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Writing Links…4/9/18

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Writing Links…4/9/18

Traci Kenworth



  1. “I’m Ola and I’m from Poland. I live in Warsaw, which is a capital city of Poland. I moved here to study and stayed after I graduated for work. My hometown, where I was raised and where my parents still live is in the north-west part of my country, not far from a seaside. I work in a technology department in an international banking corporation. I love books and traveling. I prefer traveling to northern countries, like Finland and Iceland.”
  2. “I have no idea how this video came to my attention, but it was in my bookmarks list I call FOLLOW UP ON THIS. That’s a folder in which I dump web articles, blog posts, etc. that are of at least passing interest to me, to be read and maybe shared via Twitter at a later date. Anyway, this one came up over the weekend and I went in with some interest. My daughter was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder several years ago, and the more I learned about it the more I started to understand that it explained a lot about my own life. Getting a doctor to believe that, though, turned out to be an insurmountable challenge. Clearly they thought I was just trying to score some Adderall, because, y’know, I’m heavy into the teenage rave scene.” I think we pay attention to what interests us, letting the rest go. Although, that’s not to say ADD doesn’t exist. My son was diagnosed with it.
  3. “We live in a beautiful World yet dangerous and strange. The key of the material world is balance. Yin and Yang. Love and Hate. Light and Shadow. Male and Female. All twelve zodiac signs live in balance with the world giving their blessings in harmony. Aries gives us enthusiasm, Virgo healing and Scorpio mysteries. Worlds […]”


Romance/Women’s Fiction:

  1. “The building blocks of writing include narrative summary and immediate scene and learning when to use one or the other can move your writing to the top of the pile.” Interesting to learn about the two types of scenes. I think this relays into another blog post below in craft.
  2. “But here comes the tricky part. There is an ethical dilemma when using what my friends or family knows. Have they revealed something they might later regret if it appears in a book? Might readers assume that a character’s fictional belief or behavior belongs to one of my loved ones?”



  1. “Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Because of his great mercy he gave us new life by raising Jesus Christ from death. This fills us with a living hope. For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” Amen.
  2. “But, we don’t want you to lose the excellent daily content from Novel Rocket—authors who help authors launch. So, we’re moving select authors over to the superblog,  Hop over there and you’ll find your favorite authors posting all their great content to help you get published and stay published.”
  3. “But… is there a time when you shouldgive up? Maybe so. I could be wrong but I think there are a few signs the publishing journey is not for you.” I believe you hold on, even through the disappointment. Someday, things turn right.



  1. “It will come as no surprise that I loved doing the research for my book ‘In Bed with the Georgians – Sex, Scandal & Satire’ – never more so than when I was putting together biographies of some of the leading courtesans of the 18th Century. They were the stars who lit up the demi-monde, achieving a fame which is impossible to imagine today.” 
  2. “I think I have always been reading, and then writing, for myself of course. The trigger must be good books. My mom, a voracious reader and an academic, introduced me to the classics early on and made sure I had plenty to read all the time. I guess that never left me, and it was a natural escalation to writing.”



  1. April is also National Poetry Month, as you may know, which is one of my favorite things to celebrate. Over the years I’ve noted the occasion in many different ways. Since 2009 I’ve shared poems that were paired with work by artists in a really cool local collaborative exhibit called Merging Visions. I’ll have a poem for 2018 too, “Strolling in Iambic Pentameter,” but this year’s isn’t until fall. For several different years I hosted poetry-centric blog series that did everything from teach sonnet writingto share recommend poems to analyze classics line by line. They’ve all been fun, but what to do this year?” She has market recommendations here!
  2. They Feed and C.H.U.D. Lives.
  3. In this podcast The Outer Dark Symposium on the Greater Weird 2018 kicks off with Friday Night Readings Presented by Word Horde featuring Rios de la LuzMichael GriffinScott R Jones,  and Tiffany Scandal. This episode was recorded live on Friday March 23, 2018 at The Plaza Suites Santa Clara. The podcast also includes an introductory interview with Word Horde Publisher/Editor Ross E. Lockhart.



