Nov 29 2016

#NewToYou2016 Book Reviews, Goals, and NaNoWriMo Ate My Brain

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Nanowrimo buddy J Lenni Dorner

NaNoWriMo is almost over!

Want to be buddies there? (If we’re not already.)

November was an interesting month. I have to catch up on counting my words, as I was away from my computer for a few days while visiting family members who live “off the grid.”
Good news! I was a runner up in the 5th Annual Spooktoberfest writing contest 2016.
Bad news A short story I submitted for the Creative Writing Institute’s Anthology contest didn’t make the cut.
Exciting news I only need 58 more Twitter followers to meet the 2016 goal!
Sad news The best friend of my assistant (who I’ve become friends with over the years as well) is in danger of losing the family home. That’s seven people in need of help. (Details below)



The MAIN LIFE GOALS:

  • Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
  • Survive at least another 38 years
  • There’s also the Bucket List.

 
 

2016 Goals:

@JLenniDorner on Twitter

  • Have 6500 Twitter followers ~ currently at 6442 — UP 108 from last month
  • Download the update for my blog themeMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • 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 Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Rewrite and edit my urban fantasy novel, then get the new query letter out there PUBLISH Beta 1 of 4 stage.
  • Enter 3 writing contests 1- Entered #WRiTECLUB2016, got in. 2- Entered and won OA Flash Fiction 3- Entered Creative Writing Institute’s Anthology contest Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goalNUMBER 4 Entered the IWSG anthology contest
  • Publish or be published somewhereMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goalx3!
  • Participate in Reading Challenges

 


I won at book BINGO

Book Bingo card of @JLenniDorner Autumn 2016

Goals for December:


WEP Utopian Dreams Challenge



Review of Goals for November:

  • Leave a comment on 20 blogsMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Read and review two booksMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Interview another Debut Author to feature at OAMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Enjoy my role in Pass or Pages at OAMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Win NaNoWriMo Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal



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#NaNoWinner16 @JLenniDorner



^PLEASE RETWEET THAT! HELP 7 PEOPLE SAVE THEIR HOME! ^



NOW FILLING THE 2017 SLOTS!

@JLenniDorner is the Interviewer for the Operation Awesome blog Debut Author Spotlight on Wednesdays Would you please take a moment to share the debut author image? It would mean a great deal not only to me, but to any debut author who is interviewed as a result. Thanks so much!



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

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New To You 2016 reading challenge #NewToYou2016#NewToYou2016
I have not read either of these books or, as far as I know, anything by either of these authors previously.


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Ansible 15715
by Stant Litore
It’s a very different and interesting story. I like where it went. A very unusual psi twist. A good sci-fi short.



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The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul
by Deborah Rodriguez

It’s hard for me, given that I spent the bulk of my formative years around those who practice the ways of my tribe, to understand inequality. The silent (or slipped screamed) rule that a human’s value and importance depends on which dangling body part they have and the proximity of it to the ground, and then by the percent of pigment of their skin. It’s one of those bizarre concepts that so many people I’ve met since wandering into the “civilized” world (I’m fairly certain the dictionary people use sarcasm more often than the public realizes) all agree exists, but none have a plausible or logical explanation as to why it exists. Many fight it, and that’s good, but it seems that the equality I was raised around is very difficult to comprehend. I fear that it slips from me sometimes as I am away from it so much. And it makes me feel alone, to fit in neither where I came from or where I decided to go.

Because of this, I found myself deeply identifying with several of the characters in this book. Characters of such different backgrounds that this book is guaranteed to be diverse no matter who the reader is. And woven in there is this beautiful almost poetry of lines, and facts that overwhelm the mind. This is a book we should all experience, not just read, and be thankful that such writing exists. Here is a writer to strive to emulate. If you seek a book to discuss, to sink your teeth and soul into, this is the one I suggest. Please note that there are some moments in the book that discuss the difference between helping in the way help is wanted versus helping in an intrusive way that may be less helpful. Those from nations who sometimes make others feel that they know what’s best and that’s the only way may feel off-put.

There is some realistic violence and haunting images in the book.

The quotes/ passages that most stuck with me were:

If everybody has a gun, everybody is prepared to kill and to die.

