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.
- Have 6500 Twitter followers ~ currently at 6442 — UP 108 from last month
Download the update for my blog theme
- Keep Supporting Diverse Books
Be part of 4 blog hops/fests. Participate in at least 2 #OABookClub reads
- Rewrite and edit my urban fantasy novel, then
get the new query letter out therePUBLISH 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 NUMBER 4 Entered the IWSG anthology contest
Publish or be published somewherex3!
- Participate in Reading Challenges
Goals for December:
- Leave a comment on 10 blogs
- Take part in the 2016 Nanowrimo Blog and Social Media Hop https://raimeygallant.wordpress.com/2016/10/22/nanowrimo-2016-blog-social-media-hop/
- Read and review NINE more books to meet my 2016 goal
- Interview Debut Authors to feature at OA this January
- Create a marketing post to review what the 2016 Debut Authors said gets them to buy books
- Participate in the WEP Utopian Dreams Challenge
Review of 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
#NaNoWinner16 I typed 32,834 words on my computer. The other 19,076 came over the weekend while I was out in the woods.
— J Lenni Dorner (@JLenniDorner) November 30, 2016
Save the home of an altruistic humanitarian and her family. https://t.co/niUbPztriT
— J Lenni Dorner (@JLenniDorner) November 18, 2016
^PLEASE RETWEET THAT! HELP 7 PEOPLE SAVE THEIR HOME! ^
NOW FILLING THE 2017 SLOTS!
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!
I have not read either of these books or, as far as I know, anything by either of these authors previously.
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.
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.
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.