  1. “Scientists have said that we are experiencing the 6th great mass extinction in the history of our planet. WOW, that’s scary, especially for kids! But, thankfully, we have many people of all backgrounds, from scientists to kids in elementary schools, focusing attention to conservation. So, this month we not only celebrate Earth Day, but books that highlight the science of conservation and how readers can help preserve our environment.” So important!
  2. “HIDING grew out of talks I gave at high schools where I discussed how teens are under so much pressure to achieve. I saw that kids were asked what they wanted to be, and not what they are right now. The teen years are often considered just a transitional phase to becoming an adult, even though it’s a time when we all have experiences that are remembered for a lifetime. I wanted to create a character who insists on seeing value in himself even when others don’t, and feels the importance of his experiences, not just his achievements.” We need to let our youth experience who they are instead of trying to fit them into molds. I do believe in guiding them but not forcing them to be something they don’t want to be.
  3. “Have writing, publishing, or book questions? I have answers! Ask your questions in the YouTube comments—and vote for your favorite questions. I’ll pick some to answer in upcoming vlogs!”
  4. “Kelly Loy Gilbertis the author of Conviction, a William C. Morris Award finalist, and her newest novel, Picture Us in the Light.” I love the 88cupsoftea podcasts! They have such varied authors and I like learning their processes and thoughts on things.
  5. “This is my fourth published novel, and I have just as many unpublished, plus enough fragments and false starts to wallpaper a mansion. For the first few years I was very anti-outline, and didn’t plan much in advance, so I followed a lot of rabbit holes to nowhere. Hence the pile of pages nobody will ever read!” I used to be anti-outline too. I have a loose outline now that seems to grow more detailed with each book I write.
  6. “It goes without saying that book bloggers visualize authors as ROCK STARS. We admire them, are in awe of them,  and in their presence tend to fangirl to levels that we blush at even remembering. It is our mission to help authors in any way that we can, by being  their cheerleader, book pusher and in general get the world to know more about them. That is why Tales of the Ravenous Reader in partnership with NYMBC created this platform in which local authors and bloggers could get together and combine our energies for something amazing.”
  7. Bonus: “In today’s episode, we discuss ALL things Aru Shah and the End of Time, from the story inspiration to the research process and Roshani’s world building.  We touch on adapting mythology and folklore into your story and how to craft lush and vivid descriptions.”



  1. “Here’s the thing: there are times when we need to accept that a particular book is not going to work, and our energy will be better spent on something new.” I had to say goodbye to my first series that I tried to resurrect this last summer. It just wouldn’t work. It was a great idea too. I’m excited about the projects I picked up after that though. I’ve got three in different stages right now. I’m researching a fourth. The thing is, a project is never a waste. You always learn something from it. Sometimes though, you flounder too much and it’s best to move on. Oh, and it not being a waste? I got one of the ideas for a future villain from it. What he can do…
  2. “Over the weekend I chatted with FBI Director (Ret.) Robert K. Wittman who founded the Art Crimes Division and had a remarkable career working undercover to rescue the world’s stolen treasures. Super nice guy. We had a fun conversation, which I transcribed to share with you. In the transcription, I stayed as true to the exact wording as possible to give you a peek into his personality. My questions are in bold.” Wow. Fascinating!
  3. “I’ve talked about alcoholism and sobriety before in this venue — most recently two years ago — and I’m going to do it again. If you are writing and working on your twelfth book or the first five pages of your first one you might think that four or five glasses of wine help to lubricate the creative glands either while you are writing or before you even start. Fair enough. All I ask is that you keep yourself open to the possibility that your intake — if it is regular and excessive — may be holding you back rather than helping you.”
  4. “One of the things I love about crime fiction is the way it shows how we’ve changed over time. As society changes, so do social attitudes and customs. One of the many kinds of changes we’ve seen is in our diets and the way people eat.” That gourmet eating experience sounds divine.
  5. “You can enter for the chance to have a character named after youin my book “I Know You Like a Murder”. Why, it might even be the murder victim!” Intriguing.
  6. “Happy Friday! I rarely do blog posts on Friday, but it’s my turn up at bat over at Story Empirewith a Friday Fiction Prompt. I could hardly ask others to play along and not take a shot at it myself. So, here goes…from the cloud below choose a single word to use as a creative writing primer. You can even use your own selection. The only rule is that the word must begin with “sub.”


