Sep 24 2018

Fun Readathon! Wrap-Up for #TackleTBR and #BookReview Times Two



Tackle Your TBR Readathon 2018 #TackleTBR
Tackle Your To-be-Read Read-a-thon 2018


9/21: Challenge & Giveaway at Wishful Endings

Challenge:

Initials Challenge
This challenge is to find books to represent your initials.

J— L — D —
The Jakkattu Vector by P.K. Tyler; Lenape Country: Delaware Valley Society Before William Penn by Jean R. Soderlund; Double Negative by C. Lee McKenzie

9/22: Challenge & Giveaway at Operation Awesome

Challenge:

Name a Book with Retold Fairy Tales, Folktales, Myths | or name a Diverse Book
#WeNeedDiverseBooks
The diverse book movement recognizes all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. https://diversebooks.org

Cinderella: An Islamic Tale by Fawzia Gilani

9/23: Read-a-thon Ends (no challenge)
9/24: Wrap-Up



Day of the challenge: Day 5 (9/21)
What I read: Water’s Blood

Day of the challenge: Day 6 (9/22)
What I read: Water’s Blood

Day of the challenge: Day 7 (9/23)
What I read: Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1) by Alwyn Hamilton



Total number of finished books:
Titles of finished books:
Best Punch Cookbook: Punch Recipes to Make Your Food Exciting by April Blomgren
Water’s Blood (The Elemental Clan Series Book 1) by Elaine Calloway
Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1) by Alwyn Hamilton




My GOALS during TackleTBR:

  1. Finish reading 3 booksCheck!
  2. Take part in the challenges/ contests Done
  3. Write 3 book reviews Yup!
  4. Be a great host on Thursday! I hope so!


Book Review:

Water’s Blood (The Elemental Clan Series Book 1) by Elaine Calloway
4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner
Publication Date: January 26, 2013
#WeNeedDiverseBooks — New Orleans is a cultural minority. Brooke and Ella have a “mixed-culture appearance,” including olive colored skin.
#SpecFic — This urban fantasy, paranormal romance is speculative fiction. It has angels, demons, and elementals living among humans.
#DebutAuthor — Near as I can tell, this was the first book by Elaine Calloway
I haven’t read this, or anything by this author, before. Weather has an important part in this book, not only because there are elementals, but also because a rainy night prevents a tragedy.

The story is told from multiple, or variable, third-person point of view, as the perspective shifts among the characters with each chapter. It’s done well, and wasn’t as disruptive, for me, as when that’s done in first-person. I also appreciate that the chapters were short, and thus easy to read between doing too many things in my very busy week.

In many cultures and religions, iron is something that keeps evil at bay; in this book, the Fallen Angels/ Minare draw strength from black iron. It amused me that “sinners smell like rum and honey.”

The character I had trouble connecting with and understanding was Alex. He’s mentioned as a great father and cop time and again. But, when he knows his daughter is missing, he stops for a couple of beers and a nap, as figuring out what to do can wait until morning. The book even states that Ella feels like her dad had forgotten about her. Ella stayed with her best friend, but Alex didn’t stop there to pick her up (or even check if she was there), just went to the bar where Brooke works. Alex does later think he can handle a search for his own kid. And he tells her he never stopped scavenging the streets trying to find her.

I’m curious why “heaven” and sometimes “hell,” as locations, weren’t capitalized as proper nouns?
There was also a possible inconsistency where Cristos is punched in the face, then goes hoarse from being punched… in the gut? If the punch landed wrong, I missed it.

I was surprised how many song lyrics were used in the book. It’s an especially gray area of copyright law in which few authors dare to venture.

Brad Pitt in New Orleans! I felt the setting was well-developed and expertly woven throughout the story.

Good use of the title in the story, which is something I always appreciate.

A part that made me laugh:
It took him a moment to remember his pseudonym. How did authors do it so well? Half the time he couldn’t remember what name to answer to.

It’s nice to see Mercury as the messenger. I wonder if in the next book, where a preview indicated a certain Elemental becomes an EMT, if anyone will remark on the caduceus frequently being used as a symbol of medicine instead of the Rod of Asclepius?

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If you like the idea of powerful beings of myth guarding humans on Earth, then you would enjoy Fractions of Existence, too.
If you liked this book because there’s a main character with a strong connection to the water element, who is trying to save humans from a sinister group, and is conflicted because it seems they must choose between love or the world, you would also enjoy Fractions of Existence.

try something new square 2018 book reading challenge
all about the trope 2018 book reading challenge= weather


Book Review:

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

5 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner
Published March 8th 2016
#WeNeedDiverseBooks — Consider the number of people who live in the desert region mentioned, have ancestors from the desert, or have a religion based on stories that came from this (fictionalized) desert area, it shouldn’t be a diverse book… BUT it is.
#SpecFic — A line blurs between fantasy, myth, legends, and magical realism. Perhaps even some historical romance.
#DebutAuthor — This was the first book by Alwyn Hamilton.
I haven’t read this, or anything by this author, before.

Action! Adventure! Drops of romance. Story-telling around the fire. A quest for equality.

Those are just some of the reasons I love this book. It was realistic and easy to read. The world building felt so realistic that I’d believe magic exists in the places in this book. The characters were all wonderful, and introduced at the perfect pace for each to be memorable and properly developed.

The diverse characters are described “as dark as any desert [person] was supposed to be.”

There are myths, histories, woven through the story. It felt like listening to my elders giving me the stories of our past. Absolutely loved how this was written. There’s a line, “True names had power.” Which is a belief of my people, so that really hit home for me.

A fantastic climax and ending. Makes me really crave the next book. I cannot recommend this book enough. Completely fantastic.

try something new square 2018 book reading challenge

Sep 20 2018

Book Review #TackleTBR #Punchbowl of Books #NationalPunchDay



Tackle Your TBR Readathon 2018 #TackleTBR
Tackle Your To-be-Read Read-a-thon 2018

Today’s Challenge:

IT WAS HERE, ON MY BLOG!

Punchbowl of books!

List three to five books that “mix well together” even though they’re from different authors and maybe even different genres.

Here’s my answer=
The five key ingredients to J Lenni Dorner’s punchbowl of books:



Day of the challenge: Day 4
What I read today:
Best Punch Cookbook: Punch Recipes to Make Your Food Exciting by April Blomgren
Water’s Blood (The Elemental Clan Series Book 1) by Elaine Calloway


Total number of finished books: 1
Titles of finished books:
Best Punch Cookbook: Punch Recipes to Make Your Food Exciting by April Blomgren






Book Review:
Best Punch Cookbook by April Blomgren 3 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

September 20 is National Punch Day, which is why I read this book today. It has 30 punch recipes.

The apple and mint punch sounds good.

