Oct 24 2014

Vanilla Virus #spooktoberfest14 Flash Fiction

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Vanilla Virus


There is a commotion outside my chamber door, and I find myself armed only with a quill. I try to ignore the noise, but the pounding is knocking the books from their shelves. I’ve run low on space to dodge these heavy dangers. My back is pressed to the wall. My knees lock so tight that I’m likely to faint.


“Come out, come out, for it’ll be worse if we break our way in!”


There’s a chill in the room. They’ve cracked the wood! I was sealed off from the Vanilla Virus, but now it is free to seep in. The mingled smells of ale and burnt grass fill my nostrils. I tremble, my heart exploding in my chest. Soon my blood and urine may stain the ancient pages in shambles around me.


“Afraid I am unable to oblige,” I say, hoping to buy time. “A curse has locked me in this room.” Speaking hurts. My mouth is dry and my throat is sore. I rock in place, my nails scraping my biceps that I rub in a feeble attempt to find comfort.


Splinters disperse as the door breaks open. The gazes from the dark eyes of the intruders aim at me. Strands of fine silk dance in the breeze, caught on their rough bark-like surface that was once skin. Fragments left from the cocoon state. These formerly decent beings entered that phase voluntarily, emerging as villains who spread the sickness to those who resist.


Will I become one of these monsters? Each exhalation they make increases my odds of virus contraction. Only death by ingesting a poisoned vanilla pod can prevent infection. I reach into my pocket, but my fingers fail to find the fruit from the orchid.


By: J Lenni Dorner   © 2014


Curious about the inspiration for this flash fiction? It is a playful hint at what is to come from the high fantasy story I am writing this NaNoWriMo.

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(Author’s note: This story is not related to the ransomware infection that covertly enters and blocks access to computer systems.)

Oct 21 2014

Express Yourself with a Halloween Costume


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image of easy apple tree Halloween costume from @JLenniDorner

There was a year when the rules about Halloween costumes came with a three page “no” list.
This is when creativity had to be employed.
Thus, I became an apple tree.
Actually, this costume is very easy. Get a brown shirt and pants.
(Though a tree camo outfit from the hunting section could also work.)
Get some leaves- either from the craft store or from outside.
Grab a few branches.
Attach leaves to shirt.
Attach branches to belt and shirt, have them sticking out from clothing.
Either find an apple mask, or make one out of something from the craft store.
(Or, if rules also outlaw masks, just get some apple decorations on your face.)
Bonus points- get a bag of those mini apple decorations from the dollar store (or craft store).
Affix little notes that say, “Thank you.”
Hand them out to people while Trick or Treating.
Because, you know… trees are not known for being vocal.
What’s the most unique non-scary Halloween costume you’ve ever seen?

Oct 19 2014

Sunday Seven Bucket List

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A list of seven of something- brought to you on Sunday.

Bucket List blog hop by @susannedrazic

Seven items on my Bucket List


  1. The high fantasy novel I’m working on – Finish it, publish it, and sell 2,000 copies in one week or 8,000 copies in one month.
  2. Watch a meteor shower while in the Cranberry Lake area of New York or Cherry Springs State Park in Pennsylvania. (USA)
  3. Visit Mount Sinai.
  4. Skydive. (Though I’d probably only do this if I was really sure I was going to die soon, because I feel certain that I’ll break a leg or worse, and I’d like to avoid more physical therapy.)
  5. Learn how to play checkers. (Any teaching volunteers?)
  6. Take a hot-air balloon ride over Maine. (USA)
  7. Have dinner at Armando al Pantheon in Rome. (Italy) (The Pearl Barley soup with lentils, mushrooms, black truffle, and tomato sounds good. Guinea fowl with Porcini Mushrooms and Black Beer also sounds tasty. Tiramisu ‘all’Armando with Berries — oh yes, that’s an experience which my mouth requires. Mmm.)


Speaking of setting goals… CHECK OUT THIS BLOG HOP! Sure, monthly or yearly goal setting is not the same as a bucket list, but it can lead to checking off those lifetime achievements!
What one thing do you think I should add to my list?

