May 20 2017

End Goals of an Author

I’m reading:
47 Mind Hacks for Writers by Karen Dimmick & Steve Dimmick
and using the exercises as blog post prompts.

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Map the end goal

If writing a book is a journey, then it’s up to the writer to determine the destination, the point where the author considers it a success.

“…end goal where you and only you are contributing to the outcome.” (Line from the book.)

So my bucket list goal of “sell 2,000 copies in one week or 8,000 copies in one month” won’t work here, because I cannot control sales. I can take actions to influence the outcome, but unless I’m personally the one buying the copies, I can’t directly contribute to this outcome. (And, honestly, even if I did buy that many copies, it wouldn’t be reaching the goal, not the true spirit of the goal especially. Technically I didn’t write “to other people” in there, but I believe anyone in the publishing industry will agree that it’s strongly implied and obvious.)

Technically, after hitting the “publish” button on a book-selling site, can a writer control anything? Steps can be taken to influence goals after that (doing book tours, interviews, hoping for reviews, etc), but once “publish” is hit, are the writer and no one else contributing to the outcome of any further success goals?

“Polish and publish” might seem like a good goal, and indeed it accurately describes what I’ve been focused on for the last few years. But polish is a vague term. My inner critic is a psychotic perfectionist when it comes to book editing.

Perhaps the best goal for me right now would be:

To consider the feedback of two (already lined up) Beta Readers and then self-publish Fractions of Existence in 2017.

After that, I intend to work on Anah’s story.

Anah Survey @JLenniDorner

As you can see, a majority of voters are in favor of it becoming a book. I did sacrifice several storylines to create it as an A to Z post.
(If you don’t know what that means, consider Harry Potter — if you read the books, you know what S.P.E.W. is, but if you’ve only seen the movies, you don’t. There was no room for S.P.E.W. in April.)

Great news for anyone who ever wondered… it looks like readers don’t mind if a story (or a large portion of a story) is on a blog first. No one ticked that box at all!

In all honesty, I’d want to publish Anah’s story at the end of March 2018. It exists because of the challenge, so I’d want it to debut for the #AtoZChallenge 2018. So there you go, goal two wrote itself.

Self-publish Anah’s Story by March 20, 2018.

The high fantasy series I’ve written has several holes to patch. As much as “waiting for lightning to strike” is a bad plan, that’s what I’m doing right now. It feels like the answer is right there, just slightly out of grasp yet, but “Eureka” is coming.

I have a high fantasy short story that I never finished. It has five or six scenes that would tie it all together, but the scenes never made it from my head onto a page. The story was one I was working on before my near-death (or temporary death, depending on your point of view). I really like the story and the characters, but every time I start working on it, I’m taken back to that moment, and sort of go off the rails. Perhaps I need a goal of getting around that block. Of not associating that story with that time.

Find a way (emotionally, mentally) to complete the high fantasy short story.

There’s also a story I wrote for a competition. I had to cut a lot of it due to word count restrictions. But it’s a complex story that spans time and generations, and cutting it down made it very confusing. Plus, given the mythology element, it was asking a lot of the reader to accept that there was an unexplained element at work. Someone is both in a room and not in that room at the same time. Or rather, the person is in the room, but hidden in a kind of pocket of magic. (There have been time travel stories along this line, where the traveler can only observe, but is otherwise in a ghost-like state, unable to be detected.) The story is actually person-versus-nature, but the cut-down version seemed like it was two person-versus-person storylines.

Redo the longer version of the tribal story, then self-publish it in 2018.

I feel confident that the only person who can contribute to making those four goals happen is me. None of those rely on another person doing something. Therefore, I believe I’ve done this exercise correctly.

May 19 2017

Book Opening Analysis

I’m reading:
47 Mind Hacks for Writers by Karen Dimmick & Steve Dimmick
and using the exercises as blog post prompts.

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I’m going to analyze the style of writing from books I like.
Since openings are what I struggle with the most, I’m going to focus there.

Red Queen

“I hate First Friday.”
Right off the bat, I wanted to know what First Friday was, and why the character hates it. I mean, it’s a Friday! People like those, generally. So I was hooked.

Then there’s a description of the setting which includes the time of year, temperature, the population of the area.
And the interesting expression of “enough to make the milk curdle.” That’s nothing something I hear every day.

Divergent

I was drawn in by the odd mirror restriction. I got to know a few basics about the character. It was easy to figure out that she’s in a world where something’s not quite right.

Self-Help 101 or: How I Learned to Take Over the World Through Tolerating My Family

“If you’re reading this book, I can assume you either want to take over the world and are looking for some pointers, or you simply want to be entertained.”
It’s long, for an opening sentence, but it’s also blunt and honest.

The book goes on to explain why the narrator wrote it. The descriptions are funny and relatable. It drew me in straight away.

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As long as I’m doing this, I may as well take a look at my own opening with the same eye. Might as well see if I like the same in my own that I like in others, right?

Fractions of Existence

It was the smell that made him do it. Xavier’s nose suffered from an attack as he stepped out of a Manhattan office building he owned onto the bustling sidewalk of Madison Avenue. It wasn’t a food smell, or one found in nature, or even a kind of perfume. The athletic, agile man tripped twice as he swam through the crowd to find the source of this scent. Not the hotdog cart. Not the bouquets of flowers. Not the tall, unnaturally blonde woman wearing Chanel No 5 (and little else). It was a scent he knew but could not recall from what or where. The smell was like a migraine trigger, except his head didn’t ache with pain. Could he follow his nose to find a way to prevent the apocalypse?

Pretending I didn’t write this…

I’d want to know what the smell was and what it made him do.
I know the setting and population.
The descriptions seem relatable.
I find myself wondering about “The athletic, agile man tripped twice” — is there a lie in the description, or is this because the smell has messed with the character’s anatomy. ((It’s the second thing, btw.))
And then I wondered what a smell has to do with the apocalypse.

So honestly, yes, I do like my opening. I like it as much as three of my favorite openings by other authors.

Perhaps my mind was just “hacked” as intended.

What’s your favorite book opening? Does my opening hook you as much as that, why or why not?

May 16 2017

Mystery Blogger Award

mystery blogger award given to @JLenniDorner

Janet left me a nomination in the comment of my May goals post. Thanks for the recognition!

There are rules to this award, of course.

estp rules

Rule 1: Put the award logo/image on your blog.

Rule 2: List the rules.

Rule 3: Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

Janet Miles of asmile4uFromJanet.blogspot.com

May your life be as colorful as the Turkey.
May the Wolf guide your path.
May you live to the age of the Turtle.
May you have these blessings three.
With many thanks from J Lenni.

Rule 4: Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.

About the creator: Okoto Enigma’s blog The creator’s name, Enigma, means mystery, thus the title of the award.

Rule 5: Tell your readers three things about yourself.