Short Stories/Anthologies/Novella:

  1. “I’m still at the convention for my paycheck job. These things mean my time belongs to someone else. There has been a steady stream of networking receptions and things I have to attend.” Interesting to learn about other’s jobs.
  3. “Right about now, I can’t think of anything more enjoyable than sitting outside in the spring sunshine, nibbling on strawberries, and reading. (For those in the southern hemisphere, just turn it around, and contemplate those cool, comfortable autumn days of hot cocoa and swirling leaves)” I will soon be doing this with the weather warming. Have LOTS of wood to burn from last year’s storms.
  5. “Welcome back to the faery land of Thistledown.  Things have taken a much more serious tone in recent episodes.  Our friends might resort to drastic measures as they try to fix the situation.” Oh, no!
  6. “Between ourselves I assumed that everybody knew the tale of Ralmano and Jellet. Apparently not, but at least this painting of Jellet’s Tower gives me a chance to tell you the tale.”



  1. Draw close.
  2. Streets of fear.
  3. Fear is a crippler.
  4. Vote! Oh, this was SO HARD! There are so many of you I wanted to vote for, it’s too bad you can’t vote for more than one! You know I think you all rock!
  7. The goal.



  1. “When we publish we take lots of actions in the world, doing all the business of publishing, but it’s just as important to keep looking at the work, and how it could satisfy readers even better.” I try to make each book I write better than I last. It’s the learning process that encourages this idea.
  2. “That warning sign is pretty basic, but others are more complicated. A new author recently asked me to look over a contract for her. I am nota lawyer, which I made very clear upfront. But having been scammed myself, and having since begun my own tiny publishing company, I’ve gotten familiar enough with contracts for the biggest of the red flags to catch my attention.”
  3. “I don’t know about anyone else’s process, but I’m a pantser, so when I start writing a new novel, I have a few ideas about where it’s going, but it’s not all planned out by any means. That includes the characters. Generally, I will start with a few bullet points of the action, the twists and turns of the story, but the characters often are close to a blank slate at the first. They always evolve as I write, some faster than others. And they very often surprise me.”
  4. “I’ve noted several times in this column that news stories can cluster around certain issues, and this has been the cluster to end all clustersin what can only be described as a car wreck of a week for erotica writers, one of the largest, most thriving and most entrepreneurial communities in Indieland. It was already a bad week even before the book news (which may, we haven’t yet established, be connected to the other news). On both sides of the Atlantic, legislation (in the spirit of charity I will say that comes from the best of intentions) is causing (unintended?) chaos. In the US, SESTA/FOSTA has just passed. This bill designed to stop online sex trafficking may seem to have little to do with indie erotica, but it is already having big consequences as platforms like Craigslist pull content rather than risk prosecutorial overreach. And in the UK, April is the month when the Digital Economy Act will require all adult video sites to require age verification based on personal data, a move which in the light of recent events has gone down like a lead balloon. However much you may approve the aims of this legislation, the potential to cause chaos in the adult creative industries is impossible to underestimate. Oh, and this comes at a time when Microsoft has announced it reserves the right to shut you down if you use offensive language on its platforms like Skype.”
  5. “In this month’s Advanced Self-Publishing Salonfrom the Alliance of Independent Authors, Orna Ross and Joanna Penn talk about the creative and business mind-set.”
  6.’Tmake business or publishing decisions about Amazon based on old information.”
  7. “A scene works when it contains the five commandments of storytelling. Stories are about change and it’s the five commandments that enable you to present that change in a way that engages readers.”
  8. Interview with Jane Friedman. The Creative The business of writing.




  1. “A strategic author should evaluate their platform strength on three levels:

ability to reach new readers,

ability to engage existing readers, and

ability to mobilize super fans.” What do you think?