Mexican Pumpkin Patch sounded like one I could try next month. Except I don’t know what size/ amount “two packets” of dark brown sugar might be. (Is that those “sugar in the raw” packets at Starbucks??) Then it calls for two limes, but never uses them. But it does use a lemon zest, which isn’t on the ingredient list. It also calls for water, but doesn’t say how much. And pineapple cubes, but then suggests pineapple slices for a garnish. So I don’t understand the recipe.

“If you like fully colored red bottles, then this drink makes the best of Malbec bottles using.” – I do not understand that (in the Autumn Bourbon Sangria recipe). But the punch sounds delicious.

The Ginger Tropical Punch sounds good, though I don’t know how if “many hours” means 3 or 12 or 24? Or why frozen, concentrated juice has to be used if it’s just going to be prepared by the package instructions anyway.

I’ve never seen Darjeeling tea at the store, but it’s on Amazon, so not impossible to find.

There’s a quote in the “About the Author” section that really resonated with me:
“Cooking is not about succeeding every time, it is about the opportunity to learn and get better.”

I have not read anything by this author before.
try something new square 2018 book reading challenge



My GOALS during TackleTBR:

  1. Finish reading 3 books
  2. Take part in the challenges/ contests
  3. Write 3 book reviews
  4. Be a great host on Thursday!


Sep 20 2018

#TackleTBR Punchbowl of Books Challenge plus Giveaway and a #bookiversary



Tackle Your TBR Readathon 2018 #TackleTBR
Tackle Your To-be-Read Read-a-thon 2018

Today’s Challenge:

Punchbowl of books!

List three to five books that “mix well together” even though they’re from different authors and maybe even different genres.

Why? Because it’s National Punch Day!

party punch quote from Fractions of Existence #book by @JLenniDorner #UrbanFantasy #Novel #read #bookiversary
It’d be splended if you’d share this image with a quote from my book!

Having trouble thinking of some? Amazon is good with recommendations. Also, there’s whatshouldireadnext.



Here’s my answer=
The five key ingredients to J Lenni Dorner’s punchbowl of books:



A year ago today, I took the plunge by putting my novel on Amazon. #Bookiversary!
bookiversary Fractions of Existence by J Lenni Dorner
Fractions of Existence by J Lenni Dorner



The Rafflecopter has three easy entries, all optional.

  1. Comment with your challenge answer. Please comment on this blog post!
  2. Send a Tweet wishing me a happy bookiversary. “Tweet about the giveaway.”
  3. Be signed up for the #TackleTRB read-a-thon.

Here’s the “cleanreads” ebook prize:

LOST! is a compilation of 30 short stories written in different genres using the same theme sentence, “I am completely and utterly lost.”

Authors include contest winners, finalists and judge’s picks, bestselling authors, previous contest winners, the judges, and Creative Writing Institute staff.

Proceeds from sales of the ebook and print book will benefit Creative Writing Institute, a non-profit charity that sponsors cancer patients in writing courses. The school also provides a variety of writing courses for all levels from beginner to advanced.

*prize will be sent to the email used by Rafflecopter

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Have a great read-a-thon!

Sep 19 2018

#TackleTBR Read-a-Thon be worth all th’ doubloons in me treasure chest #TalkLikeAPirateDay



Tackle Your TBR Readathon 2018 #TackleTBR
Tackle Your To-be-Read Read-a-thon 2018


Today’s challenge:
Two-Color Challenge from wishfulendings







Yes, I did borrow a unicorn from my niece for this.



Blue & White:



Pink& Gold:



Day of the challenge: Day 3
What I read today: Water’s Blood (The Elemental Clan Series Book 1) by Elaine Calloway


Total number of finished books:
Titles of finished books:
n/a



My GOALS during TackleTBR:

  1. Finish reading 3 books
  2. Take part in the challenges/ contests
  3. Write 3 book reviews
  4. Be a great host on Thursday!



I have some very stong feelings in favor of #KeepFamiliesTogether.
Especially this week.
keepfamiliestogether

Sep 18 2018

#Book Cover Love During the #TackleTBR Read-a-Thon



Tackle Your TBR Readathon 2018 #TackleTBR
Tackle Your To-be-Read Read-a-thon 2018


Today’s challenge:
Today’s CHALLENGE is Cover Love. from katiescleanbookcollection
Pinterest Book Covers that caught my eye – I have an entire pin board of these. Here are two glimpses, in case you don’t use Pinterest:
Book Cover Love 1

Book Cover Love 2



Day of the challenge: Day 2
What I read today: Water’s Blood (The Elemental Clan Series Book 1) by Elaine Calloway
30%


Total number of finished books: 0



My GOALS during TackleTBR:

  1. Finish reading 3 books
  2. Take part in the challenges/ contests
  3. Write 3 book reviews
  4. Be a great host on Thursday!

Sep 17 2018

Goals for the Exciting Readathon! I Love #TackleTBR! Plus an #AtoZChallenge update!



Tackle Your TBR Readathon 2018 #TackleTBR
Tackle Your To-be-Read Read-a-thon 2018


Today’s challenge:
Today’s Read-a-thon challenge is the Random Page Challenge!! Open the book you’re currently reading, flip to a random page, and share a quote from that page!

“Now she could choose for herself, and she didn’t think New Orleans was dangerous at all. She could hardly believe such a world existed. This magical place had been in her grasp all along.”

Ch 15, page 115. Water’s Blood (The Elemental Clan Series Book 1) by Elaine Calloway



Day of the challenge: Day 1
What I read today: Water’s Blood (The Elemental Clan Series Book 1) by Elaine Calloway
Progress: 25%


Total number of finished books: 0
Titles of finished books:
n/a

(Why only 25% today? I was taking care of someone.)




My GOALS during TackleTBR:

  1. Finish reading 3 books
  2. Take part in the challenges/ contests
  3. Write 3 book reviews
  4. Be a great host on Thursday!

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In other news…

I finished creating the report for the A to Z 2018 after challenge feedback survey results. It’s actually 5 posts long. The first one went up today. That’s the #AtoZChallenge update!

Announcing #AtoZChallenge 2018 Remarkable Event Feedback PART ONE Click to read it.

Sep 06 2018

Book Review on #ReadABookDay to #BeatTheBacklist #PlutoLives

My backlist is host to a wide variety of books from many genres. This one happens to be from the non-fiction science section.

The Universe (Collins Discover)- August 8, 2006 – by Peter Grego
4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

Overall, a pretty good book. It felt like a mini-textbook to me, like the ones from school days in the 1980/90’s. I do wonder if all of the pictures were “as taken” photography or “computer rendered.”

The book mentions astrology, as an early reason for astronomy, and then dismisses it as “insubstantial” with no basis in science. It mentions the stone medicine wheels with astronomical alignments as being something Native American and used for religion and cosmology. (Absolutely no mention or distinction as to which tribes, which nations, used these. It’s 7.65 million square miles of people lumped together.) Stonehenge got a shout out and picture all to itself.