  1. I am always looking for new blog post ideas, blog hops, and flash fiction challenges.
  2. I am confident in my ability to write fiction well.
  3. I support the #WeNeedDiverseBooks and #DiversityBingo2017 hashtags and movements, but I also read a lot of books that are outside those categories (because I already have the book on my TBR, a friend wrote it, it’s in my genre so it’s “research,” or I just really want to read it).

Rule 6: Nominate 10 to 20 bloggers.

Rule 7: Notify those people.

Rule 8: Ask your nominee any five questions of your choice, plus one weird or funny question.

(And, obviously, answer what you were asked!)

I was asked:

Who is your favorite author?
Me. (Duh.) Besides that, I’m a big fan of:
Patrick Rothfuss, Veronica Roth, Sahndra Fon Dufe, Crystal Collier, and a bunch of others.

How long have you been blogging?
I wrote my first blog post on March 8, 2012.

Have you ever been nominated for a major award?
What’s the definition of “major” in this context? No EGOT awards over here (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony). I have awards for service, for writing, and Liebster awards from back when my blog was younger.

If you could play a musical instrument what would it be?
What’s with the assumption that I can’t play them all? (I don’t see the clarification of “well” mentioned… just saying.) I don’t know. If I was going to master an instrument, I’d probably want to invent one of my own. Drums, if I really have to pick one that exists.

Who is Carmen Sandiego and why should I care where in the world he is?
I did a search. I thought there was a tie between Carmen and Waldo. Was NOT disappointed!
Carmen Sandiego Interesting FactCarmen Sandiego and Where's Waldo
Carmen is a “she” not “he,” btw.

Extra credit question, did I make you smile today?
Sim by @JLenniDorner
Looks like the Sim is smiling, so yeah. ☺

The questions I have for my nominees are:

  1. How did you get your forename name?
  2. Are you afraid of making mistakes even when there’s no punishments at all?
  3. If happiness was currency, how rich do you think you would be and who do you think would be the new 1%?
  4. What do you believe makes a successful life?
  5. If you were the ruler of your own country what would be the first law you would introduce?
  6. Weird/funny question: Do you have a picture of an animal “posing” with a book you could share?
    (*People in animal costumes count!) (*Hilariously bad drawings of animals count double.)

Rule 9: Share a link to my blog’s best post.

All of my blog’s most commented on, most liked/ star clicked, and most viewed posts are from blog hops. (Especially the A to Z challenge.)
As I’m still figuring out what I’ll do with Anah’s story, I’ll link to the first post of that.
The story started with All Intents and Purposes.

I’D LOVE SUGGESTIONS ON A TITLE, as “Anah’s story” is just a reference, not an Urban Fantasy / Speculative Fiction title I’d really use.

May 15 2017

#BoutOfBooks 19 Read-a-Thon #RAT post 8 wrap-up

I’m taking part in the Bout of Books 19 Read-a-thon number 19 from May 8 to 14.

You may even find a challenge over there created by yours truly! (May 9)

#boutofbooks 19 is in May 2017


The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

(Note= While I’ve been a BoB expert in the past, I didn’t sign up this time due to A to Z burnout. I will volunteer again in the future.)

2017 Reading challenges Oliver's Nest Bookworm Reading Challenge by @OpAwesome6

Reading Challenges that are a big part of my current reading goals:

GenreSF120 #NewToMe2017 image #FlightsOfFantasy image debut author reading challenge 2017 image


MY DAY 7 PROGRESS

Started
47 Mind Hacks for Writers by Karen Dimmick & Steve Dimmick
I think I’ll use this book as blog prompts.

Cat Tales: An anthology of short stories
I read 45% of this book so far.

Challenge Progress

Finished
Runaway by J.R. Vincente
We Can Be Mended (Divergent #3.5) by Veronica Roth
Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard
Tender Wings of Desire by Colonel Sanders
The Virgin Billionaire by Ryan Field
Wider Still and Wider by Curtis Bausse

#boutofbooks 19 is in May 2017
The next Bout of Books starts August 20
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May 14 2017

#BoutOfBooks 19 Read-a-Thon #RAT post 7 Book Review

I’m taking part in the Bout of Books 19 Read-a-thon number 19 from May 8 to 14.

You may even find a challenge over there created by yours truly! (May 9)

#boutofbooks 19 is in May 2017


The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

(Note= While I’ve been a BoB expert in the past, I didn’t sign up this time due to A to Z burnout. I will volunteer again in the future.)

2017 Reading challenges Oliver's Nest Bookworm Reading Challenge by @OpAwesome6

Reading Challenges that are a big part of my current reading goals:

GenreSF120 #NewToMe2017 image #FlightsOfFantasy image debut author reading challenge 2017 image


Challenge

MY DAY 6 PROGRESS

Book Review

(I’m being a bit generous with the word “book” here as it’s a 4-page PDF short story.)
Wider Still and Wider by Curtis Bausse 4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

This story is a clever and humorous improvisation on the children’s song about the old woman who swallowed a fly. It was given to me as a free bonus short story when I bought Cat Tales from Bausse’s site directly.
This author is one I’ve not read before. #NewToMe2017
And, considering what the person swallows, I’m going to mark it as Speculative Fiction and Fantasy. #FlightsOfFantasy #SpecFic
And, given there was only one non-anthology title listed under this author’s name, I’m fairly confident in also calling him a Debut Author, ticking one more box on my reading goals list.

Challenge Progress

Finished
Runaway by J.R. Vincente
We Can Be Mended (Divergent #3.5) by Veronica Roth
Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard
Tender Wings of Desire by Colonel Sanders
The Virgin Billionaire by Ryan Field
Wider Still and Wider by Curtis Bausse

Started
47 Mind Hacks for Writers by Karen Dimmick & Steve Dimmick

May 13 2017

#BoutOfBooks 19 Read-a-Thon #RAT post 6 Book Review #seasonsofbooks

I’m taking part in the Bout of Books 19 Read-a-thon number 19 from May 8 to 14.

You may even find a challenge over there created by yours truly! (May 9)

#boutofbooks 19 is in May 2017


The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

(Note= While I’ve been a BoB expert in the past, I didn’t sign up this time due to A to Z burnout. I will volunteer again in the future.)

2017 Reading challenges Oliver's Nest Bookworm Reading Challenge by @OpAwesome6

Reading Challenges that are a big part of my current reading goals:

GenreSF120 #NewToMe2017 image #FlightsOfFantasy image debut author reading challenge 2017 image


Challenge

Seasons of Books
Choose 4 books, each representing a different season. Spring, summer, winter, and autumn. What was your reason for choosing each book? Color of the cover, title, character attitude, setting, or overall theme/feeling of the work? Share your selections using the hashtag #seasonsofbooks and #boutofbooks.