  1. “Truth is beauty. Beauty is truth. This is perhaps nowhere more evident than in art, which deliberately and consciously explores both. Words, in particular, are the explicit context in which humanity presents, investigates, and shares its truth. Perhaps more than any other art form, writing gives us a blatant venue for exploring the truth side of the equation. But, of course, as writers we are also given the opportunity to create beautiful prose.” This is something I’ve struggled to do: write beautifully. I did when I was younger when the world hadn’t disillusioned me so. Now, I write simply, truthfully about what I’ve learned, about what I would like to be, and about hopes for things to get better. I think that’s why I write YA, because nowhere can we find more hope, more push to do better than in our younger generations. They are everything!
  2. the [character] “change” feels beautiful … I think it’s because the character has confirmed what we’ve hoped or suspected all along. Maybe the character hasn’t changed at all, but rather has finally been put in a situation where her truest self can be revealed. … Stories, to my mind, are never about change. They are always and only about the possibility of change.” I like this essay. I don’t think a character necessarily has to change either, just be confronted by their truest self. What’s at their heart is what the story is all about.
  3. “Reading this first page, without the help of a tersely lurid title (Dead Cold, Sweet Death, Blood Secrets, Dark Waters …)and one of those covers, you know the kind, with raised metallic 200-point gothic type superimposed over silhouetted figures casting ponderous shadows, you might never guess that it’s the opening of a legal or crime thriller, but it is. So we can be fairly sure if not absolutely certain that something extremely unpleasant and of a criminal nature will befall this romantic pair of baseball watchers.”
  4. “We can build a brand, but alas we cannot buy one. There are no shortcuts. Ads, promotion, marketing can help expand an existing brand, but cannot be substituted for one. This approach is akin to ordering a wife on-line from Russia believing one can buy true love with Visa.” Making an emotional connection with our brand makes sense. I think it also depends on the author’s approachability. Not saying you have to let everyone into your home, but they might like to get to know your personality and that alone might make them want to read your book.
  5. “Everyone has their own process, and finding that is part of learning to write. You might be a panster (one who writes “by the seat of their pants” with no clear idea where the story will go) or an outliner (one who outlines out what will happen beforehand), or somewhere in between.”
  6. “For writers, failure is a four-letter word. We fear it, we dread it, and we try to avoid it at all costs. But perhaps we give it too much power. Maybe it’s best to run straight at it, helmet on. Learning how to cope with “failure” comes through loads of practice (sadly), but it also comes through two important skills a writer needs to survive:” Something we all have experience with. Sometimes we have to do so, to learn. In failing, we can begin again until we succeed.
  7. “There’s a wide range of jobs available to those interested in education. Teachers work at various levels, from pre-kindergarden through the collegiate level. Public schools are fairly standard, with the teacher’s requirements being dictated at the county, state, and national levels. Private schools are more varied; they may follow the traditional public school model, espouse a certain educational method (Montessori, etc.), or be affiliated with a religious organization.”
  8. “Today, I want to speak to conference networking, which is something I adore and embrace with abandon. Full disclosure: unlike many authors I am an unapologetic extrovert and as a result I have some oddball insights into the way conferences can (and don’t work) for indie authors.”
  9. “We are often our own biggest critics, aren’t we? Whenever something goes wrong, we feel disappointed, frustrated, upset, or hurt. The fallout might cause others around us to suffer too, causing further anguish and guilt. When this happens, unless the situation was in no way tied to us, we tend to blame ourselves:”




