Apr 06 2018

G #AtoZChallenge Googahlack #Fiction #SFF


AtoZChallenge Theme 2018 J Lenni Dorner #SpeculativeFiction
26 parts of a Speculative Fiction story by J Lenni Dorner



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My head is throbbing. At least it’s dark in here.

Where is here?

This isn’t my couch in the basement, because there’s no bunched cushion lump under my back. It can’t be my bed, because it’s too small. And this isn’t my lawn chair. It’s far too dark and quiet for this to be my backyard.

I sit up and feel around for some hair-of-the-dog. There are no bottles nearby. Nor are there any gravestones. At least I’m not sleeping thirty-seven rows down between the second and third stones again.

I clamor to my feet, but fall flat on my face.

“What in the harbor?” My right ankle is wrapped with what looks like seaweed that glows when I move. I check for a way to get it off.

“Don’t touch.” A dimly lit gloved hand lands on mine. A veil streaked with dim light covers a head that shakes back and forth.

“Who are you? Where am I?”

Swirls that seem bioluminescent radiate from twirling fabric, outlining feminine looking curves. The light fades as the wearer settles beside me. The position is intimate, our bodies entwined like lovers relishing the moments after sex.

I scoot away.

“Do I offend you?”

Her voice is charming. The accent is one I haven’t heard before. Just a hint of the one my wife had though.

“I’m uncomfortable because I don’t know you, I don’t know where I am, and I don’t know what’s wrapped around my leg.”

Her gloves glow as she takes my hand.

“I am your trophy.”

I pull away. “Yeah, the trophies I have at home are made of metal. They don’t talk, glow, or cuddle. And none of them are the size of a person. Try again.”

“You won me, Attie of Earth. You defeated Googahlack. That is how you hurt your ankle. I applied healing worms while you slept.”

I rub my head. “Googahlack? Healing worms? Look, I need some coffee and aspirin, Miss… what’d you say your name is?”

“What are coffee and aspirin?”

“Hell. This is Hell. Funny, thought it’d hotter. So, are you a demon?”

Sobbing sounds assault my ears. Her fabric lights up as she moves. She flees several feet away before her fabric’s light fades to dark.

If there were an award show for upsetting females, I’d win every year.

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Apr 05 2018

F #AtoZChallenge Feel #Fiction #SFF


AtoZChallenge Theme 2018 J Lenni Dorner #SpeculativeFiction
26 parts of a Speculative Fiction story by J Lenni Dorner



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My scream leaves me gasping, then gagging. My lungs are on fire. The rest of my body shivers and shakes, fighting against the cold. A viscous, green, translucent fluid surrounds me. I’m going to drown in slime. Just one breath of air, just one, and I could maybe swim out of this.

But it’s so hard to move. Am I paralyzed? Maybe I’m chained? No, I’d feel chains, I think. This is different. I know I have limbs, ones I’ve used many times. They just aren’t responding. The shivers and shakes have stopped, I think. I can’t feel.

Either the fluid has no taste, or I’ve forgotten how my tongue works. Is there a smell? Slime should have a smell, shouldn’t it? Parsley water has a scent. Not a strong one, but a scent. It’s not as green as this. What could make this color?

Does it matter? I’m drowning in green slime, and knowing the shade of green isn’t going to change it. The only sound left is my heartbeat, which is slowing. Or fading. Maybe I’m going deaf. Can deaf people hear their heartbeat?

It’s gone. I feel nothing, hear nothing, taste nothing, smell nothing. Darkness will come soon, and I’ll be dead. My daughters will be orphans. But maybe I’ll see my wife and son again.

“Your newest Earthling!”

The words ring in my ears as I fall. A crowd cheers in the distance. Thousands of unfamiliar scents fill my nose. There are lights beyond the slime. I swim toward them. My limbs! I can move again. I can feel. I’m soaked in slime, and have never been more grateful to know it.

Someone grabs me.

“Earthlings have no worth here.” Something heavy collides with my head. I put up my arms in defense. The crowd chants words I can’t make out.



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Apr 04 2018

E #AtoZChallenge Escape #Fiction #SFF


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26 parts of a Speculative Fiction story by J Lenni Dorner



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I use Lyft to transport me to the warehouse address Brydanz supplied. There’s no way I’ll be sober enough to drive later. My phone beeps as I get out of the car. Mystic sent me a picture of Mercedes holding her planet Phaeton model. I reply with a smile and heart emojis, then shut off my phone.

“Ahh, there he is! Just in time.” Brydanz takes me by my elbow as he greets me. “I knew you would come. Smart man, smart man.”

“I just came to watch the fight.” That’s not true; I also came hoping to drink myself into tomorrow. Upset one kid by using the wrong word, another by cooking dinner, and the youngest by not buying her everything she wants. Not to mention the one spending his birthday in a grave beside my wife. I need today to be over.

“Strong fighter like you? No, no, you say you came to watch, but Brydanz knows. Look in your eyes, eh? Fuel for a fire. Too long have you locked it up.”

“Did we meet before today?” I look him over again as he unchains a warehouse door. I think I’d remember someone this peculiar. Then again, I wasn’t paying much attention back in my fighting days. Odd that the door was chained shut. Am I the first one here?

He laughs as he yanks the heavy, rusted door open. “No, you would have remembered. Interesting that you did not bring your truck. Escape not on your mind?”

I shrug. “Was hoping your arena had alcohol. Enough to inebriate me beyond the legal driving limit.”

Brydanz claps my shoulder, stopping me from going through the door. “You did not care about that earlier. In dead place, you had been drinking.”

“Yeah, well, I gave myself time to sober back up before I had to drive.”