… the Afghan fertility rate was the second highest in the world, but that Afghanistan was second in only to Sierra Leone for maternal mortality rates, that every twenty-eight minutes a woman died in Afghanistan during childbirth.

Without electricity at night, there was little man-made light to diffuse the natural light that emanated from above. It was as if you could see into the sky, she thought, through its layers and into its core. Layers of stars, like translucent blanket upon blanket.

But she wanted to be a part of the celebration and show Sunny respect for her holiday.

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The last one really stuck with me. These people from different backgrounds and beliefs stuck by each other and respected one another. As December approaches and the inevitable memes and shares that degrade and mock rather than celebrate start cropping up, consider what the world might be like if we did respect each other a little more.




Backlist Books Reading Challenge


Oct 31 2016

Possessed #PFSixWordChallenge #SixWordStory


Possessed

Insanity would be an easier plea.


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Oct 30 2016

Poison #PFSixWordChallenge #SixWordStory


Poison

Absorbed or ingested. Best to avoid.


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Oct 29 2016

Bubble, Bubble #PFSixWordChallenge #SixWordStory


Bubble, Bubble

Won’t happen if you watch it.


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Oct 28 2016

Nightmare Before Nanowrimo – Goals, Book Reviews, and Flash Fiction for Spooktoberfest

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Nanowrimo buddy J Lenni Dorner

NaNoWriMo is upon us! Are you taking part? Care to be buddies?



The MAIN LIFE GOALS:

  • Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
  • Survive at least another 38 years
  • There’s also the Bucket List.

 
 

2016 Goals:

@JLenniDorner on Twitter

  • Have 6500 Twitter followers ~ currently at 6334 — UP 47 from last month
  • Download the update for my blog themeMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • 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 Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Rewrite and edit my urban fantasy novel, then get the new query letter out there PUBLISH Beta 1 of 4 stage.
  • Enter 3 writing contests 1- Entered #WRiTECLUB2016, got in. 2- Entered and won OA Flash Fiction 3- Entered Creative Writing Institute’s Anthology contest Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Publish or be published somewhereMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goalx3!
  • Participate in Reading Challenges

 

Goals for November:

  • Leave a comment on 20 blogs
  • Read and review two books
  • Interview another Debut Author to feature at OA
  • Enjoy my role in Pass or Pages at OA
  • Win NaNoWriMo

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Review of Goals for October:

 Attack of the 14 Nights of Halloween Blog Hop Giveaway





@JLenniDorner is the Interviewer for the Operation Awesome blog Debut Author Spotlight on Wednesdays Would you please take a moment to share the debut author image? It would mean a great deal not only to me, but to any debut author who is interviewed as a result. Thanks so much!



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

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5th Annual Spooktoberfest


MY TIME IS NOW




I wonder if the fear of heights really was down to Carl’s bones as I hold his skull in my hand. Killing him off was my best idea so far. I trudge to the summit of the cliff to toss Carl’s skull away. Shards of bone splatter against the rocks. The crowd cheers my name as I hold the machete above my head.

Magic Mallah, Magic Mallah!”

I breathe it all in. The salt and seaweed from the ocean tell me I’m home. The cheers tell me I have a purpose. A piece of black licorice in my mouth reminds me of where I was held.

Carl will never have a tombstone. No one will grieve for the dead monster. A breeze whips over the sweat on my skin. This is my country now. I have slaves to free and new war to wage. This machete will not remain sharp forever. One day I’ll die, perhaps in battle or perhaps by the hand of a follower gone rogue. It doesn’t matter. All that counts now is that I bring as much of a wave of change as I can for as long as I can. Carl’s tyranny is over.

Spooktoberfest October 28, 2016 J Lenni Dorner

5th Annual Spooktoberfest

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New To You 2016 reading challenge #NewToYou2016


#NewToYou2016 – I haven’t read any of these before!


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Acne, Asthma, And Other Signs You Might Be Half Dragon by Rena Rocford @Renathewriter
Publication Date: November 22, 2015



What a fantastic story. I enjoyed reading this book. The characters are well developed and interesting. There were parts of the story that I wish had been developed more and expanded upon. Hopefully there’s a follow-up book.




