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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May 07 2012

Reflections and Evaluations – A to Z challenge 2012

1- The widget needs to reappear next year!             1b- However right or wrong, I generally spent less than 10 seconds on a blog where the latest post was a letter from several days ago. I know that not everyone can keep up. That life can get in the way. But there were so many people …

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May 06 2012

Friday Fiction: Vine

I found this great site: http://oneminutewriter.blogspot.com/ I decided to try a few of the prompts. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2012 Friday Fiction: Vine Write a brief bit of fiction using the prompt “Vine.”                 The hog pulled up in front of the biker bar. The rider was shorter than the other men who …

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May 06 2012

A comparison

            The April 20/27, 2012 Issue #1203/1204 of Entertainment Weekly has, on page 90, an interview with Nicholas Sparks where they asked him about his five favorite romance movies. I thought it might be fun to compare his thoughts on these films with how my own characters and storylines from the Existence …

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May 04 2012

Forbes Fictional 15

            So I saw this article about the Forbes Fictional 15 richest characters. Naturally I thought about my own characters and where they would fall onto this list. In the first book (Fractions of Existence) it becomes clear that Xavier is “”rolling in it.””  In later books it will become clear …

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May 01 2012

Why I blog

http://blog.thepriyas.com/2012/03/30/blogging-getting-started.aspx I recently read this and found it to be absolutely worthwhile. I am going to take a moment here to jot down my thoughts.   Be clear about what it is you want in return, and write it (all) down.   1- I want to connect with new readers/ fans. 2- I want to …

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Apr 30 2012

Z is for Zamboni

            I have driven quite a variety of vehicles in my life, from cars to forklifts, but one thing that I have not had the pleasure of driving yet is a Zamboni. There are a great many gears to get to know, because the function of this vehicle is not to …

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Apr 30 2012

Z is for Renzo Zimmerman (Existence series character)

            The party died down. Navel officers and their spouses bid Renzo adieu. The Senator and his cheery blonde date polished off their drinks before heading out. Renzo lingered in the ballroom, picking up bits of litter. It wasn’t his job to clean this place, but then again, it wasn’t his …

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Apr 28 2012

Y is for Yo-yo

           When I was a child, I had an uncle with a sizable yo-yo collection. He enjoyed doing yo-yo tricks and taught me a few of them. What I would not find out for several years was the reason that his tricks worked on his yo-yos but not on the very …

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Apr 28 2012

Y is for Yule (Existence series character)

            Fantastic. I left a beautiful five star hotel with a delicious masseur to stay in a box. Xavier is seriously going to owe me for this. So is she, once she gets her memory back.             She looks so sad. It’s hard to not be able to reveal the answers …

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Apr 28 2012

X is for Xenophobia

            Contemplate with me if you will what it was like to board a ship to cross the ocean with the intention to relocate to a land that no one you knew or had heard of had ever explored before. Now imagine that you get to this new land and discover …

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Apr 27 2012

X is for Candra Xanthos

This post isn’t one that all readers will understand. In the story, Xavier meets Gwendolyn in an online roleplaying game. The following is what her character sheet would look like. (Click here for his!)

Apr 26 2012

W is for What…

“What” questions with one word answers:   What do you get every time you go into Wal-mart?             Thirsty What do you see yourself doing in five years from now?             Writing What would you consider to be the most important aspects of this job?             Creativity What sound do you love?             Surf What’s …

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Apr 26 2012

W is for William Warehime (Existence series character)

            When William first met Xavier’s sister Adrielle, she was dressed in black leather spiked boots that were laced up to her thighs, a tiny black leather skirt, and a low scooped purple top. She bore no resemblance to any upper crust socialite or noblewoman, not that he had met very …

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Apr 25 2012

V is for my Values

Loyalty: You value loyalty highly. You’re completely devoted to your friends and family. Even if they totally screw up, you’re still there for them. Just make sure they’re equally loyal to you! Generosity: You value generosity a fair amount. You are all about giving, as long as there’s some give and take. Supportive and kind, …

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Apr 25 2012

V is for Granny Vine (Existence series character)

            It was mid-March, 1944. Though I had just turned 21, I had already been married for five years. (Back then, if a boy got a girl “into trouble,” marriage was the only real option.) My mother was watching our son so that Frank and I could spend the evening together …

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Apr 24 2012

U is for The Last Unicorn

            My favorite children’s movie is The Last Unicorn. I watched it so much that the tape wore thin. (There was once a thing called the VCR, and it used videotapes, which wore out. They also required one to rewind the movie all the way back to the beginning before playing …

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Apr 24 2012

U is for Unless

This message brought to you by Jun of the Existence series.

Apr 24 2012

U is for Urania (Existence series character)

(The following phone call is mentioned in Fractions of Existence. This is how it seemed from the other end.)             What is that buzzing? Oh right, that’s my phone.             “Hello?”             “Good morning, Urania! I didn’t wake you, did I?”             “No, of course not.” Seriously, why would I be …

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Apr 23 2012

T is for Two-thirty-seven

            In “The Shining,” Jack investigates Room 237 where he encounters the ghost of a dead woman. The house number was 237 in the film Saw II. The list of places that this number creeps up is astounding! Or is it as much of a crazy coincidence as the number 23 in the …

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Apr 23 2012

T is for Tirza (Existence series character)

            “Daddy, you sent for me?”             “Yes Tirza, come in. I am sorry that I missed your twenty-second birthday celebration. Did you have a nice time?” Mr. Higbee asked as he pulled a chair out for his daughter in front of his large oak desk.             “It was wonderful, thank …

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