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Seven Links 3/16/19 Traci Kenworth

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Seven Links 3 16/19

Traci Kenworth


1. “We are well into the second decade of the self-publishing (now more preferably termed indie-publishing) movement. The flame wars of the early years (“Death to traditional publishing!” “Oh yeah? Self publish and you’ll ruin your career!”) have been replaced by the calm ruminations of business-minded “authorpreneurs.”

And while reports of the death of traditional publishing have been greatly exaggerated, the industry’s dependence on A-list stars has left a void in what used to be called the “midlist.”

2. “1. Words can change people’s minds, if they speak directly to the people who need to hear them.”

3. “Once upon a time, Character fell in love with Plot. Right from the start, it was a stormy relationship. There was passion, there was romance, there were epic stakes. And conflict? Puh-lenty.”

4. “My agent just sent me his suggestions for rewrites on my fourth Angela Richman mystery. Most of his criticisms were about dialogue: it was too long, too wooden, a speech turned into a rant. Based on his critique, I developed these dialogue tips:”

5. “Writing is like raising a child. While you can try to ensure the kind of outcome you desire and imagine, you never how life’s twists and turns will take you in a direction you never expected.”

6. “For the longest time I had major problems doing revisions on my writing. It seemed so easy for everyone else. Why was it so hard for me? Of course, I also had trouble writing. I hardly ever experienced that state of “effortless flow” everyone talked about, in which the words just magically spewed out of me down onto the page. For years—a lot  of years—I felt like something was wrong with me. I felt like I was a failure as a writer.”

7. “At the beginning of 2019, my employer offered me a different job within the same company. I quickly transitioned out of my position as a writer and into a different role — one that was a better fit for me but would no longer require me to spend eight additional hours a day writing articles.

At first, this both worried and discouraged me. Could I even still call myself a writer if it wasn’t what I did “for a living”? When people asked me what I did for work, could I even still say I was a writer? The title was so embedded in my identity that I was almost afraid I wouldn’t be the same person — the same “me” — without it.”

Research & Fun Bits:

1. “It was only a matter of time

before we decided to explore the Pitch-Black.”

2. “The topic this time out is: Characters I’d Switch Places With!” I don’t know if I’d switch places with mine either, tragic stories but triumphant.

3. “At the beginning of Stephen King’s epic The Stand, Larry Underwood is a dissolute rock and roll emerging star, who has fallen prey to temptation, drugs, and a very dangerous crowd. He comes back east to visit his mother just in time for the outbreak of Captain Trips. If you have not read this book, I will go no further with the plot, but I do recommend it highly.  King acknowledged that this book was his homage to Lord Of The Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien and the same level of epic sweep and individual morality and action occurs here.  For Larry Underwood, his most powerful moment is that of personal sacrifice.

As a writer, a reader, and a teacher, I am very interested in how characters change within the arc of a story.  I would want to ask these three how it felt to achieve their most powerful changes at or near the climax of the pieces.” I have to agree with this character.

4. “I’m terrified of heights so just watching this made me queasy, but…Kaati has to fall backwards from a height and somehow flip right way up so it can fly instead of splatter. Yeah…”


6. “Every year, the garden catalogue drops through my letterbox and I start to daydream. I mentally design flowerbeds when my body is too busy to be doing any of the other things my mind ought to be doing, adding in all the plants I would love to grow for their beauty, all the fruit and vegetables I would tuck in between them, all the herbs I like to use for home remedies. It is a relaxing pastime that costs neither time nor energy, because I know from experience that the reality will never match the dream.”

7. “Friday was my only writing day. I went through the Serang MS with the intention of deleting a chapter. I know we’re supposed to kill our darlings, but in this I failed. I deleted 10 words.” I can be ruthless when editing then regret it, lol. Sometimes I chop away the parts I need to explain things.

Some Things More Serious:

1. I live by this idea. A smile can bring a rainbow out for people.



4. “1987 seems like aeons ago! Back then I was in my early twenties, having travelled from Australia to the UK to visit relatives and then drove north and explored Scotland.

