J Dorner

Pennsylvania, USA

Author of the Existence speculative fiction book series. Fractions of Existence, book 1, is on Amazon. (Free on KU) Writer's reference book "Preparing to Write Settings that Feel Like Characters" is available on Amazon and Smashwords. J runs the Debut Author Spotlight at Operation Awesome. Blogging from A to Z #AtoZchallenge co-host.

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Apr 15 2012

Xavier’s Easter Essay

((The following is an essay which Xavier, a main character of the Existence series, would have written. It is actually written by me, J. Lenni Dorner, of course; but the viewpoint is that of the fictional character.))   “What Easter Means to Me” By Xavier Doyen               Sitting under this oak tree in The …

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Apr 14 2012

M is for Magazine

            My favorite magazine is Entertainment Weekly. This light and colorful periodical keeps me informed of the latest trends and keeps me from missing out on great books, movies, and television series that I might not have discovered otherwise. Recently they have given more attention to their book review departments and …

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Apr 14 2012

M is for Monoghan

This post isn’t one that all readers will understand. In the story, Xavier ends up involved in an online roleplaying game. The following is what his character sheet would look like.    Images of approximately how he looks: http://captainmorwen.deviantart.com/art/Earth-Element-Tattoo-120268945 http://thegreatwcfields.deviantart.com/art/Native-American-Hunk-3748269

Apr 13 2012

L is for Literacy site

            Teaching children to read is obviously important. If you are here reading this blog, the odds are pretty good that you learned to read somewhere along the way. Imagine if you couldn’t. Imagine a world without written words that you can understand. Literacy has been crucial to getting ahead for …

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Apr 13 2012

L is for Lorcee (Existence series character)

            Lorcce is a Canadian Eskimo Dog. Above is an approximation of what he looks like. His fur is all white, except for the small brown marking on the top of his head.             He was a rare and expensive puppy, but one which was able to keep up with Xavier’s …

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Apr 12 2012

K is for Killjoy

            My favorite line in book one (Fractions of Existence) is Xavier’s reply of “Killjoy,” to Gwendolyn. I laugh every time I read it. There is something so light and natural about their witty banter with each other. At the outset, it seems like they would be nervous and awkward when …

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Apr 12 2012

K is for Knuth (Existence series character)

            Vinica Margaret was born in Denmark. She is the eldest daughter of Count Henrik Christian Knuth and his wife Countess Margrethe Louise Holstein-Knuth. Her upbringing was strict, formal, and rigid. She was an obedient child who was intently focused on pleasing her parents by outdoing the other children. She learned …

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Apr 11 2012

J is for Jellybeans

            When I was a child, jellybeans were these thick candies with a sort of waxy coating that only appeared around Easter. The red, orange, yellow, pink, and purple ones were pretty good. The black ones were gross and green ones tasted like toothpaste.             In my late teens, I discovered Jelly …

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Apr 11 2012

J is for Janice (Existence series character)

            Janice is a favorite character of mine though her roles in the books will always be small ones. She is Xavier’s intimidating, non-conformist cousin. Here’s a hypothetical short survey, answered in “her words.”   If I could live my life over, what would I change? Nothing. I have no regrets. …

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Apr 10 2012

I is for Ice-cream flavor

What Flavor Ice Cream are you? Mint Chip Mint Chip – ecstatic and full of glory. Adventurous and curious, you always want to be learning something new. Often this gets you into danger, but you take risks no matter what the odds are. Facebook quizzes, quiz apps & blog quizzes by You Are Chocolate Chip …

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Apr 10 2012

I is for Irving (Existence series character)

            Irving has the small role in book one of being a possible alternative love interest for Wend. What life might she have had if she had ended up with him? His family is well off, though not nearly as wealthy, powerful, or established as Xavier’s. Irving‘s dream is to become …

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Apr 09 2012

H is for the Hardest thing I’ve ever done.

            The hardest thing that I’ve ever done is saying good-bye. Anyone who has ever had to say good-bye to someone they love and wasn’t ready to let go of yet would know the painful anguish of which I am referring to. There are many words of supposed comfort which linger …

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Apr 09 2012

H is for Hank (Existence series character)

            Water sloshed into the hole on the sole of the worn out sneaker. Hank tried to ignore the cold wetness as it infiltrated his sock once again. He ran faster toward his school, only to fall into the mud. He picked himself back up, wiped off what he could, and …

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Apr 08 2012

Gwendolyn’s Easter Essay

((The following is an essay which Wend, a main character of the Existence series, would have written. It is actually written by me, J. Lenni Dorner, of course; but the viewpoint, tone, and structure of the essay is that of the fictional character.))   “What Easter Means to Me” By Gwendolyn Mirabella Wright                …

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Apr 07 2012

G is for Goal

            My current goal, and please forgive the obviousness of this answer, is to have my book series represented by an agent who will get it published and then celebrate with me when the books appear on the New York Times best-seller list. You may say that my goal has quite …

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Apr 07 2012

G is for Georgette (Existence series character)

            Ah, Georgette! Once upon a time there was girl named Georgette. Her parents were kidnapped by Bigfoot. No wait, they were abducted by aliens. Or did they sink on the Titanic?             Georgette is the least likely person to tell you the truth about her own past. She has woven …

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Apr 06 2012

F is for Favorite Food

            It is so hard to choose just one food for a favorite. Savory or sweet, zesty or delicate, breakfast or dinner…             I think I will have to go with sushi for this question though. Anago, or eel, is my favorite, though I enjoy getting a variety pack when I …

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Apr 06 2012

F is for Frigatebird and Peregrine Falcon

            Both mentioned in book one, I thought for the letter F I would supply a bit of information on these two types of birds.             A frigatebird lives near the sea. They are related to pelicans. They are known for their enormous wingspans, and males are known for their red …

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Apr 05 2012

E is for Essential item

            The most essential item to me is a pen. It is extremely rare to see me without one! Sitting here at my desk, there are four of them to my left (one with red ink, one with blue ink, and two with black ink, one of which is a breast …

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Apr 05 2012

E is for Elijah Wright (Existence series character)

            Elijah is Gwendolyn’s father. He is a devote Mormon (also known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) and serves a leader for his ward. Tred is also a ward leader. (The two men live far enough apart to be in separate congregations.) The leaders of the wards …

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