His eyes narrow. “You were not hoping to die?”

“No. My kids need me. The children I told you about.” Maybe part of me wanted to die. To sink into the ground between my wife and son. Part of me has wanted that since the night they died. I don’t talk about it though. Ever. To anyone.

“So you have a reason to live, something for which to fight. Passion in bones.”

“I told you, I’m not fighting. I’m a dancer. Now, are we going to drink and watch some people bloody each other or what?”

His expression changes to the creepiest grin I’ve ever seen. I’d say he looks like he walked out of the pages of a Stephen King horror novel, but honestly, the look is even worse. Brydanz’s cheeks lift and puff out like two blowfish. The whites of his eyes are drowned away by his growing pupils.

“What in the harbor?” Everything around me is moving in my peripheral vision. Brydanz holds my gaze though; his eyes now swirls of black and white. I can’t make myself blink.

“Earthling.” I hear him laughing as everything fades away.

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Apr 03 2018

D #AtoZChallenge Darcy or Daunte #Fiction #SFF


AtoZChallenge Theme 2018 J Lenni Dorner #SpeculativeFiction
26 parts of a Speculative Fiction story by J Lenni Dorner



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The autumn vegetable soup finishes at the same time as the grilled cheese sandwiches Mercedes begged to have tonight. I debate allowing dinner in the living room in front of the television. Or maybe letting my kids eat in their bedrooms. But the soup could spill, and I don’t feel like cleaning it up. Plus, today would have been my son’s birthday, and he liked eating around the kitchen island.

“Hey, break time.” I kiss the top of Mercedes’ head. “Your other sibling upstairs?”

“Yup.” She glues one more ring around Saturn.

“Any idea which identity is on point today?”

“Nope. Want me to call her?”

“That would be nice. I have to pour our drinks and dish out the food.”

A second later, Mercedes belts out, “Hey, Turd wad, get down here!”

“Was that necessary?” I smack the edge of the counter.

“If you buy me a phone I could just send a nice text.”

“I’m not buying you a phone until you’re more responsible. Turd wad is not an appropriate name.”

Mercedes hops onto a kitchen stool. “Well, I didn’t want to misgender or whatever.”

I pass her a glass of milk. There just isn’t any argument left in me today.

Mystic walks in the door as I finish filling the soup bowls. “Hi, Sweetheart. How was group?”

“Dad! You know I can’t talk about it.”

I put up my hands defensively.

“Grilled cheese? Really? Why couldn’t we just have soup? Are you trying to make me gain weight?” She slams her keys on the countertop.

“I wanted it. Eat my stupid vegetable soup. I’ll take your sandwich.” Mercedes shoves her bowl toward Mystic, spilling broth on the counter.

“Yeah, like I’m going to eat two bowls of soup? Dad!”

They both stare at me. I remind myself I’m grateful for them. The bickering is better than silence. “No switching food. Any leftovers will be my lunch tomorrow. Where’s your sister?”

“Don’t you mean—” Mercedes raises a finger.

“You both know who I meant!” I slam my fist on the counter, shut my eyes, and count to ten.

I make it to three before a sniffle interrupts me.

“Why can’t you respect who I am?”

Crap. “I didn’t…” I pause. What’s my answer? I didn’t care enough to think about my words? I’m too upset because I miss my wife and other child? I’m tired and angry and feel like I have nothing left to give? Those are excuses, not reasons to upset my offspring. My preeminent role in life is to love and support this family.

“I didn’t choose my words carefully. I apologize. Dinner is ready.” I motion to the empty stool.

“Black pajamas?” Mystic asks. “How are we supposed to tell which pronoun you’re using? I thought you were going to wear a pink hair clip on Darcy days and the shamrock necklace on Daunte days.”

“Doesn’t seem to matter. My little sister calls me a turd wad and dad still thinks of me as just a daughter.”

I shove my hands in my pockets. The business card pokes my fingers. I have no interest in being a fighter for the weird guy in the graveyard. Right now though, I wouldn’t mind being in the audience.



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Apr 02 2018

C #AtoZChallenge Craft #Fiction #SFF


AtoZChallenge Theme 2018 J Lenni Dorner #SpeculativeFiction
26 parts of a Speculative Fiction story by J Lenni Dorner



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I pull in the garage, turn off my truck, and rest my head for a moment before getting out. The trash cans haven’t been brought in. It’s doubtful that anyone got the mail from the box. My neighbor’s dog has left a “present” at the end of my driveway again. Welcome home, Attie.

Inside I find my youngest, Mercedes, taking up the entire kitchen table and surrounding floor. Is she cutting up vegetables for dinner? Washing the dirty dishes? Doing any chores at all? No. Of course not. I should be glad she’s doing something other than watching videos on the computer. “Dare I ask what this is?”

“Science project. We had to either make a computer model presentation or a craft one. I decided to do the craft one since I don’t have my own laptop.”

I ignore the veiled message about wanting her own electronics. “Uh huh. And when is this masterpiece due?”

“Tomorrow.”

Deep breath. I turn around, open the refrigerator, and pull out ingredients for dinner. “The teacher certainly didn’t give you much time.”

“Yeah. I mean, she mentioned it once, one freaking time, like back in the first week of school. But then today was the first time she said it’s due tomorrow.”

“Mmhmm.” I nod as I picture the class calendar with reminders posted on it. I don’t have the fortitude to argue today.

“Mystic said to tell you that you owe her for gas and for these supplies.”

“I see. And where is your sister?”

“Duh. It’s Tuesday. She has group.”

I chop a freshly washed carrot. “Right. Glad she’s going.”