#seasonsofbooks #boutofbooks @JLenniDorner

You Say Tomato, I Say Tomato, She Says Murder: A Short But Sweet Mystery
Summer’s Favorite Dessert Cookbook: 30 Best Homemade Ice Cream Recipes of All Time
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Plot Your Book In A Month…With Scrivener

MY DAY 5 PROGRESS

Book Review

The Virgin Billionaire by Ryan Field 4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner
#NewToMe2017 — I haven’t read this book or author before.

This book is the love story of Luis and Jase. (Jase being the Virgin Billionaire, and owner of a company called Virgin, so it’s a double entendre.) I really liked Luis. He picks a favorite word and then works it into conversations. His train of thoughts felt like Holden Caulfield of Catcher in the Rye, which intrigued me. He’s exactly the sort of gay guy that one expects in NYC. (Before you lecture me, watch Sex and the City. “Cliché for a reason.”) The best part of Luis is his heart; he does things to have money to send to his uncle who is HIV positive, even though the uncle sends the money back.

Luis is obsessed with a blog. There’s a section where he tells Jase about commenting on the blog, and it really hit me. It’s just brilliant. I’m not sure why I haven’t heard others say something along these lines, but it feels like it ought to be a popular quote. “Elena wasn’t getting paid to write these excellent blog posts. She was doing it because she loved it, and Luis liked to compliment her as much as he could so she’d keep her blog going forever.”

The Virgin Billionaire book by Ryan Field quote about blog comments

What I disliked, or just found difficult “suspension of disbelief” wise, was the world these two men live in. It’s not just that there’s an unbelievable amount of acceptance everywhere, but the uncanny amount of men (of any/every sexual preference) that are attracted and flirty/ accept flirts. The book seeps into Fantasy there, in my opinion. Luis says that no one cares if you’re gay nowadays, and Jase asks what planet he lives on, “The Planet of Celestial Hope and Goodness?” Granted, NYC has a considerable amount of open-mindedness (or general lack of giving a f…), but the book felt like it skirted over the line just a bit. Maybe that was intentional, making the setting a dreamy character for the reader to lust over.

I felt on-the-fence about Jase’s character. On one hand, it felt accurate. On the other hand, his thoughts about being glad that Luis takes on a feminine role… it just struck me wrong. More the way he thought it than that he thought it, if that makes sense.

The editor only missed six typos (knew/new, hip/up), so I feel I can say the author’s writing is good.

Challenge Progress

Finished
Runaway by J.R. Vincente
We Can Be Mended (Divergent #3.5) by Veronica Roth
Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard
Tender Wings of Desire by Colonel Sanders
The Virgin Billionaire by Ryan Field

Does anyone else find it funny that I rarely read romance or erotica, yet ended up reading THREE of them this week? I swear it wasn’t planned. All five actually have love stories as big part of the plot!

May 12 2017

#BoutOfBooks 19 Read-a-Thon #RAT post 5 Book Reviews @kfc ‏@VictoriaAveyard #BookSpineRainbow

I’m taking part in the Bout of Books 19 Read-a-thon number 19 from May 8 to 14.

You may even find a challenge over there created by yours truly! (May 9)

#boutofbooks 19 is in May 2017


The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

(Note= While I’ve been a BoB expert in the past, I didn’t sign up this time due to A to Z burnout. I will volunteer again in the future.)

2017 Reading challenges Oliver's Nest Bookworm Reading Challenge by @OpAwesome6

Reading Challenges that are a big part of my current reading goals:

GenreSF120 #NewToMe2017 image #FlightsOfFantasy image debut author reading challenge 2017 image


Challenge Friday 5/12

Book Spine Rainbow

#BookSpineRainbow #boutofbooks @JLenniDorner Book Spine Rainbow image



Red Lifers M.A. Griffin
Orange Ghost Stories of the Lehigh Valley Adams & Seibold
Yellow Harry Potter and the Cursed Child J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany
Green The Perihelix Jemima Pett
Blue Glass Sword Victoria Aveyard
Indigo Carve the Mark Veronica Roth
Violet A Series of Unfortunate Events #4: The Miserable Mill Lemony Snicket


MY DAY 4 PROGRESS

Book Review

Tender Wings of Desire by Colonel Sanders
4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38 Free in Kindle Store
#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle Short Reads > Two hours or more (65-100 pages) > Romance
#19 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance
This book is new to me, as is the author. #NewToMe2017 (I’m going to assume that this is a debut, as the listed author has no other attributed works. But, honestly, we all know this is the handy work of a ghost writer.)

Oh my (*insert voice of George Takei here). Judging by the cover (which we all know to never do), I expected a corny, hilarious story mixed with some romance. Also, the main character doesn’t wear jeans, but rather is from the era of corsets and dresses covering hoop skirt petticoats. I’m willing to overlook that because the artwork, as hokey and unrelated to the story as it is, is what drew me in. Actually, this was just an ordinary alternative-history romance. (I’m assuming it’s alternative history.) There is only a vague reference, near the end, to the chicken chain.

I’m giving it four stars because it’s a fine book, but I’m not going running to social media to insist all my friends read it. (Even if such insistence is how I end up reading most of these cisgender romance novels about Europeans.) It’s low on the heat scale, probably so conservative readers can enjoy it too. A privileged young lady runs away from an arranged marriage, pretends to be a commoner to get a job, and meets a guy. (Was there a spoiler in that? It’s basically a “reforming the rake” romance plot.) And there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s even done well.

There’s a character named Caoimhe— gotta love that.

The chicken-making author has two typos/formatting issues (“womenin” and “womaninto” ), and there’s always a debate in the grammar world as to if “alright” is an acceptable word (instead of all right).

Book Review

Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard
5 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

#FlightsOfFantasy #SpecFic #NewToMe2017 (I haven’t read the book before.)
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,649 in Books
#19 in Books > Teens > Romance > Science Fiction & Dystopian
#134 in Books > Teens > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy
#134 in Books > Teens > Literature & Fiction

I would go mad if there wasn’t another book in this series. This rollercoaster of emotion and action that fills the pages ends on a note that’s like being struck by lightning.

Like Red Queen, I find the book, a fantasy story which seems to have a setting of future Earth, to feel very much like the present day. There’s a line, “He never got to teach me about the Divide, the ancient moment when silver blood split from red,” which feels to me like the way Americans talk about being divided now. (Rich versus everyone else, healthy versus anyone taking any prescription ever for anything, races, religions, etc.) There’s a line in the book, “Sickness with easy cures, but no money to buy the medicine.” This is a fantasy world where there are people who can heal almost anything with just a touch… but they only treat the richest, the silver bloods. It’s those tiny mentions in the book that hit too close to home for my heart and head.

