which types of tea I should try. I promised to compile the responses together, which I’ve done both in the original post as an update (click Tea to see it), but I’ve also listed them all below. I will try a few over the next couple of weeks and let you know what I thought. Thank you to everyone for such great responses. You are all awesome!

 

Types of Tea Suggested to Me

Brands: Yogi, Celestial Seasons, Lipton, Traditional Medicinals, Tazo, Harney & Sons, Grace Tea, Rishi, The Tea Spot, Teapigs, Piccadilly Circus, Jackson’s of Piccadilly (I might have confused a brand with a store here, sorry!)

  • Orange Pekoe
  • White
  • Winter Spice
  • Super Fruit
  • Tensions Tamer
  • Vanilla Almond Rooibos
  • Cranberry
  • Licorice Spice
  • Hot Cinnamon Spice
  • Gypsy Cold Care
  • Breakfast
  • Turkish
  • Russian Caravan
  • Darjeeling
  • Turmeric
  • Cardamom (Elaichi)
  • Kashmiri
  • Cinnamon Vanilla Healthy Skin
  • Karak Chai
  • Chai
  • Organic Ginger
  • Chamomile and Lavender
  • Throat Coat
  • Breathe Easy
  • Black
  • Green
  • Bubble-Milk
  • Lady Grey
  • Pumpkin
  • Candy Cane
  • Mango
  • Blueberry
  • Detox
  • Vanilla Spice
  • Peppermint
  • Jasmine Green
  • Earl Grey

 

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 233 – Goodreads (2017 Book Awards)

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Goodreads: website for readers to discuss books and select 2017 winners

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Today is an amazing day. Not only is it autumn and Halloween, two of my favorite times of the year, but it’s also the first day of the Goodreads Choice Awards for 2017. Each year, Goodreads holds awards for books published that year across twenty (20) different categories. They hold three (3) rounds for voting, starting with this week, and they also allow you to write in an eligible nominee if your favorite book wasn’t initially selected. Here’s how it works:

Week #1: 10/31 to 11/5 Voting

  • 15 Nominees selected by Goodreads
  • Any other eligible book can be nominated via a write-in by us

Week #2: 11/7 to 11/12 Voting

  • 15 Nominees selected by Goodreads remain
  • Top 5 write-in votes are added to the list, rounding it out to 20 Nominees

Week #3: 11/14 to 11/27 Voting

  • Top 10 from prior round in each category are the new Nominees

 

**Votes are tallied and the winners are announced later this year! **

 

Why This is Awesome

  1. If you love to read, it’s an award based on your votes — not some society or panel
  2. You find new books you want to read
  3. You can write-in your own Nominees (Us Writers Love This)
  4. It creates great discussion among readers
  5. You remember all the favorites from the prior year

 

For me, it’s also a bit special as there’s an opportunity for me or any of my fellow writers to be nominated via a write-in vote in any of the 20 categories, including ‘Goodreads Debut Author’ of 2017. While I am not suggesting my book is the best book (that’s for others to choose), being nominated helps promote the book to other Goodreads members who may not know about it. It’s all about marketing and advertising to help share the chance.

This is one of those times when being nominated truly can have a tremendous impact for new writers. It’s not always about winning, but instead about finding ways to share your book and voice with other people. I’m searching my list of fellow writers to see if there’s anyone I’d like to nominate as it may just help them out. So should you!!!

 

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 217 – SMA

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SMA: Top 10 list of social media apps where you can find me

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Sunday posts, the end of each week, have become a theme on This-Is-My-Truth-Now, organized by groups of five (5) focused on interesting things about my life. I’m continuing the trend of the seventh day, ending the week on Sunday, as a list (we know I love them) that provides more in depth knowledge about me.

  • Weeks 1 – 5: Primary ethnicity groups and nationalities
  • Weeks 6 – 10: A to Z Favorites
  • Weeks 11 – 15: Colors with an important meaning
  • Weeks 16 – 20: Cities I’ve lived
  • Weeks 21 – 25: Jobs I’ve held
  • Weeks 26 – 30: Top 10 entertainment options

Since the groupings won’t all fall into buckets of five (5), I’m using today’s post as a one-time list of social media apps that I use. I’ve done this before, many months ago, but thought now would be appropriate to ensure everyone knew how and where to reach me. Please follow by clicking the link with my user name to connect wherever you’d like; I shall respond and follow back. Thanks in advance.

Twitter

Instagram

Pinterest

Tumblr

LinkedIn

Google+ / YouTube

Bloglovin’

Facebook

Goodreads

Amazon

 

And one additional reminder for good measure… all my websites!

WordPress

 

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.

 

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365 Challenge: Day 173 – Rapid

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Rapid: happening in a short time or at a fast pace

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Sometimes life happens all around us, quickly moving along without you realizing it’s passing by. I reminded myself all week long that I would be away for a few days on the upcoming weekend, but did I pre-draft any posts that I could edit and release each day? No… too much going on to remember everything I had wanted to accomplish by today. When I awoke this morning, I realized that I leave on a flight at 8am tomorrow, which means I need to write at least four posts today to keep the 365 Daily Challenge humming along. I’ve got Saturday thru Monday planned in my head, so really, I just need to get through today’s concept. The word ‘rapid’ felt appropriate, given how things have been proceeding around me in the last month. And in the spirit of being rapid, a lovely rapid-fire shout out to all the things this week going on around me…

