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365 Challenge: Day 316 – Rewind

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Rewind: to wind backwards and look at something again

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

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

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

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

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

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

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

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365 Challenge: Day 296 – Marketing

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

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

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

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

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

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

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

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

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365 Challenge: Day 283 – Hole

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

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

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

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

I call that a hole in one!

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

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

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

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

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

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365 Challenge: Day 272 – Copy

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Copy: make a similar or identical version of; reproduce

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Today’s post will be short and sweet (hopefully). I was chatting with Noriko this morning while going through my normal routine. Checking overnight social media messages, having coffee, trying not to disturb Ryder who is curled in a ball against my leg. I’d really like another cup of coffee, but W is still sleeping and I can’t physically get off the couch without Ryder being annoyed at me. On Saturday mornings, I always copy the seven 365 Daily Challenge posts from the previous week, then format and setup the copies for the upcoming week. It makes writing the post each day much simpler, allowing me to focus on other items. The first post (last Sunday’s Holiday LIST) wouldn’t copy. OK, so I try another one. Ryder Rant won’t copy. I log out and back in. It won’t work. ‘Failed to perform copy function.’ [Who writes this messages, automaton clones?] I try a brand new post, that works! I reboot the laptop, assuming something got disconnected. Nope, that didn’t resolve the problem. So… I will not follow this routine until tomorrow, but I need a post now: COPY!

WordPress, I put you on notice today… if you don’t work tomorrow, you will suffer. I’m not sure how, but you will. The other great thing about the word COPY is that it is sort of like the word CLONE. Roda and I talk about clones all the time. Everyone assumes I have clones working to keep getting done everything I get done. Every time she asks me to send a clone to help her, we joke that I send Clone 7, and he’s apparently a bit wonky (her word, not mine). So last night, as you might have read, she was having a bit of an issue with her dictation process blue curacao ladder (inside joke, but you can guess!). The first thing she says… “Is Clone 7 behind this?” My response: Seriously… a copy of me causing problems? That’s just… probably true. I can be a bit devious (in a fun / good way) when I want to torture someone.

So… lesson I learned today: The ‘copy’ button isn’t always available to work. Put the hard work in and get done what you need to get done. No excuses. Manual efforts are sometimes OK. It’s not always about automation and technology. It’s a bit like when I was younger and my mom wouldn’t let me get shoes with Velcro for laces. I had to learn how to tie my laces two different ways before I could get a pair of the cool sneakers. I’m very off topic today. It’s also no longer short. I’m just gonna end here. It’s snowing!

 

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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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

Watching Glass Shatter: Blog Tour Day 12 – BrizzleLass Books

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Check out Day 12 on the Blog Tour. I am absolutely in love with this post and her review. She captured the book perfectly. This is a must check out stop on the blog tour and I owe Claire major gratitude for all she’s done. A blogger you should all check out if you have any interest in books – she’s an amazing contact and bibliophile… thank you.

via #BlogTour: Watching Glass Shatter by James J. Cudney @jamescudney4 @CreativiaPub #Review

 

AWARD: Sunshine Blogger #2

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sunshine-blog-awardMany thanks to AvidObserver for nominating me for this wonderful award for those blogs that bring sunshine to your world everyday. Please check out the site by clicking on the link above, as it’s all about motivation and how to have a wonderful and happy life. Great stuff. 🙂


 

Rules

1.) Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
2.) Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
3.) Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
4.) List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.


 Questions asked to me:

  • A quote or any saying that you love and follow.
    • “Do unto others as you wish done unto you.” It’s really the only one to live by. And it applies across the board. Generally, people inherently do the things to/for other people that they wish someone would do for them. Of course there are exceptions, but think about it… your mind naturally does the things you think are what should be done — what you like. And if we all did that, we’d all be happier!

