May 03 2015

An A to Z Reflections Post for the #AtoZchallenge including #WRiTECLUB2015 and #boutofbooks mentions

The #atozchallenge reflection post of @JLenniDorner
To all you fiction writers out there-

I hope I was able to inspire you to try your hand at writing settings that feel like characters.

 Preparing to Write Settings that feel like Characters by J Lenni Dorner on Smashwords

To fiction readers-

I hope you enjoyed the behind the scenes look at how some settings are created.

To everyone else

I hope you got a laugh out of the shareable memes.

Reflection meme on the blog of @JLenniDorner says Reflecting on the 10 minutes of hard work I did today.

Volunteering to be an ambassador was a fantastic experience. I never fully grasped before the number of people who sign up but do not take part, quit before the middle, or have bad urls. Judging by my own visits, I’d wager a guess that about 250 blogs were removed from the original list. Consider the work that goes in to keeping this challenge running. Thank the co-hosts.

I’m grateful for this challenge. It means so much to me to be able to meet so many bloggers, and to be able to connect with them. The hop is about more than just planning posts alphabetically. Blogging from A to Z is about reaching out and connecting with people.


Reflection meme on the blog of @JLenniDorner says Reflecting on the 10 minutes of hard work I did today.

A quick note for at least 80 challenge-members: If your Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, etc widget leads to the main site INSTEAD OF TO YOUR PAGE THERE it’s doing you no good! If you don’t know how to adjust the html, ask someone who does. (Maybe a tech-teacher out there could write a post or do a video on the A to Z blog to teach people?)


Reflection meme on the blog of @JLenniDorner says I have a room filled with mirrors, it's where I go when I want to reflect.
ABSOLUTELY I will do the challenge again next year!

Reflection meme on the blog of @JLenniDorner says I only have roughly 20 seconds left to reflect on how stupid of an idea this was.
Bet on me volunteering again, Arlee.

Consider me packed for the road trip.

Drop-out list ­­­­—

I think there should be one for people who start but don’t finish.

Enjoy the reflection posts.

Follow me social media, if you’d be so kind. (Links at top of page as well.)

@JLenniDorner on Twitter WhatAreThey on Facebook pages Author J Lenni Dorner on G+ JLenniDorner on Pinterest Connect with J Lenni Dorner on LinkedIn Author page of J Lenni Dorner on Amazon friend J Lenni Dorner on Goodreads 

Great news! My giveaway is open until May 21, 2015 12am EST. There are special entries for A to Z participants.

Hey, if you like giveaways, check out the May 4th post on this blog.

I love to read. That’s why I signed up for the next round of bout of books.

About Bout of Books image
Just in case you didn’t know, #WRiTECLUB2015 begins May 18.

Kick start your summer by voting for your favorite stories (under 500 words each).
Image #WRiTECLUB2015
Literature battle!

Maybe the winner will become the next breakout author.

Notorious the world over for writing fantastic books.

Only the votes of readers like you can offer such an opportunity.

Perhaps one day you can brag about your hand in elevating an author to fame.

Quick! Bookmark the site of D L Hammons. And follow @DL_H on Twitter.

Remember to vote in as many rounds as you can.

Set a reminder in your calendar. Google calendar users can do this with a click!

Tell a friend, or two or three.

Utter about it in bookstores and libraries.

Vacation from your “normal” reading genre with this variety of writing.

While I’m thinking about it, I’d like to thank Timothy Brannan for the team spreadsheet, and Jeremy Hawkins for the challenge graphics.

X-rated and Adult Content blogs should be labeled to protect children and those sensitive to such topics and visuals. I feel it shouldn’t be a category code though. Adult humor, adult book reviews, and adult art (etc) seem too wide to fit just in AC. I’d like to see AC as a “heads up” content label, and the category included as well. (BlogName AC BO – for example.)
meme @JLenniDorner says Reflect upon your present blessings,of which every man has many- Not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. #Quote by Charles Dickens
Yippie! I am thankful for the 188 comments my blog received in April.

Zig-zag your mouse pointer down to the “share this” icon and give a click, for which I’ll be grateful.

