Seven Links 8/10/19 Traci Kenworth

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Seven Links…8/10/19

Traci Kenworth


1. “Early in my writing career I noticed something happening when I got to around the 30k word mark in a manuscript. It was like I hit a wall. It’s not that I didn’t have ideas or know the direction of my plot. It was just a strange feeling like I wasn’t sure what to write next. I’d look ahead at the 60k or more words I had to write, and got the heebie-jeebies. What the heck was going on?

Luckily, I found out I wasn’t alone. Lawrence Block reported the same thing in his book Writing the Novel:” Usually, it’s after 10k for me or toward the very end when I’m not ready to end the thing.


3. “If you ever get the chance to visit a printing press, do it. I’ve had the privilege to visit two of them. The first was in the late 80s in Cincinnati at Standard Publishing’s printing press. (That facility closed in 2004.) Their plant was quite large and did a wide variety of printing, everything from books to church curriculum to Star Wars coloring books. It was rather amusing to see those Star Wars coloring books on a pallet next to Sunday school take-home papers. Hope they didn’t mix them up!

The other plant was Bethany Press International in Bloomington, MN. During my years with Bethany House Publishers I visited this facility many times since their building is about 100 yards from the back door of the publishing company. It was fun to take our authors on a tour to see their books come “hot off the press.”

4. “If you’re looking for a way to get yourself out of a creative rut, refresh your viewpoint, and bring new life to your writing, you may want to try going on a color walk. 

What is a Color Walk? 

American writer and artist William S. Burroughs came up with the idea of the color walk to inspire his students. 

It’s really easy to do. Simply pick a color before you head out on a walk, and then let that color lead you on your route. “

5. “When I first started my writing career in late 2016, it didn’t take me long to figure out that I was destined to create a cozy mystery series. It’s my favorite genre, and one where I feel a sense of lovely, deadly, writing inspiration. I made a decision early on that if I was going to commit the time and energy to writing a book, one would certainly not be enough—I’d always be wondering what the characters were up to next, LOL (this enquiring mind always wants to know…). To date I’ve written and published three books to date and have just completed my latest #WIP. Four books written in three years—my lethal, little gray cells have been unleashed! 

To me the characters in my stories become almost like family and friends—you come to know all their quirks, background, weaknesses, and interests. When the mysteries and mayhem come into play in each story, how the characters react does in fact change and evolve. In My American Almost Royal Cousin Series, I decided to spice up the cozy world with other topics I’m passionate about: fashion, royals, actors, castles, and of course loads of food and cocktails with a dash of humor—finding bodies gives one an appetite! My readers always tell me how hungry (or thirsty) they get while reading my books. I must admit; Cherrywood Hall’s Chef Karl works his culinary magic to create the most delectable delights to sample as the plot unfolds. Main character Gemma is his biggest fan!

Here are the 5 main reasons why I’m inspired to write a series:”

6. “We need to talk about money. Author earnings specifically because author earnings are surrounded by myth and lie. The truth is, you don’t have to be a poor artist. You just need multiple streams of income.

I’m sure half of you are shuddering at the prospect of talking about money – especially any fellow stiff upper lipped Brits, talking about money is so crass after all. But let me sweep you into my arms and tell you a thing or two.

Everyday thousands of writers come to Google full of the ‘ER-MA-GAD IM GUNA WRITE A BOOKitis’ clutching their shiny dreams of full-time writing and then they search for advice on google…”


Research & Fun Tidbits:


2. “I read a recent craft book on the importance of bringing a visual object into the story that links the setting. They used a big clock on the tower in town.

Why Did I pick the great well?

Because it connects everything. The castle has natural springs under it and delivers the water through a series of viaducts to the great well. The great well nourishes the farmers’ crops. It provides water for the city. The majority of citizens collect their water from the great well for cooking, cleaning, etc. It is a gathering point for the city and often the site of speeches, gossip, and more. It is also the compass to the city. North of the great well lies the temple and further on, the castle. To the north and south lie the shops in the city. To the east and west, the residences.” I’m over at Chris the Story Reading Ape’s blog.

3. “t didn’t seem like an auspicious purchase at the time: a discarded library book bought for £1 (about $1.20) at a rummage sale, one of a handful picked up to read on vacation.

Except the book happened to be a first edition of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” (titled “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” in the US), one of only 500 to ever exist and distinguished by its two typos.”

4. “Back in the relative sanctuary of our Red-Pill-Box,

Wen looked at me hopefully and said,

“You did make a note of the riddle didn’t you?”