When I arrived at Inverness in the Scottish Highlands I enquired about historical points of interest. The words Culloden and battle were reverently spoken in many a conversation which led me to stand, for the very first time, on what was once called Drumossie Moor – boggy, heather-clad moorland, south-east of Inverness.

It was there I learned about the plight of Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Jacobite forces. Hundreds of the Prince’s army, predominantly Highlanders, lost their lives in less than an hour in a battle fought against the Hanoverian forces commanded by the brutal Duke of Cumberland.”

5. “Welcome to another Mental Health Monday. Today, I’m going to talking about when I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder.”

6.“It took me a lifetime to learn to draw like a child.” -Picasso-

“I would like to paint the way a bird sings.” -Monet-

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” 
-van Gogh-

“Color is a power that directly influences the soul.  Color is the keyboard.  The artist is the hand that plays.”  -Kandinsky-”

7. “It was the morning coffee conversation, the one where I perch on the end of my son’s bed while he considers getting out of it. Even fuelled by good, freshly ground beans, that can take some time, especially if we start talking… and that invariably happens.

Today, the subject that caught out attention was the media…. TV, films, books, the works… and how fiction inevitably draws us in to a place where our own lives can seem bland in comparison to their imaginary ‘reality’. From the formulaic drama of romantic novels, to the condensed ‘reality’-bytes of the soaps, their storylines raise unconscious expectations and, in contrast, our own experience of life can appear to be lacking in the essential ingredients, plot twists and the rollercoasting emotions that are their stock in trade.”

Teaser Fiction & Poetry:



3. “Anyway, better late than never, here is the FINAL part of MIKE’s story. Last time, Mike had made it home, the worse for wear after downing several bottles of beer to settle his nerves. His loving wife, GLORIA is non too forgiving when he tells her he thinks he has an aneurysm.”





Book Reviews, Cover Reveals, & Author Interviews:

1. by a ruthless and powerful enemy, Xhosa flees with her People, leaving behind a certain life in her African homeland to search for an unknown future. She leads her People on a grueling journey through unknown and dangerous lands but an escape path laid out years before by her father as a final desperate means to survival. She is joined by other homeless tribes–from Indonesia, China, South Africa, East Africa, and the Levant—all similarly forced by timeless events to find new lives. As they struggle to overcome treachery, lies, danger, tragedy, hidden secrets, and Nature herself, Xhosa must face the reality that this enemy doesn’t want her People’s land. He wants to destroy her.”

2. “This week my guest is Ann Barnes who shares the animal she would like to have a conversation with, her weirdest dream, what is in her handbag, and what she would have done differently.”

3. “his project, like many formidable tasks, began as a casual conversation after my wife and I watched the movie ARGO in 2012. The action thriller kept us on the edges of our seats, and at the end of the theatrical rendition of the otherwise discreetly executed CIA mission, my wife suggested that I write down my tour experience during the 1989 Tiananmen Square incident. I had told the story numerous times to friends and families, but had never documented in words.”

4. “Heather L. Montgomery’s obsession with roadkill began with a squashed rattlesnake. She wanted to know how rattlesnakes’ fangs retract. She decided that a dead rattlesnake was a lot safer to study than a live one. That got her thinking about what other things scientists could learn from roadkill. She discovered that researchers use roadkill to learn more about animals’ diseases, DNA, mating habits, migration, and diet.”

5. “This mystical story is bound to capture your heart. Abigale Forester is only fourteen years old, recently orphaned, and has been sent to live with her Aunt Magnolia Forester, a woman she has never met, and is now her legal Guardian. Abigale was born with mystical gifts, inherited from her mother, along with a few hundred acres of swamp land that has been handed down for generations in her family.”

6. “Rosie’s Book Review Team has always been very supportive of my writing career. If you’re an author, you really should get to know them. If you’re a reader, they can glean through the pile for you when shopping for your next book.”

7. hilarious yet dark novel on how power, and the lack of it, shapes people.”


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

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