May 30 2016

Review of Sign of the Green Dragon by @cleemckenzie #NewToYou2016

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I received this ARC free from the mailing list. My review and rating are honest.
This was an exciting adventure book for young people. There’s diversity in the characters. Emotion was well-done. The settings are spectacularly fleshed out. (I want to live in the cave house!)
If you cut down an early Harry Potter book to just the three of them on an adventure-of-purpose, you’d have the feel of this book. It reminded me a bit of my own youth, which is, perhaps, why I enjoyed it so much.

May 28 2016

Book Review #NewToYou2016 A Broken Race by Jean Davis @CafPress

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This dystopian novel has an interesting social commentary. It reminded me of the story of Moses leading his people to the desert. The character number-names were a unique and interesting idea, but took me out of the story at times as I tried to keep everyone straight. There was a lot of reassurance in how it turns out for one character, who proudly uses his name in a mental declaration three-quarters of the way in– that was my favorite part. (He wasn’t a …. he was a … and that was just fine.) I wondered, as he did, why a certain group didn’t go elsewhere. Their reason for staying seems flimsy– but that’s exactly the way people seem to be about not leaving an area, even when things are bad.

May 27 2016

Goal Update and Exciting News plus Congratulations for @maitran254 and @lexicalcreation

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EXCITING NEWS!

I am now the organizer of the Debut Author Spotlight at Operation Awesome.
PLEASE come by there and say hi.

@JLenniDorner runs the Debut Author Spotlight for @OpAwesome6



The MAIN LIFE GOALS:

  • Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
  • Survive at least another 39 years ~Almost failed. Close call!
  • There’s also the Bucket List.

 
 

2016 Goals:

@JLenniDorner on Twitter

  • Have 6500 Twitter followers ~ currently at 6142 — up 152 from last month!
  • Download the update for my blog theme, whatever that might entail
  • Keep Supporting Diverse Books
  • Be part of 4 blog hops/fests.Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Participate in at least 2 #OABookClub reads
  • Rewrite and edit my urban fantasy novel, then get the new query letter out there PUBLISH Getting closer!
  • Enter 3 writing contests 1- Entered #WRiTECLUB2016, got in. 2- Entered and won OA Flash Fiction
  • Publish or be published somewhereMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goalx3!
  • Participate in Reading Challenges

 

Goals for June:

  • Leave a comment on 50 blogs
  • Read and review five books
  • Find 10 Debut Authors to feature at OA




 

Review of Goals for May:

  • Leave a comment on 50 blogsMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Read and review five booksMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Take part in Bout of BooksMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Post my A to Z Reflection post on May 9Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal MY WINNER= @lexicalcreation
  • Be part of the Who’s Your Hero blog hopMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal MY WINNER= @maitran254


Have goals? Need encouragement? This blog hop is for you!

May 23 2016

Book Tour for Endless by Misha Gerrick @MGerrick1

About the Book

 

First, do no harm.” Blake Ryan swore that oath to become a doctor. Ironic, given that he spent most of his thousand year life sucking souls out of other immortals.

Things are different now. Using regular shots of morphine to keep his inner monster at bay, Ryan has led a quiet life since the Second World War. His thrills now come from saving lives, not taking them.

Until a plane crash brings Aleria into his hospital. Her life is vibrant. Crack to predators like him. She’s the exact sort of person they would hunt, and thanks to a severe case of amnesia, she’s all but defenseless.

Leaving Aleria vulnerable isn’t an option, but protecting her means unleashing his own inner monster. Which is a problem, because his inner monster wants her dead most of all.

 

Amazon US | Amazon Universal | Apple | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Goodreads

 

Misha Gerrick

About the Author

 

Misha Gerrick lives near Cape Town, South Africa, and can usually be found staring at her surroundings while figuring out her next book.

 

If you’d like to see what Misha’s up to at the moment, you can find her on these social networks:

 

Tumblr | Twitter | Google Plus | Writing Blog

 

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Excerpt

 

This had to be what dying felt like. Floating outside my body, waiting for that final link to my life to be severed, only vaguely aware of indescribable pain. More screams than I could count rose up around me. Hundreds of footsteps beat against tiles. I couldn’t open my eyes if I wanted to. Not when it was easier to listen and wait. People shouted for a doctor or an IV, or a thousand other things that made no sense. I listened to all the chaos, trying to untangle it in my thoughts.

 

Soon, I could go. The peace around me was so relaxing, completely out of place in the clamor I heard. I wanted it. To rest forever in that peace. Why not? There was a very good reason, but I couldn’t call it to mind.

 

A numb buzz shot through my body and shattered my serenity.

 

It happened again. Only this time was more of a sharp pulse. The third time jolted like lightning. The fourth…Hell. Suddenly, the screams were coming from me. My heart’s relentless thundering added to my torment.

 

Pain.

 

Everywhere.

 

My chest burned like fire. It hurt to breathe. Cold air drove down my throat and into my lungs, amplifying the inferno in my chest. My skin felt scorched. It couldn’t be. It wasn’t right.

 

I had to see. I had to understand why pain dominated my existence like this. My eyes were fused shut. My breaths grew shallow, trying to draw air when there was none. I tried to clench my teeth. I bit hard plastic. A pipe. Cold air suddenly forced back into my lungs, out of time with my own breathing. This was wrong. It wasn’t safe. I had to see. The best I got was a little fluttering of my lashes.

 

A high-pitched beep shot through my head. It repeated again and again. I wanted to reach over and slam my fist into its source. My arm wouldn’t lift. Something kept it trapped. A scream rose up from the depths of my soul, but the pipe jammed inside my throat stifled the sound. I only managed a whimper, trying my best not to gag. More air blasted into my lungs against my will. What was going on? I was trapped in my own body, but why?

 

I needed to move. I had to move. Now. Before… Even… Even though… Panic gripped me. The beeps increased at a frenetic pace. I needed to move. To be gone. Didn’t matter where. Just not here. Not defenseless. Not trapped.

