Friday, April 3, 2020

Councilwoman Clorinda Flizwatter #atozchallenge #Story

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My theme this year is blogging about my author brand. Fridays are a story told in parts. This story fluctuates between modern times and centuries ago.

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Police arrived before parents did at Tuck Academy. Ricky Turner and May Flizwatter had gone missing in the middle of class.
"Excuse me," Lilia Turner pushed her way through the growing crowd. She squinted against the noonday sun, finally spotting the sheriff and the academy principal. "Where’s my son?"
"Ma’am, it’s going to be okay." The sheriff dropped his beefy hand on her shoulder. She winced, as this pulled her long, black hair. "We’ve got the school locked down and I have someone at every exit. The troopers have roadblocks up just in case."
"In case?" Lilia threw his hand away. "In case what?" She turned to the principal. "How did you lose an eight-year-old boy? He’s supposed to be safe at school." She pointed to the main entrance. "What good is all that security? The cameras, the buzzer, everything we paid thousands of dollars to have installed."
The principal opened his mouth to speak, but was cut off by a woman screeching his name.
"You!" Clorinda stomped past Lilia and the sheriff. The edge of her smartphone poked the principal’s chest. "What’s the meaning of this? How do you not know where my daughter is?" The sheriff told her to calm down. The resulting snarl made him take a step back.
"Councilwoman Flizwatter, please, let me explain."
"You better explain! I will have this academy shut down and you jailed for child endangerment. You hear me?" Clorinda spit as she spoke, the spray moistening the principal’s face.
Lilia snapped her pink silicone breast cancer awareness bracelet. She contemplated going head to head with the town rhino, or just letting this charge proceed. "Clorinda, let him talk. We both need to know what happened."
The beast turned, her eyes widened, and her teeth bared. "We? What business is it of yours? My daughter is missing! You plan to use that in your little campaign? How dare you call me thoughtless and ruthless and then have the gall to show up here and attack me when my child is nowhere to be found."
"My son is gone, too. Not everything is about the election."
Clorinda rounded on the principal again. "Two children? You lost two children?"
The sheriff had a brief conversation on his radio before interrupting Clorinda’s rant. "Ms. Miller is coming out to speak with you both."

Ms. Miller, the second-grade teacher, recounted the events. They were doing the history lesson. Students had been put into groups of four. May and Ricky were in a group with William and John. Everyone was working on their history projects. The doors and windows of the classroom were closed. No one had come in or gone out.

"Obviously, that isn’t true." Clorinda scoffed. "Our two children must have gotten past you."
"I was standing between them and the door." Tears streamed down Ms. Miller’s face. "They were there, and then they were gone."
"Children do not vanish. My daughter did not just disappear."
The teacher blew her nose. "They did, I swear it. Ricky had his hand up. I said I would be right over. I finished helping another student, it was less than a minute, and then," she cried harder, "they were gone."
"Did my son take his medicine before this happened?"
Ms. Miller shook her head. "It wasn’t lunchtime yet."
Lilia’s legs gave out. She crumpled to the ground, the sheriff missing as he tried to catch her. 

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Where do you think these children are?
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Thursday, April 2, 2020

ABC 'Bout J Lenni Dorner #atozchallenge

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Thursdays this month are going to be aBout me. If you use Facebook, you've probably seen survey posts where people get to know each other. I'm going to fill out one a week for April.

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This one is an ABC. I'll add an extra B option for any question that needs it!