The grief groups had been too much for me. But today, of all days, I’m grateful that she has support. I take my knife to a butternut squash.

“So what is this science project, anyway?”

“A model of the solar system. Is Earth more blue or green? Or maybe brown?”

I mince the garlic cloves. “Astronauts nicknamed our world ‘The Blue Marble.’ Our oceans take up more space than our land.”

“Okay. Phaeton is green. Do they lack oceans?”

“No, it’s mostly swamp, we think.”

I toss the carrots and onion in a pot, letting them soften as they cook.

“Why don’t we know? I mean, it’s the next planet over. How come we haven’t been there?”

The onion gets to me. Just the onion, nothing more. “Many victories earned may please Justice straightaway, unless nothing progresses.”

“What?” Mercedes looks at me like I’ve lost my mind.

“It’s a mnemonic to remember the planet names and order. Mars is our neighbor. Phaeton is beyond that. And because of the way planets orbit, it’s usually on the other side of the sun.”

“Earth is about 93 million miles from our Sun. And Phaeton is about 221 million miles from our Sun. So Phaethon is 314 million miles away?”

“Sure.” I don’t want to explain the math. Tears run down my face. It’s from the onion. It has nothing to do with the mnemonic my son had come up with when he did the same project that Mercedes is doing now.

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Apr 01 2018

B #AtoZChallenge Brydanz Sulguni #Fiction #SFF


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If I were sober, I could drive away. Somehow, I think my wife has sent this guy with his heavy accent as punishment for napping beside her grave. Again.

“Genuine leather? Cannot be very warm.”

“Full Grain. Genuine is crap.” I pull out my phone to check the time.

The man pets my left arm. “Ah, so it is. Not many wear leather fencing jackets in America, eh?”

I stare at him until he takes a step back. “I have places to be.”

“We all do.” He winks.

I drop the remaining half of my sandwich into the cooler, chug the rest of the water, and toss the bottle into my recycling box. My slamming liftgate is louder than I intended.

“Your black vehicle is called an Escape? How unusual! From what and where do you escape?”

“Listen, I don’t work for Ford. I needed a new truck, this was in my price range, so I bought it. The name wasn’t a factor.” This guy is creeping me out.

He nods. “So sorry. It seemed like a fact of interest, eh? Perhaps not. You have blue in hair.”

“Cake icing.” I reopen my liftgate, grab another baby wipe, and remove blue from auburn.

“Someone smash cake on you? That is odd custom. Waste of food.”

It’s gluing my thick waves together. Even with short hair, this task is impossible. I need a shower.

“No. Look, I have to go.” I close the liftgate again and head toward my driver’s side door.

“Something is on hand.” He touches the back of my left hand. I instinctively curl my fingers, protecting my wedding band from possible thievery.

“Yeah. It’s a tattoo.”

“Very strange. What is these markings?”

I’ve about had it with this guy and his questions. “Who are you?”

“Oh! So sorry. Manners. I am Brydanz Sulguni. I see you from over there.” He points to the sidewalk at the end of the parking area. “Thought to myself, why is such a strong looking fighter out here freezing? Maybe I can help, eh?”

“I’m a dancer, not a fighter. And I’m not freezing or in need of help. Thanks.”

He shakes his head. “You may dance, but you are a fighter. I know one when I see one.” He taps the tattoo on the back of my left hand. “Markings of wins?”

“Sorry to disappoint you. The black capital T with the red circle around it? That’s for the Boston commuter rail red line. Savin Hill is where my family is from. The thirteen little shamrocks around it represent my siblings and myself.”

“This is Philadelphia, city of brotherly love, not Boston The Olde Towne.”

“Go Soxs.”

“Both the Cradle of Liberty, like Switzerland.”

Who memorizes all the nicknames of places? This guy is like potato salad sitting out on a hot July afternoon. “Yeah. I moved here from Boston five years ago.”

He runs his finger around the circle of shamrocks on my hand. It’s strange how comfortable this guy is with touching a stranger. Must be a European custom. “Why not all green? Shamrocks grow in grass, no? They should all be like color of your eyes.”

Does he ever run out of questions? “There are five green ones. Two for my older brothers, two for my young brothers, and one for me. The seven white ones with the thin green outline represent my three older and four younger sisters. The orange shamrock is for my brother who died as an infant.”

“All your siblings have this tattoo?”

“No, just some of us. And my dad. I have to go. My kids are waiting.”

“You raise goats?”

“Children. Three girls.” I pause to correct myself, but decide it’s not worth explaining to this guy. “Nice to have met you, Brydanz.”

He reaches to shake my hand. “Good to have met you as well. Three girls? You must have much to arrange for them to marry well, eh?”

“They’re too young to think about marriage.”

And it better stay that way, or I’ll be burying boys in the backyard. Or lesbians, if they go that way. Whatever, it’s still too early. I rub my stomach and excuse myself as belch tasting of stout, cake, and the sandwich fills my mouth. Tastes like regret and sorrow. The guy stares at me as though he’s expecting me to answer a question. Did he ask me something important?

“My job is to get them through high school and into good colleges. Education is key. I really have to be on my way.”

“Dancing pays that well in America?”

“Yeah.” I don’t feel my fiances are his business. My stomach rumbles. I should have finished the sandwich. At least this interrogation has sobered me up.

Brydanz pulls a business card from his jacket. “Here. In case maybe you need more than dancing to send girls to university. Talk it over with family, with wife and parents, when you get home.”

“My parents are still in Boston.” I cram the card into my pant’s pocket.

He nods. “Of course, of course. Savin Hill train stop. Talk to wife about card, eh?”