Have you done any of these things?

Do you have a bucket list?

Oct 16 2014

My Colorful Personality

So I ended up taking another one of those online personality tests. I figured I would share my results.


Results for @JLenniDorner

Imaginative and creative? Well… yeah. Need both of those to be a fiction writer, don’t I?

I do tend to take on the needs of others before setting my own goals. Speaking of goals… CHECK OUT THIS BLOG HOP!

I do have an emotional relationship to the environment. I have hugged many trees. Literally, I have walked up to large trees and hugged them. Side note- be careful when hugging a maple.

Facts, feelings, and ideas are all about equal for me. Is that odd?

LOL- Is this saying that my love of writing just slightly trumps my love of family. You mean the rare times when I ask my Snookums to turn the TV down so I can finish writing one more page has shown up on this little test?

Yup, I listen to others about 34% of the time. That sounds about right. LOL

Hmm… will power looks a little low. Where do I get more of that?


If you take this test, let me know how you score! 


Oct 13 2014

Express Yourself this Halloween with Books for Trick-or-Treat

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Book trick or treat image from @plynne_writes blog hop

I plan to go look for some new treats from fellow authors! Will the Internet toss in some tricks of crashing pages? Who knows!?!

Oct 12 2014

Seven Words to Younger Me

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Seven of something- brought to you on Sunday. What can you add?


Write seven words of advice to your younger self. Found on the blog of @JLenniDorner

Stay strong. A storm is coming. Live.


What words would you write?

Oct 07 2014

Expressing Scary Movies and Books


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I should point out that I do not scare easily. I’m the one in the movie theater laughing at those of you who jump when Freddy, Jason, Mike, Chucky, or Hannibal show up when you (you, not me) least expect it.


However, there was a scene in the movie The Devil’s Advocate that creeped me out. When he sees the woman getting dressed, and her face becomes a demon.


The Devil's Advocate scary image from Google

Yup, that one sent a shiver down my spine. I, to this day, cannot tell you why. I’m looking at the image (thanks Google search), and it’s doing nothing. That could be a puppy, a tea cup, or a river. Nothing. But that night, when I saw it in theaters, it creeped me out.




Oh so many tasty tasty horror books in my vast collection. I love them. Do I personally find them scary? Not so much. But the ones that I enjoyed the most were ones I read in my youth. Here are some of my favorites from back then:


Books from the shelf of @JLenniDorner

You know what’s REALLY scary? The fact that those of you with OCD will be as bothered as I am by the fact that the books were not put back away in order on my shelf. *winces*



Oct 05 2014

Seven Ways to Give Back to the Writing Community and My Apology to #writeclub2014

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A list of seven of something- brought to you on Sunday. What can you add?


Ways to give back to the writing community


  1. Support libraries and Friends of the Library groups
  2. Participate in Twitter hashtags like #WW #WriterWednesday #WriteClub #WriteChat #amwriting #writing #writetip #writer
  3. Buy from independent bookshops when possible,  especially during author signing events
  4. Spread the good word about other writers
  5. Leave book reviews on sites like Amazon and Goodreads
  6. If asked, take the time to give honest and constructive feedback to a fellow writer
  7. Support the amazing work done by the people at sites such as World Lit Cafe, Lit Reactor, Operation Awesome, and DL Hammons’ Writeclub



I try to do what I can to give back when I can. It does not always work out. For my human failures, I am sorry.


I have let down my writing community with the following tweet.


DL was right to call me on it.

I didn’t know what the tweet was in reference to until October 1st. @Dannie_Morin – aka Swick- and I were not yet introduced at the time of that tweet.


I put my love and desire for books with diverse characters ahead of logical judgment. Oddly, this could have impacted Cocktail Lion (aka @ajvan), a fellow fantasy entrant who I rallied for during save week. Possibly that pin also violated a rule- I don’t know.
The following image shows the actual and potential impact of the rule violating tweet (as it has been determined that it directly solicited for votes), along with one of the non-rule-breaking tweets from the same day.
Tweet Impact from @JLenniDorner


My deepest apologies to everyone.


