Apr 08 2017

A to Z BINGO #AtoZBingo Week 1 of the #AtoZChallenge 2017 #AtoZBingoSQ

Did you see the post about Playing Bingo during the A to Z Challenge 2017?

The objective is to find blog posts that are part of this year’s challenge. Ones that match up to the Bingo card.


My progress this week… I covered all but one square!


#AtoZBingo Week 1 #atozchallenge A to Z bingo By @JLenniDorner









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Are you playing along as you hop?



by J Lenni Dorner
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Apr 07 2017

G #AtoZChallenge Giving Leeway #Fiction #SFF

#AtoZChallenge2017 BadgeG #AtoZChallenge Giving Leeway #Fiction #SFF

My THEME for the A to Z challenge 2017 is an ongoing speculative fiction story featuring telepathy.

Each letter post is titled and inspired by a commonly misused word or phrase.

The story started with All Intents and Purposes.

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Giving Leeway

I catch up with Mr. Bennett after school.

I’m going to have to give you more difficult writing prompts for your journal.

We both laugh.

“There isn’t a point to writing to your younger self though. My older self, that would make sense. At least the intended person might read it.”

He shakes his head. “Anah, the point wasn’t for it to be read. The point was to reflect.”

I shrug. “If a time traveler appeared and offered to go back to abduct you at my age, to bring your young self to this time so you could raise yourself, would you do it?” Consider that I could be friends with that young you. It would be a chance to grow up knowing you aren’t the only telepath.

It’s a nice thought. You’re giving me a lot of leeway with that, some which is enticing and some which is dangerous. But no, I don’t think I would do it.

Because it might create a time paradox?

No. I grew up without the added fear of the HSMTF. I don’t envy your position, knowing what it is to be hunted for who or what you are rather than a choice you make.

I dig in my bag for my grapefruit mints, offering him one before taking my own. The tangy coolness fills my mouth as I consider what the world must have been like without that task force.

“At last, I got you to reflect!” Mr. Bennett grins. “You should journal the thoughts you’re having now.”

Yeah, I’ll go write down more evidence to be used against me.

Mr. Bennett shakes his head at my sarcastic remark. I feel a lecture coming on.

Giving Leeway not Leadway eggcorn G #AtoZChallenge #Fiction #SFF

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If a time traveler offered to go get younger you, would you want the chance to raise yourself in our present time?



by J Lenni Dorner
Reference and Speculative Fiction Author
A to Z Challenge Co-Host
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Sunkist Citrus Burst Ruby Red Grapefruit Mints

Apr 06 2017

F #AtoZChallenge Faze #Fiction #SFF

#AtoZChallenge2017 Badge F Faze #AtoZchallenge #SFF @JLenniDorner

My THEME for the A to Z challenge 2017 is an ongoing speculative fiction story featuring telepathy.

Each letter post is titled and inspired by a commonly misused word or phrase.

The story started with All Intents and Purposes.

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Faze

Another fifteen minutes for honest writing. Maybe it was thinking about what he’d go back and change. Or maybe he had planned it out long ago. Either way, in Monday’s English class, Mr. Bennett says our journal writing prompt is to write a letter to our five-year-old selves.

I hold the pen with the sticker of the fat cat to the page. Words I shouldn’t write flow out.

Dear Me,

It’s not normal to hear what people are thinking. Also, try not to look when they picture themselves naked. If mom and dad drink their weird juice at dinner, tune them out all night. Oh, wait, you don’t know how to do that yet. Sorry, little me, I can’t undo that one. Don’t let it faze you too much. But, also, don’t talk about it at school the next day when there are two rabbits outside the window repeating the action. The parent-teacher conference after that is a nightmare.

Have you ever written a letter to your five-year-old self?

Mr. Bennett looks up from his desk. You’re supposed to be writing, Anah.

We’re telepaths, not time travelers. I can’t make a difference in the life of my younger self. The best I can do is try not to get discovered by the task force now or in the future.

I write nonsense over my words before scribbling the entry out. I’ll have to burn this page later.

Faze or Phase Grammar image #AtoZchallenge #SFF @JLenniDorner

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Have you ever written a letter to your younger self?



by J Lenni Dorner
Reference and Speculative Fiction Author
A to Z Challenge Co-Host
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Apr 05 2017

E #AtoZChallenge Espresso #Fiction #SFF

#AtoZChallenge2017 Badge E #AtoZChallenge Espresso #Fiction #SFF @JLenniDorner

My THEME for the A to Z challenge 2017 is an ongoing speculative fiction story featuring telepathy.

Each letter post is titled and inspired by a commonly misused word or phrase.

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Espresso not expresso #AtoZChallenge #Fiction #SFF @JLennidorner

Espresso

After dinner is cleaned up, my dad and Mr. Bennett each have an espresso. I stay at the table, doing homework. My mom sits beside me doing her embroidery.