It’s always interesting when science books write in absolutes of things that are likely true, but are yet to be proven beyond all shadow of a doubt. For example, “intelligent Martians have never existed.” I’m quite sure that back in 2006, there hadn’t yet been a team of archeologists on Mars. In fact, the book later mentions that we haven’t put human Earthlings on Mars yet. I’m not sure science has irrefutable evidence to prove that there weren’t intelligent Martians at one point, perhaps millenniums before humans came into existence. I’m just saying that I feel there should have been a disclaimer, an “as far as we know right now.”

Pluto is a planet in this book. #PlutoLives Though the author lists reasons that it might be reclassified. Then again, UB313, Planet X is also listed as the tenth planet. (In 2018, that’s now a minor-planet called Eris. See what I mean about disclaimers?)

It talks about binary star systems, which is the reason I picked up this book in the first place. Much more common than our single sun solar system, these multiple star systems are out there. Along with places that have three or eight or who-knows-how-many stars with a common center. This interests me because of a fantasy story I’m writing where the world has a binary star system.

The book gives several ideas of ways to learn more and offers plenty of science links. Overall, not a bad bit of quick education. Easy to read and understand.

try something new square 2018 book reading challenge

Sep 05 2018

Indie Publishing Path Taken #IWSG #IndieAuthor #IARTG

This month’s IWSG prompt:

What publishing path are you considering/did you take, and why?

Three roads branch in a writer’s elections,
It’s inadvisable to travel them all
And being an author, long I sat with my reflections
And explored traditional, the first direction
To where it bent in the query sprawl;

Then took the indie, as fair as small press,
But having the faster printing timetable,
Plus more control and ways to express;
Though other Urban Fantasy I would guess
Had found all paths just as stable,

And all three will always equally lay
No Speculative Fiction has a sure-fire choice
Oh, I keep the traditional and small press in mind for another day!
Yet knowing how my choices tend to replay,
I doubt I would prefer another voice.

I shall be blogging this ’till I die
Then look in Google archives and search engines impending:
Three roads branch for all writers, and I—
I took the indie one to simplify,
And that has made all the difference.

– J Lenni Dorner

Derivative of The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost.

For deeper commentary on that poem: susanbaroncini-moe.com/please-stop-misinterpreting-the-road-not-taken

Insecure Writers Support Group — Find the group also on Facebook

For a non-poetry answer on how I decided to go indie:
https://www.damyantiwrites.com/2018/09/05/dear-writer-traditional-publication/#comment-38136

Aug 31 2018

Update On Goal Challenge To Keep Focus

Got Goals Bloghop
https://gotgoalsbloghop.blogspot.com
#GotGoalsBlogHop


Thoughts from my WEPFF entry:
– Intriguing that so many commenters thought Osiris to be a woman. It was based on a true story, but I changed names. I really thought I picked a manly name.

“In Egyptian mythology, Osiris is the god of life, death, the flooding of the Nile and the afterlife. He was the brother and husband of Isis.”

Alas, I still have MUCH to learn about names, as I’ve stated time and time again.

– A few people suggested turning this into a longer story. I hadn’t really considered that before. I don’t know if I’d keep the fictional heart transplant or not (that’s a lot of very sad research) or use the actual reason he was hospitalized, or maybe use another reason. He really does have the nickname Bright Eyes, but “Ethan” wasn’t the one that gave it to him. Not sure if I’d keep that or give him a fictional one. (The song gets stuck in my head.) That’s a lot to consider.

Perhaps just toying with the idea should be a goal?


#quote A goal without a plan is just a wish

IN OTHER NEWS

  • My Bookiversary is September 20 . (Amazon just changed the date to Sept 19, but I think our calendars are different because of timezones. It was the twentieth for me, and I swear it use to say that, but now it says 19. Umm, whatever.)
  • I was recently asked to write a column for a newsletter. I’m considering it, but I want to come up with twelve topic ideas first. I have eight so far.
  • The Debut Author Spotlight is going well. Only 5 more spots left this year!
  • I’m in Twitter follow jail. I even tried unfollowing 20 accounts (non-writers). Still no. I can’t follow more people yet. Argh!


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The MAIN LIFE GOALS:

  • Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
  • Survive at least another 37 36 years
  • There’s also the Bucket List.


Current Writing End Goals

From the End Goals of an Author post.

  • Self-publish Anah’s Story by March 20Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
  • Find a way (emotionally, mentally) to complete the high fantasy short story.
  • Redo the longer version of the tribal story, then self-publish it in 2018.

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2018 Resolution:

#NewYearsResolution

  • This year I resolve to be more engaged in my online writing community by regularly commenting on fellow writers blogs every month, leaving book reviews, and publishing another book.




Seven Focus Topics

I need to verify that I’m posting about these topics on a regular basis to keep my author brand strong.

  1. Lenni Lenape (Native American) — 1 post
  2. storytelling
  3. writing — 2 posts
  4. legends
  5. characters
  6. urban fantasy/ speculative fiction (integrating into a modern-day story)
  7. read — 4 posts




2018 Goals:

blog about it challenge 2018 try something new square 2018 book reading challenge all about the trope 2018 book reading challenge #BeatTheBacklist #amreading #books

2018 Reading Challenge

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autumn bookish bingo


From NaNoProMo July catch-up:

Read:

  • Inhale by Kendall Grey
  • Envisioned by Nikki Sparxx
  • The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky

#beatthebacklist #fantasy #books

A post shared by J Lenni Dorner (@jlennidorner) on

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Goals for September:

  • Read and review 15 books
  • Beat my Backlist of books by reading 5 books from my TBR pile
  • Do Tackle TBR challenges
  • Work on spreadsheet organizing my TBR by page length
  • Comment on 30 blogs
  • Comment on 14 ROADTRIP #AtoZChallenge blogs
  • Finish A to Z survey results
  • Write the Escape post
  • Consider writing a short story to submit to IWSG anthology
  • Consider writing a monthly column
  • Write 500 words a day #SeptWritingChallenge
  • Work on publishing a book this year
  • Celebrate my bookiversary
  • Find more 5 more Debut Authors for 2018
  • Fix more Photobucket broken links
  • Follow more All Author group members IF I GET OUT OF TWITTER JAIL



#TACKLETBR readathon #amreading books IWSG short story contest



Review of Goals for August:

  • Read and review 15 bookshalf credit because @JLenniDorner accomplished part of this goal
  • Do Bout Of Books challengesMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Work on spreadsheet organizing my TBR by page length Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Comment on 20 blogsMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Comment on 10 ROADTRIP #AtoZChallenge blogsMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Write the Beginning postMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Write Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Enjoy my birthday! Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Help pick the new OA team membersMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Find more Debut Authors Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Fix more Photobucket broken links Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Follow more All Author group members on Twitter half credit because @JLenniDorner accomplished part of this goal



Review-a-thon in BoutofBook-ers Facebook group

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Have goals? Need encouragement? This blog hop is for you!
gotgoalsbloghop.blogspot.com

Aug 26 2018

Helpful Readathon #Reading Challenge Is Why I Love #boutofbooks 23

Challenge Day 6:

Discover Books
Bout of Books is known to add to your TBR instead of reduce it. Embrace it by sharing the books you’ve discovered through Bout of Books.