To publicly chastise me without giving me the potential benefits from blog comments, please proceed to DL’s wrap-up post.

Not that it makes it right or any better, but:

Click here to see the other #writeclub2014 tweets I made. Also:
retweets of #writeclub2014 by @JLenniDorner

I did not personally read every retweet, so I cannot say if any of those also broke a rule.

Here are the links to all of my other posts (It’s a 5 page Google Doc that I embedded.)

I know that my full disclosure of all of the links will never undo the one horrendous mistake. Possibly more villainous violations will be found! I pray that is not the case.

Hopefully I will serve as an example of what not to do in the future.


Again, I am sorry to all who were involved.

Oct 02 2014

Express One Love of Autumn


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I’m a leafer.


Alright, I’m not as bad as some of the other leafers out there. I have never taken a long trip in order to see fall foliage. This is probably because I grew up with it in my own backyard. The way all the leaves change from green into brilliant shades from about half of the color wheel amazes me. I love the crunching sound they make beneath my boots as they paint the forest paths.


Autumn Leaf colors from @JLenniDorner


Those leaves are dying. They came into the world, they served their purpose, and now they are falling to their death. And how do they go? By putting on one last great show. Painting the world a final time, hoping to be remembered for their beauty.


I am a leafer- one who envies the cycle of a leaf.


Sep 26 2014

October 2014 goals post – hop toward autumn

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Here’s something about culture, about how our society seems to be:


We measure our progress and our success based on how well it advances our independence.


It starts with babies. The milestones of interest are largely holding a bottle, walking, talking, and using the potty. Each of these propels a person toward independence. (Note- I am not saying that an adult who is unable to walk has lost independence. I’m saying that a baby who learns to walk doesn’t need to be carried everywhere. Swap it with wheelchair usage if need be.) Parents, or other caregivers, tend to want these milestones for their young. It becomes a big deal.


This praise for independence continues as a child grows. Brushing teeth without being told, going to bed on time, doing schoolwork without a fuss, making ones own food, learning to drive– these are all goals that many set.


Here in adulthood, we need to set our own goals. Sometimes we give up a bit of the independence we once fought so valiantly to achieve. For many of us, we find that our cheering section has declined. (Don’t think so? Take a little tyke to a diner and sit in a section with a nice middle-aged waitress. Say something like, “Someone can make poo-poo and wipe it up without help!” She’ll cheer for the kid. Follow up the statement with, “Oh, I meant myself.” Enjoy the awkward moment.) ((PS- I’m totally kidding. Don’t do that. Unless, of course, you have a friend who will put it on YouTube for you. No, really, I’m joking.)) In the world of adulthood, goals are something you need to want for yourself.


Though, every once in awhile, someone comes along to boost your drive a little.

With that in mind, I extend my warm thanks to Misha Gericke for this blog hop. It really helps keep me on track every month. (Even if some months it looks like I’ve fallen into the wasteland.)




So, without further ado, here are my current goals and review of goals from the past:



  • Publish two decent-selling book series
  • Survive at least another 40 years


2014 Goals:

  • Publish something every week on this blog (ie: Sunday Seven)
  • Have 5000 Twitter followers ~ currently at 3,704 — up 63 from last month!
  • Update / redo what-are-they.com and existenceseries.com
  • Download the update for my blog theme, whatever that might entail



Goals for October:

  • Keep up on Twitter follows
  • Remember to tweet for #WW #WriterWednesday  and  #ReaderthuRsday #RR
  • Finish reading 2 books
  • Take part in the Bucket List Blog Hop
  • Keep working on the fantasy book
  • Submit the next assignment for the fantasy writing class


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Review of Goals for September:

  • Keep up on Twitter follows
  • Remember to tweet for #WW #WriterWednesday  and  #ReaderthuRsday #RR
  • Finish reading 2 books Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Finish up the fantasy writing class
  • Move on to the next lesson in the writing for youth class   Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Visit and comment on 20 other blogs Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal  ~ Super accomplished! Between this hop,  Tina’s memorial (where I visited 107 blogs), and Alex’s Blogfest
  • Keep up with #WRiTECLUB2014 new entries Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Update / redo what-are-they.com and existenceseries.com
  • Download the update for my blog theme, whatever that might entail
  • Take part in Alex’s blogfest Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal



 Struggling with goals? Check out this post from Pecked by Ducks



Review of Other Previous Goals:

  • To get 300 signers on the what-are-they.com guestbook.  ~ currently at 117
  • To get a literary agent.  ~ Still working on it.
  • To finish writing book two of the existence series.   ~On hold.
  • Work on Fraction of Existence rewrite ~ No progress this month
  • Work on the other fantasy book series ~ PROGRESS!!! Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Work on query letter ~ No progress this month
  • try Aloe water Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal



I’m actually still visiting blogs for Alex’s fest, but I hope and plan to complete that this weekend.

#Writeclub2014 has come to a close. The final two are on DL’s blog. Both are fantastic. I highly suggest checking them out.

I did fall a bit behind in my #WW and #RR this month. And I have to get back to using Social Bro again so I can find all those new followers and follow them back!

Aloe water- the one I tried- tastes just like regular water. I have no idea if any of the alleged health benefits have really come my way. I feel the exact same. Not sure how much I’d need to take before noticing a change.

The fantasy book– I managed to write two chapters this week! Yay. It was painstaking. Normally my words flow so fast that the screen can’t keep up. This week… it was more like 2 words a minute or something. Okay, I’m exaggerating. But really, I’d scroll, and say, “Is this it? Two pages?!? What have I been doing!???!” Micro-naps perhaps? I don’t know. But I’m planning to plug away at it more tonight.

As for reading two books:

This month I went with
Two books I read
(Actually, I have a few pages of Insurgent to go- but I’m positive that I’ll finish that this weekend.)


Under His Command was an intriguing book. The main female character had some interesting view points and thoughts which provided me with insight that I otherwise would not have gained. I learned about an interesting “relationship enhancing” technique which I was previously unaware. Those of you who are looking for some erotic entertainment through books would do well to check this out. I’m personally hoping for a story featuring the female firefighter and the brother, as that blossoming relationship amused me.


Insurgent isn’t quite the same as Divergent, yet it is enjoyable and has several twists I did not expect. Candor baffles me: People who grew up in a place where lying is rare seem considerably hellbent on seeking out anything that isn’t truth. A bit like craving a food you’ve never tasted and barely heard of. Still, I find the writing dependable for enjoyment.


And on the joyous news front– I have a writing win!

A story I entered in a contest has been selected as an honorable mention, and as such will be published this December in an anthology.

(More details will follow when I get them.)
contest win

See you next month!

Sep 21 2014

Sunday Seven and Underrated Treasures

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I decided to combine my Sunday Seven list with my seven underrated song picks for Alex’s blogfest.

Song – Artist – Line(s) I love

1- Dog Eared Page – The Matches –

“I’ve got these friends in quotes and girls with asterisks.”

2- Tremendous – Girlfriend (Local Band out of NY) –

“Tell me, tell me, before I forget, why are there always more Barbies than Kens?”

3- This Ruined Puzzle – Dashboard Confessional –

“But what if the pages stay pressed,

the chapters unfinished

The stories too dull to unfold

Does he ever get the girl?”

4- Stationary Stationery – Anberlin –

“Do they not have pen or paper where you are?”

5- Paper Wings – Staind – (*This song drops the F bomb*)

“Make some paper wings and learn to fly

If there’s no tomorrow

Burn your paper wings

and say goodbye”

6- Sleeping In – Postal Service –

“For treating others as they’d like to be treated

For obeying stop signs and curing diseases”

7- Paper Dolls – Kill Hannah –

“Will find you when you’re lost and so alone

Paper dolls

You’re tortured, but it makes you beautiful”


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A list of seven of something- brought to you on Sunday. What can you add?


Sep 14 2014

The Jacket and Sunday Seven

For my twelfth birthday, my mother bought me a jacket. It may seem like an odd gift in August, so let me explain. This was the hippest, coolest, most fly jacket a kid could have in the early 90s. It was meant as an accessory, not for warmth. It must have taken her weeks to save up for it. I loved it. It was a treasure. It was “my precious.”