  1. “Despite a growing body of evidencethat climate change is wreaking havoc on our environment and psyches, many people still resist making small lifestyle changes that may help mitigate disaster. The logic of climate science has not shaken enough people from their apparent complacency; neither has fear. So, what will? Washington State–based thanatologist Kriss Kevorkian—a specialist in death, dying and bereavement—suggests that real motivation depends on people acknowledging their “environmental grief,” a term she coined after studying the decline of killer whale populations.” Thought-provoking.
  2. “Whatever kind of book buyer you are, it turns out that the format via which you read – e-book or paper – could predict what it is you’re reading.” Not for me. I do read fiction on kindle, but I also read non-fiction there. In print, I read both as well, though I tend to read more fiction. I read more non-fiction on Kindle.
  4. “With each successive draft, I felt myself grow lighter. While I wrote that first draft for myself—to purge, to process, to bear witness—I became more aware with each new draft that my story could have a life outside of me, that my story could become a source of connection instead of just personal anguish. And while I tried not to think of readers as I wrote the first draft, tried to imagine no one would ever read it so I would hold nothing back, with each new draft, I thought: how can I make it clearer for people who weren’t there? What does the reader need to know? That first draft was catharsis; the next drafts were craft, were art, were invitation.”
  5., for one, have always struggled with using LinkedIn to promote my books. So, I found her post particularly intriguing. If you do try her tips, please let us know how they worked out for you!”
  6. Be Kind.
  7. “Nick and I graduated from high school together and I’m excited to have him participate in my interview series this week with his new book.” How interesting!
  8. “Part 6: Videos – YouTube+” I’m getting into writing lessons and research more on youtube lately.
  9. “We launched Kindle Create in December and thousands of KDP authors have since used Kindle Create to help them publish their eBooks. Thanks to their feedback, the latest version of Kindle Create now includes support for formatting eBooks written in French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch languages, in addition to English. The Kindle Create interface is also available in these languages. With Kindle Create you can:”
  10. “And I firmly believe that. My most important purpose is to be a wife and mom. I never thought I was destined for global greatness. (Apparently RDJ doesn’t think so, either. Bummer.)” This is a great purpose, Staci!
  11. “Before you reach for the antacids, let’s discuss the different methods of editing and introduce some ways that might make it less intimidating.” I’m going to try flashcards when I get my beta back. You arrange them in order from big fixes to small. I learned about this from Ava Jae!
  12. “Twenty years ago I ran a health food shop and diet advisory centre here in Ireland and we sold essential oils for aromatherapy. I thought that I should learn more about it and took a course on the subject. It is not something that I have covered here on the blog, and I am looking forward to refreshing my memory from my course notes. and introducing you to this relaxing therapy at the same time.”
  13. “I was interviewed by Atlanta’s African American Book Festival a couple months ago. Check out the feature at the link below! Also, for you Atlantians, be sure to register for the first inaugural AAABF festivalthis summer. “The Atlanta African American Book Festival is a great opportunity to showcase your work. Vending at the Atlanta African American Book Festival is an investment in your community, business, and personal brand.”
  14. “I got a new job. Danced in the elevator. I’m sure I already have fans in security.” I haven’t been on an interview in a LONG time, lol. My kids are going through them though. Well, my daughter found a job last fall. My son is doing online apps right now. It seems so much harder to find a job then when I was younger.
  15. “When things go wrong and cannot be changed, except, by time and the natural march of events, acceptance is a blessing and the only way we can get through the bad patch, putting one foot in front of the other. We adapt to the new circumstances, making the best we can of our lot and finding ways around, or through, the challenges it presents.” Some changes can be good. Like accepting yourself with all your shortcomings.
  16. “My real name is Mônica Mastrantonio and Margareth Stewart is my pen name, but I like it so much that I ask to people to call me Margareth. I was born in Brazil in a little town called Londrina which stands for Little London as it was colonized by the British, and I also have Italian citizenship because of my great-grand-parents that immigrated there. Now I live in Sao Paolo, few months in Miami and at writer´s residencies around the world. Besides, I´m a PhD professor and tutor in Social and Organizational Psychology at University, a busy-mom of three kids, and so many other projects around.”
  17. “Plagued by a troubled upbringing, Paul McAdam wakes to find a mysterious woman in his bed, but has no memory of how she came to be there. Cat Taylor worms her way into his life and eventually moves into his Edinburgh flat. This arrangement suits Paul quite well until he meets Anita Fairfax. Wishing to marry, Paul tells Cat she has to go, something she does not do easily. Then, Cat is found dead in Paul’s apartment. Despite little…”
  18. “Paul Andruss has done his usual deconstruction of our guilty pleasure and reconstructed it layered with Aztec history and flavoured with myths and modern techniques.. if you are not chocolated out after last weekend.. head over for some of the real stuff.”
  19. “Shakespeare’s remarkable ability to discern and apprehend psychological illnesses, especially in an age when there was very limited knowledge regarding mental health, does not fail to amaze his readers. From Lady Macbeth’s OCD to King Lear’s Paranoia, and from Hamlet’s mania to Ophelia’s Psychosis, the bard’s diligent eye managed to capture clinical conditions perhaps just as accurately as the physicians of his time would have been capable of.” Truly amazing!



I write YA as Traci Kenworth. I also write romance as Loleta Abi.

39 thoughts on “Writing Links…4/9/18

  1. Another brilliant and widely varied collection Traci. On behalf of everyone feature in your amazing round up, thank you for the work you unselfishly do in compiling this each week for other people. Px

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