My first job was at a coffee shop. Mr. Bennett recalls. I remember one customer who read the menu every day. The whole menu, top to bottom. And then she stood there wondering if we spelled espresso wrong. “The drink is a form of self-expression! It shows one’s sophistication. Why would they change the x to an s?”

We all laugh.

She shared that thought with an older woman one day. I thought, between them, the right answer would come out. But no. The older woman thought the word meant “made expressly for the person who ordered it.” And then her husband chimed in and said it meant “express coffee.” They all agreed we were spelling the word wrong.

Mom sets down her needle. How did that work out?

Terribly. A crowd formed and convinced my manager to change the spelling on the board. My mom came to pick me up at the end of my shift. She also taught English. The thoughts that came out of her mind… Mr. Bennett shakes his head as he laughs.

When the laughter dies down, my dad asks Mr. Bennett about his parents. The mind reading trait doesn’t run in his family, as far as he knows. Dad isn’t surprised.

Mr. Bennett points to the red splotch behind his left ear. Do any of you have a birthmark like mine? I always thought this star was connected to my mind reading.

I raise my eyebrow. That’s a star?

Anah! My mom’s chastising sends a small pain bolting through me. It’s much like a static electric shock, but internal.

Dad assures Mr. Bennett that we’re all without markings. They get into a discussion about power levels. I’d already told Mr. Bennett that he is an Eve Two, meaning that his skills developed at puberty and are now fully formed.

I’m an Eve Four. Dad runs his fingers through graying hair. My gifts strengthen with age, but I will not develop more. My wife is an Eve Six. She can influence mind gift growth of anyone who is an Eve Five or higher.

Mom smiles and nods. It’s an odd smile, like on a house cat who just ate an eagle.

Eve Nine. All homework now done, I close my notebook. There’s a sticker of a fantasy cat on the cover, offering me a ball of yarn. I rub my finger over it, pretending to play with the image. There’s rumor of an Eve Ten existing, but

Dad scoffs. That’s unlikely. It takes generations of families finding each other and growing the family. And even then, there’s only a sixty percent chance of a child being born with a mind power. This is why there are only eight known family lines.

Mr. Bennett sips his drink. It’s good to know that I know I’m not alone. If I could go back and change three things, that’d be one. I’d make more of an effort to find others.

My dad nods. My mother glares.

You would get yourself locked up. How would you have found others? Stand on street corners mentally screaming “Can anyone hear me?” Even if they could, how many would be honest about it? An Eve Two never inherits skills, so the eight families rarely notice them. It’s times like these, with the HSMTF rounding up Eve Ones and Twos, not even knowing that there are classifications, which has prompted our community to embrace all Eve levels.

Mr. Bennett nods. We’re all thinking about the news reports that show mind readers being hauled away. Emmett Bradshaw, the Secretary of Homeland Security, has assured the public that his Mind Task Force has the situation under control.

Most of the public ignores the news reports. People polled think it’s the government’s way of covering up something else.

What were the other two?

Mr. Bennett tilts his head at my dad’s question.

You eluded to three things you would go back and change if you could. What were the other two?

Oh. Mr. Bennett finishes his espresso. I wouldn’t have asked Cindy about the sex dreams she had about me. And I would have spent Easter with my grandmother once more before she passed away.

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What three moments in your life would you change?



by J Lenni Dorner
Reference and Speculative Fiction Author
A to Z Challenge Co-Host
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Apr 04 2017

D #AtoZChallenge A Complete 180 Degree Change #Fiction #SFF

#AtoZChallenge2017 Badge D #AtoZchallenge @JLenniDorner

My THEME for the A to Z challenge 2017 is an ongoing speculative fiction story featuring telepathy.

Each letter post is titled and inspired by a commonly misused word or phrase.

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A Complete 180 Degree Change

I am the only teenager in America who invites a teacher to family dinner on a Saturday night. Okay, there may be some exceptions among college students who are dating their professors. I’ve got a few years before that happens.

What? My dad lowers the book from his nose to glare at me.

Kidding. I play a song in my head. Dad tunes me out. He must have been listening so he’d know when Mr. Bennett arrives.

I’m sure that my parents being able to read my every thought was very useful when I was a baby. It’s an annoyance now. Some kids talk about being close with their family, about how they have no secrets from their parents. Yeah, right. The three of us can hear almost any thought of the others. I guarantee that I got the sex talk earlier than anyone else. I hear other kids at school thinking about it, dreading their parents talking about it. Sometimes I wish they knew what it was like to be in my shoes.

Before he can decide between ringing the doorbell, knocking, or just thinking really loud, I open the door for Mr. Bennett. My parents come to greet him a second later. Neither says hello out loud.

“Is it going to be quiet like this all night?” He whispers to me. His cardamom cologne is on extra thick tonight.