I look to the graveyard. “Yeah. We’ll talk. Bye.” I get in my truck and drive off.


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Mar 31 2018

A #AtoZChallenge Attie Connolly the American #Fiction #SFF


AtoZChallenge Theme 2018 J Lenni Dorner #SpeculativeFiction
26 parts of a Speculative Fiction story by J Lenni Dorner

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I let the upbeat song finish before I shut off my truck. One more deep, stalling breath. I get out, walk to the back, and open the liftgate. Cooler and blanket in hand, I trudge through the frosted, brown leaves. Thirty-seven rows down, two and three stones in, both engraved with “Connolly.”

“Happy birthday, Danny boy.” I lay the blanket out between my son and wife. Reaching into the cooler, I set a small cake by his stone and pull out two bottles of Irish stout.

“I hope you’ve been behaving for your mother.” Leaning over, I kiss my wife’s stone, then set her drink down.

“Fifteen. Big year ahead for you.” That’s as far as I make it before the lie, the facade, fades. Once again, I’m the weeping guy in the graveyard.

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Ringing and buzzing in my jean’s pocket wakes me. “Yeah?”

“Is this Attie Connolly?”

“Yes. Who’s this?” I pull my phone away to glance. Just a number, no name attached. I put the phone back to my ear.

“One moment.”

“Dad? Why didn’t you pick me up yet?” Mercedes, my youngest, asks. “I had to use the school office phone to call you. See? Told you I need my own. Are you coming or what?”

“I, uhh,” I rub my eyes as I sit up. Six empty bottles surround me, as well as a half-eaten cake. I glance at my phone again, this time to check the clock. I realize my hand is covered in icing. That same blue icing is on my phone, covering the time. It is also in my ear and stuck to my hair. “Call Mystic. Remind her it’s the twentieth of November. Then tell her to come get you.”

“Fine. Whatever. Thanks for nothing.”

Nothing. I rest my head on my knees.

“This wasn’t the sort of birthday celebration you’d have approved of, is it?” My wife’s stone doesn’t answer me. Just as well. If I had passed out at one of our children’s actual birthday parties, she wouldn’t have spoken to me. Not that it ever happened when she was alive. This is the fourth time I’ve had to celebrate my only son’s birthday in a graveyard.

I stumble to my truck while shaking the layer of frost and leaves from the blanket. I drop the empty bottles into a box with other cans and bottles I’ve meant to haul to the recycling plant. There’s no need for my children to know how much I drink. My wife would say I’m setting a bad example.

Were she here to say that, I probably wouldn’t be drinking near as much. Is that irony? I’m too hungover to tell.

I pull a sandwich and a bottle of water out of the cooler. Baby wipes… baby wipes… Ah ha, I knew I had a box in here. I clean my hands and phone, then grab another for my face and ear.

“Hello there.”

I look in the direction of the heavily accented voice. A man in a heavy winter coat and ushanka smiles at me.

“Hi.” The graveyard seems like a place people wouldn’t make small talk. Guess he doesn’t know that.

“Are you freeze to death, hmm? Join others in this place?” He motions between my black leather jacket and the gravestones beyond the parking area.

“I’m fine.” I crack open the water and chug.

“Yes, yes, of course. You Americans know nothing of cold, eh? Warm bones.”

“Uh huh,” I take a bite of the sandwich.

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When it comes to the #AtoZChallenge I GOT GOALS

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I didn’t accomplish as many of my goals in March as I usually do. And I need to find more debut authors FAST! I’m glad Bout of Books is in May so I can catch up on my reading.

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The MAIN LIFE GOALS:

  • Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
  • Survive at least another 37 years
  • There’s also the Bucket List.



Current Writing End Goals

From the End Goals of an Author post.

  • Self-publish Anah’s Story by March 20Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
  • Find a way (emotionally, mentally) to complete the high fantasy short story.
  • Redo the longer version of the tribal story, then self-publish it in 2018.

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2018 Resolution:

#NewYearsResolution

  • This year I resolve to be more engaged in my online writing community by regularly commenting on fellow writers blogs every month, leaving book reviews, and publishing another book.



2018 Goals:

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The March Blog All About It prompt was favorite scent. Mine is the forest after it rains.

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Goals for April:


  • My book tours!
  • Comment on 300 blogs
  • Vote in WRiTECLUB
  • #AtoZchallenge
  • Find Debut Authors for April and May
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    Review of Goals for March:


  • Work on my blog’s newsletter problemNaughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
  • Read and review 3 booksNaughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
  • Get ready for my upcoming book toursMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Work on spreadsheet organizing my TBR by page length Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
  • Comment on 20 blogsMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Write the March -Favorite Scent post Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Write Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Enter WRiTECLUB Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Finish 2018 A to Z challenge preparationsMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Find Debut Authors for Aprilhalf credit because @JLenniDorner accomplished part of this goal
  • WEPFF April 2018 ChallengeMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Storytime Bloghop April ChallengeNaughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
  • Fix more Photobucket broken linksNaughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
  • Follow more All Author group members on Twitter Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal





  • Weekly Goals:



    April 1- April 7 A to Z Challenge
    April 8- April 14 A to Z Challenge
    April 15- April 21 A to Z Challenge
    *April 22- April 28 A to Z Challenge


    2018 #AtoZchallenge April Blogging


    Review of Weekly Goals:



    Feb 25- March 3 Prepare for the A to Z Challenge Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
    March 4- March 10 Prepare for the A to Z Challenge Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
    March 11- March 17 Prepare for the A to Z Challenge Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
    March 18- March 24 Prepare story for STORYTIME BLOGHOP Twitter Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
    March 25- March 31 Prepare story for April WEP FFMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal

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    @JLenniDorner is the Interviewer for the Operation Awesome blog Debut Author Spotlight on Wednesdays

    NOW FILLING 2018 SLOTS!

