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Book Review: Simple Observations by Patrick Dykie

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A few weeks ago, I saw a post that a blogger I follow, Patrick Dykie, had published a book called Simple Observations: A Humorous Look at the Absurdity of the World Around Us. He’d offered the book via BookGrabbr, a fun new site I am also now following. In his debut, Dykie offers an alphabetical collection of ~25 essays (fun discussions?) basically having a conversation with his readers about various thoughts gallivanting through his head. I thought I’d read a few each night before bed while I was also reading a mystery novel, but after the first few, I found myself unable to put down his book.
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At many points, I had to because my stomach hurt from laughing. At others, I had to so I could contemplate what he’d just told us… on many levels, his observations were completely accurate and eye-opening. On a few others, it was purely just a good laugh. All in all, it’s a fantastic read that will give you a bit of sarcasm, sass, humor, comedy, and eye rolls… we all know people like the one’s he’s described. We’ve all said the same things (a mumble under our breath) when it happens… and on some occasions, he’s probably even talking about something we’ve done ourselves.

Kudos to him for taking his blog writing to another level and sharing a wonderful treasure with us readers! See his blog here.

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read 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 find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also 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. 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 361 – Tips

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Tips: (a) monetary gratuity for doing a good job, or (b) new segment sharing advice for writers on the ThisIsMyTruthNow blog

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Today is the 5-day countdown until the 365 Daily Challenge is complete. I’ve chosen tips as the word to discuss in my post because it will be one of the bigger segments on my blog in the coming weeks. I have a few other reveals in the next few days, but this is the first of the vision unfolding before our eyes… I’m not entirely certain how it’s going to come together, but I plan to spend the next two weeks mulling over the approach, style, and content I’d like to share. Along with last Sunday’s flashback word mentor, I want my website and blog to represent a big piece of who I am… someone who likes to help other people by sharing all that I’ve learned on my own journey. Through the 365 Daily Challenge, I often suggested tips or provided advice on a few topics. In the enhanced blog, I want it to be a more formal approach where I have a few different segments or arcs throughout the month.

A few of the areas I’m considering:

  • Tips for writers. While I’m a fairly new author, I have been writing for years either professionally in my business career or creatively in my personal time. Providing tips doesn’t imply I’m an expert… I’m certain my editor will concur with that statement! I have loads of mistakes in different drafts of my books as they’re being written. In the first published version of Watching Glass Shatter, it contained a bunch of grammatical and proofreading issues (all later corrected) because it’s hard to find your own mistakes after re-reading the same thing repeatedly. Once I brought in an outside editor, it was life-changing. And so… I look at tips as a way to share things I’ve learned, explanations on how I write, or thoughts on options for others to try. These tips could include things like: (1) how to build characters your readers can connect with, (2) what are filter words and how do you remove them from your novel, (3) what ways/tools can you use to find duplicate/repeated words in your drafts, (4) how do you use Twitter to find new readers, or (5) how do you build a timeline and outline before you begin writing without going crazy.
  • Tips for life. The world is a big place. Our education can be formal or informal. I’m often surprised at the types of things people don’t learn along the way, but probably should have. Things that help you build a stronger, happier, and more efficient life. Many of these things I was lucky enough to be taught throughout the path. Some I learned only after failing miserably along the way. And in a few small cases, it just came naturally to me. But that’s now how it happens for everyone else, nor do people truly get the ‘life education’ they should get early enough to make an impact. These tips could include things like: (1) how to manage your money when you’re first starting out after school, (2) how do you handle constructive criticism, (3) how to think for yourself and not just go with what others want, (4) what do you need to do to achieve a balanced day, or (5) why is it important to trace your ancestry?