You know they could hear you think that question, right? And can hear me deciding on the answer. I stow his jacket and motorcycle helmet in the hall closet.

He’s still in shock about not being alone. Meeting my family, a whole group that not only shares his gift but are far more powerful, is blowing his mind.

We sit at the table. My parents prepared dim sum, which is his favorite food. Plus there are two dishes he’s never heard of before. He wonders for a moment how they knew, or if they knew.

Anah found out. My mother answers.

Of course. He looks at me and smiles. It’s a complete one-eighty degree change for me, having people who can read minds as I do.

I wish it were a change for me. My parents and my English teacher aren’t the only ones who have been inside my head. There’s no privacy when you’re me. I glad Mr. Bennett is at least limited to hearing. Before I met people who weren’t like my family, I seriously wondered what the purpose of clothing was on a pleasant day.

Yeah, I didn’t know people weren’t supposed to see memories of how others look naked. I had it under control for a while. Then puberty hit, not just for me, but for my classmates. They think about their own bodies a million times a day. Or about other people’s bodies. There’s a guy in my math class who is a serial peeping tom. I’d love to erase some of his memories from my mind.

Anah? You’re drifting from the group thoughts.

Sorry, dad.

Mr. Bennett was discussing hearing his father’s final thoughts. He was wondering if it would be worse to die without anyone hearing those last tidbits, or if it would be scarier to die knowing that many people would hear whatever the thoughts were.

I take a bite of my dim sum. I bet that would solve a lot of murder investigations.

Ah, my mother points her spoon at me, but how would one such as us explain how they arrived at the investigation?

That’s why the HSMTF needs to be shut down. We’re useful! We shouldn’t have to hide. I stare at my cup of water while the adults lecture me about accepting reality.

dimsum #AtoZChallenge A Complete 180 Degree Change #Fiction #SFF 180 not 360 D #AtoZChallenge A Complete 180 Degree Change #Fiction #SFF

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What scares you the most about dying?



by J Lenni Dorner
Reference and Speculative Fiction Author
A to Z Challenge Co-Host
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Apr 03 2017

C #AtoZChallenge Conversing #Fiction #SFF

#AtoZChallenge2017 Badge C #AtoZchallenge @JLenniDorner

My THEME for the A to Z challenge 2017 is an ongoing speculative fiction story featuring telepathy.

Each letter post is titled and inspired by a commonly misused word or phrase.

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Conversing

Conversing without speaking out loud freaks everyone out the first time. Mr. Bennett is no exception. Having been only on the hearing end all these years has really messed him.

We sit under the oak tree across from the high school. Most students have piled on buses or driven off in their vehicles. A few are still around since some after school activities started even before the first day of classes.

Mr. Bennett’s mind drifts to memories of his early teen years. That’s when his mind-reading developed. He didn’t know what was happening, of course. A girl named Cindy kept having sex dreams about him. She thought about the dreams when she saw him. Mr. Bennett thought this was a sign that she liked him. It turned out that wasn’t the case.

“She humiliated you at an assembly? In front of everyone? Wow. I’m so sorry.”

His eyes widen and he thinks a string of curse words.

“Beck and call, remember? Sorry, I guess. You can’t lock me out.” I’m actually #SorryNotSorry about this. It’s nice to have a friend I can honestly talk to. Or think to. “No,” I answer his next thought. “The journal assignment isn’t to blame.” I’d have figured out what you are as soon as you tried to read my thoughts.

I never try. It just happens. Why don’t I hear all your thoughts? You’re mostly just a dull buzz. It’s a nice break, don’t get me wrong, but it’s weird.

Weird? I laugh. He yanks up a blade of grass and shreds it while laughing along. You only hear what I allow you to hear because I think at different volumes.

“How did you learn to do that?”

I shrug. “Most of it is easy.” Even regular people can think VERY LOUD or very soft.

“Yeah, but none of them have a dull buzz in between.”

Can you hear me now? I hold up my finger. He nods. Can you still hear me? I rotate my finger.

“I could, but then it cut off at the end. I can’t now at all.”

“Yeah. Volume. I keep it off unless I’m trying to be heard. Picked that survival skill up when I was seven.”

Someone else could hear inside your head? Someone besides me?

Mr. Bennett, you have no idea how not alone we are.

GO AHEAD, MOTHERF*ER, SAY CONVERSATING INSTEAD OF CONVERSING ONE MORE TIME. Meme. #AtoZChallenge Conversing #Fiction #SFF @JLenniDorner

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Have you ever had an inappropriate dream about a classmate or co-worker?



by J Lenni Dorner
Reference and Speculative Fiction Author
A to Z Challenge Co-Host
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Apr 02 2017

B #AtoZChallenge Beck and Call #Fiction #SFF

#AtoZChallenge2017 Badge B #AtoZchallenge @JLenniDorner

My THEME for the A to Z challenge 2017 is an ongoing speculative fiction story featuring telepathy.