Glass Sword #Quote by Victoria Aveyard

In this fantasy world filled with people who have super powers, it’s still the psychic, Jon, who gets questioned. Calling lightning and commanding electric, sure. Healing with a touch, okay. Seeing a few minutes into the future, you bet. But seeing time, seeing days ahead… that’s where the characters get skeptical. I found Jon and his power, and the reactions the others had to it, to be very amusing. To quote, “chose to trust what they could understand, rather than what was true.” Those are more than words in a book. There’s wisdom leaking out, which is what I love about this author. A paragraph later explains the fantastic covers of these books, the crowns dripping with blood. I love when the reason for a cover becomes obvious in the pages.

I’m pretty sure I know what Farley’s question is, the one to which Jon tells Mare that the answer is yes. It’ll be the next book before I know for 100% sure, but I’m 99% betting that I know.

I’m also going to mention quickly how fun the acknowledgment was to read.

Challenge Progress

Finished
Runaway by J.R. Vincente
We Can Be Mended (Divergent #3.5) by Veronica Roth
Tender Wings of Desire by Colonel Sanders
Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard

May 11 2017

#BoutOfBooks 19 Read-a-Thon #RAT post 4 Fictional Dating Profile for Heath

I’m taking part in the Bout of Books 19 Read-a-thon number 19 from May 8 to 14.

You may even find a challenge over there created by yours truly! (May 9)

#boutofbooks 19 is in May 2017


The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

(Note= While I’ve been a BoB expert in the past, I didn’t sign up this time due to A to Z burnout. I will volunteer again in the future.)

2017 Reading challenges Oliver's Nest Bookworm Reading Challenge by @OpAwesome6

Reading Challenges that are a big part of my current reading goals:

GenreSF120 #NewToMe2017 image #FlightsOfFantasy image debut author reading challenge 2017 image


Challenge

Character Dating Profile

Create a dating profile for your favourite literary character. Where are they from? What are they looking for? What are their likes and dislikes?

Thanks to Liz Whitehouse for today’s challenge.

The character I’ve chosen is Heath from my Existence books (not yet published).

I’m 24, single, living in New York, NY ripped a trite bit fickle and get feisty on occasion
I love my “job.”
Willing to Lie About Where We Met
I like rowing, rock climbing, and going to the movies, making a great meal, or bars.
Honesty is a trait I look for in my friends and partners.

What I’d like:
Single (or looking to bring a friend).
18 – 75
Over 4 ‘ 7 ” ~ Under 6 ‘ 6 ”
I’m an equal opportunity dater.
Ready to take a road trip to meet up.
Respectful, open-minded, laid-back, funny, honest.
Kids aren’t a dealbreaker.
I’m your rock to lean on, but just for a night or weekend.

MY DAY 3 PROGRESS

Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard = page 372 of 444.

I only managed to read 40 pages on Wednesday. I barely had an hour to focus.

Challenge Progress

Finished
Runaway by J.R. Vincente
We Can Be Mended (Divergent #3.5) by Veronica Roth

May 10 2017

#BoutOfBooks 19 Read-a-Thon #RAT post 3 #shelfie4boutofbooks

I’m taking part in the Bout of Books 19 Read-a-thon number 19 from May 8 to 14.

You may even find a challenge over there created by yours truly! (May 9)

#boutofbooks 19 is in May 2017


The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

(Note= While I’ve been a BoB expert in the past, I didn’t sign up this time due to A to Z burnout. I will volunteer again in the future.)

2017 Reading challenges Oliver's Nest Bookworm Reading Challenge by @OpAwesome6

Reading Challenges that are a big part of my current reading goals:

GenreSF120 #NewToMe2017 image #FlightsOfFantasy image debut author reading challenge 2017 image


Challenge

Share Your Shelfie

Share a picture of your books/shelves/nightstand/e-library/wherever you keep your books on. Use the hashtags #boutofbooks and #shelfie4boutofbooks

#shelfie4boutofbooks #boutofbooks 19 May 2017 @JLenniDorner

MY DAY 2 PROGRESS

Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard = Read 333 of 444 pages

Challenge Progress

Finished
Runaway by J.R. Vincente
We Can Be Mended (Divergent #3.5) by Veronica Roth

My review of Runaway was removed by Amazon. Perhaps because my distant cousin’s wife also read it (her review is gone too). Perhaps because I bought the book at Smashwords instead of from Amazon. I don’t know, and Amazon doesn’t say, they just remove things. My thoughts are still on Goodreads, Smashwords, 50BookPledge, and this blog.

May 09 2017

#BoutofBooks 19 Read-a-Thon #RAT post 2 Book Review #NewToMe2017 Not A Font

I’m taking part in the Bout of Books 19 Read-a-thon number 19 from May 8 to 14.

You may even find a challenge over there created by yours truly! (May 9)

Not a Font

“Illustrative Typography” #BoutofBooks Illustrative Typography by @JLenniDorner
That’s what this image to the right is.
How do I know for sure?
Because I made it with angel hair pasta!
Cover titles aren’t always made with computer fonts.
Sometimes artists get to play around and create letters.
That’s the challenge I offered up for today.
Good luck!

#boutofbooks 19 is in May 2017


The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

(Note= While I’ve been a BoB expert in the past, I didn’t sign up this time due to A to Z burnout. I will volunteer again in the future.)

2017 Reading challenges Oliver's Nest Bookworm Reading Challenge by @OpAwesome6

Reading Challenges that are a big part of my current reading goals:

GenreSF120 #NewToMe2017 image #FlightsOfFantasy image debut author reading challenge 2017 image


MY DAY 1 PROGRESS

Book Review

Runaway by J.R. Vincente
5 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner
This book and author are new to me. #NewToMe2017

Before I get to the review, let me recap a little conversation…

Me: I finished reading that choose-your-erotica book you mentioned.
Friend” (note the quotes…) : Did you find secret scene?
Me: Secret scene? You mean the secret she has for most of the book?
Friend“: No! There’s a secret scene from one of the choices. I found it. Didn’t you find it? Who did she end up with?
Me: The dog owner was texting her, but she ended up single and fine with it.
Friend“: I can’t believe you missed the secret scene.
Me: I can’t believe how much I hate you right now.

I then reread the book, making different choices. And then… read it again. The scene! I found the scene!
Yes, this does make me cooler than the rest of you.

The cover of the book, by the way, is a bed (or mattress) that’s bondage ready. That cover should be your clue to how high on the heat scale this could be. (*Anna @herdingcats2012 — If you read this book, good luck figuring out your kitty heat scale. LOL.)

Some of the book takes part in my home state of PA. (I was looking for a book with a setting in my hometown for a reading challenge in 2015.)

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,764 Paid in Kindle Store
#9326 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Erotica > BDSM
#9400 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Erotica > BDSM
#73099 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction

I read the book three times (in my quest for the secret scene). I enjoyed all three read-throughs. There is a good amount of suspense, making it more like a mystery-thriller, in several of the choices. It’s easy enough to believe that this could be real; that the characters could exist, as could the scenarios. Runaway was as fun to read as every other choose-your-adventure book I’ve picked up. It might be hardcore, it might be softcore, there are some HEA and some not, or it might just be a suspense with some romance… the reader decides.