My Amazon Wish List Link

Challenge Day 7:

Stretch Goal
It’s the last day of the readathon, so today’s challenge is to take a look at the goals you set for the week (if you have them) and decide a) how you can stretch yourself to complete them or b) how you can revise them so you can meet them. Because yes, you can revise your goals! If you didn’t set goals for the week, set a small one for yourself today!

My GOALS during Bout of Books 23:

  1. Finish reading 5 booksMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  2. Take part in the challengesMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  3. Write 5 book reviewsMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal

SCORE!



Day of the challenge: Day 6
What I read today: The Universe (Collins Discover) by Peter Grego
Day of the challenge: Day 7
What I read today: Water’s Blood (The Elemental Clan Series Book 1) by Elaine Calloway


Total number of finished books:
Titles of finished books:
A More Innocent Time by Eugenie Hill
Southern Living Country Music’s Greatest Eats
Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
Suck This, Neil Patrick Harris by H.L. Holston
Zodiac Binding by Arya Karin





I missed the chats when they happened, but I’ve posted since!

Aug 24 2018

Exciting Readathon #Reading and #BookReview Results on Challenge Days 2 to 5 of #boutofbooks 23


Challenges:
Day 2=

Book Plot Emoji

Tell the plot of a book with emojis.
See below!

Day 3=

Literary Villain

Who are your favorite literary bad guys?

  • Maven Calore
  • Ryzek Noavek
  • Aro, Jane
  • The Eyes in the Shadows
  • The Chandrian
  • Dexter

Day 4=

Book Trip

Share books set in places you want to visit.

Day 5=

Bookish Playlist

What’s a song that always reminds you of a certain book?



Day of the challenge: Day 2
What I read today: Southern Living Country Music’s Greatest Eats – presented by CMT: Showstopping Recipes & Riffs from Country’s Biggest Stars
Day of the challenge: Day 3
What I read today: Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
Day of the challenge: Day 4
What I read today: Suck This, Neil Patrick Harris
Day of the challenge: Day 5
What I read today: Zodiac Binding: A Reverse Harem Novella (The Zodiac Chronicles Book 1)


Total number of finished books: 5
Titles of finished books:
A More Innocent Time by Eugenie Hill
Southern Living Country Music’s Greatest Eats
Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
Suck This, Neil Patrick Harris by H.L. Holston
Zodiac Binding by Arya Karin




My GOALS during Bout of Books 23:

  1. Finish reading 5 books
  2. Take part in the challenges
  3. Write 5 book reviews



Book Reviews:

Southern Living Country Music’s Greatest Eats – presented by CMT: Showstopping Recipes & Riffs from Country’s Biggest Stars
4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner
I don’t know enough about these artists or their work, though I imagine fans would greatly enjoy this book. The “pork chops that make you crazy” and “coffee cured filet mignon” sound especially delicious. Not as many recipes as other cookbooks, perhaps, but more of fun sort of compilation. Lots of heart. Great trivia.

I haven’t read this book before and, given the country music theme, I certainly would call it something “new” to me.

try something new square 2018 book reading challenge

Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
5 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

A hearty Kungaloosh to you! Sometimes in life you don’t get a choice. But in this book, you totally do! (Unless you stay in a maybe-haunted castle, more of a turret, in Ireland.)

What an incredibly fun read! My NPH fandom stems from my huge, deep, throbbing (I went there) HIMYM fandom, though I also enjoy several of Neil’s other works. Or Dr. Howser’s. Or Dr. Horrible’s. (Or maybe it’s Thunderbolt Howser, or Baron von Sexy A… Some readers of this book will get this joke.) I’m also in the Choose Your Adventure fandom, so really, this book was a total win for me.

Telling Gideon and Harper the story of how I became a bro… Legend-two scoops of ice cream straight from the- dary. 😉

The optimism speech was really good, and everyone (or anyone not suffering from genuine medical depression) ought to read it and consider giving it a whirl.

Spider-Man’s name has a hyphen because Stan Lee wanted to distinguish him from Superman. (Grammarphobia, Syfywire, Twitter) Detective Comics No. 27 says THE BATMAN on the cover but hyphenates it inside. Batman got a comic in 1940 with no hyphens to be found. (scifi.stackexchange) And now NPH can sleep soundly. #YouAreWelcome

Darn shame that David hates bowling and a guy in Laurel Canyon… Wait, not that ending!
There is a HEA ending, as anyone paying attention to the entertainment world already knows. If you get there depends on the adventure you choose.

Line I LOVED:
“The ‘truth’ about a person’s sexual preference is often revealed through a long journey of tiny steps, and acceptance is one of the last ones.”

#WeNeedDiverseBooks and, amazingly, a try something new as I haven’t read any of his other books.

try something new square 2018 book reading challenge

Book Plot emoji image for Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography

Suck This, Neil Patrick Harris
4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner
Let it not be said that my friends don’t have a sense of humor. Upon finding out I was reading the NPH autobiography, this book showed up in a birthday email.

It was a pretty good book. Decent amount of heat. It was just fiction, right? Ha ha. After reading the book, the title seems like a great way to get promotion for the book, which is totally something the main character would do.

Why does the book have this title? Because of lines like:
“The studio wants someone who’s stable. Someone like Neil Patrick Harris…”
He’s referenced a few times.
“Are you really using Doogie Howser as the example of why it’s safe to come out in Hollywood?”

Twilight is also referenced. And then there’s a line, “he was totally and irreconcilably in love.” About one thing I am absolutely positive (ha), that a very similar word choice is in a book where someone named Edward is a vampire who thirsts for the blood of someone named Bella.

“Dante Moretti sat on the can,” is a bold choice for an opening hook. But it worked, maybe because it’s just so unusual. (Or because I know some writers who have had discussions about books where characters use the bathroom. Not that the character is using it for 💩 that.)

The character name falls to the typo “Dane” in chapter three. A “has” instead of “had” and “is curled” instead of “was curled,” makes me think the author changed the tense of the book at some point.

It’s a light, fun read about two actors with a HEA.

I haven’t read anything by this author before.
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Zodiac Binding: A Reverse Harem Novella (The Zodiac Chronicles Book 1) by Arya Karin
4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

A fun story with an interesting concept. It goes by very fast. Several spots could have been expanded upon. I’d personally like a bit more setting, though the opening one and ending one were good. An entertaining and steamy HEA. There’s even some fast-paced action in here, for which I was grateful.

I had a feeling about what kind of shifter Caine was, and I was right.

There’s a bit of telling rather than showing in the beginning, like when the character thinks about having grown up in Arizona with her Aunt Jess and that her coyote dad dropped her off in a basket. Will that come up again later in the series?