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The Art of War for Writers: Fiction Writing Strategies, Tactics, and Exercises by James Scott Bell @jamesscottbell
Publication Date: December 9, 2009



I enjoyed the style of this book. There are several writing exercises I enjoyed trying out. I wouldn’t suggest it as a first how-to book on writing, but when you’ve read a few and put pen to paper (or fingers to keys) a few times, this is a good one to ignite the spark.



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Self-Help 101 or: How I Learned to Take Over the World Through Tolerating My Family by L. G. Keltner @LGKeltner
Publication Date: November 20, 2015



Wow! I did not expect to enjoy this short book as much as I did. Funny, informative, and heartwarming. How did the author pack so much emotion into this?
As a fantasy writer, I found actual useful tips for my main characters. Generally, a book with how-to instructions is straightforward and dull. This creatively weaves a list in with a story of family and romance at Christmas time.
I’d recommend it to teens, young adults, writers, and lovers of humor and romance. The title, by the way, is a result of the book the main character is writing. Keep an eye on Keltner because this is an author with serious potential.



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60 FREE to use Writing prompts, plots and ways to twist by Ganga Bharani Vasudevan @ganga_bharani

Publication Date: October 15, 2015


This book is exactly what the title suggests. There are writing prompts, which we’ve all seen items like that before. But then there are suggestions on how to twist them. It really gets the creative juices flowing. This isn’t just for reading before setting out on a new book, it’s also great for when you get stuck in your current WIP. A well done book which was free when I got a copy.



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The Story Toolkit: Your Step-by-Step Guide To Stories That Sell by Susan Bischoff @susan_bischoff
Publication Date: October 2, 2016


SPECIAL PRICE INTRODUCTORY PRICE FOR NaNoWriMo DURING THE MONTH OF OCTOBER.


A good book that combines a lot of great advice. It came with a link to a downloadable worksheet. That useful item makes it easier to follow along and to use the book. I feel that it might come off as intimidating for new writers. However, those who have read a few books on the craft will have no problem following along. I found a few good gems I hadn’t come across elsewhere.

Oct 28 2016

Full Moon #PFSixWordChallenge #SixWordStory


Full Moon

Fully viewable while illuminated by sunlight.


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Oct 27 2016

In The Cemetery #StoryPrompt #PFSixWordChallenge #SixWordStory Writing Prompt


In The Cemetery

I was born here. Yes, really.


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Oct 26 2016

Ghost Child #PFSixWordChallenge #SixWordStory


Ghost Child

Once popular, now feared, thus angry.


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Oct 25 2016

Widow’s Curse #PFSixWordChallenge #SixWordStory


Widow’s Curse

Wearing black — the price for freedom.


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Oct 24 2016

Goblins #PFSixWordChallenge #SixWordStory


Goblins

Gabby Goblin gobbled gobs of globs.


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Oct 23 2016

Seeking Query Feedback

It is so much easier to spot the errors of others. I’ve gotten quite good (I hope) at helping other writers improve their query letters. Today, I offer an opportunity to turn the tables. Long-time followers of this blog have seen bits of my query letter attempts and excerpts of FRACTIONS OF EXISTENCE, so there’s no new information revealed in this. It breaks a few rules, it came out longer than I like, and I’m still not sure that I won’t just self-publish. My ego seeks the validation of an agent at least liking my query letter. It’s a skill, writing these things, and it’s one that I’m determined to master. With that in mind, for the sake of my education, please comment with any constructive criticism.


THANK YOU


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FRACTIONS OF EXISTENCE is a new adult dark urban fantasy which has 99,000 words intent on leaving readers asking, “What are they?” Because of his love for humankind and sense of duty to maintain humanity’s existence on Earth, XAVIER DOYEN aims to prevent THE EYES IN THE SHADOWS from bringing about the apocalypse, but is hampered by a missing resource that would make his team powerful enough to win. Xavier pursues the goal of winning GWENDOLYN WRIGHT’s heart because he believes that she is that missing resource and that their love will compel her to be part of the team, but his pursuit is hindered when her father arranges Gwendolyn’s engagement to TRED FERGUSON.