 

The air sucked out of my lungs. I gasped, choking on nothing, strangled by invisible fingers. I tried to convulse my body. To twist myself free of what’s holding me.

 

Nothing.

 

The air rushed back in a cold flood. Seconds later it left, only to return in the same amount of time.

 

There was a rhythm to the air. In… out… in… out… The breaths were slow—sleep-like. I concentrated on this rhythm, striving to clear my head. If I wanted out, I needed to think. Calmly. Clearly. Eventually, those irritating beeps slowed. I tried to focus past the sound.

 

Voices buzzed about me, adding to my need to see, to do something to protect myself. No one seemed to pay attention to me. Good. I could use that to my advantage.

 

I centered my every thought on moving my little finger. It finally jerked, but collided against something solid. So the thing trapping my arm was physical and too heavy for me to lift. It was better to be trapped than paralyzed. With luck I could escape my restraints. I tried my other hand, but it was cemented stuck as well. Right leg. Left leg. Damn it! Both trapped. I had to move!

 

No.

 

No, I needed to stay calm. I tried to make larger movements, biting the pipe in my mouth against the urge to scream in pain. There was no wiggle room.

 

Fearing that I might be blindfolded, I focused on blinking. It worked. My eyes opened and the blur faded, revealing ceiling tiles. Why would there be tiles? Where was the canvas of hospital tents? The distant sounds of bombs dropping? The power of their explosions rushing through my blood?

 

No. That wasn’t right. I wasn’t there.

 

Where was I, then?

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How often do you hear from your readers and what do they say?

I’m on Wattpad, so I do get comments from them every now and then. 90% of the comments will be about stuff they like, but there will always be trolls. I just ignore those.

Is there anything special readers might learn from reading this book?

Hmm… I didn’t really write with a particular message in mind, although I guess one theme that comes through in the book is the fact that everyone has a good side, even if they have to dig really deep to get there.

Is there any diversity or underrepresented ideas featured in your book?

At the moment, I’m not really trying to write any particular diversity into my books. As a white person, it’s really difficult for me to gain enough of an understanding of other cultures to do POCs justice. I just don’t want to go down the line where I invariably offend someone because I don’t understand.

If I offend someone, I prefer knowing what I was doing at the time.

However, racism does have a tendency to come out in my books in some form or the other. In The War of Six Crowns, it’s the elves thinking they’re like a master race or something. In the world Endless is set in, the griffons think they’re entitled to kill (called “hunting” in the book) phoenixes because phoenixes have something they need.

What is your best marketing tip?

Understand WHY you’re following a particular strategy before you do it. Yes, I know you’re doing everything you can to sell more books, but what’s the step in between? (Because if there isn’t one, odds are you’re hard selling, and hard selling doesn’t work.)

If I had to find your main character in big crowd, what descriptions would you use as clues to help me search?

If they’re all in perfect health (not amnesiac or anything like that), Aleria will the one people gravitate toward. Nick will be the guy smoking in the corner (whether or not it’s allowed), watching her from the distance. Ryan… that’s tricky, depending on whether he’s able to ignore his self-loathing at the particular moment. But he’ll either be next to Aleria (if he can) or Nick (if he can’t).

What is your protagonist’s favorite animal?

Aleria’s is a hedgehog.
Ryan likes eagles. (Yeah, I know it’s actually a bird.)
Actual wolves are Nick’s favorite. Lycan wolves… not so much.

Thanks for hosting me!

Endless by Misha Gerrick

May 20 2016

Some kind of smart #quiz

When it comes to my brain strengths, I @JLenniDorner am Art Smart. Find out what kind of smart you are. #quiz

That’s what I scored. How about you?

May 17 2016

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That “Survive at least another 39 years” goal I have in my top 3 MAIN LIFE GOALS heading…
almost failed that twice in the last few days.

Sorry I haven’t been around much. I’m behind on commenting. I’m behind on hops. I’m… well, I’m behind damn near everywhere. That happens when the body decides it’s taking a “vacation” with or without approval. My assistant did what she could to keep this boat afloat, but I didn’t leave much in the way of instruction. (It was supposed to be an easy week.)

I’ll catch up soon.

– J

May 13 2016

#BoutOfBooks 16 Day 5 #freakyboutofbooks and #IWSG Parallels and #RelayForLife

Bout of Books next read a thon is May 9, 2016



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I won my copy of this excellent book from Sandra Cox’s giveaway.

L. G. Keltner — Felix Was Here — The story reminds me of the Stepford Wives. It also reminds me of the book The Invasion of Tearling, the Lily parts that I loved so much. A great short story that I can imagine being a movie or television series. 5 stars.
Sandra Cox — Rainers — This story is action, perfect tension, decent world building, brief insightful politics, and a sprinkling of romance. A liberal and a conservative working together to run things? What brilliance! 5 stars.
Sylvia Ney — WIN — Something about the story bothered me. Specifically, something about Brian’s character. Can’t put my finger on it. But to live in a world, in 2015, where the skill of reading books is almost gone– so sad! It about killed me when Navine didn’t recognize a library onsight. A very strange story. Not entirely unbelievable. 4.5 stars.
Michael Abayomi — Ground Zero — Interesting. Felt like a few minor spots could be tightened (phone began to ring — could just be phone rang). I’ve always heard it referred to as “the island of Manhattan” instead of Manhattan Island, but this is obviously a parallel universe, so I’m guessing that’s the reason for the difference. The speed Elijah managed to get out of the Empire State Building- wow. And in a hazmat suit yet! Impressive. 12 minutes. (10 minutes 36 seconds was the winning speed in the 2016 race-to-the-top in our real life universe.) 4.5 stars.
Crystal Collier — The Mirror People — Love the twist ending of Crystal’s story. Great concept all around. Very imaginative. 5 stars.
Yolanda Renée — Ever-Ton — Yolanda’s had great tension and plenty of “the feels.” (It still seems odd to me when Earth, as the name of the planet, isn’t capitalized. I guess that’s a style issue instead of a grammar rule nowadays.) 5 stars.
Cherie Reich — Folds in Life and Death — A beautiful story. Very touching and creative. 5 stars.
Hart Johnson — The Seventeen — Certainly interesting. Not my usual kind of story. It felt a little rushed, like parts were missing. Adverse effects from drug testing leading people to need to keep doing trials as the only means to support themselves, wow, that sounds scary and real. 4 stars.
Tamara Narayan — Scrying the Plane — Virtual reality with a massive multi-player interface? Minecraft? A reference to The Matrix? LOVE!!! The bus monitor hologram sounds like a great idea. Looking down at electronic devices long enough to wreck your neck… yeah, that sounds like something that’s coming if it’s not already here. 5.5 stars, out of 5, yes, because this was my favorite hands down.
Melanie Schulz — Haunted — A very different kind of story. I think it made sense in the end. Probably requires a second read-through to fully grasp the whole thing. 4.5 stars.