Each letter post is titled and inspired by a commonly misused word or phrase.

B #AtoZChallenge Beck and Call #Fiction #SFF @JLenniDorner


Beck and Call

Making friends with a teacher may offer me some extra protection. I wait for the other students to leave before approaching Mr. Bennett’s desk. The sweat rolls down his face. He tugs his necktie like it’s a noose. His heartbeat sounds like it’s auditioning for the marching band.

Born this way, changed with puberty, or just happened one day? I spin my finger as I think with volume.

“Puberty. About your age.” He scratches at his desk with a ruined fingernail.

No need to be verbal. I can hear you. The bell rings, emptying the hallway.

“You’re going to be late to your next class.” He eyes the door.

“Stop averting your gaze. Do you seriously think that eye contact has anything to do with this?”

He holds his head in his hands. I’ve never made a teacher nervous before. Then again, I’ve never had a teacher who was like me. Okay, saying he’s like me is pushing the boundaries of accuracy. He has a small taste, a sampler plate, of the abilities. I’m the Thanksgiving Feast with leftovers for days. He has what the government knows about; I have what they most fear.

Now that I know about you, your mind is at my beck and call. You could be sound asleep and on the other side of the world, and I would still be able to communicate with you.

Is that a one-way relationship? You’re the first one I’ve known to hear inside my head.

He thinks about pain as a splinter from the desk slides under his broken fingernail.

“Funny, isn’t it?” I grin. Having listened to so many thoughts, and now knowing someone can hear yours.

Tears spill down his cheeks. “Funny isn’t the word. This isn’t appropriate. I’m your teacher. You shouldn’t be in my head. I can’t always censor my thoughts.”

Think it, don’t speak it. Seems like we’re both going to be teachers. I drop my bag and balance myself on a desk in the front row. You aren’t as gifted as I am. Your power developed at puberty; that’s what we call an Eve Two. That means you are what you are. You won’t expand what you can do. The part of your brain that gives you this ability is fully formed.

He nods as he mulls over what I’ve told him. He’s debating if this is good news or bad news.

If I had millions of dollars, I’d fly to Brazil and get one of those doctors who can correct minds to fix me. His eyes widen a second after the honest thought. “Not that you need to be fixed. I mean… I’m sorry.”

Mr. Bennett is genuine about his apology, as well as his guilt and fear. He hates himself.

That happens when you grow up feeling like the only one of your kind. I hand him my sticker sheet, which only has one fat cat under a flower left on it.

Brazil

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If you had $10 million dollars, what’s the first way you’d use a large chunk of it?



by J Lenni Dorner
Reference and Speculative Fiction Author
A to Z Challenge Co-Host
Operation Awesome Debut Author Spotlight Organizer
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Mar 31 2017

A #AtoZChallenge All Intents and Purposes #Fiction #SFF

#AtoZchallenge BADGE 2017
A #AtoZchallenge @JLenniDorner

My THEME for the A to Z challenge 2017 is an ongoing speculative fiction story featuring telepathy.

Each letter post is titled and inspired by a commonly misused word or phrase.

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All Intents and Purposes

I hope I’ll survive high school without being hauled off by the government’s newest task force. In freshman English class, Mr. Bennett gives us each a notebook. He says there is value to putting an actual pen to paper. He says we should decorate them, make them our own, and carry them with us everywhere. The first topic to write about is would what keep us from being fully honest when writing in the journal.

I think it is obvious. My pen glides over the blue lines of the crisp paper.

Someone might read it.

I feel this covers the answer. Grabbing my bag, I dig around to figure out how I’ll kill the rest of the time. A sheet of shiny stickers featuring fat cats under ridiculously over-sized fantasy flowers seems perfect for decorating. I stick one on my pen and another on the inside cover of the journal.

Anah, why aren’t you writing?” Mr. Bennett crouches beside my desk. “The journaling time lasts for fifteen minutes.”

I point to what I have written. Seriously, what more is there to this topic?

Mr. Bennett takes my pen. The sticker wrinkles. I inhale his cardamom cologne as he writes.

Why do you care? Why does it matter if someone knows more about you? Why is privacy important? What are you most afraid to share with others and why? Is our society better off when we keep secrets?

I see where he’s going with this. Then he writes something unexpected.

People who read minds can’t avoid knowing all that you might write in a journal. They know how often people keep from being honest. What do you suppose life is like for them, being journals of truth for people who fear being read?

He drops my pen on the desk and walks away. I’ve never thought about it this way. The HSMTF hunts down people who can read minds. They are taken to a holding area somewhere near Hawaii. I’ve seen it on the news. Is just hearing really dangerous?

I look at Mr. Bennett. He’s walking around the room, checking on other students. I press my pen to the page, drawing only a spiral.

I know what it’s like for people who can’t help but hear the thoughts of others. Do you?

He snaps up and spins around.

