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 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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Apr 01 2012

A is for Asphodel (Existence series character)

            Jezebel’s pet snake makes a brief appearance in the story when Xavier finds her in the kitchen draped over the refrigerator. Asphodel is a female albino Burmese Python. She is about 17 feet long, which is more than 3 times Jezebel’s height. This giant snake also outweighs her owner.             …

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Apr 01 2012

A TO Z challenge 2012

            For the APRIL A TO Z challenge I shall be offering a two-part series. The first part will give you an inside look at some of the minor characters or plot points from book one of the series (presently known as the Existence series). This information will not be found …

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Mar 30 2012

my scene editing flow chart

Is this scene good enough? SelectSmart.com® Make Your Own Flowchart © SelectSmart.com 2012. All Rights Reserved. The scene stays! YES If you, the writer, personally had to pay an exorbitant amount of money to keep the scene, would you? NO Can you cut the scene? YES Delete! NO There are already obstructions. YES Time to …

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Mar 18 2012

A fun map

Kiel, Germany Dunmore, PA, USA Thousand Island Park, NY, USA Toronto, Ontario, Canada New Hope, PA, USA Scranton, PA, USA Catasauqua, PA, USA Mystic, CT, USA Bethany Beach, DE, USA Reykjavik, Iceland Coopersburg, PA, USA Virginville, PA, USA Boston, MA, USA New York City, NY, USA Philadelphia, PA, USA Baltimore, MD, USA Bangor, PA, USA …

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Mar 15 2012

Happy Pi Day

– From Heath

Mar 08 2012

Welcome introduction

Welcome. Please don’t mind that image, it’s just there to show off my fandom.  Writing is journey. Publication is often a destination. Editing, I suppose, is the stops along the way from hunger, flat tires, road construction, or random bears. LOL.  You may wonder why I started a blog. I may wonder that too! Actually, …

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