Thursday, March 31, 2022

#AtoZChallenge A Speculative Fiction Short Story from a Dreamer #WEP

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 Another round of the A to Z Challenge is here! My theme is:

A speculative fiction short story from a dreamer

The story outline started with a dream I had. (I'm the dreamer.) It's a dystopian setting that, in my dream, was in a future not far away. There will be an actual dream sequence as well, thanks to one of the prompts I've been given for this month. (Because trying to write a short story on the fly sounded like a *good* idea. I might be a little nuts. ๐Ÿ˜ต๐Ÿคช )  

I collected all the prompts I was given (comments, tweets, dm, email, and WEP). And let me tell you, I went down some research rabbit holes. ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿ’ป

  • J's dystopian dream
  • wormhole
  • time/space travelers arrive on a planet that has been settled by space pioneers or an alien race
  • time travel (x2)
  • another species on Earth suddenly got the upper hand
  • an alien who's on the run from an overlord race prepared to take over earth and who falls in love with a baker who just happens to be working undercover for the Dept of Homeland Security
  • a storm system that isn't exactly weather
  • 'Implants'? Memory implants, for example. Or vitamin implants.
  • something underwater for your setting
  • pansexual couple hooking up for the first time
  • tardigrade (Tardigrades, known colloquially as water bears or moss piglets, are a phylum of eight-legged segmented micro-animals.)
  • shapeshifting
  • electricity isn't working, something crucial for the protagonist isn't working but something they never thought they needed, does? 
  • girl's name: Jade
  • dream of things like grass, and running through fields.
  • Guinea Pig World ruled by Biggles
  • chimera hermaphrodite or sexual organ ambiguity main character
  • An alien society (or character) that travels only within mind-space dimensions
  • Palio di Siena, in an alternative universe where the occupants of the Contrades are the animals after which each Contrade is named
  • "The main theme of the song revolves around the post-war period and the diversification brought about through war and destruction" (ipl). "warns against a coming apocalypse while cataloging horrific visions" (Rolling Stone) "But this rain was abstract rather than literal. “It’s not the fallout rain,” Dylan said." (Rolling Stone)

I have a rough outline. I do hope to do this story justice. Though putting all of this together is going to be really interesting. There's going to be some anthropomorphism/ personification. (And poor Siena, Italy is going to be a very bizarre setting for a scene in a future that I certainly hope never happens.) 

I had never heard (or heard of) Bob Dylan's song before. So I had to listen to it a few times and then hunt down interviews and such to make sure I really "got" what it is about. WEP takes place during Q,R,S this month, so look forward the darkness I'll have to go with that prompt.

Get ready for a story that's really gonna be a ride and make you ask, "WHAT was J thinking?" ๐Ÿ˜†

(And yeah, this definitely stays true to my "what-are-they" branding.)

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

#IWSG #PassorPages Romance Query and #AtoZChallenge Theme Reveal 2022

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I plan to have my #AtoZChallenge 2022 theme as

speculative fiction from a dreamer.

What I feel would really put this over the top is if I could get some prompts from you, my blog visitors.
A name, a setting, a scenario -- anything that could be dreamed up and used in speculative fiction.
Please leave it in the comments (or send me a DM on Twitter @JLenniDorner).
Before March 25, please! Thanks to everyone who helps. 
(And if you use Twitter, leave me your handle so I can give you a shoutout when your prompt is used.)

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You'll notice this year that we've added pronouns as an option. Not only to avoid people being misgendered (Me! This happens to me online. Doesn't happen offline, though my hair is now long enough to strangle a person... just ask my Snookums. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜„), but also to encourage the normalcy of stating pronouns. If only certain groups offer pronouns, then it becomes exclusive instead of inclusive. Of course, it will remain OPTIONAL, because no one is ever required to share their pronoun preference with anyone.

- J Lenni Dorner (team captain) ๐Ÿ‘จ he/him or ๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿฝ they/them 


Shout-out to Alex and the awesome co-hosts for today: Janet Alcorn, Pat Garcia, Natalie Aguirre, and Shannon Lawrence!

March 2 question - Have you ever been conflicted about writing a story or adding a scene to a story? How did you decide to write it or not?

There is a scene in the second Existence book that I've deleted and put back and deleted again. I wrote it long ago. Then it happened. Like, actually happened. So I tried to rewrite it, but then it didn't work in the story. I left it as it was, but then another year went by, and it felt like I took from the headlines and wrote something in poor taste. Which isn't true because, as I said, I wrote the scene before it came true. (Granted, it probably didn't come true because of my character. There is logical science.) 

There was also a scene in Fractions of Existence, the first book in the series, that came true. But the book was published a few months beforehand. And only a handful of people know that it happened, so it isn't as big of a deal. (Though you could have knocked me over with a feather when a scroll on social media showed a picture of the scene from my head.)

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