Am I the only one you hear?

Mr. Bennett shakes his head. I watch the beads of sweat forming on his brow. He looks to the door while scratching a red blotch behind his left ear.

The Homeland Security Mind Task Force isn’t coming. They know about people like you, but they don’t know about people like me yet.

I drop the pen and cross my arms. For all intents and purposes, he and I should be friends because we share a common secret. Time will tell.

Journal image. A #AtoZChallenge All Intents and Purposes #Fiction #SFF @JLenniDornerSticker Fat Cat Fantasy Flower @JLenniDorner A #AtoZChallenge All Intents and Purposes #Fiction #SFF

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Has anything ever kept you from being fully honest when journaling?



by J Lenni Dorner
Reference and Speculative Fiction Author
A to Z Challenge Co-Host
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Mar 31 2017

April Showers Bring Many Goal Flowers

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I thought February kicked my butt. March, however, tried to finish me off.
Recall how everyone around me got sick last month? Well, they got better by giving it to me. Several different strands or something, I don’t know. ER doctors talk fast, especially once they’re pumping you full of medicine. I landed a three-day stay, during which they didn’t let me get out of the bed. So I fell behind for a second month. BUT I stuck to that goal about surviving, so let’s just focus on that, shallllll we? Allllllllrighty then.



The MAIN LIFE GOALS:

  • Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
  • Survive at least another 38 years
  • There’s also the Bucket List.



2017 Resolution:

  • This year I resolve to finish at least one of my big writing projects.



2017 Goals:

  • Finish a big writing project
  • Keep Supporting Diverse Books
  • Be part of 5 blog hops/fests
  • Keep rocking the Debut Author Spotlight at Operation Awesome
  • Contribute more to the #atozchallenge Co-Hosting this year!

#atozchallenge A2Z BADGE 2017

 


2017 Reading challenges
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Goals for April:


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  • Leave comments on A to Z blogs for at least 2 hours a day
  • Finish following the All Author group members on Twitter

Review of Goals for March:

  • Leave a comment on 100 blogs Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Finish reading and reviewing 3 books
  • Interview 1 more Debut Author Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Finish following the All Author group members on Twitter
  • Edit and schedule 26 April posts
  • Get 15 posts scheduled during the Mini Blog Ahead HopMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goalseveral times over



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Mar 19 2017

Theme Reveal #AtoZchallenge 2017 #FlashFiction

#AtoZchallenge BADGE 2017

My THEME for the #AtoZchallenge 2017 is a speculative fiction story featuring telepathy.

Each letter post is titled and inspired by a commonly misused word or phrase.

thmrevel



by J Lenni Dorner
Reference and Speculative Fiction Author
A to Z Challenge Co-Host
Operation Awesome Debut Author Spotlight Organizer
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Mar 15 2017

Family Feud Game

Try to use your own answers for the survey.

1. Name something you use in the shower… cedar lime soap
2. Something people hate to find on their windshield… broken eggs
3. Name something a man might buy before a date… new clothing
4. What is something you cook in a microwave… microwave popcorn
5. Name a reason a younger man might like an older woman… she’s talented
6. Name an item found in a man’s wallet… medical ID card
7. Name something a dog does that is embarrassing to you… bringing dead (or mostly dead) snakes to people who are afraid of snakes
8. Name a kind of test you can not study for… life
9. Name a phrase with the word HOME… home on the range
10. Name something a teacher can do to ruin a day… mock legitimate questions
11. Name a fruit that isn’t round… starfuit
12. Name a bird you wouldn’t want to eat… vulture
13. Name something that gets smaller the more you use it… soap bar

Thanks to Jamie for this post idea.

Mar 05 2017

Goals March On

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This goal update post is late.
February kicked my butt.
Everyone around me got sick. My assistant was down for the count. My friends were all ill. My snookums… I hauled a 220 pound person wrapped in a blanket, plus gear, through the woods and over the river in a blustery cold ~sarcasim~ 70°F (21°C) day to a sweat lodge. I was too busy picking herbs and making a fire to accomplish most of my goals. If not for Buffer and RoundTeam, you’d all think I fell off the face of the Earth! Toss in Internet crashes and a power outage and yeah, I wash my hands of February.



The MAIN LIFE GOALS:

  • Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
  • Survive at least another 38 years
  • There’s also the Bucket List.



2017 Resolution:

  • This year I resolve to finish at least one of my big writing projects.



2017 Goals:

  • Finish a big writing project
  • Keep Supporting Diverse Books
  • Be part of 5 blog hops/fests
  • Keep rocking the Debut Author Spotlight at Operation Awesome
  • Contribute more to the #atozchallenge Co-Hosting this year!