After wrapping it in plastic, I tucked it away into my closet. School began. I wore it the first day. (This was a non-homeschool time.) The stress of not letting a white jacket get dirty was overwhelming. Compliments are great, but they came with touches. Not, “Wow, J, great jacket. May I touch it?” But rather full on hands all over my arms and or back without my consent. One person, who had never had a kind word for me previously, asked to try it on. The disgusted scowl that came when I said no still sticks out in my mind. Some people have never heard that word, I suppose, and certainly not from someone who they deemed inferior.


Math class rolled around. I ended up being called to the board. One wouldn’t think that, on the first day, it could already be so messy. But this teacher liked to throw chalk. Dust from bits of exploded yellow chalk was already everywhere. And as I stood there, solving the problem, erasing until I got it right, some of the yellow got on me.


It sank into the grooves of the fabric. Now, before you start thinking of a million ways to clean that, keep in mind that I was on a school bus on the way home. Shout Wipes and the Tide To Go stick were not invented yet. And kids were not permitted to carry water.


water bottles

(Has that changed? Or do the same people who complain about childhood obesity still deny a drink from 8am to 1pm, then permit the maximum of one juice box or tiny carton of milk, and then no more drinks until arrival home sometime after three. Unless, by chance, a kid is lucky enough to pass a working fountain without a line and grab a quick sip during the class-to-class sprint. Of course, people who get drinks tend to excrete the liquid, flushing out the body, and that is rarely permitted outside of the twenty minutes allotted for lunch and required socialization time that is monitored and recorded. Fall short in that time on any level and parents WILL be called. But I digress.)


I returned home and cleaned my jacket, by hand, for an hour. Easing the lightly moistened washcloth over the stains, trying not to get it so wet as to cause damage. Despite my love of reading, it never dawned on me to look at the label. I could have thrown it in the wash machine. But the buttons! What if one came off? I had seen that big metal monster eat shirts and pillowcases before! No, no, that would not do. So even if I had seen the instruction, I’d have ignored it.


Once it was properly clean again, I wrapped it back in plastic and tucked it away. My mother asked me one day why I wasn’t wearing it. I told her I was saving it. She didn’t understand.


The first school dance of the year came up. I was to attend. Again, my mother asked why I wasn’t in the jacket. And again, I said I was saving it. Now she asked what I was waiting for, as a school dance seemed like a big occasion. “Prom,” I said. Not some silly seventh grade dance. A real occasion. Prom. My wedding. I wasn’t sure what other big events life was supposed to hold. Those were the only ones movies, books, and television had told me about. My mom told me about a jacket she had at my age. One that she loved and wore everywhere. I asked what happened to it. She said it eventually became ratty and was tossed out.


The horror of that possibility blinded me to the life lesson. My jacket, my precious, getting to the point of being trash? My heart nearly gave out. No, that would not be the case. I would prevent it!


The horror of love being thrown in the trash.
In March of that year, a jacket similar to my own appeared on the lost and found wooden tree by the school office. This one was dark blue. It hung there for a month, unclaimed. By April, I took it. I wore it all day. A few people complimented it. Some said I was lucky to have two. It got dirty. I didn’t care.


It meant nothing to me.


I returned it to the tree a week later, sick of it living in my locker. This was no “precious.” Someone I love didn’t give it to me.


Years later, Prom rolled around. I didn’t go. I was attending a party, for free,  with my older friends. Spending about $500 on clothing for one night, a limo, tickets, and whatever else sounded foolish to me. I’d need that money in a few months for expenses at college. And then, of course, there was the real reason I didn’t want to go… My significant other was three states away in a special hospital fighting brain cancer.


The jacket did not go to Prom.


Limo for Prom
It might have been “retro” acceptable to my fellow students, but it certainly wouldn’t have made it past the dress code police. Something I didn’t know about in seventh grade. Of course, I also didn’t know I’d fall in love with someone who, a year later, would be dying. Life throws all kinds of curve balls.


