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 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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Apr 04 2012

D is for Dorner

Dorner, which originally meant “one who lives near thorny bushes,” is a German surname. The Dorner side of my family had immigrated to America over a century before the World Wars. Grandma Dorner was a fantastic cook, unlike me who should be banned from kitchens everywhere!             Kelly makes Jell-o far better than I have. http://youtu.be/fmFIeSmBjRQ …

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Apr 04 2012

D is for Dizzy Duck

            Though it ultimately wasn’t mentioned in book one, Jun’s favorite drink is called a Dizzy Duck. The recipe can be found here: http://www.drinkswap.com/dizzy-duck.htm (Please do not indulge if you are not of legal drinking age and/ or there are other reasons that you should not.) Jun has also been nicknamed Dizzy …

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Apr 03 2012

C is for Current location

            I presently live in the Lehigh Valley / Allentown area of Pennsylvania, USA. This same location is home to the http://www.museumofindianculture.org museum of Indian culture. Though the Lenni Lenape were largely forced out of their Pennsylvania homes after the death of William Penn, a few managed to remain. My ancestors were …

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Apr 03 2012

C is for Carmen (Existence series character)

            Carmen is Xavier’s live-in housekeeper. She hails from Playa del Carmen, Mexico. She is a plump woman in her late fifties. She tends to be on the shy and conservative side. Her greatest passion in life is shopping. What she loves most about working for Xavier is the prestigious address …

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Apr 02 2012

B is for Biggest Supporters

            My biggest supporters during the writing of book one would be my friends and colleagues Sandi, Lyle, and Jamie.             Sandi teaches English at a university in Ontario, Canada. She’s been on what we call “comma patrol” since the first draft of the story. The strength of many of the …

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Apr 02 2012

B is for Beverly (Existence series character)

            On a warm summer day a few years back, a bouncy easy-going young woman with long bleached hair which had been styled into a loose braid danced down a street in Greenwich Village carrying a box under her arm. Though six stores had turned her down so far, her spirit …

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Apr 02 2012

A is for April Fools Day!

            Not the most traditional holiday on the calendar- but it is one which I personally enjoy celebrating. My father is the best known in the family for managing to pull the wool over on others for this fun holiday. My personal best gag was a few years back. I looked …

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