I find the idea of a thirteenth zodiac sign to be interesting. (The astronomical constellation Ophiuchus, ruling from about November 30 to December 18, is something I knew of before reading this book.)

The book’s editor really dropped the ball, which is a shame because the story deserves better. Little things like this:
“And I he didn’t want…”
chose instead of choose
A shift from first person to third (Her words died as she eyed a…)
“…they treating you superior treatment like pouring…”
And everything indicates a dragon could best a lion, except one line. Likely one name was switched for another.
There were also a few missing opening quote marks.

But, beyond that, the story was good and I would read the next book in this series because I’m curious as to who else will join the main cast. I really want to know if there will be another coyote. If certain types of shifters will be saught. And if she’ll make more choices, or have them be made for her, essentially. Also, it is implied that she’ll eventually have an important role in their “government,” so I’d like to see that play out.

#WeNeedDiverseBooks #SpecFic
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(If I had chosen astrology or shifters instead of weather for my trope challenge, I’d be a book ahead.)


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Aug 21 2018

A Concealed Beginning Makes a Lifetime of Emerging #birthday

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Blog All About It Challenge prompt: Beginning

In the beginning, the Lenni-Lenape tribe, the Grandfathers, the original people, were one nation. A people who valued wisdom above all else. They believed, according to the knowledge passed down to me, in multiple genders, equality, and a wide range of family “structures.” Like the three sisters of corn, beans, and squash, we thrive best together, though are capable of living apart.

Then invaders came and destroyed all that. They brought new words, ones they didn’t use correctly. A savage is someone accepting of the equal rights and beliefs of others so long as those are not repressive. To be primitive is to be one with nature and able to survive without destroying. An uncivilized is a diplomatic individual or group who will be betrayed. Homo sapiens are only people if granted the right to not be the property of others. These definitions are accurate because those who came were not accepting, did not believe in equality of rights or beliefs, were unable to be one with nature, betrayed diplomatic compromises, and decided that some of their own species weren’t in the species no matter science proves.

Not much has changed. Sometimes the history is covered up. Other times, the history is written so that those words sound like their antonyms.

The Lenni-Lenape were forced to convert to a religion counter to their own beliefs. Incorporation of the two religions was difficult and quickly became legally forbidden. For example, it’s hard to justify Adam and Eve being from the east side of the Atlantic Ocean, and there being no continental drift, but humans existing in North America. (It works out easier if you toss out the science that provides evidence of Native Americans, Africans, Aboriginals, Torres Strait Islander people, etc, are indeed of the human species. The invaders didn’t believe in that science. They barely even seemed to believe their own females and some of their males were part of their own species. I have no idea what that suggests about their deep desires, fascination, and constant drive to have sexual relations with those they claimed to not share a species with, especially since the religion they converted my people to was opposed to such an action. But I don’t understand a great deal about such matters, and am glad to not be of the mind.) It wasn’t until 1978 that tribes were allowed to practice their own religions again. Consider that by 1750, almost 90% of the Lenni-Lenape population had been murdered in the genocide or died as slaves exported to Europe. The remaining TEN PERCENT of the POPULATION was not allowed to practice or discuss the religion for over TWO HUNDRED YEARS.

Try to imagine how much of your own culture and religion would survive if only 10% of your people were alive, and 9.8% of those people were killed if they discussed it for two-hundred years. And yes, any record of that religion or culture would be destroyed. The books, the buildings, the graves, … anything and everything that could be found.

Most of the remaining ten percent of the Lenni-Lenape were forced off their original lands. (And then forced from where they were moved to. And then forced to move again. Then restricted to a place where they were supposed to be less and less of themselves. Like using gesso to cover the Mona Lisa and then sketching a stick figure of a dog in its place.) A few stayed behind to try to protect as much as they could, often at the cost of becoming slaves. Some will say that those who stayed are no longer “true Lenape,” because they had a different struggle or aren’t on the designated reservation. But what else would we be?

Living off the reservation has several difficulties. For one, it wasn’t until 1924 that Native Americans could become citizens (again) of the land they’ve lived on for thousands of years. The right to vote and the ABILITY to vote is still being debated to this day. (“Over the past five years, Native American voters and groups representing them have brought at least seven lawsuits in six states, accusing state and local governments of discriminating against Native American voters.” — Source) It wasn’t until 1962 that Native Americans had voting rights in all states. But in 2013, Alaska, Arizona, and parts of South Dakota were granted the ability to deny or infringe upon the voting rights of Native Americans living there.

There was an act in 1978 to make removing children from Native Americans a crime. (It was not only acceptable before then, but often encouraged.) Apparently, that same act needs to be updated or copy/pasted and have some words replaced today. #KeepFamiliesTogether

I was born a year later, assumably. (Though some tests have since put me at a year or two older.) My biological parents didn’t use calendars. And that act in 1978? Some people could have cared less about it. (If I am two years older than the age guessed, that means my kidnapping was legal, as was everything I survived during the time that followed. This is why I feel laws in America lack mortality and integrity. My recent guest post hints heavily at that.)

happy birthday Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash - A Concealed Beginning Makes a Lifetime of Emerging #birthday blog post

Last year I wrote a flash fiction piece about a boy who called himself Stew. It wasn’t nearly as fictional as I’d have you believe.

Today is my birthday. August 21. That’s the date on the official forms. It has nothing to do with the day I left my mother’s womb and took my first independent breath. It’s just what the frustrated woman wrote down because I couldn’t give her an answer to the question that I didn’t understand.

But people like birthdays. People celebrate staying alive for the amount of time it takes for the Earth to revolve all the way around the Sun.

I’ve spent my lifetime emerging from the shadows I’ve been pushed into. The greatest skill I’ve aquired is literacy — the ability to read and write. That is why I created this fundraiser for my birthday. (That, and Facebook offered to donate $5 if I made it. May as well raise money for a charity I believe in!)

Beginnings: My own, and that of my people.

Aug 20 2018

Readathon #Reading, #insixwords, latest #BookReview — Announcing Day 1 of #boutofbooks 23


Today’s challenge:
Introduce yourself #insixwords
Logophile #Leo with a birthday tomorrow.


During Bout of Books 22, one of the challenges was to find a book from the year you were born.
I posted a book I dug up from 1979. For Bout of Books 23, I finally read it!


Day of the challenge: Day 1
What I read today: A More Innocent Time by Eugenie Hill


Total number of finished books: 1
Titles of finished books:
A More Innocent Time by Eugenie Hill



My GOALS during Bout of Books 23:

  1. Finish reading 5 books
  2. Take part in the challenges
  3. Write 5 book reviews



Book Review:
A More Innocent Time by Eugenie Hill
3 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

To be fair, I’d rather give this 3.5 stars than 3, but half stars aren’t an option.