The jacket didn’t make it to my wedding, either. I’m not the same size I was in high school, much less in seventh grade. I didn’t factor that in at age twelve. It would not have been appropriate attire anyway for that day.


So there it still lives, in plastic, in the back of my closet somewhere. It is behind old Christmas ornaments and a blender that barely works (but belonged to my great-grandmother and is probably worth something on E-bay). My mother barely ever saw me in it. I never considered, in my youth, how that might have made her feel. She scrimped and saved for this great gift, and I probably seemed like I did not appreciate it. My mom used the speed dial on her old phone to call me this week. She asked me to look up and three-way dial her eye doctor. She could barely see. My mother is loosing her vision. I could hear her trying not to cry and not to panic, but when the huge two-inch buttons on your super size phone get hard to read,  there isn’t much calm left to rely on.



Seven lessons from this:

1. Life is meant to be lived.
2. Exist in the present. The future is only for hopes, goals, and dreams.
3. Appreciate what you have, and do not wait to use it.
4. Nothing means more than love, in any way that it is shown.
5. Don’t put your dirty paws all over someone who dislikes being touched.
6. You cannot anticipate everything that is to come.
7. Value your sight, hearing, taste, sense of smell, ability to perceive touch, and your whole body, really, because you never know when parts of it might be gone. (Show extra kindness to those who have already experienced this.)

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A list of seven of something brought to you on Sunday. What can you add?

Do you have something you treasure not just because of what it is, but because of who gave it to you?


Sep 12 2014

Where I read and write


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I’m a fan of reading on the couch. Or, in the case of Kindle books, reading in bed and in the bathroom.


Writing though… I suppose the actual work is done sitting at my desk. But a special place, where a pen meets the page and the words become illegible as they pour out- that would be while sitting on my favorite rock in the forest.


What about you?

Sep 08 2014

Sunflowers for Tina #LifeisGood #AtoZChallenge

Tina #lifeisgood #atozchallenge memorial

Tina #lifeisgood sunflower memorial image from J Lenni Dorner


A sunflower mug- to toast Tina one last time.
A sunflower cookie cutter- to preserve the sweetness.
A sunflower towel- to soak up tears.
And a sunflower to plant- to keep the memory alive.
My thanks to Tina for her comments when she visited this blog:
Comments from Tina on the blog of @JLenniDorner
#AtoZchallenge Win and Coming SoonAlso do not spit at the wind  — A to Z 2013 reflection post 

Sep 07 2014

Sunday Seven #lifeisgood Sunflowers for Tina

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A list of seven of something- brought to you on Sunday. What can you add?

Today I offer these seven sunflowers in honor of the memory of Tina, author of the blog Life is Good and team member of the #atozchallenge.


1- Sunflower and the bee. From @JLenniDorner for #lifeisgood Tina Downey memorial


Sunflower birdhouse. From @JLenniDorner for #lifeisgood Tina Downey memorial


Sunflower drawing From @JLenniDorner for #lifeisgood Tina Downey memorial


Sunflower and kitten notepad. From @JLenniDorner for #lifeisgood Tina Downey memorial
5- Sunflower and kitten notepad. From @JLenniDorner for #lifeisgood Tina Downey memorial


Sunflower pictured on snack food. From @JLenniDorner for #lifeisgood Tina Downey memorial


Sunflower of height. From @JLenniDorner for #lifeisgood Tina Downey memorial

Also please check out THIS pin, as well as THIS one.

Please keep Tina’s spirit alive in the blogging world.

Aug 31 2014

National Literacy Month and Sunday Seven

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A list of seven of something- brought to you on Sunday. What can you add?

September is National Literacy Month, and I hope that you'll join me in supporting LITERACY

In honor of September being National Literacy Awareness Month, I present seven reasons to read:



  1. Reading is fun.
  2. Historically, reading has been a privilege denied to many.
  3. Reading expands the imagination.
  4. Books are an escape to anywhere you wish to go.
  5. Those who are well read do better in life, overall.
  6. Writers need readers. Come, let us worship you… #RR #ReadertHursday
  7. The secrets to everything are already in print somewhere, readers need only to find them.