Average: 48 / 10 = 4.8 rounded to 5 stars.

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SMASHING Cancer in a Demolition DerbySMASH cancer! Demolition Derby details.
#RelayForLife @JLenniDorner showing support for Cancer Fighting Research

Good luck to my lovely assistant’s brother in the demolition derby!

Wish your name or logo was on that cancer-smashing truck?
IT CAN BE! Donate TODAY and leave the team a message.
But hurry. The smashing happens on May 28.

#RelayForLife of East Penn in Macungie, PA May 13 and 14 2016

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May 12 2016

#BoutofBooks 16 Day 4 If You Like This, Try This @jk_rowling @PatrickRothfuss #NewToYou2016

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5 stars is NOT enough. Here’s 10.

Stop everything you are doing. Call off work, order pizza, hire a babysitter– whatever it takes. You need to read this book NOW. Top priority. Yes, it is that great.

If you liked Harry Potter, and have since reached adulthood, it’s time to graduate to The Kingkiller Chronicle.
Poor boy is orphaned by GREAT EVIL. He goes to magic school where he has a classmate adversary, a professor that seems not to like him, smart friends of both genders, ends up doing some shady deeds for good reasons, likes a girl, has a renowned reputation, has an interesting past time that he excels at, and ends up trekking off on a huge adventure.
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Patrick Rothfuss isn’t “the next (whoever),” everyone ELSE needs to aim to be the next him. I just finished reading this book, and I already want to go back and read it again! (As well as rereading the first one. Plus, I still have the in-between one to read.) But this is so good that I want to memorize it. I created a Pinterest board for my utter devotion. Seriously, it is that good. Even people who don’t normally read fantasy will be sucked in by this story. And this amazing author, in the dedication, thanks his clever beta readers for their “invaluable help and toleration of my paranoid secrecy,” which made me love him all the more.

This book is less conservative than the first one, as Kvothe grows to adulthood. But he knows who he is, and he doesn’t forget that. He’s the most realistic hero I’ve encountered in a long time. Everything about him, about his world, about all of this– it’s written so well that it doesn’t feel like fiction, much less like fantasy. And yet, there’s enough actual fantasy (including a whole fae realm) to keep fantasy lovers salivating for more. Pure genius.

It’s more than that though. This whole story line is ridiculously easy to draw parallels to real world issues. You probably know someone who’s lived a life like Kvothe, and now you’ll realize why you never noticed it before.

Let me give drop some quotes that should change your life:

“If you want to know the truth of who you are, walk until not a person knows your name. … A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet introspection.” (This will change your life if you do it. Actual walking isn’t required, but leaving is.)

“Maps don’t just have outside edges. They have inside edges. Holes. Folks like to pretend they know everything about the world.” (This should change your life because it shows you how much you don’t know about even what you think you know. You can be shown where a cafeteria is, but it’s harder to know where to sit, what to eat, and if there are customs to observe. It’s also much of what I said about settings.)

“It’s the questions we can’t answer that teach us the most. They teach us how to think. If you give a man an answer, all he gains is a little fact But give him a question and he’ll look for his own answers. That way, when he finds the answers, they’ll be precious to him.” (This should change your life because it explains how education is supposed to work.)

“The vast majority of students were nobility or members of wealthy merchant families. For them, a high tuition was an inconvenience, leaving them less pocket money to spend on horses and whores.
The stakes were higher for me. Once the masters set a tuition, it couldn’t be changed. So if my tuition was set too high, I’d be barred from the University until I could pay.”
(This should impact your life in two ways. One, it speaks to how higher education is restricted in America– even though this book does not take place in America or even on Earth, near as I can tell– and how that feels. Two, it’s the opening hint to the idea of charging for tuition based on how much educating the student is going to need. With exception to those with special needs and disabilities, it’s an idea worth exploring. Students who are eager to learn, who will put effort into classes and studies, perhaps shouldn’t be charged the same high price as students who are attending out of obligation or other non-educational desires. It’s also the basis for academic scholarships, though there are only so many of those to go around. If you’ve ever been stuck in a class with someone who didn’t want to be there, and you worked your tail off and sacrificed TO be there, you’ll understand why this hits home for me.)

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With the exception of his conversation with Penthe on where babies come from (my brain is still questioning that one), the Adem remind me of my Lenni-Lenape people. Perhaps better warriors though. But it’s the culture, the way of being, the sword history knowledge and the test below the tree– these things remind me of my tribe. “If you managed to catch hold of even just a piece of my name, you’d have all manner of power over me.” THAT. Right there. This is what I keep trying to explain to you outsiders about why my “name” is J. This… just go read Chapter 88 and 124. Please.

One more quote:

“Tak reflects the subtle turning of the world. It is a mirror we hold to life. No one wins a dance, boy. The point of dancing is motion that a body makes. A well-played game of tak reveals the moving of a mind. There is a beauty to these things for those with eyes to see it.”