  1. Finished writing the first draft of ‘Father Figure – nearly 380 pages – more on that later in its own separate post, assuming I can find time! 9 weeks went by incredibly quickly.
  2. My Goodreads author page went up and I had to feverishly draft a bio. You can see it at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17128817.James_J_Cudney_IV
  3. The weekend trip to visit family. Leave early tomorrow morning, come home Tuesday afternoon. My response time on WordPress may be slower while I’m away. But I am looking forward to seeing family and stepping away from all these pesky deliverables on my to-do list. Never ends!
  4. A bug that wandered into the apartment last night. It was green and about two inches in length. Not a grasshopper or praying mantis. It flew all over the place. Ryder ignored it. I couldn’t catch it. Finally, this morning, it landed on the floor. I scooped it up, yelled at it, then threw it outside. Told it to counts its blessings I didn’t kill it. Mean, I know. But it was torture knowing it lurked in my home last night, somewhere in hiding, waiting to pounce on me.
  5. The migraine that stole 4 hours from me last night. Not nice. But at least it didn’t stick around as long as the bug. I’m grateful for some things.
  6. The end of hot weather? I hope. We’re in the 60s today here in NYC. Go away summer! Bring on the autumn weather ASAP. I need a pumpkin.
  7. Help to those in the Houston areas — I hope it is as rapid as possible to get them all they need. It will take years to help the city and all its inhabitants, and even then, it won’t be the same anymore. Much love to them all.
  8. To finding a few minutes today to ‘stop and smell the roses’ amidst the chaos we sometimes encounter throughout the day. It’ll make the day so much easier.
  9. Ryder turns 10-years old on September 3rd. I am a bit shocked at how an entire decade has gone by since this little guy came into my life. I adore him more than I can even begin to explain in a single post. And I can only hope he enjoys the birthday present he’ll have while we were away. I feel awful being gone, but this was the best timing for everyone. We’ll celebrate it when we are home on Tuesday with his favorite meal. Rapid forgiveness on this one, please.
  10. This post. I need to write a few more this morning, so today’s is a whole new sort of rapid! Hopefully it still has a bit of humor and quality. And if not, everyone has a bit of a slow day, even when the 365 Daily Challenge word is rapid. Please forgive me… and just take a moment to laugh at the poor guy below.

Couldn’t resist including this one today!

 

How about you? What’s occurring too rapidly in your life? What’s not going quickly enough? Anyone going on fun trips soon? I’m touring North Carolina for 10 days in September. Any recommendations on where to stop or where to avoid? It’s share time!

 

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.

My Novel: ‘Watching Glass Shatter’ — Listed on Goodreads

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Beginning today, my novel, ‘Watching Glass Shatter’ is officially listed on Goodreads as a book. The cover is currently in design phase while the publisher begins to create the formats for paperback and electronic readers. I will keep you posted on the progress in the coming weeks. For now, you can find the link below to see the book on Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36140949-watching-glass-shatter?ac=1&from_search=true

 

My author website is in development but will be another WordPress website you can follow. You can reach the link at:  https://jamescudney4.com

Watching Glass Shatter

Beginning today, my novel, ‘Watching Glass Shatter’ is officially listed on Goodreads as a book. The cover is currently in design phase while the publisher begins to create the formats for paperback and electronic readers. I will keep you posted on the progress in the coming weeks. For now, you can find the link below to see the book on Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36140949-watching-glass-shatter?ac=1&from_search=true

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As we begin to create a marketing and publishing plan, I will start a weekly post on “Watching a Glass Shatter” just like I’m doing on “Father Figure.” If you’d like to get involved at any point, I’m absolutely open to help from friends and fans. Success is not built on one person’s back alone, but on the collaboration of a brilliant team of people dedicated to making a difference.

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TAG: How I Choose My Books

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Many thanks to my friend Noriko @ BookFiendSite for tagging me on this very fun game. She has a fantastic blog and was my 365 Daily Challenge Recommended Blogger last week. Go check out her site to find awesome book reviews, tags, memes, wrap ups, throwbacks and recommendations.
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Questions

 

1. Find a Book on your shelves or e-reader with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?

 

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It’s the third in a trilogy that I adore, but I’ve got some ARCs and buddy reads due soon. I won’t get to it for another month. Sad.

 

2. Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did. Why did you read it in the first place?

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The Book Thief is about the Holocaust, which is a tough subject for me to read. I kept saying no to by book club, but they were relentless, so I had to give in. It’s not in my top ten favorite books. Lessons learned. Trust your fellow book buddies who know you well.

 

3. Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick a book at random. How did you discover this book?

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So many fellow Goodreaders were talking about it. Then I saw it on the bookshelf in the library of my apartment building. I snatched it up and plan to read it later this year.

 

4. Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?

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Recommended as a buddy read with Medhat, a buddy from Goodreads. I loved it. Now we’re doing a buddy read this week on its sequel, Hidden Bodies.

 

5. Pick a book that you discovered through YouTube / Book blogs. Did it live up to the hype?

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Beartown definitely lived up to the hype. It’s an amazing and powerful book that will absolutely rock your core to the point where you scream at the characters and the way people behave.

 

6. Find a book on your shelves or e-reader with a one-word title. What drew you to this book?

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Nel @ Reactionary Tales recommended it. I put it on my Book Bucket List. Now I’m planning to read it in September.

 

7. What book did you discover through a film / TV adaptation?

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I hadn’t realized this was a book first when I watched the movie many years ago. I wish I had read it first…

 

8. Think of your all-time favorite book/s. When did you read these and why did you pick them up in the first place?

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I read this in middle school and enjoyed it, but then I read it a few more times afterwards, which is where I found a love for the characters, messages and setting. It is nearly unmatched in my opinion…

 

Nominees

 

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.