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?


  • 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


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!

4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

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.

4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

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.

5 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

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.

5 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

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.

4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

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


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.


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  1. Hey Lenni 🙂
    Didn’t noticed you are doing NaNo too (I haven’t been on the NaNo site as much as I’d like)
    Me too. Brand new project this year 🙂
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    1. Fantastic! We should kick some wording butt!

    • Jess on October 29, 2016 at 11:56 AM

    Wow! You have a lot of goals, but you have made excellent progress towards them and crossed the finish line for quite a few. Way to go! 🙂

    Wishing you the best of luck with NaNo!
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    1. Thank you so much for the NaNo wishes.

  2. Good luck with NaNo! I’m sure it will be a productive undertaking. And good luck with all those goals. Hope The Write Game is one of your 20 blog visits. I love it when you stop by.
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    1. Your blog is a fun visit every time!

  3. Congrats on winning the flash fiction contest. I read your piece and loved it. You really captured the part of the bullies and victim perfectly. Your characterization was spot on. You truly deserved that win. I’m glad you’re participating in NaNo. I hope we will check in with each other often and cheer each other on and offer advice and tips when needed. I know that having a writing buddy will help me get through it. Have you done a lot of prep work or do you just get started on November 1st? Good luck on all your other goals. I’m amazed at how much you get accomplished each month.


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    1. Thanks so much. Cheering each other on sounds great. I am somewhere between plot and pants, as usual.

  4. I love your Spooktoberfest story, I thought he was the bad guy at first but clearly not!
    Good luck with your goals 🙂
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    1. I’m glad that you enjoyed it.

  5. Making steady progress with your goals. Well done. That Twitter number is slowly creeping up 😀
    We’re buddies on NaNo, so will watch your progress. I’m hoping to get a whole host of short stories down, because next year I plan to do some serious submitting.
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    1. That’s great news about getting lots of stories done and submitted. I’ve offered up 4 this year myself.

    • Misha on October 30, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    Looks like you got a lot done. I’m also doing NaNo. I think we’re buddied up already. 😀
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    1. Yes, I do believe we have.

  6. You’re going to write a whole story and read two books next month? That’s a lot of reading and writing. It can be done though.
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    1. I certainly intend to do it.

    • Jackie on October 31, 2016 at 9:40 PM

    Nicely done!!! Thank you for participating in Spooktoberfest!
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    1. Thanks so much! I’m glad that you enjoyed it.

    • Julie on November 1, 2016 at 2:57 PM

    Your goal progress is amazing! Congrats on getting so many crossed off and that much closer to achieving them all! I hope you have a great NaNo this month!
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  7. I have Rena’s book in my TBR pile. I need to pick up LG’s- especially after such a great review.

    Looks like you’re crossing things off your list at a rapid pace! Way to go.
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  8. Whew! That’s a busy month! Way to go on your goals for 2016! You are totally kicking trash. I’ve got a couple of those books myself and even started one of them. Ooh!
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  9. Hope NaNo is productive for you. Once again this year I just can’t handle it–for one thing I’m not overly inspired to write. Not NaNo stuff at least. However I’ve already commented on at least 20 blogs so far in November. That’s partly why I’m not writing I guess.

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    • Yvonne V on November 6, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    Love your goals! I think it is brave of you to share them publicly. 🙂 I hope Nano goes well for you.
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    • LARA on November 8, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    I love this post. I need to pick up LG’s- especially after such a great review.

    Looks like you’re crossing things off your list at a rapid pace! Way to go.

  10. Looks like you are getting plenty accomplished. I liked Keltner’s Self Help book as well. I’ve read the second and have the third on my Kindle.

  11. I am thinking about doing just like you, to share my goal publicly, it would certainly help me to develop my blog like I wish. I always don’t find the time to do what I should and ending up not writing enough. I will continue to follow your blog to motivate me.


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