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COVER REVEAL: Flower Power Trip (Braxton Campus Mystery #3)

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I’m super excited to share today’s cover reveal of Flower Power Trip, the third book in the Braxton Campus Mysteries. It is currently available for pre-sale and will be available for full download on March 30th, 2019. Physical copies will be available in April 2019. A blog tour is planned for the end of March and beginning of April with Great Escapes Virtual Book Blog Tours.

The first big step was revealing the cover… and I’m lucky enough to have the support of Shalini @ Digital Reads Blog Tours and over 25 bloggers doing today’s big reveal of Flower Power Trip. See the full list below and please visit their sites. Tell us what you think of the series, characters, description, and cover design. We’re all excited to hear your opinions and share the posts with our followers and friends. Many thanks for your support and feedback!

 

Overview of ‘Flower Power Trip’

Braxton College is throwing the Heroes & Villains Costume Extravaganza to raise money for renovations to the antiquated Memorial Library. While attending, Kellan stumbles upon a close family friend standing over a dead body that’s dressed as Dr. Evil. Did one of Maggie’s sisters kill an annoying guest at the Roarke and Daughters Inn or does the victim have a more intimate connection to someone else on campus?

As Kellan helps the school’s president, Ursula, bury a scandalous secret from her past and unearth the identity of her stalker, he unexpectedly encounters a missing member of his own family who’s reappeared after a lengthy absence. When all of the peculiar events around town trace back to the Stoddards, a new family who recently moved to Wharton County, the explosive discovery only offers more confusion.

Between the special flower exhibit that’s made an unplanned stop on campus and strange postcards arriving each week from all around the world, Kellan can’t decide which mystery in his life should take priority. Unfortunately, the biggest one of all has yet to arrive at his doorstep. When it does, Kellan won’t know what hit him.

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List Of Participants To Check Out!

Lili www.lilisblissfulpages.wordpress.com

Amy www.zanybibliophile.wordpress.com

Amanda  www.writewhereiread.wordpress.com

Yesha www.booksteacupnreviews.wordpress.com

Zuz  www.shufflebookbox.com

Rekha https://thebookdecoder.com/

RoseMarie https://booksandstuff.blog

Sophie www.bewareofthereader.com

Nina www.thecozypages.wordpress.com

Jessica  www.jessicarachow.wordpress.com

Nicole  www.thebookwormdrinketh.com 

Deepa   https://deepakadavakat.com/

Kurian  www.obsessed2015.com

Sarah www.babbageandsweetcorn.wordpress.com

Toya www.thereadingchemist.com

Susan  www.susanlovesbooks.wordpress.com

Jen www.bookwormjenblog.wordpress.com

Colline www.collinesblog.com

Lelia www.cncbooksblog.wordpress.com

Cris www.thebiblioblonde.com

Misty www.mistysbookspace.wordpress.com

Chris Mac www.macsbookreview.wordpress.com

Shannon  www.readsandreels.com

Carla www.carlalovestoread.wordpress.com

Didi www.didioviatt.wordpress.com

Rae www.blogging807.wordpress.com

Shalini www.bookreviewsbyshalini.com

Mary www.sophrilreads.com

Erica https://livingahundredlives.wordpress.com/

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365 Challenge: Day 357 – Maple

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Maple: the syrup I hope to taste on my trip to New Hampshire this weekend

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Last week, I mentioned I’d be going on a getaway somewhere in the Northeast New England region. After much investigation, we settled on New Hampshire and will be staying in a charming B&B in the town of Bedford. I’m probably standing in the security line at the airport right now getting ready for a flight. It was easier to fly than deal with a train and a bus, as it was too far from the airport and the hotel. I also didn’t want to drive in a car 6 hours each way, so this will give me some reading time, too. I’m very excited to forget everything and wander around the hotel grounds, go for a hike, visit the surrounding towns and see what the area has to offer. One of the biggest things I’m looking forward to… since I’ve been so good by going to the gym every day and eating only low cholesterol and low sugar foods lately… is a cheat day where I can have some yummy pancakes and waffles with real maple syrup! Maybe I’ll even buy a log cabin, live in the woods and write a book… oh wait… maybe this healthy eating lifestyle is getting to me!

If you’ve been to New Hampshire or have any suggestions on what to do with the long weekend, please let me know. Arrive Friday around 12 noon and will leave Sunday around 4pm. I’ve pre-posted tomorrow and Sunday’s 365 posts, but they have a bunch of clues and thoughts about the future of the This Is My Truth Now blog. If you were looking for an Author Alert today, I’m sorry! I’ve put this segment on hold for a couple of weeks while I get the new version of the blog situated, but rest assured, there will be plenty more Author Alerts coming up in a few weeks.

Have a great weekend!