I read erotica when it is written by someone I know or recommended to me. (This book was a recommendation.) I was pleasantly surprised by how fun this was to read. Perhaps because I was able to decide her fate. The only problem I had was that I didn’t get that secret bonus scene on the first read, so I had to go back! Okay, that’s not a bad problem to have, and speaks more to my stubborn determination. It was a fun journey.

Book Review

We Can Be Mended (Divergent #3.5) by Veronica Roth
4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner
On a psychological level, yes, I understand why this story ends the way it ends. There’s a lot of emotion packed in these pages. How you feel about Four will determine how your heart holds up while reading this.
Be warned, if you’ve only seen the movies, especially the last one, you WILL NOT understand any of this story at all whatsoever. I half wonder if Veronica Roth wrote this because she felt bad for her fans or her characters after the ending of the final movie. (Character Arcs? Pfft… we’ll just have an alternative ending of some happily ever after!) This story, this small book, is the anti version of that ending. That’s what I like about it. If, however, you preferred that movie ending, then you’ll probably dislike this story.

May 08 2017

Bout of Books 19 Read-a-Thon #RAT May 8 to 14 #boutofbooks post 1 #insixwords

I’m taking part in the Bout of Books 19 Read-a-thon number 19 from May 8 to 14.

You may even find a challenge over there created by yours truly! (May 9)

#boutofbooks 19 is in May 2017


The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

(Note= While I’ve been a BoB expert in the past, I didn’t sign up this time due to A to Z burnout. I will volunteer again in the future.)

2017 Reading challenges Oliver's Nest Bookworm Reading Challenge by @OpAwesome6

Reading Challenges that are a big part of my current reading goals:

GenreSF120 #NewToMe2017 image #FlightsOfFantasy image debut author reading challenge 2017 image




I reread Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. Notice the quote. (The words are a lie, a speech she’s forced to read.) I’ve become increasingly convinced that this book isn’t actually fiction, but is using code words for America in 2017… I’m slightly kidding, except there are alternative facts, only a small percent of the population has wealth and power, and most of the people have a pre-existing condition (red blood) which is what makes them barely worthy of life (according to the one-percenters). You could call me crazy, but there’s really something about this book that raises my eyebrow.

(I previously read this book during the May 2015 BoutofBooks.)

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,323 in Books
#13 in Books > Teens > Mysteries & Thrillers > Romantic
#22 in Books > Teens > Mysteries & Thrillers > Thrillers & Suspense
#23 in Books > Teens > Mysteries & Thrillers > Fantasy & Supernatural

Red Queen book Quote #boutofbooks

Introduce yourself #insixwords

ESTP, wordsmith, enlivener, ambitious, caffeine absorbant ☕

Previous answers (all still true):
Writer, Blogger, Lenni-Lenape, persevering, creative BoB Jan 2016
nemophilist, quirky, determined, dreamer, inspiration’s Master BoB May 2016
Reader, SpecFic Writer, Debut Author Interviewer BoB Jan 2017

May 07 2017

#AtoZChallenge 2017 Reflection Post

survivor #atozchallenge 2017 @JLenniDorner

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

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

The story started with All Intents and Purposes.


For BONUS CONTENT, check out the JOURNAL OF ANAH post.




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Reflection

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Oh hi! It’s me, your co-host… SPAM.
I’m not actually a canned meat product made mostly from a pig. But the number of times I got a comment moderation message or my comment just didn’t show up… I now live in fear that the Hormel company is going to take me away!


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Anyway. My quick review of the challenge this month:

  • I had a post for every letter!
  • I scheduled most of my posts in advance. (Thanks Blog Ahead Mini #1!)
  • This was my SIXTH year in the challenge, first as a co-host.
  • I found the non-linky way to be mostly good. I’m waiting until the results of the survey come in to render my final judgment, as I want to know that people still felt they received comments. In other years, the teams had assigned list numbers, which helped ensure that everyone was visited by a host or their volunteers. I’m curious if not having that system had an impact.
  • I have no compassion for those who complain about having to put five minutes a day of effort into promoting their own blog (via link pasting). Self-promotion is part of blog hops. Expecting someone else to promote you, for free, everyday… that’s conceited. A blog is part of your brand, of who you are, and marketing yourself is your responsibility. Be active and engaged.

Clarification: I do care and want to know about those who had technical difficulty beyond their control. Details, please! Especially note if you told a co-host/ the team, yet no one could help.
It’s laziness I take issue with, particularly in those who expect others to do work for them.

  • I ended my posts with questions or comment prompts.

Hyperlink fail because of Curled quote Tip from @JLenniDorner

  • I mastered hyperlinking years ago. I learned it by looking at what others did and playing around. (If the Native American from Amish/Mennonite country can learn to hyperlink, so can you.)
  • I’m very proud of being part of the A to Z Challenge. And I’m pleased with Anah’s story.
  • I shared posts of MANY others.
  • I followed a few more blogs. (I followed a lot already in the last 6 years.)
  • I added to my Twitter friends!
  • I made a few other social media connections.
  • Hopefully I have some new friends. (Especially in Janet Miles, Ronel Janse Van Vuuren (mind reader — lol), and Natalie Westgate.)
  • There was a lot I learned by visiting blogs.
  • My TBR list went up. I acquired a few more ebooks.
  • The Twitter chats were debated, but not held this year due to time. (Figuring out when to hold them so the whole world can attend. Ha ha ha… yeah.)
  • I’m eager to see if others played the Bingo I made.
  • The timezone of the A to Z posts was fine for me.
  • The A to Z challenge is a priority in my life, and has been for a while now.
  • “A” was the most commented on post (42). I got 341 comments on the A to Z posts. (I had 238 comments last year.)
  • My blog stats for April are in the image below. My views went down -30.89% this year, but comments were up +43.27%

AprilBlogStats @JLenniDorner


I am very grateful to my fellow co-hosts.

This challenge is very much a team effort. There are posts to write, decissions to be made, questions to be answered, graphics, management, more posting, checking this and that, making sure Networked Blogs picked up the blog post so Facebook was ready ontime every day, dealing with html issues, helping people… But when the team comes together and everyone takes a task, it’s doable. I feel that we all contributed. And we’ll keep going, all year, so the blog stays alive for you, the participants.


And now I’m off to a nice, relaxing read-a-thon over at Bout of Books. I need the break!





J Lenni Dorner
Reference and Speculative Fiction Author
A to Z Challenge Co-Host
Operation Awesome Debut Author Spotlight Organizer
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Apr 29 2017

Z #AtoZChallenge Zeal of Zebras #Fiction #SFF

#AtoZChallenge2017 BadgeZ #AtoZChallenge Zeal of Zebras #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.