The writing is fine for the time it came out, as is the editing, and all is well developed. I simply didn’t care for the story, the subject matter, or the characters. As such, I cannot bring myself to offer up four stars, which might be construed as liking this book, or worse, recommending it.

Agnes and Goff are the main characters the third person point of view most often centers upon. Only one makes it to the end of the book. And only one is depicted as a human rather than an object. Both are horribly guilty of crimes against morality; neither is ever charged, and only one of them even momentarily considers the legal ramifications.

“And that rendered her vulnerable. All at once she was within his power.” That’s a quote from the moment Goff considers himself in love with Agnes. He later tells her of this love, though he’s still a child at the time. She tells him she’s flattered. He angers and uses intimidation and force to make her say she loves him back and then to kiss him. Goff’s antisocial personality disorder is clear even at the beginning of puberty.

Goff’s best friend is Andrew. At age twelve, Andrew starts raping his own sister. Goff admires him for it, especially since Andrew is the first one among his classmates to have had sex. They consider the blood and tears to be natural. (Are you getting a sense of why I don’t care for this book?)

Eventually, Goff begs Agnes to have sex. “She didn’t put up a very strong resistance. What was the use of that? He might have forced her anyway.” Nothing says “love” like committing a violent crime, right? And, bonus, getting the person you “love” to commit a crime, because the sex was statutory rape.

Just when Agnes seems to be redeemable, everything goes out the window. “She wondered whether Goff would come. She had to admit that she wanted him to find her desirable still, shallow as that was.” The character is worried about being shallow when she ought to be seeking therapy for hoping a child is sexually attracted to her. I guess at least it makes Goff slightly less of a monster… except it doesn’t, because soon after that he impregnates a girl his own age, then gets the girl to have an abortion by sending Andrew over there, and then the girl tries to kill herself. (Whoops, that might be a spoiler. Or, if you find this sort of thing offensive, I’ve just saved you, so #youarewelcome.)

Perhaps Agnes is meant to be redeemed by her lack of self-confidence. She’s always telling Goff (and later, Justin) that she’s just what he wants for now, that he’ll eventually be interested in girls his own age instead. That it’s all just an infatuation and that she’s keeping him from someone more suitable. She even asks herself if the reason behind her choices is that she believes it won’t last. But there may have been something to it. The moment she’s physically unable to have sex (healing from a medical issue), he thinks that she’s no good and considers having sex with a friend, or even a prostitute.

I would not consider this book to be a romance or erotica. “The tragedy is a genre of traditional drama that is generally characterized by serious themes and the eventual downfall of the protagonist of the drama.” “Tragedy has a noble character who falls from grace. Evokes emotions of pity and fear from its audience.” By those definitions, tragedy is the genre I would use to classify this novel.

#quote Sex is like boxing. If one party didn't agree, the other is committing a crime.

Quote about why rape is real, even if some people think it's a lie.

As near as I can tell, this book was by a #DebutAuthor, as it seems to be the only one she ever published. I’ve never read it before, and obviously never read anything else she wrote, and don’t think I’ve ever even read anything similar to this, so it certainly counts for the Try Something New challenge.
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Aug 14 2018

WEP Flash Fiction A Change of Heart in Bright Eyes Lifetime #FlashFiction #WEPFF

#WEP #WEPFF Flash Fiction August 2018 Change of Heart
#WEP – Write…Edit…Publish AUGUST Challenge — CHANGE OF HEART

A Change of Heart in Bright Eyes’ Lifetime

By J Lenni Dorner

I get out of my car then turn around, wanting to get back in. My palms sweat, reminding me of the hand that won’t hold mine. I pop a mint into my mouth. When it’s gone, I will move.

The mint dissolves. I force myself to turn around, this time facing the blue entrance door. No more crying over him. He’s made his choice. It’s time to live my life. Turning the steel handle on the door sets all my hair on edge. I’m really doing this. But without him. He took all my best years. No! I go to the mirror near the entrance to look into my eyes. I’m alive, that’s what matters.

“Hey, Bright Eyes.” I turn around, hearing my instructor address me. I open my mouth to reply, but nothing comes out. This is not the time to fall apart. I’ve already been broken. Today is about rebuilding.

I turn the red jumpsuit around, inspecting it, before putting it on. I’m a restless jumble of nerves but excited too. For so long now, I’ve dreamed of doing something wild. Turning around and around in midair seems perfect. I know I’ll be helpless against gravity. And I’ll be strapped to my instructor like a child in a parent’s sling. I’m glad my instructor, my beau, Ethan, is so handsome. But I’m angry that thoughts of my ex continue to creep into my head. I need to be out in the air, to let out a cry of freedom. My instructor, I’m sure, can see the fear in my eyes.

“Check out this view, Bright Eyes!” The closer to two miles high we get, the more I fall apart. He wants me to turn around, face the windows rather than the inside of the plane. If we land wrong, I could literally fall apart.

“I need you,” I whisper as he checks the tandem straps. My need for another person is more than ever, but so is my need to be on my own for the first time since I was twenty. I hold on tight as we jump. The wind catches us. I let go of the forever I thought I’d have with Kota. The small bits of my exposed skin tingle, almost burning with life, making this feel right. If this fresh, clean air is the last scent I smell, it would be worth it. Nothing that feels this freeing could be wrong. Ethan steers us toward the landing zone. A cloud casts a shadow. It’s as if Kota is punishing my good time. He left me alone in the dark. Our end was explosive, it made the machines I was hooked to nearly give off sparks. But the cloud moves, perhaps because I need it too. My forever, whatever years I have left, they start tonight.

skydiving Photo by Eun-Kwang Bae on Unsplash

Ethan and I walk away from the jump site. I promised, weeks ago, I’d tell him why I wanted to do this after the jump was done. “I feel like I’ve waited forever to hear the reason,” he says.

“Once upon a time,” I begin, inhaling his scent of leather and honeysuckle between words, “I thought I was in love. But it fell apart. There was nothing I could do, because I was having a change of heart.”

“The light went out on your love?”

“For Kota it did. He left me in the dark, to face death alone. But the surgery went well, and I’m still alive, here with my new heart. But there was nothing I could say to win him back.”

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“I’m sorry to hear that, Bright Eyes. Have you turned your life around since then? Is that what skydiving was for?”

“Well, every now and then I still fall apart.” My eyes fill with tears. “I still, sometimes, let the loss of our fifteen years together tear me apart.”

Ethan hugs me. I want to tell him that I needed it, and that I need him. But, more than ever, I also need to be by myself, to prove to myself I can be strong alone. It feels so good when he holds me tight. I want to tell him that I’d like this to last forever. We could be right together. Or my new heart could be rejected, and then it’d be wrong to leave him a widower. Maybe we’d make it to the end of my life. But my health would be a shadow on us all the time. I’m like a ticking bomb. His lips mash against mine, his kiss giving off sparks. I really need him tonight. But what kind of forever could we start tonight? No, tonight was about my forever, not ours together.