A Age : The estimation is that I'm 40. Best age: 25.
B Biggest Fear : Being caged and burned.
C Current Time : Matters less than people think. Current Behavior: Focused and responsible
D Drink You Had Last : Water Drink with a B: Birch Beer soda
E Easiest Person To Talk To : My Snookums. Easiest B-name Person To Talk To: Bryan
F Favorite Movie : Die Hard or Mallrats Favorite Movie that starts with a B: Braveheart
G Grossest Memory : Melting flesh. Grossest bar you've drank in: Jake's, which has shut-down.
H Hair color: Dark brown, almost black 
I In Love With : My Snookums Interested in: Book reading
J Jealous Of : Bakers who just "magically" know their craft
K Killed Someone : Seriously, who is filling these surveys out and admitting to murder on social media? And who in their right mind is staying friends with the people who are using social media to confess to killing? I'm not saying some people don't have a good reason to kill. But is Facebook, a survey, where you go to talk about it? Are Jason Voorhees and his mom filling this out? Kill time a better way: Board games
L Longest Romantic Relationship : My Snookums. Longest B-word off the top of my head: bloodthirstiness 
M Middle Name : I picked Lenni. (I didn't understand the question at the time. I barely understand it now that I'm adult. Naming customs are so freaking weird.) Best Middle show: Malcolm in the Middle
N Number of Siblings : Biologically, none. But plenty if we count other ways. A few who kept in touch.
O One Wish : More of the Lenni-Lenape ways to be brought back to most of society.
P Person Who You Last Called : I don't make phone calls. Person who you last mailed a letter to: Bonita
Q Question You're Always Asked : "So, you can't speak at all?" Followed by questions ranging from ignorant to personal to medical to 😳 a total lack of social decorum. Question for readers of this: Besides the #atozchallenge, what Blog hops do you enjoy?
R Reason To Smile : There are still trees in the woods, and freshly baked bread smells awesome
S Song Last Sang : I don't sing. Last B song heard: Kill Hannah - Believer
T Time You Woke Up : A little after dawn. Time you went to bed: 1am
U Underwear Color : At the moment, slate gray boxers with dark blue squares.
V Vacation Destination: Just leave me in the woods. Or maybe Bangor, Maine 
W Worst Habit : Being overly critical of myself
X X-Rays You've Had : A few. I don't really remember it all. X-rays are usually of bones.
Y Your Favorite Food : Sushi. Especially ending with tamago or tamagoyaki. I haven't tried Bara sushi.
Z Zodiac Sign: Leo, according to the guessed date. Zodiac Birth twin: The date that was guessed and put on my form is, oddly enough, the same date that someone who would marry my cousin and become my friend was actually born.



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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

#atozchallenge #bookreview Ayana by Geetha Krishnan

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My theme this year is blogging about my author brand. Wednesdays' posts are for Book Reviews.

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Ayana: The Journey by Geetha Krishnan

I absolutely loved this book. I know very little about the many mythologies, legends, and lore from India, but enjoy finding out about them. (I do not know how much of this is a retelling of legends and how much is filled in by the author. Either way, I found it incredibly enjoyable.) My friend suggested this book to me, knowing how much I love these kinds of stories. She was so very right! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys stories about omnipotent beings disguised as humans. I read the whole book in a few hours, barely able to put it down, wanting to know how it would turn out for Sita.

The plot is complex as some characters have multiple identities and lives, yet it is easy to follow along. The story is entertaining and fun to read. The author, who is from India according to the bio, came off as an authority to me. I would gladly read another work by this author.

I'm not sure where the title comes from or what it means. The cover image with the woman on fire does make sense, and in fact comes in to play in the opening. I'm also unclear as to what a Hala-Hala is, though I'm guessing it's a kind of poison. And what is a Pushpakavimana?  (I found out on Google that it's a self-moving chariot.) I learned myths and a few words from this book.

Third-person POV is used throughout the story, as the thoughts of different characters are needed in some scenes.

A favorite line of mine was, "I am not going to do an unrighteous thing just because I have the power and ability." If I were to guess, I believe that Vishnu is the favored character and diety of this author.

Everything in the book seemed to have a purpose. The settings, especially the paintings, were well done. The friendship between two characters, and the love between two characters, reminded me very much of the similar beings in my own book series. It made me love the story even more. 