    Please share the debut author image. Thank you!




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    Have goals? Need encouragement? This blog hop is for you!
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    Mar 29 2018

    Stories of #AtoZChallenge 2018

    There are participants in the blogging from A to Z challenge who offer parts of a story each day. (I’m one of them.) When read in order as a whole, it makes more sense.


    For those people, Jayden and J are pleased to offer this form and list.

    This is NOT part of the official challenge. It is not a substitute for the Master List or Daily Letter lists.


    The people who will benefit the most from this are commenters who prefer to read a story in order. Also, those blogs which request votes each day to determine the next day’s post will enjoy this feature. Please feel free to share this to spread the word.

    To add your blog to the Stories of A to Z 2018:

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdmX1dT53ugeHJMj5yfVcLGUNzQ8-e4YB_od-SkRblKsD0ocA/viewform


    To view the list of the Stories of A to Z 2018:

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_ri36ghtOYLeX9YondbY07CsTNfh40u6DgPCWbUVovs/edit?usp=sharing


    This will remain open for sign-ups until April 15, 2018. Enjoy!


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    Mar 26 2018

    Review of Be Insta Famous – Social Media Journal

    This was one of the items in the A to Z pre-challenge survey prize pack.

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    I filled out some of the pages from the book here:


    My Likes:

    1. Writing
    2. Books
    3. Trees
    4. Supporting Diversity
    5. Debut Authors



    My Dislikes:

    1. Inequality
    2. Intentional Misgendering
    3. Environmental destruction
    4. Illiteracy (and laws that make it impossible to irradicate it)
    5. Oppression



    About Me:

    1. Writer
    2. Reader
    3. Blogger
    4. Lenni Lenape
    5. ESTP



    I am passionate about:

    1. Writing
    2. The Environment
    3. Equality
    4. Diversity
    5. Books



    My talents:

    1. Writing well
    2. Archery
    3. Wilderness survival
    4. Tanning (hide)
    5. Wearing many “hats”



    My favorite things about social media

    1. Connect with people
    2. Create a community
    3. Befriend people I might not have otherwise met
    4. Funny memes
    5. Easy to “get the word out”



    My Blogging goals

    1. Have fun (supplied on list)
    2. Create an online presence
    3. Connect with people
    4. Have an outlet to express myself
    5. Some promotion of my work and the works of others



    My goals for this week:

    1. Finish preparing for the A to Z Challenge on my blog
    2. Finish preparing for the A to Z Challenge on the A to Z blog
    3. Finish preparing for the A to Z Challenge on the Operation Awesome blog
    4. Write my Got Goals post for Friday
    5. Write my Blog All About It post




    I didn’t do all of the lists or any of the doodles or coloring, so this has much more to offer than I’ve posted here.



    Be Insta FamousBe Insta Famous by Fashion Angels
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    This is geared toward people who enjoy various forms of social media. It has several pages mentioning emojis, fashion, nail art, and make-up. There are spaces to doodle, take notes, and plan out future selfies and posts. Several pages are for making lists to best determine your “personal brand,” or who you want to be and what you want your online persona to represent.

    While I do not feel that I, personally, was the target audience for this, I can appreciate this item. It could be a valuable and fun tool.


    Mar 18 2018

    Theme Reveal #AtoZchallenge 2018 #SpeculativeFiction


    #atozchallenge theme reveal 2018




    AtoZChallenge Theme 2018 J Lenni Dorner #SpeculativeFiction
    26 parts of a Speculative Fiction story by J Lenni Dorner




    What’s really happening on Phaeton, the fifth planet in the solar system? An abducted widower is going to find out the hard way. Will he be able to fight his way home to his three daughters? Will he want to?



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    Mar 02 2018

    I am Excited for the #AtoZchallenge 2018

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    I’m ready for this year’s challenge! Are you?
    Please help me spread the word by sharing this. Thanks!

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    Feb 26 2018

    Reading Red Blog All About It Challenge and Book Review

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    2018 #AtoZchallenge April Blogging

    There’s some beautiful red in that #AtoZchallenge logo. Jeremy does fantastic work.

    Alaska

    Check out this red license plate my friend spotted! Red letters on a red car showcasing a red state.

    CrabBoxers J-stocking

    Crabs on boxer shorts. Maybe that’s not well thought out, eh? Hey look, a stocking for ME! Ho ho ho.

    This is my favorite book with the word RED in the title.

    And this month, since the prompt is RED, I chose to read a book with red on the cover:

    5 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

    try something new square 2018 book reading challenge all about the trope 2018 book reading challenge= weather #SpecFic The Unseen 1 It Begins by Richie Tankersley Cusick

    Fantastic book! It has everything I want– horror, suspense, a sprinkle of drama, a tease of intimacy, and the mystery of wondering what one of the characters is. I love the role the rain played in this book. Excellent use of the sense to keep me drawn into the story. It was easy to remember why Richie is one of my favorite authors.

    Feb 23 2018

    March Goals, March!

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    https://gotgoalsbloghop.blogspot.co.za/2018/02/update-day-february-2018.html



    I’m so excited for the April A to Z Challenge! Bloggers unite! Wooooo!!!!
    I’ve gone from participant to volunteer to co-host to team captain. 2018 is going to be the best year ever.

    2018 #AtoZchallenge April Blogging

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    The MAIN LIFE GOALS:

    • Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
    • Survive at least another 37 years
    • There’s also the Bucket List.



    Current Writing End Goals

    From the End Goals of an Author post.