I mention that quote because the game is actually available for purchase.

The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2)

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May 11 2016

#BoutOfBooks 16 Day 3 with My 5 Fav Colorful Covers and my 3 @VictoriaAveyard reviews

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REVIEWS of books read today:

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“There is nothing so terrible as a story untold.” Not just writing motivation, but a quote that explains the reason for this story. The lack of world building could make comprehending this difficult for anyone who hasn’t read Red Queen. It’s a good story, an interesting one. Nice romance. In fact, if the rest of the series weren’t aimed at the futuristic-urban-fantasy genre, this could probably be a much longer book, a romance that’s a stone’s throw from Cinderella.



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The REDACTED messages are a pain to read. I have trouble with the following line:

They’re aren’t

here, in the thick of things, I tell myself. I’m assuming it’s a typo or a double negative. The theme can be wrapped up in this quote: She spoke of slavery, because that’s what this world is. No one dares say it, but that’s what Reds are. Slaves and graves. This story gives a glimpse of another character from Red Queen. Unless you’ve read that book already, you shouldn’t read this one. It picks up about halfway in.



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It’s the print version of Queen Song and Steel Scars.
I realized this several pages in.

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May 10 2016

#BoutofBooks 16 Day 2

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I read a few pages but did not finish any books today. Actually, I finished one OR half of one. I’ll explain that later.

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May 09 2016

#BoutofBooks 16 Day 1 #insixwords nemophilist, quirky, determined, dreamer, inspiration’s Master

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My #insixwords from January is still accurate! But here are six more:

  • nemophilist
  • quirky
  • determined
  • dreamer
  • inspiration’s Master




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The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1) by Patrick Rothfuss


A fantastic book that trickles in like a new addiction. At first, it’s just interesting, and then it gets page-turning intriguing, filling the mind with new questions that demand answers. By the end, the next book isn’t a want, it’s a need.
Kvothe, the protagonist, tells the story of his incredible life. This book covers his youth and early teen years.
The world built by the author is not very different from our own world. There isn’t much that requires a great deal of explaining or severe stretches of imagination.
Appropriate even for conservative audiences. (PG-13)

Some of my favorite quotes from the book:

“All stories are true. But this one really happened, if that’s what you mean.”
“When necessity demands it, I’m an excellent liar. Not the noblest of skills, but useful. It ties closely to acting and storytelling…”
“It was a dragon.”
“There’s no such thing as dragons.”
“There are names for people who take advantage of women who are not in full control of themselves, and none of those names will ever rightfully be applied to me.”
“Words can light fires in the minds of men.”
“We all become what we pretend to be.”

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May 09 2016

Reflections on the #atozchallenge, being a blogger, the blogging community, and an unpublished book

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I’m reflecting on who I want to be as a blogger after completing my fifth A to Z Challenge.

I want my blog to be smart, insightful, and always fun to read. I like “thinking posts” and getting opinions from my readers. Books and writing are my niche, so I focus largely on that area. But I also want readers to feel like they are getting to know me as a person, so I sometimes blog with that goal in mind. I try to put a lot of personality into my blog. Posts are framed with my voice, my personal experiences, and my take on things.

This means that I share my struggles and successes from my field (writing fiction). If there’s a blogging strategy or technique I’ve learned, I share that as well. And if there’s a stance for me to take on publishing, writing, blogging, or using social media, — I’m going to post about it.

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My goal as a blogger is for readers to get to the end of my post and either laugh, have a deep thought, feel they’ve learned something, or be glad they spent a minute or two here.




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Reflection on who I want to be in the blogging community.

First, I want to be someone who’s known for commenting back, following on Twitter (maybe other social media as well), and generally replying to comments.

In my opinion, the blogging community leaders are the ones who donate time keeping this challenge running. Thank the co-hosts and their teams. I’m grateful for this challenge. This is how I connect with most bloggers that I know. The hop is about more than just planning posts alphabetically. That A to Z Challenge is about keeping the blogging community alive, together, and invested in each other. I’m proud to be a part of that.




Reflections specific to the A to Z Challenge

The Adult Content (AC) category still feels too narrow to me. Perhaps it should be used in conjunction with the other codes, such as (AC)(WR) for erotica writers. Or maybe the Adult Content should be defined, as it is on American television (language, sex, violence). Maybe both.

I also wish the Theme Reveal hop had codes, or used the theme names instead of blog names. This would be great for research! Like an A to Z Google search. OR if there were several linky lists for the themes.

  • Use this linky if your THEME is poetry, writing, or book related.
  • Use this linky if your theme includes travel or photography.
  • Use this linky if your theme is all about animals.

The obvious drawback being that someone will have a theme where they write poems on pictures of pets. Does that person link on more than one list? I’m guessing this is why it’s never been done. My brainstorm might be just a sun-shower.

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I’ll certainly do the challenge again next year. And I will absolutely volunteer to help out again. #TeamArlee No, I have NO IDEA what my theme will be for next year.

Nearly every blogging friend I have is a result of the A to Z Challenge. THANK YOU to everyone who signed up.





Reflecting on blogging an unpublished book

If someone asked me four years ago if I’d publish this much information about Fractions of Existence on my blog BEFORE publishing the book, I’d have thought the asker was nuts.

Then I read (and saw) The Martian.

So maybe blogging a book, or blogging a ridiculous amount of details about a book, isn’t the worst idea on the Internet.

Last year I blogged my reference book. That was also for sale at the time. In April of last year, one person bought my book on Smashwords and seven bought it on Amazon. Consider that I wrote it for a small niche, for those who wanted to write settings that felt like characters– suddenly eight books isn’t that bad. It’s almost twice as many as I expected to sell, to be honest. (Which is why I self-published that book. I knew it wouldn’t be worth a publishing house’s time and money.)