April Stats @JLenniDorner blogApril Blog Views ♥

By the way, as part of a reading challenge

I’m looking for the following books:

  • A book written by someone under age 30.Thanks, Sabina!
  • A book with bad reviews.
  • A book by an author with the initials J. D. or J. L. D. (*Not J.D. Salinger.)

Suggestions are needed! Thank you.

Reflection meme on the blog of @JLenniDorner says You can't see your reflection in boiling water. Similarly, you can't see the truth of life in a state of anger.


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  1. Well after reading this post (which I enjoyed by the way) I realise I’ve been doing the challenge all wrong! I saw a couple of other bloggers doing it and thought it looked interesting. I didn’t know it was meant to be fiction style posts, and I didn’t know I was supposed to sign up officially. I also started late. Sorry if this has caused problems.
    On the plus, I am really enjoying taking part (even it is unofficially) and I do fully intend to finish it. I think its great!
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    1. The posts can be pretty much ANY style you like! I did fiction stories for two years, and non-fiction excerpts from my reference book this year. But yes, signing up officially is a big deal. That’s how we find each other!

  2. This Reflections post was great in many ways. Most notably your hearty endorsement and willingness to come back as an Ambassador. I’ll definitely save you a seat. It was a joy to work by your side.

    Actually there were 372 removed from the list and that doesn’t include links that were removed prior to day 1 of April. There are several more that probably should and may be removed still. We did a decent job of purging the list, but it’s a shame that it has to be done. Thanks for everything you put into making the 2015 A to Z a better experience.

    Thanks and I’ll be getting back to you later.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
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    1. Okay, so I was off by 122. LOL!
      Yeah, I’m still adding to our “questionable” list as I find them.

      Thanks for having me. You rock, Arlee! I look forward to next year.
      I also look forward to the Reflection list going live so I can toss up my link and step away from the keyboard. LOL.

  3. Love your A-Z Reflections post! And the meme “Reflecting on the 10 minutes of hard work I did today” is hilarious! I’m looking forward to visiting all the posts that I missed during April. Thanks for being an A-Z ambassador! That’s an important job.
    Michele at Angels Bark
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    1. Thanks so much.

  4. I totally agree with you on the AC code! Having adult content does not always mean “Adult Content”. I am looking forward to some category upgrades (like a codesheet available on the actual sign up page so there is more encouragement to do it)… but otherwise, this year was amazing!
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    1. On a related, but non-AtoZ topic… I go through this with my reference book. Is it adult? Umm… there’s NOTHING in there that I wouldn’t share with my 10-year-old nephew. Okay, so is it a children’s book? Well, uh, no.
      The book publishing world is broken into Adult and Children. (With sub-categories like YA, NA, and various grade-levels.) Yet I feel “funny” saying it’s an “adult” book.

      But yes, I consider the Adult Content “”category”” to just mean “Hey, if you’ve got a 5-year-old nearby, maybe save this link until after his/her bedtime.” A second idea of what the blog has might bring better perspective. Art, for example.

  5. Great job on the post. Love the A to Z.
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    1. Thanks so much. Great job to you, too.

    • Linda on May 4, 2015 at 6:14 AM

    Enjoyed your reflection of the journey that was April. There were a number of blogs I visited that had a few postings but I didn’t realise that many bloggers dropped away. This is my second year and it was a better experience than last year and I wonder if the ambassadors visited a few times. It did make me feel loved and appreciated. Thank you for the part you played in making this an enjoyable experience for me 🙂 Linda

  6. Great post! I think I just learned some valuable tips just by reading this. Thanks!
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  7. Great Reflections post. It was overwhelming so I didn’t get to read all of your posts but will go back.

    J.D. Author: J.D. Robb. I read a couple of hers.

  8. Thanks for being one of the many A2Z co-host helpers! I can’t imagine how hard it is to keep up with x number of blogs for a whole month. I would like to give this a try sometime in the future, but I’m a bit shy. Well, maybe I’m just too lazy (definitely too disorganized) to make the commitment and effort. Anyhow, congrats on finishing the 2015 A2Z round. This is my second year completing the task and I’m already looking forward to next year. It’s fantastic meeting you!