    • Self-publish Anah’s Story by March 20Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
    • Find a way (emotionally, mentally) to complete the high fantasy short story.
    • Redo the longer version of the tribal story, then self-publish it in 2018.

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    2018 Resolution:

    #NewYearsResolution

    • This year I resolve to be more engaged in my online writing community by regularly commenting on fellow writers blogs every month, leaving book reviews, and publishing another book.



    2018 Goals:

    blog about it challenge 2018 try something new square 2018 book reading challenge all about the trope 2018 book reading challenge

    2018 Reading Challenge

    2018 Reading Challenge
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    Goals for March:


  • Work on my blog’s newsletter problem
  • Read and review 3 books
  • Get ready for my upcoming book tours
  • Work on spreadsheet organizing my TBR by page length
  • Comment on 20 blogs
  • Write the March -Favorite Scent post
  • Write
  • Enter WRiTECLUB
  • Finish 2018 A to Z challenge preparations
  • Find Debut Authors for April
  • WEPFF April 2018 Challenge
  • Storytime Bloghop April Challenge
  • Fix more Photobucket broken links
  • Follow more All Author group members on Twitter

  • Review of Goals for February:


  • Fix my blog’s newsletter problemNaughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
  • Read and review 4 bookshalf credit because @JLenniDorner accomplished part of this goal
  • Work on spreadsheet organizing my TBR by page length half credit because @JLenniDorner accomplished part of this goal
  • Comment on 30 blogsMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Write half credit because @JLenniDorner accomplished part of this goal
  • Get 2 more reviews of Fractions of Existence (total to 3) Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Help get the 2018 A to Z challenge goingMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Find Debut Authors for Aprilhalf credit because @JLenniDorner accomplished part of this goal
  • WEPFF Feb 2018 ChallengeMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Fix more Photobucket broken linksMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Follow more All Author group members on TwitterMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal



  • Weekly Goals:



    Feb 25- March 3 Prepare for the A to Z Challenge
    March 4- March 10 Prepare for the A to Z Challenge
    March 11- March 17 Prepare for the A to Z Challenge
    March 18- March 24 Prepare story for STORYTIME BLOGHOP
    March 25- March 31 Prepare story for April WEP FF

    2018 #AtoZchallenge April Blogging

    Review of Weekly Goals:



    Jan 28- Feb 3 Edit Anah’s story. Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
    Feb 4- Feb 10 Edit Anah’s story. Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
    Feb 11- Feb 17 Finalize Anah’s story stuff. Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
    *Feb 18- Feb 24 Prepare for the A to Z Challenge Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal

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    http://yourpositiveoasis.com/how-rare-is-your-personality-type/

    1% of the population:You are a fighter and a perfectionist!

    How rare is your personality? Only 1% of the population has your strong mind, soul and spirit.

    Your most defining traits: You set high standards and you achieve them (yet you don’t see it), you are a control freak and you are flawless in everything you do.

    You have a strength and fighting spirit that few can match. You’re strong, determined, dedicated, and willing to sacrifice for what you believe in. You are incredibly courageous and fight hard to achieve your goals. This type of warrior spirit goes along with your perfectionism. You always try to do the best work possible, and you inspire others to do the same.

    Possessing this combination of traits, has taken a long toll on your life, and we think you should try to relax a little, even take a short vacation, you will feel better, trust us!

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    @JLenniDorner is the Interviewer for the Operation Awesome blog Debut Author Spotlight on Wednesdays

    NOW FILLING 2018 SLOTS!

    Please share the debut author image. Thank you!




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    Have goals? Need encouragement? This blog hop is for you!
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    Feb 21 2018

    #WEPFF Flash Fiction IN TOO DEEP

    #WEPFF Flash Fiction IN TOO DEEP

    DEEP IN TIME AND WATER

    By J Lenni Dorner

    Hanzel smacks his lips together. Spittle shoots over the stern. With every bite he takes, I become more convinced that shoving him overboard would be the wisest decision.

    “How can you eat that?”

    “Meh, it’s got protein and vitamins.” He gnaws on another piece as a wave hits us. “Besides, it’s an obligation. Gotta remind them who we are. The top of the food chain is reserved for the most intelligent species.”

    “Intelligence has nothing to do with the order of the food chain. Your stomach doesn’t dictate your brain’s capacity to learn. Digestion is unrelated to IQ!” I slam my hand on the rail.

    Drool runs down his beard. “You really do think them sons-of-deep-filchers are as smart as we are. Trader to your own species. Oughta drop you in the water. See how long before you’re thankful humans thought up boats. Don’t see none of them inventing ways to get on dry land.”

    I plod along the deck, down the steps, and to my cabin. Hanzel and I have been out here too long. I know I’ve thought about knocking him overboard every time he breaks out a bag of that jerky. This is the first time he’s revealed having the same thought toward me.

    After securing my equipment, I take a seat on the bed. The smell of the cream the doctor gave me makes me nauseous. It’s worse than the seasickness I had the first month aboard. Yet, this cream is the only way to treat my stump out here. I set my prosthetic leg into its compartment after cleaning it. They warned me that this new material hadn’t been tested against such conditions.

    Same folks told me I shouldn’t go through the rip. That I wasn’t fit for exploration.

    How could I explain to them how I know what’s out here? Tell anyone that a distress call came directly into the brain, get labeled as crazy. I’m already considered unhinged. Ever since I scored 245 on that IQ test, people have looked at me as if I’m different.

    Hanzel was once my best friend. Now he’d throw me overboard, into the depths of this alien world.

    “Found something,” he announces as he knocks on my door. “It’s making noise.”