“In the beginning, when Kota was falling in love elsewhere, and I was hospitalized and falling apart,” I take a deep breath, moving my arms between us. I have to get this out. “There was nothing I could do. Parts of my actual heart were dying, no longer working on their own. And Koto, the light in my life, he took his love to somewhere dark. He left me for a sex doll. Not for another man, or even for a woman, but a Dutch Wife. A robot from Japan. And there was nothing I could say. Unlike me, it won’t die. It has no heart. It will never need an organ transplant.”

He undoes the top of my jumpsuit, lifts my shirt, and slides his hand to my scar. “I prefer a heart, even transplanted.”

I look away, still ashamed of being left for a doll.

“Look at me, Bright Eyes.” He catches my chin.

“I wish he’d lied! I wish I were in the dark about his new love. I’m inferior to a doll!”

“No, Bright Eyes. Turn your thinking around. He left when it got hard. That isn’t your fault.”

“Osiris. I don’t care for nicknames, especially not Bright Eyes. I’ve shed too many tears for such a name.”


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The inspiration for this post was not only the prompt “change of heart,” but also part of a true story and the following song:

If you were curious about the wordplay and certain repetition, now you know what I was aiming for– a deconstructed version of the song with a twist.

Aug 12 2018

Best-selling Book Review and a Crazy Update

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard 5 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

I love the lightning in the diamond glass crown on the cover.

Everything that I felt should have happened and needed to happen came through in this speculative fiction/ urban fantasy/ future fantasy book. Though I would still like to know how some blood becomes silver, even though I realize that’s just the “mirror” held up to society. This book, the whole series really, is a fantasy version of what happens when one group oppresses another group because they think they’re better for whatever reason, and then the oppressed rise up and prove that equality is always more desirable than oppression.

And along the way, the reader gets to decide if they feel bad for Maven or not. Especially when he thinks about killing the oppressed, creating a war, mostly so they don’t focus on outnumbering the oppressors, a form of manipulation.

I didn’t care for the different point of views of every chapter in book 3 (King’s Cage), but it became even more important in this book. Mare just can’t be everywhere at once, after all! And the inside of Evangeline’s head was far better than I expected.

There’s a hidden staircase revealed by tugging a book on a bookcase. #GeekingOut

I’m happy to say that the book ends with hope. I don’t know if I’d call it a “happily-ever-after” or not, but certainly hope. There’s a scene at the end with Bison, talking about destroying and rebuilding, that I really love and that filled me with hope.

Some of my favorite lines:

“So we can tell our children we did not stand by and watch as children just like them were murdered or condemned.”
With the current movement in America to Keep Families Together, a line like that could not possibly have hit harder. Great writing.

“You know, maybe this rebellion would be further along if they didn’t rely on teenagers so much.”
Ha ha ha, poking fun at all the YA fiction, including this, that has a teenager changing the world. Too funny!

“I can’t do anything my body is screaming at me to do. … Get through it.”
It’s an anthem for the disabled, chronically ill, and for those who struggle with health or mental issues.

“Are you so threatened by the people you spit on that you can’t allow them simple freedom?”
I’m tempted to get that Farley quote tattooed on my arm.

“Because they’d rather bleed themselves than be equal to any blood that isn’t the right color.”
Replace the word blood with the word skin and you have the world I know, with too much hate and a need for equality.

all about the trope 2018 book reading challenge= weather
#WeNeedDiverseBooks #SpecFic


UPDATE:

During #NaNoProMo on Day 21, I discovered that my ebook may have un-hyperlinked some of the chapters. How or why, I don’t know. But I think I have it fixed. Unfortunately, Amazon will not send out an update.

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#Itried

Aug 06 2018

Unless You are Holding Yourself Back #writing

I found a Twitter hashtag the other day while surfing the home feed. With a bit of research, I discovered a group of writers doing 500 words a day and supporting each other. Pretty cool. So I posted about it.

There were several replies and new friends right after I made that tweet. One really stuck out though.

unless you are holding yourself back

Am I holding myself back? Do I do that?
At first I thought, “No.” But then it nagged at me.

I have some surgery scheduled for this month. Self-care? I don’t plan to write after, while I’m coming off the anesthesia and recovering. (That isn’t to say I definitely won’t, just that it’s not planned.) Am I holding myself back by not intending to write that day or two?

Snookums and I are going on a mini-vacation as part of my birthday plans. Away from technology. (That’s not to say I won’t scratch things out with a rock or ash, but I won’t be typing.) Any words I would write, if I write them, during that time would have to be rewritten/ typed in. Meaning more work. I’m not saying that’s bad, but do the words that are rewritten count to the day or not… Is that an excuse, am I holding myself back? Maybe.

And there are days where I plan to just read. And other goals and to-do list items, plus work and family and stuff. Am I holding myself back?

Am I?

Maybe.

Because I planned August with certain goals in mind. And daily writing wasn’t part of the goals. Am I holding myself back by achieving some goals instead of others?

As a writer, maybe. As a rounded person, maybe not.

This is an interesting conundrum.

Word count: 350

Unless I count the emails I wrote, the text-based conversation I just had, the instructions written, plus this post, I’m not at 500 for the day. But I’m running low on time if I want to get other things done tonight. (Like having dinner, bathing, and getting ready for work tomorrow.)

Am I holding myself back? Am I?

I really don’t know. Maybe I am.

Word count: 416

WordPress might be counting the HTML in from the Twitter embedded posts. The number might be inflated. I’m debating how guilty I feel about that. When I’m writing, really focused, 500 words is nothing. It’s easy. But I’m not doing that today. I did not make plans for that day. I maybe should have. I’d have to not do something else. Decide who to disappoint. Though, some of the groundwork I did today means less work for me later, because it sets up a delegation system. Fail today to succeed tomorrow?

Am I holding myself back? I don’t honestly know now.

Word count: 518

Jul 31 2018

#NaNoProMo Day 31 Make an Amazing Hypnotic Brand


Day 31 of #NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month
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#NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month took place in May. I missed it. Better late than never!



read your books develop an understanding of what you offer or write, and that defines who they think you are
That makes me think about Stephen King and George RR Martin in a whole other light.
Actually, it doesn’t, because I tend to separate the writing from the writer. But I admit that I’m strange and was raised differently.

A brand is the conscious application of performance of product, performance of service, image, and an emotional connection with others.
I did use editing services, and got help with my cover design. I feel that I’m mindful of my “brand” when I’m on social media.

Image is what you project visually, and whether you believe it or not, your visual cues — such as color, font type and size, use of white space, choice of name, and logo – all tell the story of your brand… For an author, that begins with a name
The colors of orange and blue are relevant to the story. Plus, I like the way they look. The idea of white space being clean and nice doesn’t convert to in my head. Actually, it makes me feel very uncomfortable. Maybe that happens if you spend too much time in the forest? The font type and size on my blog comes with the theme. I don’t know how to change it.
custom blog It seems easy enough to read.
what-are-they blog logo JLenniDorner Quill I put those together.
As far as my name, well, people really think about that? What else would I use? “A. Person”?

so they can then ponder what it is they feel
Do I use my blog to make readers ponder what they feel? Or any of my social media? Pinterest maybe.