The story started with All Intents and Purposes.

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Z #AtoZChallenge Zeal of Zebras #Fiction #SFF

Zeal of Zebras



Ora shakes her head. I’m leaving. Take his coat and follow me. If you waste time saving the monster’s life, I will send the Homeland Security Mind Task Force to get both of you.

She turns and walks away.

It’s that easy for her.

She’s more powerful than I am. She’s smarter than I am. But she has no heart.

I pick up the legs of my abductor. Cold and hungry, I drag him toward the safe room. Safe, ha, that word has never been so misused.

Maybe Ora is tricking my mind again, because everything goes dark.

I’m in Africa. There’s a zeal of zebras around me. One has a horn of gold and silver twisted together. The zebra unicorn tells me I have to wake up. A lion strolls over and smacks me across the face with his mighty paw.

Anah? Can you hear me?

That’s Mr. Bennett’s voice. He’s not a zebra unicorn. And why would he be in Africa?

Come on, Girlie, time to rise and shine. The lion sounds like the man who abducted me. Why?

Reality crashes in as I wake up. It hurts everywhere. Something is keeping me from moving.

Anah, calm down. I just dressed those wounds. Keep still.

I find Mr. Bennett sitting beside me. He adjusts the blanket I’m wrapped in.

My abductor paces nearby. “Good work on not dying. Bad work on letting Ora out.”

“She wanted me to let you freeze to death.” Did I expect a thanks for saving his life? “Where are we?”

Mr. Bennett shoves a thermometer to my ear. “We’re taking you to your parents.”

I smile. “I’m finally going home?” I take a deep breath, inhaling his cardamom cologne. It feels like I already am home. Journal assignments and staring at his birthmark, my own bed, a hug from mom, and dad’s hot cocoa — that’s what I want most in the world.

“No.” My abductor shakes his head. “You’re the most wanted telepath in the world. The HSMTF has your face up on every screen. There’s a price on your head so high that even I thought about turning you in.”

“Uncle Zahir, please, she’s been through enough.”

“I only said I thought about it,” he waves his hand dismissively. “No point in lying to an Eve Nine, is there?”

I look back and forth between the two of them. They look alike in most ways. How did I not notice that before? Is that part of the Umwelt theory? I didn’t see the similarities in appearance between my favorite person and my abductor because my reality was one is good and one is evil?

“We’re going to a safe place. It’s a Zoroastrianism worship site with telepathic shielding. Hopefully, she won’t find us there. I’m sorry, Anah.” Mr. Bennett looks away.

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For BONUS CONTENT, check out the JOURNAL OF ANAH post.





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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#boutofbooks 19 is in May 2017 Z #AtoZChallenge Zeal of Zebras #Fiction #SFF

Apr 28 2017

Y #AtoZChallenge Your Point is Moot #Fiction #SFF

#AtoZChallenge2017 BadgeY #AtoZChallenge Your Point is Moot #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.

The story started with All Intents and Purposes.

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Your Point is Moot



I didn’t knock him out to exact revenge. I did it so we could be free.

Ora motions to the artic area of the cave. And now we’re both out of the room with the impossible door. What was the next part of your plan?

I blow on my fingers as I jog slowly in place. I didn’t think that far. Letting a man freeze to death wasn’t on the agenda.

Okay. I’m giving you leeway here. Instead of ordering you to take his coat, I’m letting it be your choice. But to prove that your point is moot, I could kill him now. You’d take the coat off a dead man, right? To save your life, I mean.

What kind of little girl is this?

Don’t kill him! I kneel down to remove his coat. His body moves, up and down, with his every breath. I tell myself that he’s evil. This is the guy who kidnapped two children.

But he thought he had a good reason.

Ora, I can’t do it. I can’t let him freeze. Please, help me drag him down to the room where we were held. Then I can take his coat. No one has to die.

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moot not mute Y #AtoZChallenge Your Point is Moot #Fiction #SFF

If you had the power to ask one question one time and have it answered honestly, what would you ask and to who?



For BONUS CONTENT, check out the JOURNAL OF ANAH post.





by J Lenni Dorner
Reference and Speculative Fiction Author
A to Z Challenge Co-Host
Operation Awesome Debut Author Spotlight Organizer
Operation Awesome Debut Author Spotlight Organizer @JLenniDornerFollow @JLenniDorner on Twitter please WhatAreThey on Facebook pages Networked Blog @JLenniDorner Linky Followers @JLenniDorner Bloglovin


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Y #AtoZChallenge Your Point is Moot #Fiction #SFF

Apr 28 2017

May the Forth be With these Goals

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April and November are my busiest months of the year. That held true this month. In addition to the challenge of the A to Z blogging challenge (see what I did there?), I also dealt with several Internet outages and a small personal matter. (Mean people suck. That’s all I’m saying on this.) Overall though, the month went well. I even entered two writing events!



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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  • Finish a big writing project
  • Keep Supporting Diverse Books
  • Be part of 5 blog hops/fests 3 down!
  • Keep rocking the Debut Author Spotlight at Operation Awesome
  • Contribute more to the #atozchallenge Co-Hosted!Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal

#atozchallenge A2Z BADGE 2017

 


2017 Reading challenges
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#boutofbooks 19 is in May 2017


The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team



Review of Goals for April:


#atozchallenge A2Z BADGE 2017 Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal


  • Leave comments on A to Z blogs for at least 2 hours a day Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Finish following the All Author group members on Twitter Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal



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NOW FILLING JULY 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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Apr 27 2017

X #AtoZChallenge eXact Revenge #Fiction #SFF

#AtoZChallenge2017 BadgeX #AtoZChallenge eXact Revenge #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.

The story started with All Intents and Purposes.

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eXact Revenge



“An election? What?” I ask through a mouthful of taco. “I thought you wanted your mommy. We were scared and alone in the dark an hour ago.”

Maybe I’ve passed out and this is a dream. Maybe I’m dying and this is a hallucination.

“Drama queen,” Ora says as she puts her empty mug down. “Give me that coat.”

I shake my head. “I don’t understand.”

She growls at me. An actual snarl, like an angered dog. I’m an Eve Ten. The powers of my mind are unmatched. I know because I’ve copied the knowledge of everyone I’ve ever met. The only thing I wasn’t capable of was getting that door open. She motions to the exit.

My godfather, who I picked myself because my idiot parents planned to leave me to my useless Aunt when they die, he promised I’d never have to eat tacos again if I got him elected to mayor in two years. I told him to think bigger. He asked if I could get him into the Senate. She laughs as she shakes her head. He’ll understand soon. So will you. Now… “Give me that coat.”

I find myself pulling off the heavy jacket and even helping her put it on. Her hair is soft and clean, I notice. I’m a dirty, starving mess. She let me think it was far worse down here. Looking around, I realize that this is probably an abandoned bomb shelter of a wealthy family.