    It takes twenty minutes before I’m dive-ready. My suit looks like something from the nineteen-hundreds, despite having the latest technology, half of it invented by myself only weeks ago. Hanzel grunts and complains as he tucks his beard into the helmet.

    “We need spears.”

    “Exploration does not require weapons.”

    “You don’t know what’s down there. Don’t even know where here or there is.”

    I haven’t told him that I know where we are, that I’ve known for months. More importantly, I know when we are. It’s going to change science and history, maybe some religions, too.

    We dive into the water, toward the source of the sound. A light blinds me as a current whips me aside. There’s a submarine. More lights shine from below.

    I don’t know which sight impresses me more: the no-longer-lost city of Atlantis, or the creature destroying it.

    This creature is easily ten times the size of the titanosaur skeleton in New York. Glowing, fluorescent green eyes, each the size of a blimp, narrow on us. Three of its arms maintain the attack on the underwater city, another two reach for the escaping submarine, one captures me, and another two reach for Hanzel. His dive suit is compromised. I watch, trapped in the suction cups of the creature, as Hanzel drowns. My best friend, my only companion on this trip, is gone. The creature continues the assault. Killing isn’t enough. I watch it search him.

    It brings something toward me. Something tiny in comparison to this creature. Like me holding a flake from a box of mashed potatoes.

    The mega-octopus pops my friend into its mouth a moment before a bag of octopus jerky slams against my faceplate

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    The inspiration for this post comes from my friend “DaQueen Python.” She colored this:

    colored by DaQueen for JLenniDorner DEEP IN TIME AND WATER

    Based on the building shaped like a book, which I’m calling a library, I decided that the city is Atlantis. The one-legged hero of my story and his friend travel through a rip in spacetime, answering a telepathic call for help. Alas, as you read, it doesn’t go so well.

    Recommended reading: http://www.upworthy.com/13-of-the-most-frighteningly-smart-things-octopuses-can-do


    WEP 2018 Flash Fiction
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    Thanks for reading!
    – J

    Jan 31 2018

    TODAY ONLY #Bully/BestieQuiz #teensfortolerance #Colorblind @prbythebook

    You may recall that I reviewed the book, Colorblind: A Novel By Leah Harper Bowron, on this blog (and other review sites) at the end of last year.

    They have developed a new online quiz for middle schoolers up to adults:
    “What Kind of Friend are You? Take the Bully/Bestie Colorblind Quiz!”

    The quiz has 10 questions, each with 5 multiple choice answers.

    Available TODAY ONLY

    The quiz: http://bit.ly/2AKWWOw

    Here are my results:

    Based on your responses, it appears you are seen as a:

    True Blue – TB

    Everyone needs a true blue friend like you. You have a solid group of people around you and you would do anything for them. You are a protector and have no problem standing up for yourself and others. Bullies would never target you and are careful to watch themselves whenever you’re around. This is a rare quality, but one that you must try to encourage in others. If more people acted the way you do, the world would be a much nicer place. In the novel, Colorblind, you are most like the characters Lisa, Cathy and Karen, who stood up for each other and for what was right.

    It was a difficult quiz for me. Three of the questions were without answers that I felt applied to me. I chose as best as I could, given the options. I can assure you that the results have at least one error, as bullies have targeted me (and, since the 2016 US Presidential election, still do). I have more than enough scars to prove it.

    Jan 31 2018

    Blog All About It Winter Prompt

    Blog All About It-- JAN Link Up-- Winter



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    Winter Snow Woods picture by J Lenni Dorner


    There’s nothing quite like the quiet of the woods after a snowfall.

    (side note: WordPress scheduler failed to post this on the intended date. Argh!)

    Jan 26 2018

    Got Goals hop and Review-a-thon

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    How has 2018 been treating you?

    I’ve been reading about the Cape Town, South Africa water drought crisis. That’s terrible! I’ve yet to see anything that suggests how to help (as an ordinary person from another country). Though, short of chipping a chunk of glacier off of Antarctica and hauling it up there, I’m not sure what could be done. (And even that has a host of issues.) I hate powerless news, when all you can do is passive action like spreading the word or praying. I feel guilty not being able to do something active as well.

    I think relates to novels. People often read with the unconscious desire to learn a possible way to deal with whatever the protagonist faces. (SHAMELESS PLUG: See how Wend takes charge of her life in Fractions of Existence! AMAZON)I think that’s also why people get tired of tropes.

    I’m so behind on writing, as well as other areas of my life. I either have to redo my weekly goals list or fail them. No good choice there.

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    The MAIN LIFE GOALS:

    • Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
    • Survive at least another 37 years
    • There’s also the Bucket List.



    Current Writing End Goals

    From the End Goals of an Author post.

    • Self-publish Anah’s Story by March 20, 2018.
    • Find a way (emotionally, mentally) to complete the high fantasy short story.
    • Redo the longer version of the tribal story, then self-publish it in 2018.

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    2018 Resolution:

    #NewYearsResolution

    • This year I resolve to be more engaged in my online writing community by regularly commenting on fellow writers blogs every month, leaving book reviews, and publishing another book.