I don’t know if I’m going to self-publish Fractions of Existence. I am entering one more query contest and submitting to one more place.

HUGE THANKS to JEAN DAVIS for the wonderful guidance.




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May 08 2016

#WhosYourHero Giveaway Hop #story

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Who's Your Hero Giveaway Hop on @JLenniDorner blog #WhosYourHero

This month we’re celebrating the men and women (and animals too!) that rock a uniform–whichever uniform that may be. Military, Police, Firefighter and all others who serve and protect. So…Who’s Your Hero? Stop by each blog for a giveaway and to find out who OUR favorite fictional and real life heroes are…

Who is my hero?

The trouble with this question is that every time I have a hero, they let me down. I don’t blame the hero in every case. After all, if you force someone onto a pedestal and then shake it all the time, they are bound to fall eventually. People have flaws. Some people spend their lives looking for those flaws. I don’t know why that’s a job, but apparently it is and it pays well.

I have plenty of flaws. Please, never put me on a pedestal. Leave me in a tree or feed me to a wolf.

There are those who regularly commit heroic deeds. Police, firefighters, soldiers, teachers, etc — in every one of those groups, there are those who have also committed atrocious crimes.

I’m going to give you an old story now. Did I write it? Well… I don’t know if anyone else has ever written it down, but I’m not the first to hear it, either.

The Tale of Red Sky

Red Sky came from a land far away. The Great Turtle allowed him to cross to our lands.
“I have come in search of a wife,” he told those who greeted him.
“What would you give one of our women to marry, mate, and join our tribe?”
“I am a great warrior. I fought many battles against our enemy from the water.”
“Why then have you not married in your own tribe?”
Red Sky fell to the ground, his heart too heavy to allow him to stand. “Though my village defeated many enemies, there was one we could not fight. Our mountain roared and reached to the heavens, striking at a god. The sky bled red. The god struck back, breaking the mountain open. The air was sucked away as the god and the mountain yelled at each other. Boiling blood from the battle rolled down, destroying all that it touched.”
Our people considered all that he said. They brought him food and drink so that he might rest while they debated.
“When the mountain struck the god, you were doomed. How did you get away?”
“Our enemy from the water had lost a great ship in a battle against us. I gathered those who would come. Our sky is red! We must go before the angry god strikes. I pleaded with my people, but only a few believed.” Red Sky took a long drink. He shifted on the ground, fingering the grass beneath him. “We knew not the ways of the water. Many who came died soon after we left. Some from watching as our home vanished. Others from the black air. Two of us made it to this land.”
“Where is the other?” our people asked.
“He died two moons ago. I am the last. So I must take a wife to keep my people from dying out.”
One of the unwed women stepped forward. “Red Sky,” she called him, for he had no relation to any gathered, “you bring only your word of this. I will require proof.”
And so a group set off with Red Sky to journey back to his home. When they got there, the sky was not bleeding. The mountain did not roar. It was easy to breathe the air, all of which was clear. There was no sign of a village or reason to believe that anyone would have settled here.

Red Sky had left his home. He went on a long journey to seek another place to live. But that was all that could be known for certain. So Red Sky, who perhaps was once a great hero, was left on the shore of the place he once called home. Five days rations were given. No woman decided to stay.

The lesson: You are only a hero if there’s proof, but villainy can be stumbled on accidently.


So who is my hero that serves and protects?

Indie Authors. The only way to improve publishing is to get out there and do something. Many indie authors have said “no” to ridiculously high prices, too-low prices, ebooks priced higher than paper or hardback books, and other bizarre twists from the publishing world. They’ve made their own marketing plan, figured out cover art, and found their own editors. They’ve scheduled book tours, given out ARCs, and created mighty email lists. It’s brave. They serve the writing community. Indie authors, and small press publishers, challenge the publishing community– forcing them to protect authors’ rights, hard work, and contributions. Underdogs? Maybe. But none are better suited to bring positive changes in the world of books!




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May 07 2016

Reading Speed

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568 words per minute reading speed for @JLenniDorner

May 06 2016

Liebster Award Number Four

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Having 3624 (3228 by email) followers, I don’t know that I still qualify for this award (normally for those with less than 1000 followers). But a good blogging friend nominated me, so I’m doing it anyway!


Thank you, Sarah!

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Rules of the Liebster Award

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award and you chose to accept it, write a blog post about the Liebster Award in which you:

  • Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog in your post.
  • Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”.
  • Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
  • Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers.
  • Create a new list of 11 questions for the nominees to answer

List these rules in your post (copy and paste from here). Once you have written and published it, you then have to:

  • Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster Award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

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The 11 questions to me from Sarah:

  1. When you started your blog, did you know what you were doing? I knew I wanted to take part in the A to Z Challenge. It was something I came across the year before, back when I didn’t have a blog. So I made one just so I could partake.
  2. #ATOZCHALLENGE 2012 Survivor badge

  3. Many writers I know tell me they don’t blog because they prefer to write their own stories. Why do you? They are missing an oppertunity to connect with people! I like blogging. It gives me a chance to express myself in another form.
  4. Do you plan your posts? Sometimes. For challenges and blog hops, yes, I absolutely plan.
  5. Do you stick to a posting schedule? I aim to post once a week at minimum. That’s not exactly a schedule, but that’s life.
  6. When you signed up for the AtoZ Challenge the first time, did you know what you were doing? I really had no idea. BUT I hid that by double posting. Seriously. In 2012 I blogged my Fractions of Existence book characters as well as blogging about myself. Two posts for every letter. You know what? That was dumb. I got half the comments that I would have with just one post. I didn’t know. Nor did I understand how commenting worked, exactly. I didn’t even know how to use the reply feature!
  7. What were you thinking when you signed up the second time? I was thinking that I was awesome. Ha ha ha. No, really, I just thought it was fun the first time, but now maybe I knew more. SPOILER ALERT I didn’t. Ha ha. It was a lot of fun though. I knew I wanted to be more involved.
  8. #ATOZCHALLENGE 2013 Survivor badge

