Seven Links 2/23/19 Traci Kenworth


Seven links…2/23/19

Traci Kenworth


1. does “better” even mean, anyway?”

2. “We’ve all been through it. We get caught up in a book or movie, we’re cruising along, liking everything about the story and then … the ending stinks.” He’s got a good point. Sometimes an ending just ruins everything that came before. You lose your heart for the story.

3. “I watched The Hunger Games last night. I read the book before the movie came out, and I’ve seen the movie a few times. So I obviously knew what would happen. Still, a certain scene got me.”

4. “Recently, we published Christopher Fox’s 100 Prompts to Get the Ink Flowing. These prompts were some of the best I’ve seen.”

5. “Querying agents is daunting, exciting, difficult, wonderful…there are so many ways to feel during the process. Each submission is different (or at least it should be), because each agent is different.” You can also consult Manuscript Wish Lists via twitter.

6. “Don’t let any disabilities stop you from writing. If writing is your passion and you have dyslexia or are on the Autism spectrum disorder and struggle with English, just don’t let it detour you. You can always dictate your story to a recorder and have it typed out by another. You can also get a ghost writer. Whatever you do, follow your heart and passions. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. Believe in yourself always”

7. “Being able to write realistic, consistent, multi-dimensional characters is vital to gaining reader interest. Doing so first requires we know a lot about who our characters are—you know, the obvious stuff: positive and negative traits, behavioral habits, desires, goals, and the like. But it’s not always the obvious parts of characterization that create the most intrigue. What about the things your character is hiding?”

Research & Fun Bits:

1. “Chiastolite is a stunning crystal.  It exhibits a cross pattern in a cross section. It may be brown or green with a black cross pattern.”


3. “I sent off a big portion Serang to my critique partners. One has already trickled back, and I’m sure the others will in the next few days. It’s a good time to pause this one. She and her master wandered to the high desert, far from the Emperor’s focus. There are soldiers here, but the main focus is along the Northern Coast.”

4. “This theme is probably going to be very similar to the City Guards week from December, but that isn’t surprising.  Guards and soldiers get used interchangeably in a lot of fiction because they are part of the setting.  The nameless warriors who are there to either be in the background, push the heroes to the next plot point, or be taken out in a scene to show how powerful/evil the villain is.  Yet, there is one subtle difference between the two that drives me to do a week for the military characters.  So, what am I talking about?”

5. I agree with those mentioned as well as add Marion Zimmer Bradley, Anne McCaffrey, Mary Stewart, Susan Cooper, Phil Pullman, and C.S. Lewis.

6. “Had the inadvertent blooding of the book indeed been a ritual, I would have minded far less, as such would hark back to the oldest rites, continuing the thread of vicarious sacrifice reaching even into the heart of Christianity.”


Some Things More Serious

1. “Where to even start with this week?  Well, I took my son to see Lego Movie 2 last Sunday, so we’ll start there.  Not as good as the first one, but still very entertaining.  I like how they incorporated both worlds this time.  It’s more musical than its predecessor, which isn’t a bad thing.  They had fun with it and there are some fun twists.  We went to the Lego Store afterwards to pick up some sets since you can’t take a kid to a Lego movie and expect him to not get some afterwards.  This was a great way to end last weekend . . . and step into a really odd week.”

2. “I don’t understand how it happened. When did we women blow it? When my sisters and I grew up in the ‘70s, they told us we were now men’s equals in everything except whapping large bugs, resetting the digital clocks after power failures, and playing football. All this while retaining our natural superiority in the areas of childbearing, putting new rolls of toilet paper on the spindle, and choosing wallpaper. And we bought it.”

3. “I teach English as a foreign language to young children. From my experience, at these ages, if you give them exercises and grammar rules they will soon loathe the classroom. I love the English language and would not want any of my students to come to hate it, so I always look for fun activities to promote both learning and pleasure. And, if I can keep my class happy, creative but calm, I am in teacher heaven.” I love to see a teacher encourage reading!