Maybe your colors are not triggering the responses you wanted. Part of building a strategic brand is engaging in a conversation with those who experience it.

Orange is meant to be friendly, warm, adventurous, enthusiastic, and confident. More meanings: The color orange provides emotional strength in difficult times. The color orange adds spontaneity and a positive way of looking at life. The color orange relates to social communication and it encourages two-way conversation.

Blue is trust, wisdom, loyalty and dependability. More meanings: Blue is a cool and calming color that shows creativity and intelligence. It is a color that symbolizes loyalty, strength, wisdom and trust. The color blue is your helper, savior, your friend in need.

Do the colors on my blog’s background trigger any of those feelings for you?




#PhotoContest @JLenniDorner July 2018

LAST CHANCE!

Jul 30 2018

#NaNoProMo Day 30 It’s Helpful to Crave Blogging Fundamentals


Day 30 of #NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month
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#NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month took place in May. I missed it. Better late than never!


day 30


Today I learned that every blog post is meant to be an introduction to my writing and my brand. That every blog post I write is really an ad.
(I feel an urge to delete 70% of my posts now.)

“Your blog’s subject matter should correspond with your book’s main concepts and themes, which should inform the topics you blog about.”

On day 28, the lesson was to make my blog about my author brand. These topics:

  1. Lenni Lenape (Native American) (diversity)
  2. storytelling
  3. writing
  4. legend
  5. characters
  6. urban fantasy/ speculative fiction (integrating into a modern-day story)
  7. read

Other than one post, I haven’t written much about the theme of Fractions of Existence.
One way to determine a theme is to look at who the protagonist is, what the big problem that protagonist faces in the story is, how that protagonist deals with that problem, and what the protagonist learned from the experience — then turn all of that into a general statement of universal truth.

Xavier is a protagonist who is charged with defeating The Eyes in the Shadows by reuniting The Existence in order to save all human life. He learns that he doesn’t want to steal even a brief moment of happiness from someone he loves, even though it breaks his heart and will mean the end of the world.

Gwendolyn then becomes the protagonist. She learns to trust herself and give up everything to take a chance on love.

(*Note: This isn’t strictly a love story, because Xavier would have made the same choice if it were Heath who was missing. And Heath would have given up his life path to be reunited with the Existence, except he’d need the memory flood first. So, in this case, the word “love” refers to the bond between people who care deeply for one another, not strictly romance.)

This brings me to the main themes of Fractions of Existence:

love means sacrifice
trust your instincts

I don’t think I blog about those things in a notable way. However, I do trust my own instincts when deciding what to blog about, so there’s that.

My posts are also supposed to sound like my book. I don’t know if I do that here.

“content that’s engaging and valuable and addictive”
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There’s a look at several of my blog posts from this year.
Engaging= I feel the thesaurus humor post was engaging because it was meant to make my fellow writers laugh. The Colorblind quiz should have entertained readers. The guest post should have made people think.
Valuable= I feel the posts about my goals are valuable because goal setting is important. I also feel that book reviews are valuable to my community. Flash fiction is valuable to my brand. I hope the NaNoProMo posts have been as valuable to you, my readers, as it has been to me.
Addictive= The A to Z challenge is addictive in my opinion.

Both the guest post and the Colorblind post touched on diversity.

The last lesson is to always ask my blog readers to do something. A call to action.

Hey! Please enter the photo contest, spread the word about the contest, like an entry in the contest… you get the idea.




#PhotoContest @JLenniDorner July 2018

ENDS SOON!

Jul 29 2018

Value #NaNoProMo Day 29 Better by Using Informative Editing


Day 29 of #NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month
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#NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month took place in May. I missed it. Better late than never!



“Use a Professional Editor”
I did this. http://redlineediting.com
I feel like I learned a lot from it. For example, I learned that I didn’t use nearly enough commas. I asked a lot of questions, not because I doubted the editing, but because there were things I never learned and wanted to understand so as to not make the same mistake again.

There was plenty of communication. (I might have been a pain in the rear…) I have a scene in Fractions of Existence where Xavier has just taken a shower and is ruminating about an earlier encounter. The scene originally included a description of a large aquarium under his bathroom and these floating planks instead of a floor, which would be difficult for a normal person to use. And there was an interaction with a fish. The purpose was to give the audience another big clue that he isn’t ordinary in Chapter One. After several days and dozens of versions of the same scene, I ended up cutting it. There’s now a brief mention of a fountain in Chapter Three instead.

Since there was nothing new for me to learn or do today, I’m going off topic now:
I had a sale last week to correspond with Amazon Prime day. It went okay, but could have gone better. Nice to see a small spike though.

Sale Results July 2018

Today’s blog title headline score:
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#PhotoContest @JLenniDorner July 2018

ENDS SOON!



Jul 28 2018

#NaNoProMo Day 28 Improved Author Brand to Blow Your Mind


Day 28 of #NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month
https://badredheadmedia.com/nanopromo




#NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month took place in May. I missed it. Better late than never!



Author Brand: “brand the author, not the book”
I’m well aware of this. That’s why all my social media goes to my name. My website is what-are-they, isn’t my name, but it is the brand I want to associate with my writing. That’s the element all of my stories have in common — that there are characters causing the reader to ask “what are they?”!

Also, when I interview debut authors at Operation Awesome, most of the questions I ask are about the author.

Author branding is the same as personal branding: the way you want people to remember you. (in terms of verbs)
I’m a writer who writes books designed to make readers ask “what are they”
I’m a Lenni Lenape writer who writes, reads, blogs, and volunteers in my community.

What are you an expert in? What research have you done for your book? What interests you? What are you passionate about?
There’s a legend passed down through a handful of Lenni Lenape storytellers. Integrating that into a modern-day story with characters who are fun to read about, that’s my answer to all of these questions.

Make a list of five or so keywords or phrases

  1. Lenni Lenape (Native American)
  2. storytelling
  3. writing
  4. legend
  5. characters
  6. urban fantasy/ speculative fiction (integrating into a modern-day story)
  7. read

“consistent with these topics”
If bloggings count as part of writing, then I’m doing okay keeping those seven items as my main topics.
On Twitter, I share/ retweet a lot of #writetips, which is part of writing. I also share #WeNeedDiverseBooks, which, to me, is part of the Lenni Lenape topic. And I share tweets tagged with urban fantasy.

It was a really good, very informative post today. Thanks, Rachel! Click to check out her books on Amazon.

Ohhh… check out my score on today’s headline!
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#PhotoContest @JLenniDorner July 2018


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