“Was I even chained? You couldn’t fake that, could you? Would you?”

She heads to the exit. “That’s one thing I wish others understood about me. I come first. All the knowledge I’ve copied has shown me that people who put themselves first live longer and do better.”

“That isn’t true.” I follow her. The cold air hits, striking through my skin straight into my bones.

“It is. You proved it.” She points to the body of our abductor, passed out on the cave floor. You chose to exact revenge on him for kidnapping you. Take his coat and follow me.

He’ll freeze to death!

The blank look she gives me sends a stunning chill, one worse than this bitter cold, down my spine.

One of you is going to live. Take his coat and join me, Eve Nine.

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Exact not Extract X #AtoZChallenge eXact Revenge #Fiction #SFF

What’s one thing you wish others understood about you?



For BONUS CONTENT, check out the JOURNAL OF ANAH post.





by J Lenni Dorner
Reference and Speculative Fiction Author
A to Z Challenge Co-Host
Operation Awesome Debut Author Spotlight Organizer
Operation Awesome Debut Author Spotlight Organizer @JLenniDornerFollow @JLenniDorner on Twitter please WhatAreThey on Facebook pages Networked Blog @JLenniDorner Linky Followers @JLenniDorner Bloglovin


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Coming Soon:
Have goals? Need encouragement? This blog hop is for you! X #AtoZChallenge eXact Revenge #Fiction #SFF

Apr 26 2017

W #AtoZChallenge Wreak Havoc #Fiction #SFF

#AtoZChallenge2017 BadgeW #AtoZChallenge Wreak Havoc #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.

The story started with All Intents and Purposes.

Oppression message in W #AtoZChallenge Wreak Havoc #Fiction #SFF

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Wreak Havoc



“It isn’t brainwashing. It’s presenting a world that could be real so as to transform our reality, and then it will become real.” I feel a fog lift from my mind. The effects of Ora’s power dampening are mostly worn off. “I’ll start there. If that’s not enough, I’ll figure out something else.”

“Will you now?” He’s still acting as if everything I say is comedic.

“Yes, I will. Oppression is bad enough. I will not allow child telepaths to be abducted and caged on my watch. Ora and I are going home.”

I flex my fingers. His eyes are wide as the pain hits. His body shakes from the shocks. I’m far more powerful than his stun gun. Seconds later, he’s unconscious. Keys, keys, keys, I think to myself as I rummage through his pockets. Once they’re in hand, I rush down to the area where Ora is being held hostage. Black spots swam in my vision as I haul the heavy doors open in my starved state.

“Anah? Why isn’t the monster with you?”

“You’re safe now. I took care of him. Let me just find the lock on your chain.” I feel around in the dark.

“So you are going to set me free?”

“Of course.”

An old, dull, yellow light flicks on. “This might help.”

“You could turn that on the whole time we were trapped down here?” She shrugs at my question. Now that I can see her I know she is the girl from the news report.

I look around for the lock to her chain. There isn’t one. In fact, there’s no chain. She’s standing between a taco buffet table and a hot cocoa bar. “Is this a mirage? Ora, I need to be able to see what’s real so I can get you out.”

She laughs. “The door is open, and you said you’d set me free. I can handle the rest on my own.”

The taco table looks so real. I can’t help myself. “I know this is just my imagination, but,” I walk over and fix myself a hard shell with everything. Juices from the meat and tomato run down my chin as I savor a bite. “I’d think this was real if I didn’t know better.”

“It is real.” She pours herself a hot cocoa and adds marshmallows. “He’s a monster, but he didn’t want me to starve. Then again, tacos,” she fakes a gagging sound. “Starvation was probably a better option. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to wreak havoc and wreck an election.”

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The word is wreak, not wreck. Enjoy the song for an audio of the correct phrase.

What’s your favorite hot drink? (Recipe link welcome.)



by J Lenni Dorner
Reference and Speculative Fiction Author
A to Z Challenge Co-Host
Operation Awesome Debut Author Spotlight Organizer
Operation Awesome Debut Author Spotlight Organizer @JLenniDornerFollow @JLenniDorner on Twitter please WhatAreThey on Facebook pages Networked Blog @JLenniDorner Linky Followers @JLenniDorner Bloglovin


Follow JLenniDorner on Pinterest please Follow and friend J Lenni Dorner on Goodreads please Please visit the author page of J Lenni Dorner on Amazon Please visit author J Lenni Dorner on Smashwords Please add Author J Lenni Dorner on G+ Google Plus Please visit J Lenni Dorner on AllAuthor


W #AtoZChallenge Wreak Havoc #Fiction #SFF

For BONUS CONTENT, check out the JOURNAL OF ANAH post.

Apr 26 2017

#storytimebloghop Journal Of Anah #fiction #sff

BONUS CONTENT!

The following is for the #storytimebloghop. Anah mentioned (in the U post) that she wrote a journal entry about something that never happened. That entry is the flash fiction post below. Enjoy.

Storytime blog hop

Story title: Journal of Anah


Author: J Lenni Dorner



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This never happened.

What I know about physics strongly suggests that this couldn’t be real.

That didn’t stop me from building the machine. It wasn’t my idea, exactly. Being an advanced telepath, an Eve Nine to be precise, I hear a lot. One voice wasn’t from someone nearby, or someone I met before. The speaker was not of my world. She was building a machine to travel through time and dimensions. There had to be others for this to work.

We needed these machines.

The parts were mostly easy to find. Like ninety-eight percent of the people of her world, she’s wheelchair bound, so accommodations had to be made. Getting parts to make it accessible proved harder for me than for her.

She talked about a rock behind a door. For her, this was the hardest part of the build. It’s a crucial element to power the machine. It has to be dug up.

Why would a rock that needs to be dug up be behind a door? I thought there might be an easier way. I checked online but, despite hours of searching, I found no such rock. Grudgingly, I went to the place she mentioned. There were no ramps or railings leading into the old dump on my world.

The stench knotted my nose hairs. The sun burnt my skin through my shirt. I wished, with each heavy shovel load of debris, that I never heard her voice. On the second day of digging, it rained. I sloshed around in the mud. Decaying trash latched onto my hair. Worms crawled inside my clothing. A broken doll called for its mother in a voice that became creepier as each hour wore on.

It was the third day, just after I finished lunch, that something happened. I know, because I debated taking the empty wrapper of my curried egg salad sandwich home to throw away. “Idiot,” I called myself as I remembered I was in a hole in an old trash dump. Throwing a wrapper on the ground here isn’t littering! I drove my shovel into the dirt. It hit something. The vibration moved through the tool, into my arms, and attacked my shoulders. I yelled at the dirt. Suppose this doesn’t work at all and I’ve wasted my resources on this stupid project! I can’t even use it for a college essay one day.