    2018 Goals:

    blog about it challenge 2018 try something new square 2018 book reading challenge all about the trope 2018 book reading challenge

    2018 Reading Challenge

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    Goals for February:


  • Fix my blog’s newsletter problem
  • Read and review 4 books
  • Work on spreadsheet organizing my TBR by page length
  • Comment on 30 blogs
  • Write
  • Get two more reviews of Fractions of Existence (bringing the total to 3)
  • Help get the 2018 A to Z challenge going
  • Find Debut Authors for April
  • WEPFF Feb 2018 Challenge
  • Fix more Photobucket broken links
  • Follow more All Author group members on Twitter (when it lets me)
  • WEPFF Flash fiction Feb 2018


    Review of Goals for January:


  • Fix my blog’s newsletter problemNaughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
  • Start reading challenges Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Bout of BooksMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Work on spreadsheet organizing my TBR by page length Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Comment on 30 blogsMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Write half credit because @JLenniDorner accomplished part of this goal
  • Find more Debut AuthorsMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Check out WEPFF 2018 ChallengesMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Fix more Photobucket broken linksNaughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
  • Follow more All Author group members on Twitter (when it lets me) half credit because @JLenniDorner accomplished part of this goal



  • Weekly Goals:



    Jan 28- Feb 3 Edit Anah’s story.
    Feb 4- Feb 10 Edit Anah’s story.
    Feb 11- Feb 17 Finalize Anah’s story stuff.
    Feb 18- Feb 24 Prepare for the A to Z Challenge

    Review of Weekly Goals:



    Dec 31- Jan 6 Work on Anah’s story Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
    Jan 7- Jan 13 BOUT OF BOOKSMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
    Jan 14- Jan 20 (travel) Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
    Jan 21- Jan 27 Work on Tribal and/or High Fantasy shorts Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal


    Have goals? Need encouragement? This blog hop is for you!
    gotgoalsbloghop.blogspot.co.za


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    The Novel-Writing Training Plan: 17 Steps to get your ideas in shape for the marathon of writingThe Novel-Writing Training Plan: 17 Steps to get your ideas in shape for the marathon of writing by Kathy Edens
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Very clear and well written. This is great for new authors who are starting to learn. But it’s also great for experienced authors who want a quick refresher after hitting the “wall” and are unable to figure out what that “one thing” is that seems to be missing. It’s a good, short read.

    This book and authors were new to me.

    View all my reviews

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    Jan 17 2018

    The Greatest Showman #ThisIsMe Guest Post by J. R. Vincente

    Today’s guest post is from fellow indie author and A to Z Challenge participant, J. R. Vincente.



    I have seen the movie The Greatest Showman in theaters three times. Three times. That’s a lot, especially for me. I couldn’t even tell you the number of times I have listened to the soundtrack. Every time it gets quiet for more than 30 seconds, I find myself turning on the soundtrack. I know that I will be in the store purchasing the DVD/Blu Ray the day it is released. I have not been that obsessed with a movie… ever.

    Before you think that this is just a random movie review, it’s not. Yes, I loved the movie. Yes, I think you should go out and see it. Yes, I think you should buy the soundtrack. But that’s not at all what this is about.

    This is about a message. A message of love and acceptance that I think needs to be heard. Here is my favorite quote from the movie:

    “You are putting folks of all kinds on stage with you — all colors, shapes, sizes — presenting them as equals. Another critic might have called it a celebration of humanity.”

    This quote resonates with me in a way that very little ever has. I have never quite felt like I belonged to any one particular group. Going back to elementary school, I had friends, but I wasn’t in one of those stereotypical groups. Right into adulthood, I just never felt quite like I belonged.

    But I feel like I finally found my place in my local writing group. It’s a place where I really, truly belong. A place where my quirks are celebrated. A place where my weight doesn’t matter. A place where I can be my polyamorous, kinky self.

    This simple fact is what drew me to writing in the first place. I can be me, completely and wholly. I can express myself in fantasy in any way I want. I choose to self-publish so that I can write whatever I want, whenever I want.

    I urge you as readers and writers to support each other. Look past our differences, whether it’s color, shape, or size, and show your support for your fellow bloggers/writers, because of our differences, not in spite of them. So I encourage you to go out and read a new blog, learn something new, experience something different, and above all, be open and accepting of one another.

    If you like what you read, check out my blog or my novels available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Smashwords.
    Don’t be shy! Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or Goodreads!

    Jan 15 2018

    #BoutOfBooks 21 Read-a-Thon #RAT Book Review and Wrap-Up

    #boutofbooks readathon Jan 2018

    I’m took part in the Bout of Books 21 Read-a-thon from Jan 8 to 14.



    My goal for Bout of Books 21 was to read and review 3 books.
    I managed only two.

    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, January 8 and runs through Sunday, January 14 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 21 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

    Challenges

    Book Spine Poetry

    Stack books so that the book titles make a sentence or a short poem. Funny, serious; anything’s good! Take a photo and post it on your blog or tweet it with hashtag #bookspinepoetry #BoutofBooks






    The day 7 challenge was to leave a review.


    Book Review

    LOST!: A themed anthology 2017 4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner


    It was a good anthology. There are a lot of stories featuring religion, grief, or friendship as major plot points. (I am one of the authors in this book.)

    My favorites (in order of publication) :
    Christmas Letter by Robin Currie — I like this for the raw honesty the character hangs on to in the end.
    The Ambassador by Caroline Grace — This chilling story feels very plausible. Excellent read.
    Sea Princess by Autumn Fenton — Excellent imagery. Very realistic.
    Matilijas by C. Lee McKenzie — Very powerful and well-written.
    Nan’s Spirit by J Lenni Dorner — I wrote it, so yes, I love it. Hopefully it makes people think.
    Scattered Debris by Jaimi-Lynn Smith — Anyone have some extra tissues? Is there a cardiologist in the house? My heart needs to be sewn back together, please!
    The Lucky Ones by Susan Van Sciver — Whoa. This is fantastic writing! I’m not sure how it didn’t win. I hope this author publishes a book, because I want to buy it.

    This book had some authors that were new to me. There were also some stories with diversity.
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    Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane
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