J Dorner

Pennsylvania, USA

Author of the Existence speculative fiction book series. Fractions of Existence, book 1, is on Amazon. (Free on KU) Reference books Preparing to Write Settings that Feel Like Characters is on Amazon and Smashwords and Writing Book Reviews As An Author: Inspiration To Make It Easier is on Amazon and Smashwords. J runs the Debut Author Spotlight at Operation Awesome. April blogging from A to Z challenge #AtoZchallenge co-host.

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Apr 18 2012

P is for Patrick (Existence series character)

October 13, 1963          Admissions Committee:               It gives me great pleasure to recommend The Honourable Patrick Doyen to you. I was formally introduced to this young man in the spring of 1961 at a charity benefit for the remodeling and beautification of the West Landing School for Boys. Although he was not a …

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Apr 17 2012

O is for Omnivorous

            I choose to be an omnivore. That choice isn’t for everyone. Thousands of animals are killed every year, chopped up, and put into packages at grocery stores. The stores order this meat. They order it in a slight excess of projected sales because if they run out, their customers will …

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Apr 17 2012

O is for the color Orange

Xavier’s favorite color is orange. Here’s a look at what some pages on the Internet have to say about that: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/favorite-color-personality.html “ Orange: This color of luxury and pleasure appeals to the flamboyant and fun-loving person who likes a lively social round. Orange people may be inclined to dramatize a bit, and people notice them, …

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Apr 16 2012

N is for Northern Lights

A favorite desktop background of mine is of the aurora borealis, or northern lights, over a snow bank. I have never had the pleasure of seeing this phenomenon in person, but I would like to someday. Such fantastic beauty, art, and entertainment are provided for free to any who are fortunate enough to be at …

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Apr 16 2012

N is for Nancy (Existence series character)

A shy waitress from the town of Rock Island Saves for dreams no one understands A guitar and trap set Tour bus and small jet As the bassist for her punk rock band.   -By Lyle (Friend, editor, and all around great guy)    ———————————————————— There once was a gal from Rock Island The blonde …

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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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