 

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 346 – Roda

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Roda: who came to NYC to visit me — you can check out her blog profile at GrowingSelf

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As many of you figured out from a few posts, Roda from GrowingSelf visited me in NYC this weekend. We’d been having a lovely week of 65 degree weather, a very comfortable temperature filled with sunny days and light breezes. The darkness and the rain descended upon us Friday morning and just finished as Roda left for the airport a few minutes ago. (Correction…this is Roda, by the way, and I am still here.  The rain ended yesterday afternoon.  Jay is sharing his “Untruth” now.) I’m not at all suggesting it’s a coincidence. Just setting the tone… as it’s been quite an interesting (Interesting…let’s consider a new word choice, my author friend!) trip! I’ve learned a few new words, such as woozy. I believe it’s a combination of what and boozy, but I am still trying to get a clear answer. (Definition: woozy is when your head feels floopy because your so called “friend” keeps adding boozy to your glass, while you are making him a birthday cake, without your knowledge!) It hasn’t been easy as she just opened a bottle of champagne before we left for the airport as her “see ya later” toast. (Oh my goodness…more untruth!)

 

Part of our trip included taking in a Broadway show. I wanted to go to a memorable show that would inspire us. Roda selected Book of Mormon… and let me tell you, I learned quite a few new four-letter words. It was a show full of sarcasm, just like her! (More untruth) She cried during the scenes from laughing so hard!!!

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(Truth…it’s Roda again…I knew NOTHING about this production.  When Jay said it would be inspiring and moving and to make sure I brought my tissues, I had no idea what he truly meant!  Naughty, I tell you!  My Little Bro is naughty!) I cannot repeat the words we learned as I’d have to wash my mouth out with soap.

I did introduce her to the taste of Jack Daniels and ginger ale. (Not by choice!) She baked a chocolate marble cake with my assistance (51% me, 49% her). (So not true…once again!  Jay was happy to sit, at the table, with a bottle of bubbly in each hand, trying to play cruise director.) There was flour everywhere! And I didn’t get any candles to blow out either. (Let’s just say, after three grocery store trips, I could not find enough candles for Jay’s age, so I decided to count by 5s instead.)

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(There was also flour everywhere, due to the fact that Jay was throwing it everywhere…maybe because of his “woozy” head!) We tried taking pictures, but she kept making funny duck faces (don’t even ask, but I did try to recreate it below!) and they might be too embarrassing. I’m sure we’ll post more pictures when we have time to format and fix them.

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A few other facts:

  • We spent 2+ hours in multiple grocery stores because someone couldn’t find the ingredients she needed to make part of dinner. We had fish, bruschetta and broccoli.
  • We played Uno. She LOST bigtime. W also beat her. (We decided from the beginning that the person with the highest score would lose.  Jay could not locate the directions and now that he has, he wants everyone to think that he actually won!  Jay has truly set a new record for the highest losing score, of all times!  I have already notified the Guinness Book of World Records!)

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  • We walked around NYC for several hours each day. She was super afraid of grates, yellow banana cars (cabs as you and I know them) and anything that moved on the sidewalk, but oddly enough, she was fascinated by pigeons. What??? She also brought farm animals and I had to keep pointing out which was her drink (see below) because she wasn’t always aware enough of her surroundings… and she slipped on the floor multiple times. (Jay sabotaged my glass numerous times!  Also, the slipping was due to the fact that Jay spent a week cleaning his floor before I arrived.)

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  • We saw Grand Central Station and she purchased us cupcakes… then I went to the bathroom and she ate them both!!!  (Again…so untrue) We did whisper in the corners across the vestibule and she was totally shocked at how you could hear each other over 100 feet apart.

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  • She brought me a gift… ‘NomNom’ wine glass holders – see above. She preferred the male drink holders below… and named them Cody and Chad. Then she and W decided to put them in ice cube trays for their drinks. I was not drinking, so I really don’t know what this is all about! (I have no words…)

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  • She had issues with shin splints from walking so much… then blamed it on the shoes! WAMbulance. (I admit…I chose fashion over practicality, on this day.  This is the first true statement Jay has made.) 
  • I have never eaten or drank this much in my life. Every day…. oh my she can be a pusher! She also gets very bright red cheeks when she drinks. Someone had 4 days of red cheeks!  (I must say, the food in NY is spectacular!)

The moral of our story here… to keep this short… is how fun it is to meet someone you’ve chatted with for nearly a year on the Internet… and I’ll happily say, she’s exactly the same in person as I’ve seen, heard or read about on her blog. And that’s a good thing! (It is Roda again… I so want to disagree, but I have to say that Jay is the same talented, kind and completely adorable man we all know and love.  I was honored to spend four days in NY, laughing and having fun with my Little Bro.)