  9. I can hardly resist a blogging challenge. Do you participate in many? Nearly every one that I can find. I tried to start one myself long ago. It didn’t work out.
  10. What is the blogging challenge which was the most fun for you? The A to Z Challenge, obviously. The second most fun were the ones run by Carrie Ann, but she stopped doing them. Anna of herding cats and burning soup has some creative ones.
  11. Did you ever produce a vlog? If not, would you consider doing it? Nope. What would be the point of it for me? I’m a mute, so there will be no speaking. The religious beliefs I grew up in indicate that photography of one with a soul is forbidden– and the pause button on a video proves that they are just multiple frames of photos taken in rapid succession. (Yeah, it’s a bit more complex than that, but it’s basically accurate.) So what would my vlog be? Want to watch a tree? Seriously, if I were required to do a vlog, it’d be nothing more than an ongoing video of a tree. TreeCam by @JLenniDorner Copyright 2016. Don’t steal my cool idea. But, if you do, let me know because I’d tune in. I’m weird.
  12. Have you ever read articles about marketing to learn promoting your blog? Read articles, bought books, and taken five separate classes. You know what the biggest thing I learned is? The function of my kind of blog is to help readers get to know me better without ever talking about myself or using pronouns such as I, me, or my. One day maybe I’ll be able to care that my blog isn’t doing something other than what it does. Until that day, I’m just gonna keep doing what I’m doing. My original elevator pitch one class suggested making:
  13. @JLenniDorner blog elevator pitch

  14. Do you think writing a blog is the same as writing a book? No. There is a different structure. It might be similar to a non-fiction collection, even if there’s fiction in the blog. An editorial perhaps? But there is also a LOT more coding. I don’t have any html in my books.



@JLenniDorner silhouette

@JLenniDorner silhouette

11 facts about me

  1. I made that silhouette image (above) on May 6, 2016. I feel that it’s a fairly accurate representation.
  2. She, Her… My online persona is incredibly feminine. I don’t know why. And no one seems to be able to tell me what the deciding factors are when deducing my gender (without seeing reproductive organs). Frankly, I consider gender to be among the least interesting facts about a person, which is why I don’t care to use pronouns for myself. There’s an idea out there that being born with a particular sex organ is an accomplishment and should entitle you to different treatment. It was a real accomplishment forming yourself in a womb. Only a few trillion humans have achieved that. Way to go. Actually, that’s why I have so much respect for the trans community– at least those folks put effort to become a certain gender.
  3. @JLenniDorner Open Sex Role Inventory, a measure of masculinity and femininity modelled on the Bem Sex Role Inventory results image
    The quiz asked if I like guns. I don’t.
    I’d rather build my own bow and arrow from what the forest provides.

  4. Lenape is pronounced “Leh-NAH-pay.” It is NOT pronounced “Len-Ape” or “Len-ah-pee.” (I’m not deaf. I used Lenni in my outsider name instead of Lenape because hearing people mispronounce the tribal name, butchering it beyond recognition, is like having barbed wire shoved in one ear and yanked out the other. The hilarious repercussion is that, online, people change J Lenni to Jenni. #NativeAmericanProblems) Some use the spelling Lenápe or Lenapi instead because more than one European people settled around us and couldn’t agree on a common alphabet. My tribe is better known as the Lenni-Lenape or the Delaware Indians (after owner Thomas West, Baron De La Warr).
  5. I have been attacked by a wolf, bear, bird, various insects, a crazy fish (you weren’t there, that fish was not right in the head), a marmot, and some other creature the wind dropped on me one dark night.
  6. I’d rather be in a tree.
  7. I like Almond Joy. Yes, I feel like a nut.
  8. I drink at least 1 cup of coffee and 1 cup of tea most every day.
  9. I traveled a lot when I was younger and in better health. Here’s a song about a cool place.
  10. I enjoy word puzzle games.
  11. My actual birthday is a subject of some debate, as my parents were living off the grid at the time and weren’t keeping track of unimportant things like calendars.
  12. I’ve recieved this award three other times. That’s 33 more facts about me! Here, here, and here.




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The people I nominate are:

  1. thedogladysden.com by @debbiedoglady
  2. dsavannah.com/blog by @dSavannahCreate
  3. relaxnrave.blogspot.com by @KalaRavi16
  4. danibertrand.blogspot.com by @danibertrand
  5. pmtoo.jeanschara.com/journal by @PolarBear60
  6. theartofnotgettingpublished.blogspot.com by @unpubYA
  7. *See the post here!

  8. photographytoday.sweetbeariesart.com by @Sweetbearies
  9. offthebeatenplan.com by @niicki
  10. *See the post here!

  11. anna-alina.blogspot.com by @Anna_Alina08
  12. fieldsofhome.blogspot.com/ by @SupermanDuffy
  13. YOU! That’s right. You read this far, so I pick YOU, even if you have more than 1000 followers. This is fun.

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The 11 questions for those people:

  1. What sets your blog apart? Why is it special or different?
  2. What spin would you put on this? “An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but _____”
  3. Red Vines, Twizzlers, or other type of red licorice?
  4. Red Vines of Twizzlers image

  5. What’s your favorite constellation? (Include an image if you can!)
  6. If you could have one of any vehicle you desire, but it’s the only transportation vessel you can use for the rest of your life — what one would you choose?
  7. If you could save the human race from extinction, hypothetically, would you do it and why or why not?
  8. What is your favorite turtle, tortoise, or terrapin story?
  9. What does liberty mean to you, personally?
  10. What’s your favorite scent?
  11. What is the most memorable hobby of a fictional character you’ve come across?
  12. If you could have one of the following abilities, which would you choose?
    • Able to easily swim the length of the English Channel
    • Eat 100 hotdogs in 10 minutes
    • Have more color receptors in your eyes, thus being able to see more colors, ultraviolet, infrared, and polarized light
    • Go back in time to kill one villain of your choice one time
    • Walk any tightrope without danger
    • Understand the needs/wants/desires of animals
    • Grow any plant or tree anywhere in under one week
    • Require only 2 hours of sleep after every 22 hours awake
    • Light candles with your mind
    • Have skin as hard and tough as carbonado diamonds, but with luster intensity from light reflection

Thanks for coming by! Please leave a nice comment. Also, shoot me a link if you opt to play along with this.