The widower Tred wants to remarry to give his children a mother, but while his betrothed looks good on paper, in person she’s a mess who vomits on herself from nervousness, throws tantrums, has difficulty with dress codes, and has sexual expectations that he hadn’t intended to fulfill. To top it all off, his fiancé, Gwendolyn, has an unescorted outing with Xavier, who is a stranger to their social circle.


Gwendolyn (aka: Wend, Candra) pursues the goal of winning Xavier’s love after he leaves because she decides that he was wrong, that she isn’t happier without him. She’s meek and provincial, but braves traveling alone from southern California to New York City in her beat-up old car, turning her back on her family to seek out an uncertain future. She has no idea about being a missing resource.


The Eyes in the Shadows want to free humanity from the prison of Earth by bringing about the apocalypse, but Xavier and his team have always been able to stop them. They believe that all they need is to separate, capture, and destroy one of those team members. They don’t know that Gwendolyn is already separated, and that her quest will lead her straight into their NYC trap.


The characters are based on a rarely shared legend that the Grandfathers have passed down for thousands of years. I grew up on the original lands of the Lenni-Lenape tribe and attended Penn State as an Honors and Scholars student. I won publication in the Creative Writing Institute’s “WRONG!: A themed anthology 2014.” My popular-vote winning story entered in Signum University’s Mythgard Institute’s 2015 creative writing contest is published in “The Soul of Wit” anthology (Oloris Publishing). I serve the writing community as a team member of Operation Awesome.



Thank you for your time and consideration.
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Oct 23 2016

Mr. Bones #PFSixWordChallenge #SixWordStory


Mr. Bones

Young boys always ask about boners.


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Oct 22 2016

Séance #PFSixWordChallenge #SixWordStory #AdHumor


Séance

VISA- death doesn’t take American Express.


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Oct 21 2016

It’s Alive! #PFSixWordChallenge #SixWordStory #GenderbenderCostume


It’s Alive!

Costume causes a reporter’s pronoun #fail.


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This is my favorite of the collection. The “Cruella De Vil Genderswap” search had fantastic image results. I knew as soon as I wrote the six words that this was what I wanted to make the meme with because that’s a fantastic villain to fill in here.



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Oct 20 2016

Dracula #PFSixWordChallenge #SixWordStory


Dracula

Real enough to be defended openly.


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Oct 19 2016

Sleepy Hollow #coffee #PFSixWordChallenge #SixWordStory


Sleepy Hollow

Ironic name for a coffee orchard.


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Oct 18 2016

Wicked #PFSixWordChallenge #SixWordStory


Wicked

Sometimes defense goes too far, yes?


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Oct 18 2016

Attack of the 14 Nights of Halloween

It’s that time of year again. The days are getting shorter, the air is
getting cooler and the nights are getting spookier. Yes, it’s time for
tricks and treats, goblins and ghouls, chills and thrills and huge
amounts of sugary sweets. But at the Laughing Vixen Lounge blog it’s also time for the 5th annual Attack of the 14 Nights of Halloween Giveaway. Join Laughing Vixen Lounge and our bewitching co-hosts The Kids Did It, The Mommy Island, Herding Cats and Burning Soup, The Hopping Bloggers, Mama Smith’s Reviews and Women and Their Pretties for a spooktacular Halloween event.

Enter to win a $250 Prize Pack filled with goodies from 10 wickedly
fabulous shops. All shops are offering Gift Cards or your choice of
item(s) so there will be something for everyone. Many of the shops have items perfect for any book lover along with lots of
unique, handcrafted and custom designs to choose from.

Visit the Laughing Vixen Lounge
blog daily during the giveaway for the Halloween Movie Marathon. Test
your movie knowledge with the Guess the Movie Game. Then try to solve
the Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt, if you dare! Each event will get you
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Here’s a great YA horror book from 1990 by one of my favorite authors.



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Oct 17 2016

Black Cat #PFSixWordChallenge #SixWordStory


Black Cat

Feared by the breeders of rats.


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Oct 16 2016

Beware #PFSixWordChallenge #SixWordStory


Beware

The sign should have been specific.


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