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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 344 – Rain

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Rain: moisture condensed from the atmosphere that falls visibly in separate drops

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There is something about rain I’ve always loved. Cool or warm. Heavy or light. It’s comforting. I never carry an umbrella and I will only take one with me if I expect a huge thunderstorm. As long as it’s a light sprinkle, I don’t mind getting hit with drops while walking to/from a cab or subway. If it’s in the middle in terms of a downpour versus dusting, I’ll run ahead of others or wait under an awning for a few minutes. Sometimes I’ll buddy up with another person who has an umbrella if we’re on our way somewhere. It can be romantic to cuddle under one while walking through a lovely garden or cobblestone street. If we’re on our way home, I am okay getting wet. It’s cleansing. It feels renewable. I like the dance or tickle on my face while refreshing my skin. I enjoy the sounds of thunder and lightning. I smile when it falls on lush greenery or foliage. It has a calming impact on me.

I’m writing this post on Thursday but it won’t post until the weekend as I’ve got a visitor staying with me for a few days. I sure hope it doesn’t rain the whole weekend as she’s coming from a place where there’s been lots of snow recently. Nonetheless, it will be a fun trip and I look forward to our plans and growing our friendship… I don’t plan to update this post, so while you’re reading it, there may be rain or it might have stayed drier than we expected. Either case… a weekend filled with two of my favorite things: friends and rain!

Those who know me well remember that I want to live in England… and since there’s a lot of rain there, it kinda makes sense, huh? How about you? Do you love or hate this rainy weather?

 

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 340 – Getaway

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Getaway: (a) an escape or quick departure, especially after committing a crime, or (b) a vacation [P.S. I’ve committed no crimes I’m aware of…]

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In a few weeks, there are two people who will have a birthday and are planning to go away for a long weekend as a way to celebrate. The original plan was to stay at Mohonk, an upstate NY estate, but it’s too expensive for a two-night stay without a ton of things to do in the area when we wouldn’t have a car for that location. Instead, we’re currently researching a few places in New Hampshire and/or Vermont for mid-March. The plan is to fly one direction and take the train for the other direction. We’d rent a car for the weekend once we arrive in the destination. I’ve been researching a few small towns to visit, but can’t decide which might be the best for a charming bed and breakfast or hotel. The goal is to explore some lovely historic areas, mindlessly window shop, enjoy local foods, and relax. We’re not looking to ski or skate, as that’s a popular thing to do in the winter, on this trip. It’s more a getaway to see a different part of the country in an area we’ve always wanted to visit. We’ve also been watching re-runs of Newhart, which was set in that area, so perhaps that’s why!

If you’ve got any recommendations for a few towns to visit, a place to stay, or a must-do while up there (besides try some maple syrup as that will happen!)… send ’em over, please. Thanks… and feel free to share any other short getaway trips you’re taking, too.

 

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 204 – Return (RYDER RANT)

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Return: arrival at home from a long trip

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I have made my official return home from the fifteen day vacation. Everything went quite smoothly today. We checked out of the hotel, returned the rental car and got through security very quickly in Orlando. Our flight was ready on-time and arrived early in NYC. Our suitcases were one of the first few on the conveyor belt at baggage claim. No line at the taxi. No traffic back to the apartment. It was a bit shocking, but quite welcome. So many choices today that I had to make:

  • I think I gained about 8 pounds on this trip. Do I start eating healthy again today or tomorrow? Since I had a croissant for breakfast, I felt like it was still a vacation day. Therefore, we ordered pizza delivery from the taxi on the way back home from the airport. Decision — Start healthy tomorrow!
  • Do we unpack as soon as we get home or relax? Neither of us wanted to look at the luggage all evening so we spent thirty minutes and fully unpacked everything.
  • Laundry tonight or tomorrow?  I’m a tad lazy today, so I’ll start it tomorrow. It’s a mountain!
  • Will Ryder remember us or ignore us for leaving him alone? He was super excited at first but now is being aloof. He did beg for lots of pizza. I think we’re being punished.
  • Pizza for dinner. No cooking. Too tired to go out. Not even a choice.
  • What to do about the vacation costs? Should I verify now or in a few days? Decided to do it now, e.g. match all the pre-paid costs versus credit card charges versus pending items. I’m a little obsessive, so I’m actually working on it right now.
  • I left the house cleaned. Do you know how much dust accumulates over two weeks? Wow! Should I start tomorrow or wait until the end of the week? I will spend an entire day cleaning this week.
  • Mail sorted. List of ‘to-do items’ made. Bills paid.

I have a few more errands to run and priorities to organize for tomorrow, but by early evening tonight, everything should be back in normal swing. And later on, we’ll watch a bit of TV, as we didn’t almost the whole trip. Excited to see Will and Grace! I also have feedback from 6 of 9 beta readers (some had full manuscript, some had a few chapters), so I will get that all saved locally to begin tomorrow morning with editing plans. And oh yeah, I got the semi-final cover of Watching Glass Shatter from the publisher this week. I really like it and can’t wait to share it soon.

It’s 68 in NYC. Finally a return to lower temperatures! I will return tomorrow with a regular post. Thanks for everyone’s patience while I was away, unable to comment much on others posts or reply to your comments. I hope you enjoyed the trip and the pictures. More to come later this month, once I settle back in to a routine. Have a great 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.

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.