Apr 02 2012

A is for April Fools Day!

            Not the
most traditional holiday on the calendar- but it is one which I personally
enjoy celebrating. My father is the best known in the family for managing to
pull the wool over on others for this fun holiday. My personal best gag was a
few years back. I looked up the winning lottery numbers and then called my mom.
I told her I had bought a ticket on the way home and was wondering if she
happened to know what the winning digits were. I read off “my
numbers” and then waited while she checked. My mom shrieked that I had won
several million dollars. I replied that it was great news, but that I even
better news. She asked what, and I answered, “It’s April Fool’s Day.”

 

            Thank you
for reading today’s entry. As a special bonus, I would like to share the following
with you:

 

http://bit.ly/Ha0zR4

Apr 01 2012

A is for Asphodel (Existence series character)

            Jezebel’s
pet snake makes a brief appearance in the story when Xavier finds her in the
kitchen draped over the refrigerator. Asphodel is a female albino Burmese
Python. She is about 17 feet long, which is more than 3 times Jezebel’s height.
This giant snake also outweighs her owner.

            Upper crust
women such as Jez have become synonymous with owning small dogs which are
carried around everywhere they go. I thought it would be interesting to
showcase how Jez stands out by giving her a pet which considers such cute
little animals to be prey. Though the Burmese Python is generally docile, it
can quickly become vicious and deadly if provoked. The same can be said of
Jezebel’s nature.

            Jez
acquired Asphodel from Caleb as part of an animal rescue. She is better
equipped to deal with the snake’s heating needs than most New Yorkers. Asphodel
has her own tropical room with a swimming area but sometimes sneaks out to
explore the apartment.

 

A few important notes:

 

The law which would prohibit Jez from keeping this pet
appears to have been passed after the storyline of book one.

http://www.nycacc.org/nychealthcode.htm

 

Just because Jez has one does not mean that you should! Most
people are not equipped to deal with owning a large snake. There are several
articles on the Internet which discuss this topic, for example:

http://www.petfinder.com/before-pet-adoption/reptiles-as-pets.html

 

More information on the Burmese Python can be found here:

http://www.rfadventures.com/Burmese%20Python.htm

 

Apr 01 2012

A TO Z challenge 2012

            For the
APRIL A TO Z challenge I shall be offering a two-part series. The first part
will give you an inside look at some of the minor characters or plot points
from book one of the series (presently
known as the Existence series)
. This information will not be found in story
itself, but rather is being presented as sort of a “behind the
scenes” bonus.

            The second
part will be information about me. That is the considerably more challenging
bit to write! I find that it is much easier to talk about my characters than it
is to talk about myself.

            I hope you
enjoy reading this blog. Thank you for stopping in. Please check out my website www.what-are-they.com for more information on the book!

 

-J. Lenni Dorner

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Mar 30 2012

my scene editing flow chart

Is this scene good enough?
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The scene stays!

YES

If you, the writer, personally had to pay an exorbitant amount of money to keep the scene, would you?

NO

Can you cut the scene?

YES

Delete!

NO


There are already obstructions.

YES

Time to fix it!
Are there obstructions in the scene which make it interesting?

NO

Add obstructions. Characters thrive on growing by overcoming.
Is the scene worthy yet?

YES

The scene is fixed and now it stays!
NO


The scene already reveals character information.

YES

Does the scene enrich the reader’s view of a character?

NO

Try to add more depth to a character in the scene. How does he feel about what is going on? What is she craving? Do their outfits blend in or stick out?
Is the scene worthy now?

YES

NO


Readers will learn something from this scene.

YES

Is necessary information provided by the scene?

NO

Give the reader a chance to find out something useful!
Is the scene worthy now?

YES

NO


The scene has elements which propel the plot forward.

YES

Does the scene more the plot forward?

NO

Think about your plot. Find a way for this scene to help the story move the from the “Once Upon a Time” to the “The End.”
Is the scene worthy now?

YES

NO


It has done what it was intended to do.

YES

Has the scene met the goal you aimed for it to achieve?

NO

Decided why you wrote the scene. Give it a goal. Force it to meet that goal.
Is the scene worthy now?

YES

NO

Delete it. You did all that you could.

Touch, taste, smell, sight, and sound each have a place in this scene. It still is not good enough.

YES

Are there sensory details to draw the reader in?

NO

Add some! If that still does not make the scene worthy, it has to be cut. If this finally fixed the scene, you get to keep it!

Mar 18 2012

A fun map

Mar 15 2012

Happy Pi Day

– From Heath

Mar 08 2012

Welcome introduction

Welcome.

Please don’t mind that image, it’s just there to show off my fandom. 
Writing is journey. Publication is often a destination. Editing, I suppose, is the stops along the way from hunger, flat tires, road construction, or random bears. LOL. 
You may wonder why I started a blog. I may wonder that too! Actually, this blog was started because I heard about the A to Z challenge from some nanowrimo friends. 
I feel there should disclaimers here. 
1) Sarcasm, wit, and certain jokes do not always “translate” when typed. I have fallen prey to this pitfall more than once, and most likely will again.
2) Just because I feel a certain way about something, or have a certain view on a topic, does not mean that my characters will share it. (In fact, at least one character would love to prove nearly all of my viewpoints wrong.)
3) I am an adult. Sometimes people who are not adults become fans of things which may seem questionable for their age-group. I do not support, endorse, or encourage such behavior. People who are not adults should have access to someone that is an adult who can take responsibility for them. 
4) I am descended from the Lenni Lenape Tribe, better known to some as the Delaware Indians. That may or may not seem relevant, depending on who you ask. My character Caleb is fond of that fact. My exact age, sex, full real name, and current location are all vastly unimportant. I am a writer. I write. I have been doing so for decades. I have been published under several other names. I am proud of those publications. I have created this pen-name to honor my ancestors. There is not some other reason. I am not running from the FBI or the mob or any of the other very funny theories. 
5) Yes, I do tend to talk about my characters as if they are actual people. This may seem crazy to you. Fellow fiction writers, however, are probably suffering from the same insanity, and therefore I’m fine with being this sort of crazy.
And now for some links that I think are important:
www.what-are-they.com  The Main Website
goodreads.com/J_Lenni_Dorner  My Good Reads page (Still updating the books!)
http://snack.to/5LgNYk  Character Personality Quiz- Fun times!
http://www.worldliterarycafe.com/   WLC – great bunch of people
Thank you for stopping in and for reading this. Have a great day!

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