#atozchallenge A2Z BADGE 2017

 


2017 Reading challenges
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Goals for March:

  • Leave a comment on 100 blogs
  • Finish reading and reviewing 3 books
  • Interview 1 more Debut Author
  • Finish following the All Author group members on Twitter
  • Edit and schedule 26 April posts
  • Get 15 posts scheduled during the Mini Blog Ahead Hop

#atozchallenge A2Z BADGE 2017 blog ahead mini march 2017



Review of Goals for February:

  • Leave a comment on 30 blogs Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
  • Read and review 3 books Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
  • Interview 2 more Debut Authors Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Edit and schedule 10 April posts Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
  • Have a good Valentine’s Day Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Reading during the #BecauseDragonsRAT February 20- 26th Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal





Cool pic my assistant snapped of the book I was reading when I came over with soup.
Eon book with Tiger Lily flower


NOW FILLING MAY 2017 SLOTS!

@JLenniDorner is the Interviewer for the Operation Awesome blog Debut Author Spotlight on Wednesdays Would you please take a moment to share the debut author image? It would mean a great deal not only to me, but to any debut author who is interviewed as a result. Thanks so much!



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Feb 14 2017

THE CUBE AT THE BACK OF THE DRAWER Flash Fiction #WEPFF

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THE CUBE AT THE BACK OF THE DRAWER

by J Lenni Dorner






I realize now that I made a terrible mistake.

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Emily, with her strawberry curls that smell like candy and sunshine, bounces into my room. “Hayden,” she says, “you’re gonna improve my life today.”

She doesn’t ask for favors.

Fallux House, which now belongs to Emily, fell into a combination of hoarding and antiquing under the last owner (Emily’s crazy aunt). Room by room, inch by dusty inch, Emily and her appraiser tag everything with sticky notes.

Yellow tags indicate it’s worth money. Pink is for sentimental value. Blue gets donated. The rest will fill the rented dumpster. A second box of black trash bags cracks open an hour before lunch.

Emily asks me to pack a bedside table with a yellow sticky note attached. The bubble wrap on the antique legs is easy to secure. I only sneeze twice while doing it.

“Ems? You up here?” I lean back, using a full-length mirror to peer down the hall. Nada.

“Hey Ems, you want the drawer in or out?” She bubble wrapped the other large dresser drawers separately. I think it was so I could make more trips hauling junk out to my truck. Good thing I love her.

She’s my friend. I love her as a friend. Good buddies. Old pals.

I repeat the mantra, keeping myself in check, as I pull the drawer out to wrap it. A tiny cube waits at the back of the drawer. In a house this full of junk, I’m not surprised. The cube looks like the keychain version of a Rubik’s cube, except the colors are shades of black and the lines between the squares are sparkling silver. I grab it for Emily to sticky note later.

The tiny cube will not move.

I try again. The world goes dark.

Rubbing my eyes, my vision finally returns. A giant me grins the grin of a cat who caught a mouse. Two massive fingers surround the square, silvery cell encasing me.

I scream, kick, and hit, but the walls don’t budge. Giant me shrugs, sarcasm dripping from the gesture. Lime green packing peanuts, each the size of an airplane, crash all around me. Only cracks of light remain. I tumble over and over, suffocating in the stiffening hot air, as giant me bubble wraps the drawer.

In the distance, like the thunder in the cave behind Niagara Falls, Emily calls out to me. I shout for help, but she can’t hear me. I glimpse one bouncing, strawberry curl. Giant me answers her.

“We could earn this mattress a sentimental pink sticky note.”

No! She’s my friend. Why would giant me drop a sexual innuendo?

Why isn’t Emily saying no?

I made a terrible mistake.

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Feb 07 2017

Express Yourself with Ice Cream

Express Yourself weekly blog meme



Feb 6 – 10 What’s your go-to 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.

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Jan 31 2017

Valentine’s Day Giveaway


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To enter fill out the Rafflecopter then hit the comments and tell us about something YOU love. Your favorite author, book, or blog. Tell us about your true love, your kids, your best friend or your pets. Anything you love. We want to hear about what makes your heart full or just makes you smile.

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My favorite authors:

  1. Patrick Rothfuss
  2. Stephen King
  3. J. K. Rowling
  4. Veronica Roth
  5. Crystal Collier
  6. Ned Vizzini
  7. Sahndra Fon Dufe
  8. Ia Uaro
  9. Stephenie Meyer

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Jan 31 2017

Express Yourself with Photos of Your Workspace

Express Yourself weekly blog meme



Jan 30 – Feb 3 Share some photos of your work space.


Winter workspace of @JLenniDorner Copyright J Dorner


Spring workspace of @JLenniDorner Copyright J Dorner

You were probably expecting something more indoorsy… unless you know me, in which case you’re nodding your head and thinking “yup, that looks about right.”

Jan 27 2017

Goals and Book Reviews and Bingo #NewToMe2017 #FlightsOfFantasy #DiversityBingo2017

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My 2017 goal of contributing more to the #atozchallenge is going to be met, as I’ve just been promoted. Keep watch on the A to Z blog next week!
I haven’t made any real progress on my resolution this month. My focus has been on reading 10 books and getting ready for April.