Aug 30 2014

September 2014 goals and reviews

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Regular readers of these goal posts know that my last two weeks of July were sucked up with an unexpected life detour. Well, unfortunately, much the same can be said for a majority of August.


I’m adding “survival” to my big main goals. I’m still here now, though the same couldn’t be said for every minute of August 2014. I managed to fight my way back. Some were not so fortunate this month. Please stop by on Sept 8, when bloggers from across the web will remember the talented Tina Downey. #lifeisgood



Here’s my current goals and review of goals from the past:



  • Publish two decent-selling book series
  • Survive at least another 40 years ~still kicking!


2014 Goals:

  • Publish something every week on this blog (ie: Sunday Seven)
  • Have 5000 Twitter followers ~ currently at 3,677 

Twitter Social Cup
Goals for September:

  • keep up on Twitter follows
  • remember to tweet for #WW #WriterWednesday  and  #ReaderthuRsday #RR
  • Finish reading 2 books
  • Finish up the fantasy writing class
  • Move on to the next lesson in the writing for youth class
  • Visit and comment on 20 other blogs
  • Keep up with #WRiTECLUB2014 new entries
  • Update / redo what-are-they.com and existenceseries.com
  • Download the update for my blog theme, whatever that might entail
  • Take part in Alex’s blogfest

your favorite unknown  MOVIE – BAND/ARTIST – TV SHOW – BOOK

Review of Goals for August:

  • keep up on Twitter follows ~ Somewhat accomplished
  • remember to tweet for #WW #WriterWednesday  and  #ReaderthuRsday #RR ~ Kept up pretty well
  • try Aloe water ~ After looking in a few stores, ordered from Amazon. Waiting for it to arrive.
  • Finish reading 3 books ~ Fell behind, sadly
  • Update / redo what-are-they.com and existenceseries.com ~ Yet another month that I didn’t manage that one
  • Finish up the fantasy writing class ~ No real progress
  • Move on to the next lesson in the writing for youth class ~ Have one more paper to fill out, and then I can submit it. I’m late.
  • Visit and comment on 30 other blogs ~ I believe that I came close, but I forgot to count! 
  • Download the update for my blog theme, whatever that might entail… ~ Didn’t manage that.

Drink coffee, create stuff, and sleep... that's a goal list! @JLenniDorner

Review of Other Previous Goals:

  • To get 300 signers on the what-are-they.com guestbook.  ~ currently at 117
  • To get a literary agent.  ~ Still working on it.
  • To finish writing book two of the existence series.   ~On hold.
  • Work on Fraction of Existence rewrite ~ No progress this month
  • Work on the other fantasy book series ~ No progress this month
  • Work on query letter ~ No progress this month

goal reinforcement

Aug 26 2014

Quote for my current feelings

We are all just like a bird in a cage, but some of us are more aware of the bars. Quote on blog of J Lenni Dorner

Aug 24 2014

Birthday Sunday Seven

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A list of seven of something- brought to you on Sunday. What can you add?


The seven WORST ways to spend your birthday:


  1. At a funeral. (Yours or a loved one’s.)
  2. In the hospital as a patient, particularly in quarantine or in very long surgery.
  3. At a wedding of someone you love in that way, watching them marry someone else.
  4. Gathered with fake friends who are incredibly mean.
  5. Searching for a missing loved one.
  6. Stuck in the justice system, accused of a crime you didn’t commit.
  7. Alone, lost, and hungry somewhere strange, without hope that the situation will improve.



Looking at that list, I can honestly say that my birthday wasn’t THAT BAD. Might I have a character in the pipeline who will suffer? “37 Terrible Birthdays” sounds like my kind of story, doesn’t it? Stay tuned…


Aug 17 2014

Sunday Seven in LIGHTS

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A list of seven of something- brought to you on Sunday. What can you add?

This Sunday Seven is inspired by a quote on the label tag attached to a bag of Yogi tea. The word light is so versatile! There are four ways it was used on the label, and I’ve added three more to get this post to seven. Can you expand on this?


Live light, travel light, spread the light, be the light. Found on the blog of author J Lenni Dorner

see the light

carry a light to…

light the firelight


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