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  9. Great Reflections Post! I stayed away from all blogs marked (AC) for Adult content. There are some thing you just can’t unsee.
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  10. Great use of the alphabet in this post. After finishing the A to Z challenge? Even more impressive.
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  11. I didn’t find your blog during the challenge, but I’ll have to go back and look through your posts.

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    • Sabina on May 4, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    Ooh I’ve got a bunch of books for under 30 year old authors:
    Zadie Smith—White Teeth
    Carson McCullers—The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
    S.E. Hinton – The Outsiders
    Jonathan Safran Foer–Everything is Illuminated
    Ned Vizzini–It’s Kind of a Funny Story (which I just finished last night and LOVED. I almost never give 5/5 star reviews but I couldn’t think anything that would make it better)
    Congrats on finishing the challenge! And very cool idea to read a book with your initials.
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    1. I love Ned Vizzini. Was he under 30 when he wrote that?
      I haven’t heard of the others.
      I’d love to say that the idea to read an author with my initials was my idea, but it’s part of a reading challenge I’m doing this year.
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      Yeah, I just looked it up. Wiki And since he died at 32, and that book came out 7 years before that… yup, he’d have been under 30!

  12. I absolutely agree. There are so many great things about the challenge, btu connecting with people is the best of all 🙂
    Can’t wait to do this agian next year!
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  13. The AC label might need some adjusting and lots of people see the definition differently. It is the dropouts that make work though I understand them. I don’t understand the ‘didn’t start.’
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  14. Congrats on your book. Exciting!

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  15. I really like what you wrote “Blogging from A to Z is about reaching out and connecting with people.”
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    • betty on May 4, 2015 at 11:55 PM

    Not sure I made it to your blog during the challenge, but I’m reading everyone’s reflection posts to learn about what they liked, what worked for them, dislikes, etc., to aid in my participation in next year’s challenge 🙂 I liked how you summed up everything going on A to Z 🙂

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  16. LOL! What a lively reflections post on A-Z. I served as a minion and visited from the back of the blog forwards, and would say closer to 400 blogs got deleted. Relate to bad URLs, and yes, I agree with the AC info you’ve shared. Some of the AC stuff was really not what I expected and could receive more readership. No authors w/ JD that I can think of, and bad reviews??? hmmm.
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    1. I was in charge of 21-30, 771-780, and 1521-1530 (which vanished by the final week). Arlee weighed in the deleted amount a few comments above, though I think the team is still weeding a few out that snuck through the cracks.
      Yeah, I saw two AC blogs that were no worse than shows like Rescue Me, Sons of Anarchy, or Nip/Tuck. Granted, those shows are Mature audiences, but they aren’t “late night Cinemax” or whatever. I know some religions would forbid them, and younger children aren’t an appropriate audience for them. But yeah, other adults might not feel they are nearly as inappropriate.
      I’m not sure where to find a book with bad reviews. Personally, if I can’t give a book at least a 3, I simply won’t review it.

  17. Your reflection is so creative! Love the A to Z approach.

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    1. Thank you.

    • Cait on May 5, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    I like your approach to writing a point for each letter of the alphabet. 🙂

    I agree that the A to Z Team do a fantastic job monitoring the list and making it a pleasure to take part in the challenge. I’m already looking forward to the next one. 😉
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    1. Thanks so much.
      I’m looking forward to the next one as well.

  18. Love your reflection post, especially your creative A to Z of reflections and pointers. Thank you for co hosting. I know that a lot of time and effort went into your duties as cohost . I sincerley enjoyed your post, and getting to know you better . I loved your book
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    1. Aww, thanks so much.

  19. Great reflection post! And I’ll definitely come back during Road Trip to read more of your A to Z on settings. It will probably be useful to me as a histfic writer 🙂 I’m glad you had fun with the challenge! And thank you for the useful suggestions!

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    1. I hope I can be of use to you. Happy Road Tripping!