The MAIN LIFE GOALS:

  • Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
  • Survive at least another 38 years
  • There’s also the Bucket List.



2017 Resolution:

  • This year I resolve to finish at least one of my big writing projects.



2017 Goals:

 


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Goals for January:

  • Leave a comment on 30 blogs
  • Read and review 3 books
  • Interview 2 more Debut Authors
  • Edit and schedule 10 April posts
  • Have a good Valentine’s Day
  • Reading during the #BecauseDragonsRAT February 20- 26th



#becausedragonsRAT : A dragon-themed readathon for fantasy books



Review of Goals for January:

  • Leave a comment on 50 blogsMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Read and review 4 books Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Interview 2 more Debut Authors Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Edit 5 future postsMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Rock #BoutOfBooks 18Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal



For those who recall my previous Twitter goals, I’ve hit another milestone:

@JLenniDorner has 7000 Twitter followers as of January 2017


NOW FILLING MAY 2017 SLOTS!

@JLenniDorner is the Interviewer for the Operation Awesome blog Debut Author Spotlight on Wednesdays Would you please take a moment to share the debut author image? It would mean a great deal not only to me, but to any debut author who is interviewed as a result. Thanks so much!



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REVIEWS:




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Last Minute Customers by Jessica E. Subject @jsubject
#NewToMe2017 – I have not read books by this author before.


A quick and easy erotic read that explores the possibility of a dream-come-true for the main character.



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Do You Want To Play With My Balls? by Cifaldi Brothers @cifaldibrothers
#NewToMe2017 – I have not read books by this author before.


It’s so wrong… and yet…
There’s innuendo in every sentence. It never directly says anything that isn’t appropriate for children. However, the book is for adults with dirty minds. You know who you are.



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Moonless (Maiden of Time Book 1)by Crystal Collier @crystalcollier1
#NewToMe2017 – I have not read books by this author before.
#FlightsOfFantasy #SpecFic


OMG! I have a new favorite book in my top 10!
Like every other book that I end up loving the most, I wasn’t instantly hooked. (Confession: I don’t care for Chapter 1 of Harry Potter, or the opening of Divergent, and I can go on and on with this list.) But then something happened in the book when the MC went to a certain place she wasn’t supposed to go and OH.MY.GLORIFICATION. That’s it. I was owned. And then I started to notice something about the Passionate… they remind me of some of my characters. As if Crystal and I maybe heard the same stories growing up or something. I don’t know, but where “a Titan against the dainty parlor” is mentioned, it feels uncanny. This made me love the story all the more.

There is a Pride and Prejudice similarity in the scene where a friend asks another friend to marry him, and soon after someone else says, “Why can you not take up a decent prospect like any normal girl?” It’s an amusing scene.

My heart… all the feels in this scene: “Alexia realized, self-consciously, her mistake. They belonged to the adult world now. They couldn’t interact as freely as they once had.” That got me. Reading it again here, I’m still feeling it.

Here’s my very favorite quote from the book: “That is what I like about you. You have never cared what others think. It is all about what matters to you.” Powerful line!

I’m torn between reading this one again and moving on to the next in the series. I want to do both at the same time! Ha ha. But seriously, this book is fantastic.



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Word Magic for Writers by Cindy Rogers
#NewToMe2017 – I have not read books by this author before.


There is quite a bit of information in this book which I have previously used and been called out by editors for daring to put in a manuscript. On the other hand, this book defines what those methods and such are in a well-done way. Proceed with caution if you are above an eighth grade writing competency level.

Antimetabole, repetition of identical words, is often a frowned upon practice. Antiphrasis is used in every mob-fiction story I’ve ever encountered, as they all have a character named “Tiny” who… isn’t. Chapter 11’s ideas about writing colors, however, is useful and interesting. (Wine red and glittering gold instead of just red and gold.) (*If you want to read some great eye description, see ^ Moonless ^ ) The vivid verbs topic interests me, but the book made it dependent upon sports reporting, and was less helpful than I desired. However, a GREAT tip in the book: “The peppering of to be verbs, and of helping verbs such as do, have, can, may, might, must, ought, could, should, would deadens a paragraph or a scene faster than hail on a tin roof deadens the senses. Action verbs activate a scene every time.” And there’s a good review of show-don’t-tell. There’s a mention of embedding the setting into the action. This hits on a few of the points from my book.

I liked the mention of zeugma. (Though I’ve been advised against using them.) “She must be between engagements at present.” (Engagements meaning an agreement to marry AND plans to attend something.) It’s a fun z word that isn’t used often. #AtoZchallenge inspiration!

The section on titles and using key words is spot on. Then there’s a tip which is contradictory to several other writing how-to reference guides: “Chapter endings cannot all end with a dangler or a lure into the next chapter.