I believe the theme, the life-lesson, was not to trick someone into being yours. A very appropriate lesson for this review, which I am writing on April Fools' day. I believe the story about why coveting is frowned upon is beneficial to society.

I don't know this author, but a friend of mine is friends with her on Facebook.

(A missing period, the word 'though' instead of thought, 'on' instead of or, 'life' instead of lift, and the first page of Chapter 63 appears to have been missed by the editor. A shame, as the rest of the writing is so flawless and makes the author seem like a fantastic story-teller. This is well worth ignoring a handful of small typos.)

Twitter @ormakal 

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What book has a friend recommended to you lately?
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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Opening Rewrite Instagram Challenge


It was the smell that made him do it.
As Xavier's stepped out of a Manhattan office building he owned onto the nearly abandoned sidewalk of Madison Avenue, he adjusted his N95 mask.
"Are you all right?" Heath, his best friend, asked. They walked six feet apart, even though they were immune viruses. Setting a good example was important.

Thanks to Patricia Josephine on Instagram for inspiring this post.
The opening lines are rewritten for social distancing.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

#AtoZchallenge 2020 Theme Reveal #AuthorBrand

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On my previous blog, I posted about my author brand. It started after I read a book that included the subject. Every month I would do my goal check-in posts. And every month I'd notice that I didn't focus enough or evenly on what I feel is my author brand. So, for the April A to Z Challenge 2020, I'm going to focus on my author brand topics each week.
  • Characters and Settings (Mondays)
  • Speculative Fiction (Tuesdays -- includes a WEP Flash Fiction post)
  • Reading and then writing book reviews (Wednesdays)
  • About J Lenni Dorner (Thursdays)
  • Legends, Myths, and Storytelling (Fridays) A continuous story told in parts!
  • Lenni Lenape /Native American interests (Saturdays)

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Images from the Old Blog

Blog image logo
Blog image logo
Blog coloring chart
Blog coloring chart
J Lenni Dorner logo
Adjective debate - cumulative versus coordinate
Adjective debate - cumulative versus coordinate
There is a Lenni-Lenape ghost in a room attached to this door.
signaturequoteLiebster awardKing James Inn has ghosts

And I'm starting over with zero in 2020.
I hate fake shutters.

priority wall street journal quote
priority wall street journal quote
#atozchallenge #quote Zalka Csenge
I had over 6000 subscribers. And I'm starting over.
The middle of nowhere. When even Google maps is like "I've got nothing." That's my spot.

J Lenni Dorner as a sim
Cream Chipped Beef / SOS
Speculative Fiction
Native American stuff

My goal in 2017 was to have 7000 Twitter followers. I did it. As of March 2000, 7,745 Followers.

My subscriber numbers for the old blog.

Comments... I miss you most of all...


Fractions of Existence in a library

I had 1000 posts on the old blog

A goal of mine. (Photoshopped screenshot.)


So my friend sent this...
And then this happened. Yet another visual of yours truly. 

Ronel and Janet - you two rock!!!

In case anyone reading this is making a Starbucks run. #JustSaying


As of March 2020:

Just to compare the numbers between the old and new blog.

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,279,247 Paid in Kindle Store
#9348 in Superhero Science Fiction
#15969 in Fairy Tale Fantasy (Kindle Store)
#5380 in Superhero Fantasy eBooks
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,729,965 in Books (Print edition)
#79575 in Paranormal & Urban Fantasy (Books)

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,814,636 Paid in Kindle Store
#3426 in Writing Skill Reference (Kindle Store)
#8451 in Writing Skill Reference
#1965 in One-Hour Education & Reference Short Reads
Sold at Smashwords: 30
Total downloads: 139

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,385,823 Paid in Kindle Store
#5373 in General Books & Reading
#1619 in Books & Reading Literary Criticism
#4463 in Writing Skill Reference (Kindle Store)
Sold at Smashwords: 8
Total downloads: 11