    • Trisha on May 5, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    Congrats on your Challenge achievement 🙂 It was another fun year, but for me, exhausting!
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    1. A great year indeed! Thanks for stopping in.

  20. You did a fabulous job revisiting the alphabet! It was great meeting you, and thanks for all of your tireless work as an ambassador!
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    1. Thanks so much.

  21. I really enjoyed reading this post, and especially your additional A-Z theme, very clever! Am slowly working my way through to meet more people and revisit old ones… it was a very enjoyable A-Z Challenge folks, thank you!
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    1. It was fun to write.

  22. You had a great theme! I’m only sorry I didn’t get to more posts. Congrats on all your hard work. And is it really WriteClub time again? Wow!
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    1. It really is about to be! That means several weeks of fun over at DL’s.

  23. Great reflection post! I’m learning a ton from these. Really enjoyed this, my second go-round. Serving as a minion enhanced the process, too.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed.

      No, I haven’t read any. But I just added this to my Amazon list based on your recommendation:
      A Textbook Case (a Lincoln Rhyme story) (Kindle Single)

  24. I absolutely adore the fact you made an A to Z list in your reflections post! Some very good tips wove in there. The graphics you sprinkled throughout were precious!
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  25. I have a horribly bad book suggestion for you. Even the “good” reviews indicate how bad it is. I read it several years ago, and would offer to send it to you, but I think I gave it to a friend’s daughter to line her hamster cage. It’s just that bad. Here’s a link:
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    • Denise on May 8, 2015 at 11:30 AM

    Thank you for helping out with the challenge! It is a great event. This was the second year I participated.

    • Jeremy on May 9, 2015 at 7:37 AM

    I think we all did a great job, those who finished, helped out and well dang it… finished again. It has been a treat, I never seem to recover in May… I think I try and just need the sleep.

    We made it…Hope you had a great time, thank you for your Reflection!
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    • jetgirl on May 10, 2015 at 8:33 PM

    Hello J ! Just trying to catch up on the reflections posts! I did enjoy reading your “behind the scenes” posts! Also, I’d like to thank you for visiting my site during April, and for your work on the A to Z team, which makes all this A to Z wonderful-ness possible! I think it’s fantastic that you did an “A to Z” in your reflections 🙂
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    • Hilary on May 14, 2015 at 3:00 AM

    Hi J – well done on being an ambassador and helping on the A-Z .. I’ve been on Tina’s team in the past years – but with her sad passing and the fact I had an op in mid January .. I didn’t know the state I’d be in, so held off. This was my fifth year of the A-Z and always have enjoyed it .. lots of work, but then we help others, succeed with the postings and generally get creative. Well done on all the hard work .. cheers Hilary
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  26. Yay! I love settings. I will definitely have to check that out. 🙂
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  27. Now that we’re on the Road Trip, I’m stopping in to say hi all those traveling with me. Starting with A’s and working my way through. . .guess what?

    Wave as you pass me.
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    1. LOL. *waves*

  28. Hello there.
    Congratulations on completing the challenge! As participants, we really have no idea of the scope of work that goes on behind the scenes of the challenge, so “Thank You” for doing your part! Just popping over today from the Road Trip.“>Entrepreneurial Goddess
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  29. Hello there.
    Congratulations on completing the challenge! As participants, we really have no idea of the scope of work that goes on behind the scenes of the challenge, so “Thank You” for doing your part! Just popping over today from the Road Trip.
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    1. Thanks. Glad you stopped by.

    • Wendy on June 14, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Passing by on my Road Trip. It was my first time on the challenge but really glad to have done it. All those who are hosts/minions etc deserve a huge thank you for all their efforts. Interesting reading challenge list. Can a book be counted as more than one item on the list or does each one have to relate to a different book?

    1. Thanks for stopping in.
      I guess it’s your challenge, so do what you like. I personally am not counting the same book more than once. (Making a few * notes in case people wonder, but that’s about it.)

  30. Congratulations on completing the challenge! As participants, we really have no idea of the scope of work that goes on behind the scenes of the challenge. Thanks for the shearing. Keep shearing bro….
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