Both of these items are only partially fleshed out, but I’m passionate about the necessity of these lessons and experiences at an early age / period in life. I spend a lot of time thinking inside my head about how much we all face the same issues, yet we fail to truly enact the change to make the future better. It usually comes down to not having built your life with these principles at an early enough stage. I’m far from perfect. I make mistakes all the time. But I have a strong foundation and easily find my way back to peace. I would love to share my approach with others in the hope it helps even just a few. I’m thinking through how to make this work on a blog — also always open to suggestions. I thought I’d share just a little in today’s post about how I see tips playing a bigger role on my blog in the future. Looking forward to everyone’s ideas and feedback.

 

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 335 – Destination

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Destination: the place to which someone or something is going or being sent

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“Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.” (Author Unknown)

There are many versions of this inspirational quote, but above is one of my favorites. The destination is always our initial thought, not the conscious emotions we feel during the pathway to get there. Along the route, we might have wins and losses, pain and joy, or fear and hope. Once we arrive, those earlier feelings are often forgotten steps when we finally focus on basking in the achievement of our end goal. It’s really the entire journey we should consider as the destination — that’s where we make the memories for the future.

 

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 327 – Enough

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Enough: as much or as many as required

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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 315 – Uplift (Author Alert: N. N. Light)

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Uplift: (a) as a verb — 1. lift (something) up; raise. 2. elevate or stimulate (someone) morally or spiritually, (b) as a noun — 1. an act of raising something. 2. a morally or spiritually elevating influence, or (c) 365 Daily Challenge word for today’s author alert —  N. N. Light

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If you are new to the ThisIsMyTruthNow blog, the 365 Daily Challenge, or the Author Alert segment, check out the About Site section from the main menu. Below are some key things to know about this author, but at the end of this post, you’ll see the permanent page I’ve added to my blog. You can return to check out more on who they are, what they’re writing and how to buy any of their future work. I am pleased to present the very talented writing team, N. N. Light. You may remember this superstar duo from a review I wrote on one of their inspirational books last year. They were gracious enough to participate on an Author Alert and I am super excited to share more about these amazing and wonderful people with you. Let’s hear directly from them:

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When Jay asked us to come up with one word to describe who we are and what we want readers to know, we cringed. One word? C’mon, we’re writers. We thrive on using many words to tell a story or write inspirational thoughts.

{Alert Interruption: They think they’re so funny… I have to choose one 365 word every day, so it’s fair game to make them do it, too!}

Mrs. N closed her eyes for a few minutes before exclaiming, “We uplift, darling!”

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Whether a verb or noun, it’s the act of inspiring someone to * fill in the blank* and that’s what N. N. Light is all about. We want to inspire people to make a difference in their corner of the world, help others, go after their dreams, spread kindness and squash negativity.

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Our mission statement for our books, our family-run PR firm, the POTL blog and our life is: Spread the Light.  These three simple words are easy to remember and yet can change the world!  It doesn’t matter what spiritual belief you hold dear, you have the Light inside you.  Kindness, compassion, empathy, encouragement are all attributes of the Light.

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In our latest release, N. N. Light’s Book of Daily Inspiration, we compiled 365 uplifting thoughts to help readers get through their day. It’s like having a motivational coach in your pocket (or device), available 24/7, to uplift your spirits and get you focused on your day.

{Alert Interruption: If you didn’t read my review, you should check it out right now. I adored this book and plan to re-read it again, one month at a time to keep inspiring me.}

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Title: N. N. Light’s Book of Daily Inspiration

Author: N. N. Light

Genre: Inspirational, Motivational, Self-Improvement, Personal Growth

Book Blurb:  “Spread the Light and inspire others to do the same.” — N. N. Light

In 2013, we wrote a mission statement and started the Princess of the Light (POTL) blog. We wanted to test a theory. Could one person (or in our case, one couple) use uplifting words to create change?

The answer is a resounding yes! People from all over the world responded to our short inspirational thoughts of the day, and our following grew. What started out as a few people promoting kindness and goodwill turned into a movement. In every city, there are Light-Bearers making a difference and we want you to join us.