Dear University,

I spent three months building a machine to travel through time and dimensions. A voice in my head told me how. Please let me attend your school to study physics.


Sincerely yours,

The totally NOT crazy Anah

As I pulled my shovel back, a seal broke open. Once the dust cleared, I was able to see a metal door. I turned the hatch wheel. With all the rust and dirt, I expected it to be a difficult task. Instead, it spun with ease, and the thick door sprung open.

It was as if it wanted to be found.

The rock sat inside on a simple wooden pedestal. The room was the size of classic VW Beetle. It had no markings, no paint, no lights, nothing of note at all. I snatched up the rock, closed the door, and went home.

After a shower and change of clothes, I went to my machine and inserted the rock.

The door of the machine slid open, shut, and then open again. I stepped inside. What happened next is not to be described, but the point is, the machine worked. I returned home later with a plan.

Mr. Bennett drove me home after school the next day, as he has been ever since my dad asked. I pretended my hair was caught on the motorcycle helmet he lent me. The cardamom cologne of my ninth grade English teacher filled the room as he followed me inside. Of course he marveled at my machine! “Join me inside,” I said. Then it was only a matter of button presses.

We stepped out to another time and world. Here our ages were the same, ten more years for me and ten less for him. Our clothing had changed, too. I wore a high collar dress with a bustle backside. He had a pinstripe suit and a pocket watch. We both sported amazing hats. I simply adore hats. That’s why I picked this place. The hats. And now, with him here, it’s perfect.

Anah? What’s going on?

We’re the only two telepaths on this world. Here, we are equals, so it doesn’t matter that your telepathic powers are only an Eve Two level. And here, we are the same age. The person who built this machine in this place wanted to leave.

How do you know? I love how easily his mind reaches out to mine. The link we share is undeniable. He’ll see that now.

I spoke with her. With all of them. Across dimensions and throughout time, there is always a version of me. This version, the one who lived here, didn’t have you. She must have been terribly lonely. Just as I was before meeting you. We can be together now.

He shook his head. “Anah,” he rubbed the birthmark behind his left ear, “take us back.”

No. There are other worlds and other times if you don’t like this one. There’s a wheelchair world with the smartest Anah of us all. Want to meet her?

I don’t want you to miss ten years of your life for me.

He pulled me against him with one arm. A tiny laugh escaped as he touched the brim of my hat. “One kiss. One kiss, and then we go back, and we’ll say this never happened.”

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#storytimebloghop Journal Of Anah #fiction #sff @JLenniDorner

*Reminder/ disclaimer =
This story is a (fictional) journal entry, as written by the 15-year-old character based on the prompt she was given. I do not encourage, suggest, or support the ending, were it a reality. However, in the safe pages of a journal, people do sometimes write a fantasy about someone they can never actually be with (unless a few celebrities and I have … well, never you mind).

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Apr 25 2017

V #AtoZChallenge Viable Alternative #Fiction #SFF

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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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Viable Alternative

“The fact is, being around that little girl is dangerous. The depths of this cave and the doors that keep it sealed are dampening her powers. When she’s more mature, perhaps then she can rejoin the world. Of course, with that darkness, she’ll be blind by then. Maybe that’ll help.”

“What kind of monster are you? Ora can’t be left alone down there. She should be at home, with her family, being taught right from wrong. You can’t just lock her up and hope for the best.”

“I can, and I have.”

“That’s foolish. Yes, she’s different. Yes, what makes her different also makes her dangerous to our way of life. But she deserves to be free.” I drag myself upright.

“Her parents are revolutionaries. They want to breed the non-telepaths out. Have you heard of Eve Only?”

I shake my head. “There has to be a way to co-exist. Some viable alternative.”

“Well it wouldn’t be an alternative if it wasn’t viable, now would it? My great nephew not teach you the meaning of words?”

“Mr. Bennett taught me about the concept of the Umwelt. People accept the reality which they are presented. So we present them with a world of Eve and non-Eve people living in harmony. If Ora can do what you claim, planting false memories in everyones minds, then we use that.”

He slaps his knee as he laughs. The sound rumbles off the cave walls. “More exposure of our kind? That’s your suggestion?”

“Better than forcing a child to grow up in a dark cave.”

“I’ve always wondered if someone like us would attempt world brainwashing.”

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What have you always wondered?



by J Lenni Dorner
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Apr 24 2017

U #AtoZChallenge Curl Up in the Fetal Position #Fiction #SFF

#AtoZChallenge2017 BadgeU #AtoZChallenge Curl up in the fetal position #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.

The story started with All Intents and Purposes.

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Curl Up in the Fetal Position



“Ora is a child, not a problem.” He laughs at my statement. “Of course you’d find that funny. You abduct children.”

I finish my drink and snuggle into the coat. He wasn’t kidding about freezing to death. “What’s going to happen now?”

“Maybe I’ll send you back in there. She stopped throwing herself against the wall when I added you.”

“Throwing herself… right. I saw her memories.” I move to stand behind my folding chair.

“She can create false memories. Her own, yours, anyone is subject to it. Ora is the reason the Homeland Security Task Force exists. She wanted to make her neighbor go away. Now he lives in constant fear.”

A tantrum. That can’t be true. “You’re making that up.”

“Am I? Does my great nephew seem happy to you? Unafraid?”

“How should I know?”

Images of Mr. Bennett pop into my mind. Him with moving boxes, him being interviewed for the English teacher job at my school, him crying while alone in the dark.

“I keep tabs on my family, even if they don’t want me to, or don’t know that I do.”

Thinking about Mr. Bennett being related to this guy twists my empty stomach into knots. He projects another memory into my mind. It’s my English class, as seen through binoculars peering into the window. I remember the day. We were supposed to write a journal entry about something that didn’t happen. It was an assignment I didn’t do in class. I just sat there, drawing circles. But I did write it… later, at home, in an old notebook. The entry was too embarrassing to share, especially with Mr. Bennett. I’d be utterly humiliated if he ever read it.

Is my abductor going to make me chose between Ora and Mr. Bennett? I curl up in the fetal position.

U #AtoZChallenge Curl up in the fetal position #Fiction #SFF

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Have you ever written a journal entry about something that didn’t happen?



by J Lenni Dorner
Reference and Speculative Fiction Author
A to Z Challenge Co-Host
Operation Awesome Debut Author Spotlight Organizer
Operation Awesome Debut Author Spotlight Organizer @JLenniDornerFollow @JLenniDorner on Twitter please WhatAreThey on Facebook pages Networked Blog @JLenniDorner Linky Followers @JLenniDorner Bloglovin


Follow JLenniDorner on Pinterest please Follow and friend J Lenni Dorner on Goodreads please Please visit the author page of J Lenni Dorner on Amazon Please visit author J Lenni Dorner on Smashwords Please add Author J Lenni Dorner on G+ Google Plus Please visit J Lenni Dorner on AllAuthor



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