For information and education theory, this is a 5-star book. It would be great for young writers or those interested in learning about the craft. For adult writing in the world of submitting to agents and publishers, it’s a 3-star book.



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Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth @VeronicaRoth
#DiversityBingo2017 – MC with chronic pain, displace MC, MC of color in SFF
#FlightsOfFantasy #SpecFic
Speculative Fiction Diagram
What we have here is the ultimate example of Speculative Fiction. There’s plenty of fantasy, of that which feels imagined, and there’s science with spaceships and floating vehicles, and there’s even some horror with all the killing that goes on in this book. Plus, there’s mention of the history of that galaxy, which has multiple interpretations, some of which just feed perfectly into fantasy. As I said, this is Speculative Fiction, this is the gold standard for encompassing the entire genre.

There’s also a grab bag of diversity (though it is set in another galaxy, so take that as you will). There are two main characters, one with “brown skin” (Cyra). Cyra’s chapters are written in first-person, but the chapters belonging to Akos are written in third-person limited. It sounds jarring, but it isn’t. The book is gripping and wonderful. When does the next one come out? The ending has me needing the next book.

Some of my favorite parts:

“The pain I chose, instead of the pain that had chosen me.” This is a line that anyone suffering from chronic pain will appreciate.

The book just came out January 17, 2017, but it feels very current and politically relevant (in the USA, in my opinion).

“Ridiculous, really, but sometimes people just believed what they were told. It was easier to survive that way.
There’s a part (page 196 Hardcover in chapter 16) where the news is not accurately translated, but rather presented with a biased or downright untrue point of view that the leaders dictate. A world of such control that not even the established newscast can be trusted because that’s the only way to keep those in poverty compliant.
“…I had never starved anyone or kept them from adequate medical care…”
“…you are Thuvhesit. You are one of my people, not theirs.” It’s important to remember that a leader must feel this way. A leader must care for and about EVERY person they are meant to lead. No one group or individual can be more important than another. All ages, races, religions, genders, sexual preferences, beliefs, backgrounds, creeds, and ancestral lines must be treated equally by a leader, who must respect, appreciate, and fight for ALL of those, as the leader is a representative for ALL OF THOSE. (Sometimes a leader forgets this and mistakes his/her role for only helping people of his/her own age, race, gender, and sexual preference who happen to associate with the most popular religion of the area and the favored beliefs of that faith. That is NEVER okay for a leader to do, ever, because it leads to oppression, which is the death of culture and the beginning of a decline of education.)

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Jan 23 2017

Express Yourself with Pie #NationalPieDay #PieDay

Express Yourself weekly blog meme



Jan 23 – 27 Apple, cherry or pumpkin pie?

This Express Yourself prompt makes me wonder if Jackie and Dani have a copy of the obscure holiday calendar I received for Christmas.

#pieday National Pie Day

Apple pie has to have cheese melted on it for me to want it. Muenster or Gruyère, preferably.
Pumpkin pie needs to have whipped cream. Or, you know, just hand me the spray can of whipped cream and I’ll be on my way.
So I am going to pick cherry pie for this question. It’s the only one I’ll eat just as it is.

Tastykake: Cherry Pies

Welcome to my corner of the world. I get one of these pies for 33 to 50 cents. Those of you needing them shipped… well, it gets a bit expensive.

This is eastern Pennsylvania.

Jan 18 2017

Express Yourself #amreading First Sentence @VeronicaRoth @CrystalCollier1

Express Yourself weekly blog meme



Jan 16 – 20 What’s the first sentence of the book you’re currently reading?



“Hushflowers always bloomed when the night was longest.”
Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth @VeronicaRoth



“Alexia was reasonably confident that exiting the carriage was the equivalent of stepping into Hell.”
Moonless by Crystal Collier @CrystalCollier1




My hardcover copy of Carve the Mark came last night in the mail. That first sentence is literally as far as I’ve gotten so far.

My e copy of Moonless I had stored on an ereader that broke. Being absentminded about anything not on my Google calendar (seriously, if Google ever dies, I may as well give up living in society and return to life in the forest), I kept forgetting to load this into my new android tablet. (Along with about 50 other ebook files.) BUT I finally managed to remember this, and have gone from 11% to 46% this week. It’s such a good story… more on that when I get around to writing a review.

What are you reading?

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Jan 11 2017

Expressing My Favorite Social Media Site

Express Yourself weekly blog meme



Jan 9 – 13 What’s your favorite social media site?

@JLenniDorner on Twitter
Twitter is my favorite social media site. It’s a fast and easy way to connect with people. There are short conversations that get straight to the point.
The direct messages, unlike email, always look the same. Same font, same font size, same color, easy and simple.
If tweeps would just stop using the automated “thanks for following, here’s a generated message to clog up your day with my self-importance” that’d be great.



What’s your favorite social media site?

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