 

  • If you get chance either to go into the future and know what’s there for you or to go back in past and change something, which one would you choose & why?
    • There isn’t anything I would change in the past, as I am a firm believer in the connection between events. If I changed one thing, there may be detrimental effects that I’d be even more unhappy over. So… I’d peak into the future, which is something I already do now whenever I (a) go to a psychic, (b) read spoilers about TV shows or films, or (c) read the end of a book before the first few pages (yes, I do that sometimes).

 

  • A superpower that you think everyone should have.
    • To freeze time. There are so many moments that I either need more time to get something done, or I want more time with someone else, or I want to stop everything around me so I can fix something without anyone knowing about it. But that’d be changing the natural flow of things, which I just said I wouldn’t do in the above question, so… oh… my brain hurts now. To eat whatever we want and never get sick or gain weight. That works.

 

  • Mountains or Beaches?
    • Mountains. I hate hot weather. I love cold weather. Put me at the top of a mountain to look over the whole valley or city. I’m a happy boy.

 

  • Is there anything that can/might make you stop blogging?
    • Rude people. If too many people had negative comments and it was work to keep up with the positive approach, I might step away and take a break.

 

  • If you get a chance to watch any war that happened in the past live, which war would you choose n why?
    • I’d choose the American Revolution, as it’s what gave my country our freedom. I’d want to know what the founders were thinking on good and bad days, how they eventually came to their final decisions and what their hopes were for the future. Some books and documents tell us this, but to see their discussions would be a whole new world of information.

 

  • Share any adventurous or risky thing that you ever did. 
    • I quit a very promising job and moved cross-country for a relationship and a change in my life. There were too many events going on, which made me think I needed to start over in a new place. I moved to California and stayed for 1 year. My former job called and asked me to come back at an even great salary and position. My significant other and I talked about it and decided it was the right thing for us. So we moved back to NY. Unfortunately the relationship eventually ended, but then I met my current partner and nearly 6 years later, we’re very happy!

 

  • What gives you goosebumps every-time?
    • That moment in a movie or a TV show when something good and positive happens, and you’ve been waiting since the beginning for it to work out. I start tingling a little, get the goosebumps, my eyes grow heavy and a few tears form. Then I think about something really silly so I can laugh instead of let anyone see me cry. I’m a cold emotionless stone, I tell ya!

 

  • A gift that you would love to receive anytime.
    • Money? Peace? Time? End to hunger and abuse? Since that’s not about to happen unfortunately… gift cards.

 

  • Your favorite topics to have a conversation on.
    • Genealogy. I could talk all day. Books too, but those can be confrontational, and I prefer not to argue. So… family history wins out!

 

  • One thing that you want to eliminate from your life completely.
    • Oh… where to go with this one. I need to ask about the rules here… QC = Question Creator.

 

Me: Is this something I eliminate from just my life or from everyone’s?

QC: Read the question.

Me: Oh, OK. Just me. Is this something that I should keep but don’t want to? Or something I need to get rid of?

QC: Does it matter?

Me: I guess not. Just trying to do this correctly. Is this something tangible or theoretical?

QC: Are you always this difficult?

Me: Yes.

 

Final Answer = My Indecision

 

Note: I didn’t ask Avid Observer these questions. Just imagining how it might go.

 


My Nominees:

 

Congratulations! I so enjoy seeing your blogs every day and look forward to your responses.

 


Questions for nominees:

Note: Also… besides providing the answer, also explain why for all of them! 🙂

  1. Which of the 7 deadly sins could you absolutely live with if you had to?
  2. Which of the 7 dwarfs are you most similar to?
  3. What state haven’t you lived in but would like to?
  4. Where do you see yourself in ten years that you believe you might actually achieve?
  5. Where do you see yourself in ten years that you hope happens but don’t think it will?
  6. Who do you not know in person but think you’d best friends with?
  7. What Greek or Roman goddess or god is your favorite?
  8. When in time would you want to live that you have not been alive for?
  9. If you could only travel by 1 mode of transportation in the future, what would it be?
  10. What website do you visit the most?
  11. How many cookies is too many cookies in one single sitting?

 

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!