Everyone needs inspiration. It doesn’t matter what spiritual belief you hold dear, you have the Light inside you. Kindness, compassion, empathy, encouragement are all attributes of the Light. In this book, you’ll find a ninety second inspirational thought for each day of the year. You’ll be inspiring people to spread the Light daily with our collection of inspirational thoughts. From giving of yourself to simply smiling, these are easy concepts for anyone to apply!

 Acclaimed Reviews:

“Each daily quote is written along with an experience or story from the authors’ life journeys and I was astonished with how many of the stories applied to myself as if this was my own personal guide.” — Mischenko, Goodreads

 “Books like these can be tough. Everyone can say ‘RahRah’ to help motivate you (is that the proper way to spell ‘RahRah’ — eh, sounds good!), but it can get old quickly if the messages aren’t lyrically written or vast in their range of advice and inspiration. The husband and wife writing team of N.N. Light definitely found a perfect balance in how they wrote this book… from quotes across all walks of life (sports heroes, artists, motivational speakers, profits, philosophers, et al) to finding an interactive approach to applying the message to our every day lives.” — James, Goodreads and Author of Watching Glass Shatter

 “As is usually the case with such works, I found some parts particularly relevant, as if she was addressing some of my own thoughts and fears (synchronicity at work, I guess).” — Nicholas Rossis, Award Winning Author

 “It’s filled with quotations, short stories, and reflections. It’s a wonderful way to start your day or end your evening. I received the eBook version but I think I would prefer this type of book in print.” — Lisa Reigel, Goodreads

 “If you’re looking for a devotional to uplift your spirits or simply want to jump-start your day with practical, down-to-earth advice, pick up this collection.” — Joanne Guidoccio, Goodreads

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 Buy Links:

Available in Kindle Unlimited until mid-February!

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Author Biography:

N.N. Light is the award-winning husband-wife writing team, commonly known as Mr. N and Mrs. N.

Mrs. N. has been creating stories ever since she was little. Her grandfather remembers when she was two years old, she would stand at the top of the stairs and tell him a story filled with emotion (and in a language foreign to him) with her hands on her hips. Let’s just say she was a born storyteller.

Sign up for their author newsletter to get exclusive content, sales and be entered to win a $5 Amazon US Gift Card every month: https://t.co/6B7trIIph6

They’re blissfully happy and loves all things chocolate, books, music, movies, art, sports, trains, history, cooking and baking. Their mantra is to spread the Light.

Most of the time you can find them on Twitter or getting new ideas on how to spread the Light on Pinterest. They’re a proud member of ASMSG and Independent Author Network.

In addition to being authors, they’re also book promoters/reviewers, social media marketers/influencers and the owners of N. N. Light Author Promotions. They both love books, have ever since they were young. Matching up books and readers is something that gives them great pleasure.

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Social Media Links:

Website/Blog: http://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/

Newsletter: http://ow.ly/jWec308TabL 

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/nnlight

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/NNP_W_Light

Bookbub:  https://www.bookbub.com/authors/n-n-light

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/nnlight

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/n_n_light/

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/n-n-light/90/1a7/902

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/118060034268079734144/posts

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/nnlight

Independent Author Network: http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/n-n-light.html

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To see more about N. N. Light on ThisIsMyTruthNow, check out their dedicated author page where future content and books will added as they publish them and I review them. Thanks for stopping by this edition of the Author Alert.


 

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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Book Review: Book of Daily Inspiration by N. N. Light

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As 2017 came to a close, I wanted to read a non-fiction book that would help me focus on potential goals and plans for the upcoming new year. Given I write a 365 Daily Challenge blog, it only made sense that I find a book where there were 365 daily messages for me to ponder; that’s when I stumbled upon this book from a blogger I’ve followed for most of the last year: N. N. Light’s Book of Daily Inspiration by N.N. Light. Both blog here on WordPress (and I’m hoping they will agree to an Author Alert in the coming weeks). You can find this book on Amazon via this link. It’s a fantastic 5-star read in my world!
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I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of inspirational advice, quotes and reflection. I would recommend it to anyone, and I’ll even tell you now, I plan to re-read it (something I rarely do) again in 2018… perhaps 1 month at a time, soaking up each set of inspirational messages.

