According to the email I received this morning, I made it in to “The Writer’s Voice” blogfest. The first 250 words of my manuscript, and general query, are posted below for that purpose.
FRACTIONS OF EXISTENCE
Written by J. Lenni Dorner
To ask Jane Myers how she was doing was cruel and impractical today. This did not stop the two hundred thirty-fifth person in line from asking it though. Xavier watched as Jane’s lips, locked against each other as though there were a fine line of superglue hidden by her dark red lipstick, inclined at the edges just enough to raise her cheeks. The forced partial smile could not reach her bloodshot eyes. He knew that this response was the best that she could do, and watched as she did it again as the two hundred thirty-sixth person in line embraced her and whispered, “Hey Jane, how are you doing?”
The procession continued. Xavier was the two hundred thirty-seventh person in the line of people giving condolences. His left hand cupped Jane’s face. His thumb wiped away the tear that landed on her cheek. She had been able to maintain her brave face until he touched her. No human could restrain tears around Xavier. Another tear landed on his thumb. She grabbed on to his arm. Jane’s lips parted, but whatever words she planned to say seemed to have gotten lost.
“You don’t need to say the words, Jane. I already know.”
Another tear escaped from her eye and rolled onto his hand. In his mind, as clear as if the memory were his own, he saw Jane’s husband and son sitting at the dinner table cracking jokes. They were both buttering rolls, each holding the knife the exact same way.
To prevent the Eyes in the Shadows from ending life on Earth, Xavier must find his missing mate and reunite her with their kind, for apart they are too weak to prevail. Xavier must stop trying to prevent Gwendolyn from exposure to the painful truth, he must let her make her own choices; Gwendolyn must want to decide her own path in life, and actively pursue it, rather than cowering.
Confidence, in self and others, is important– even for omnipotent-like beings.
Fractions of Existence features the affluent young NYC professional, Xavier, and the devout California wallflower, Gwendolyn. The romantic element in this novel stems from Xavier and Gwendolyn’s relationship, which grows from meeting in an online multiplayer gaming environment (where they go by the handles Monoghan and Candra). As book one in a speculative fiction planned series, Fractions of Existence is an urban fantasy, with a touch of horror, which has 99,000 words intent on leaving readers asking, “What are they?”
J grew up in Pennsylvania on the original lands of the Lenni-Lenape tribe. The idea for this story is original, but the characters are based on a rarely shared legend, which the Grandfathers have passed down for thousands of years. J was a Penn State Honors and Scholars student majoring in English and Communication, and a Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Creative Writing Semi-Finalist. The author has been published (under pseudonyms) in several anthologies, a small press magazine, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.