May 03 2016

Compliments and Endorsements

It’s important to hang on to the nice words people say/ type about you. It’s extra special when the people don’t know that it’s you.
I’m going to toot my own horn. I encourage you to do the same!


Here are some wonderful words that were recently posted about my writing by people who DON’T know it’s me:

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  • I like being in a position where I can see myself in stories going along for the ride. [This] just happened to do more of that for me.
  • There is a good story building here that grabbed my attention.
  • I love the idea of this story. In 500 words, you managed to do some character development, establish a setting, and excite interest in a relatively novel story line.
  • OoooooOOOOOoooo!!!! I like it! Very very nice!
  • I want to know what happens next
  • I liked the premise of the story, the idea is very intriguing and I would definitely read [as a book]
  • Interesting premise and I would definitely buy this book
  • you have a very easy to read style to your writing
  • premise was intriguing
  • loved it all the way through. The tension was great. The dialogue was snappy. The end made me want more!
  • I like the story. It caught my attention from the start so want to read more. There is some intrigue that made me want to know more[]. The twist ending was great.
  • has the best premise
  • really enjoyed your story and I’d love to see more of your writing.
  • my favorite work []! Tell me you have more we can read!
  • I hope we get more of it to read
  • It’s the story I’d like to continue reading the most.
  • This is such an amazing piece and I want to see what happens next.
  • I love [your] premise and would want to read more
  • very intriguing
  • that twist at the end still got me
  • I like the twists & turns but also the realness of the writing.
  • the freshest
  • made me laugh
  • very clever, amusing story
  • the ability to invent stories
  • has a hilarious concept
  • I like how this writer demonstrated the genre ranges he/she can write in.
  • made me laugh and I want read more
  • I love the comedy of this piece.
  • Love the piece, the idea and just the outrageous of it. I find it quite disturbing.[] Love it.
  • I must admit the [] were much more fun.
  • The idea is hilarious and I like the perspective of the story.
  • Creative, funny, and nice weaving in of various aspects
  • funny concept
  • some neat ideas
  • amused me
  • You can’t put a price on [] making me laugh that hard.

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This post is also similar to a “here’s what people are saying about ___”– as seen on book blurbs.

May 02 2016

#atozchallenge #mindblown post

I commented all over the place. Every now and again, someone had a post that blew my mind.

Alex J. Cavanaugh – Origins of Science Fiction Terms and More!

Interactive Map
A small book with a ‘touch-screen’ paper interactive map.

First appeared in Return from the Stars by Stanislaw Lem in 1961.

My comment:

Interactive Map… I forgot what your theme was for a second and tried, repeatedly, to click on that. Because I WANT IT. Wait, it’s 2016, and we have Kindle, tablets, smartphones, etc… and we STILL don’t have these? Especially for fantasy, sci-fi, and historical ebooks?
#UltimateFail
Someone get on this! NOW!!!
I want it. I need it. Now that the idea is in my head, I can’t imagine how we’re living without it.
Have you seen the Game of Thrones (tv show version) opening credits? Picture that happening every time the location changes while reading the book.
OMG OMG OMG.
#MindBlown

Sorry, my comment has gone off the rails. WHY DOESN’T THIS EXIST???
I have some printed/real fantasy books with a map drawn in the front, which I’ve flipped back to in order to figure out the location being referenced by the characters. But imagine if I could just click the place name and a map would pop up when reading those books on Kindle.

Imagine reading Harry Potter with the Maurader’s Map at your fingertips on nearly every page.

I just geeked out so hard that there’s no going back.


Last year I moved to my blog to WordPress. During the challenge this year, I hit this milestone:

200 likes for @JLenniDorner since moving the blog to WordPress

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@JLenniDorner meme on blog w cat. It's not you it's me. No, wait, it's you. It's totally you.

My mind is also blown in a less happy way.

I have a blogging friend who was once a frequent commenter. I commented on her blog as well. In March and April, I left comments but received none in return. Did I offend her without knowing it? There’s no indication of anger on the five posts of her blog that I’ve commented on in March and April. (No reply at all, in fact. But that’s not uncommon or just me.) I’ve seen her comment on many other blogs we both visited.

Perhaps she is just busy with new friends? Should I just shrug my shoulders and move on because this sort of thing happens all the time? Honestly, if it weren’t someone who I enjoyed comment-swapping with, I wouldn’t have even noticed.

If I’ve inadvertently offended you in the past seven weeks, please let me know. Thanks! -J

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May 01 2016

The Other Story from Pen name JavaInMe #WriteClub2016

Pen Name: JavaInMe
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Sci-fi
Word Count: 496 words

Partisan Conquerors from Epsilon Eridani X

Sniderk settled in as the Mandatory Viewing Recap came on. A translator spoke for a bruised human male.

“We were on our usual and approved route. They waited for us there. We walked through them. What choice did we have? They groped us. I have bruises from how hard the unwanted touches came. We were marked, each of us, and are now outcasts from our own. I begged for mercy. We were obedient. We were good. I did not deserve this fate.”

The bruised male faded to black. No more translation would come. The Mandatory Viewing Recap reporter pounded the desk. The best broadcasts included a violent desk pounding.

“Deserve? He dares to speak about deserving a different fate? He still thinks he has fundamental rights on this world.” The reporter pounded on the desk again. The view shook, either for effect or because the pounding truly vibrated the camera. “Walking the approved and usual routes while being groped is an honor! He should thank us for willingly sharing his air. They all should.”