Books like these can be tough. Everyone can say ‘RahRah’ to help motivate you (is that the proper way to spell ‘RahRah’ — eh, sounds good!), but it can get old quickly if the messages aren’t lyrically written or vast in their range of advice and inspiration. The husband and wife writing team of N.N. Light definitely found a perfect balance in how they wrote this book… from quotes across all walks of life (sports heroes, artists, motivational speakers, profits, philosophers, et al) to finding an interactive approach to applying the message to our every day lives. I even blogged about the concept of ‘giving credit where credit is due’ as that daily inspiration truly spoke to me. Another one was the concept of not needing to take credit for everything, as it’s about the outcome, not who did it!

What I found the most intriguing about this book was the daily message for my birthday — a bit of irony thrown in as the focus was on finding your truth for that date. My blog is labeled ‘This Is My Truth Now’ — I couldn’t have asked for anything more nostalgic and introspective. So, the scoop… it’s 365 messages, each kicked off by a quote (sometimes famous, sometimes unknown), followed by N. N. Light’s interpretation and application to their lives. It’s not pedantic — in case that worries you — sometimes these types of books can feel too preachy, but that’s not the case here. It’s humorous as the authors’ personalities shine through in a way you want to get to know them more, especially as you learn about their lives and histories. A few entries were of course ‘normal/typical’ advice, but in at least 90% of the cases, between the quote and the inspiration content, I found myself keen to re-read the messages another time. I’d suggest skimming the book in the beginning, getting familiar with the style, then leaving it by your bedside to read when you wake up in the morning… a positive way to start your day. No actions, no moral lessons in the traditional sense. Just an opportunity for some fresh perspective that will push you to think about how you perceive everything around you.

I’m glad I read this one and am pretty confident, if you’re open to inspirational books (not religious or large-scale boring motivational speaker approaches) where a little bit goes a long way, you’ll be quite intrigued and connected to these words.

 

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read 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 find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also 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. 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 297 – Credit

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Credit: (a) publicly acknowledge someone as a participant in the production of something published or broadcast, (b) an entry recording a sum received, listed on the right-hand side or column of an account, or (c) the ability of a customer to obtain goods or services before payment, based on the trust that payment will be made in the future

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As I pulled up the covers last night, my mind focused on a few inspirational items from a book I finished over the weekend (review coming in the next 24 hours), all related to the word credit. I opened my phone, placed an entry for today’s log and went to sleep. When I woke up, I had my 365 Daily Challenge word for today — easy, huh? A few reasons this word appeals to me:

  1. None of us achieve our goals by ourselves. Someone is always supporting us, or providing advice, to help along the journey. Always give them credit.
  2. I’m a math guy, and so the concept of debits and credits are frequently on my mind. I once thought I’d be an accountant, but I decided I would rather manage my own finances than someone else’s. Who wants that responsibility? 😛
  3. I had my first credit card when I was 18, but I was scared to use it, even though I had jobs and could pay it off each month. Years later, I still always think twice before using it to make a purchase, even when it’s as simple as a cup of coffee. I’ve been trained to check my credit report a few times a year. When I did last week, the Internet stopped working for a few seconds, and it paused on a very low number. Picture that dial rising from 0 to 900, but stopping in the first quartile… I think I had a mini-stroke — at least until it refreshed itself and went back to where I expected it to be. Wow, that was a moment!
  4. I banked at a credit union instead of a bank for a long time. I never really saw any difference, but it meets the definition of today’s word. I don’t anymore, but why is everything so complicated! It’s money. Put it somewhere safe. Don’t call yourself tons of different names. 😛  (okay, that’s an exaggeration)
  5. Harry Truman said:
    • It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
    • Ain’t that the truth?

I’ve always tried to follow these guidelines, but I think as part of 2018, they should be more prevalent…  more on those thoughts coming in my review of that inspirational book I mentioned… maybe I should write the review while I’m thinking about it!

 

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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