4. “Variety is key to good health, to provide your body with as broad a spectrum of nutrients as possible that the body needs. Taking a supplement or relying on shakes and bars to provide your daily allowance of vitamins and nutrients is not in your body’s best interest. Giving it foods that the body can process and extract everything it needs is vital.”

5. “Often the things designed to make our lives more comfortable are the things that distract us most. One of the biggest culprits is our smartphone. For most of us, these little devices are never far away. We keep them on our desks and pull them out at restaurants.”

6. “This is the second in a series of posts centered on the challenges faced by indie authors as we try to compete in the vast ocean of competitors/cohorts that is filled with sharks and other predators. Here are more that I’ve come up with to get you thinking and to foster a discussion:”

7. “Death is really the grand finale to the circle of life.  It encompasses all we experience; friendship, sadness, love, fear, joy… it is a fitting end to the memories of living.  One book that gives the greatest tribute to life, death, and everything in between is Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White.  It is my #1 read-aloud every school year.”

Teaser Fiction & Poetry:

1. “Today I have Part #6 of my horror story, I’m Watching You. It’s the story of MIKE’S decent into madness as he struggles to differentiate between what is real and what is imagined.”

2. opened the front door to her house and poked her head in. Neither one of her parents were in the living room. She didn’t hear anything coming from the kitchen either. Hopefully, her father was in the basement and her mother was in their bedroom. She entered the house and closed the door softly behind her. She wasn’t in the mood to talk to them. It wasn’t that she didn’t want to, but she didn’t want to lie to them.”






Book Reviews, Cover Reveals, Releases, & Author Interviews:

1. “Welcome to the first of the Cafe and Bookstore updates this week and the first author with a recent review is James J. Cudney for the second book in his Braxton Campus Mysteries – Broken Heart Attack.”

2. “I’m so excited for the release of Kara McDowell’s JUST FOR CLICKS today! Kara was mine and Heather Cashman’s Pitch Wars mentee in 2016. She was such a hard worker and even had to revise between giving birth to her beautiful son. Both Heather and I were excited to work with Kara from the moment we read her manuscript. We feel we really lucked out. The family bonds and drama in the book is what drew me in the most. The book has changed so much from the time I first read it, and I couldn’t be more thrilled for readers to meet Claire, her family, and especially Rafael!”

3. “The Runaway Jury (1996) by John Grisham is a great mystery with many intriguing layers to both the plot and the various characters involved. It was Grisham’s seventh novel.”

4. “Please join me in welcoming Author, Guy Worthey to my blog. Guy is a talented writer and an all around impressive guy dude. I’m excited to feature his The Adventures of Ace Carroway series here.”

5. “I’m still working on the second draft at a snail-sloth pace (Thanks for the new word, Sarah!), but progress is being made.  So that’s a plus.  Thanks for all the positivity sent my way last week – it certainly helped!  I’m not sure if I mentioned it before, but this will be a duology, a new feat for me.  It’s not something I planned, but the characters let me know their story wasn’t finished, and with YA books, it’s generally frowned upon to have a word count much higher than 80K.”

6. “One of the first things my doctor told me when we started to get into the nitty-gritty of mental health and depression was that your brain is like a forest. The more often you travel a path, from thought to result, the easier it gets. This is why intrusive thoughts and negatives are so damaging: they use napalm to clear the way instead of a machete, and they’re really hard to shake. If you wake up and read something bad, it becomes easy to hate waking up. But if you start each morning reading the text message where your nephew tells his mum he’s decided to be an author because he loves you, eventually you start to like waking up. You have to cut a new path, and keep walking it.”

7. “Kel O’Conley, DVM, treats supernaturals and their pets. Where else can a witch take a talking familiar for vaccinations or vampires get a stake removed? Kel wants experience in her field before returning to her pack. She’s fought tooth and claw for her dream and nothing will stop her.”

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