A montage played with sounds and images of many in agreement with what was said. It ended on a view of the highest leader giving a confirming nod.

“Get angry about the treatment of our kind,” the reporter pounded the desk with each word. “Furiously reject any suggestion that we are equal to them. They are worth less than excrement wipes. Lunge at them if they dare to walk near you. Control, control, control!” The desk broke. The reporter pounded the fragments, his blood squirting for all to see. “Embrace the lessons of repression that our leaders have taught us. Their kind will tire of asking for mercy. Exhaust the fight from them to maintain our dominance.” Drops of blood on the lens made the broadcast fade to red before fading to black.

The broadcast moved on to another story from a reporter of less importance. Sniderk stretched, hoping it would be done soon. Sleep weighted his eye covers.

“I do not understand, PaaPaa Sniderk. Why do we treat them like that?”

Passing on knowledge trumped his need for sleep. “Because they have potential. Their minds have no bounds unless we put them there,” Sniderk said. “We tried every other known method of conquering and control, all of which failed. Then we studied their history. Theirs is a two gender species. One gender decided it would limit the potential of the other at the onset of their existence. It worked. When more of them stopped repressing, the restraints on their kind faded. They created wonders the likes of which no other species ever has. So it became obvious to our leaders- the humans of Earth must be controlled by this method. That is how we won.” The Mandatory Viewing Recap ended. Sniderk could succumb to the weight of his eye covers.

“Do you mean that they treated each other this way long before we did?”

“Yes. That’s where we got the idea.”

Do not be a rapist. Handy tips! More on the blog of @JLenniDorner

Apr 30 2016

#atozchallenge Z is for Zak @thezakkhan #Writing #Editing #NaNoWriMo #WLCAuthor

The craft of fiction writing is the Theme for the #atozchallenge 2016 on the blog of @JLenniDorner
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26 writing reference books containing 26 lessons leads to a month of #WriteTips and writing samples




#writetip Make chracters like weird things. image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

Z is for “Zak”
Book: How To Build Good Writing Habits by Zak Khan
@thezakkhan
My dice roll: 241 (ebook location out of 499)
Lesson: Regular, Positive Criticism

Find someone to give you honest criticism, even if it’s sometimes harsh. Criticism and opinions from others, especially in the early stages, can spark ideas. Share your plot, theme, and premise.

This will also toughen you up for when rejections come from agents, publishers, or reviewers. Getting your name out there is a mark of success.

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You may notice that I went hashtag crazy with this title.

There’s no writing to be done for this exercise. So I’m going to spend my final challenge day suggesting two places where a writer might get this “Regular, Positive Criticism.”

Beta Readers are difficult to find. Join the World Literary Cafe and make the search easier.

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Get support online or off with NaNoWriMo.



Be a #nanowrimo writing buddy of @JLenniDorner

I’m now going to plug 3 people from one of my local nanowrimo chapters who signed up for the atozchallenge.

http://uniquelymaladjustedbutfun.blogspot.com/ — Jamie Dorner (My cousin-in-law, friend, and lovely assistant.)

http://iveybooks.com/ — The group leader

https://jrvincente.wordpress.com/ — ADULT CONTENT erotic writer

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#ShoutOut and Thanks to Editor Sam

of Red Line Editing for making this month’s posts as error free as possible.

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Apr 29 2016

Make lawn watering a GOAL to prevent greener grass on the other side #quote

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My exceptionally wonderful news from last month:

I was in WRiTECLUB2016! I am JavaInMe.

How did I do? What did I write? See these three links:


http://www.dlhammons.com/2016/03/write-club-2016-bout-15.html WIN!

http://www.dlhammons.com/2016/04/write-club-2016-cage-bout-5.html WIN!

http://www.dlhammons.com/2016/04/write-club-2016-playoff-round-3.html Loss.

#quote You can always learn and you should always learn. @JLenniDorner blog @YogiProducts tea tag

The MAIN LIFE GOALS:

  • Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
  • Survive at least another 39 years
  • There’s also the Bucket List.

 
 

2016 Goals:

  • Have 6500 Twitter followers ~ currently at 5990 — up 327 from last month!@JLenniDorner on Twitter
  • Download the update for my blog theme, whatever that might entail
  • Keep Supporting Diverse Books
  • Be part of 4 blog hops/fests.Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Participate in at least 2 #OABookClub reads
  • Rewrite and edit my urban fantasy novel, then get the new query letter out there Even more progress!
  • Enter 3 writing contests 1- Entered #WRiTECLUB2016, got in. 2- Entered and won OA Flash Fiction
  • Publish or be published somewhereMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goalx3!
  • Participate in Reading Challenges

 

Goals for May:

  • Leave a comment on 50 blogs
  • Read and review five books
  • Take part in Bout of Books

Bout of Books May 9 to 15, 2016 #boutofbooks @JLenniDorner participatant

  • Post my A to Z Reflection post on May 9
  • Be part of the Who’s Your Hero blog hop

Blog Hop Who's your hero May 8-18 2016



Rafflecopter Giveaway link in coffee cup image from @JLenniDorner #TeamArlee Arlee's #atozchallenge Ambassador badge 2016 @JLenniDorner

 

Review of Goals for April:

  • Comment on at least 60 blogs EACH WEEKMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • VOTE on EVERY Write Club Cage bout, Quarterfinal, and Playoff. Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Read and review two booksMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Be there every Thursday in April at 9pm EST for #azchat on TwitterMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Post my A to ZsMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Check out the responses to my guest post on Arlee’s blog on April 11Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal


 

#quote If the grass seems greener on the other side... water your lawn -image @JLenniDorner blog about goals

Featured Share of the Day: Have goals? Need encouragement? This blog hop is for you!Monthly hop to support anyone with goals and blog.

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