5. ““When you’re a new author, you have a fearsome enemy. ANONYMITY. We know this, and it’s our biggest fear. The fear that nobody will read our work plagues most of us, keeping us awake at nights. No matter what some authors say, we published because we want to be read.” Eva Lancaster, Being Indie: A No Holds Barred, Self Publishing Guide for Indie Authors

Although I had a personal blog,Where Genres Collide, followers on Facebook andTwitter, I was intimidated the first time I submitted a guest post. But I’m glad I overcame my fears and took up the challenge.

There’s a lot to be gained from doing something that initially scares us; it teaches us to bring our best. Here are seven excellent reasons for submitting guest posts.”

6. “The moment inspiration strikes — that feeling you get when a new idea wraps itself around you and refuses to let go — is so wondrous that it’s difficult to describe with words. Even for a writer.

I tend to compare this feeling to receiving a surprise gift in the mail. Not to bum you out or anything, but I don’t think anyone has ever sent me a surprise gift in the mail before. But I assume that holding it in your hands and being filled with awe and gratitude probably feels the same way a new idea feels.” This is a nice idea that thoughts rush on to others and become theirs because you can only hold so many scraps of inspiration. I wish I could hold them all, but I can’t so if they pass on to others that means they have another chance to be grasped.

7. “ack in May, I heard a rather intriguing and disturbing story on radio. The nub of it is that researchers at Yale University were able to induce brain activity in detached heads of pigs obtained from a slaughterhouse four hours after death. They accomplished this with a technology called “BrainEx.” A system of pumps, heaters and filters perfused the dead brains with an artificial blood solution. After six hours of treatment, the brains showed cellular activity. At least one scientist commented that if the treatment had been continued, some level of consciousness may very well have been achieved .”

Some Things More Serious:

1. “This week started with a crazy event and ended with one.  The first was a camper taking something that they shouldn’t have, but we don’t know who.  The last one was something breaking that caused a problem for the game room.  Things were broken by campers throughout the week because the heat and humidity had a lot of people acting like whirlwinds of destruction.  I wish I could go into more details here, but I will say that it was a long week.  Ended up forgetting lunch a few times too.  My exhaustion hit a point where I simply passed out some nights and didn’t wake up until my alarm woke me.  It wasn’t good sleep either.”

2. “At the 145th National Rifle Association annual convention you could see and purchase replica flintlock muskets like Daniel Boone’s, “wardrobe” handguns the size of a cell phone, a carriage-mounted 1883 Gatling gun, historic firearms from the Renaissance down through the latest surge, bullet-splat jewelry, deep-concealment holsters, triple-barrel shotguns, and camo everything—coolers, flasks, four-wheelers, deer blinds, lingerie, infant-wear. There was a motorcycle with a .50-caliber machine gun mounted on the handlebar (sorry, not for sale), all manner of scopes, optics, and laser-sighting technologies (how do the animals stand a chance?), “shelf-stable” food products, bulk ammo, precision ammo, make-your-own-ammo ammo, historical exhibits, mom-and-pop purveyors of cleaning fluids and swabs, and corporate icons with slick, multilevel sales areas worthy of luxury car showrooms. And the flag, everywhere, all the time, the stars and stripes popping from pistol grips, knives, banners, T-shirts, shawls, bandannas, sunglasses, product brochures, and shopping bags. America, America, sweet land that we love. A photo spread for a well-known gun manufacturer featured a whiskery, camo-clad, Viagra-aged Caucasian male standing in ankle-deep marsh with a dog by his side, shotgun slung to his back, and a large U.S. flag in one hand, the pole planted in the muck, as if staking a claim.”

3. “R.O. Kwon’s scintillating debut novel, The Incendiaries (published last year by Riverhead and now available in paperback), examines the ways that faith can be both a balm and a blight. The book’s beating heart is the stormy relationship between Will and Phoebe, two college freshmen who seem to seek solace from their sorrows in one another. It’s a bad romance that’s by turns mangled and magical; Kwon writes dazzlingly about the bewilderment of desire.

In this personal essay, Kwon—typically a private person—applies her incisive pen to her own life. Happily married to a man, and having grown up deeply religious, she now reveals why she decided to come out as bisexual on Twitter last year. Here, she shares what the reaction has been both online and IRL.”


5. “D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies, is on her summer hiatus from the travel column, and is busy writing her next book. In the meantime, I am repeating one or two of her earlier posts, and this one is very important. There is much to prepare for to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday including insurance, luggage security, extra fees for exclusive holidays. Debby has all that covered and more.”

6. “Mexicanos, Chicanos, Latinx, o cualquier placa se quieren poner, have your hearts been as full of tenderness, as brimming with sorrow, as they are today? Through our tears over the slaughter of our brothers and sisters in El Chuco—a city that’s 81 percent us—did you not see something precious, something to be cherished and, so, protected?

I speak only to you, primos y primas, porque lo que piensan los demas no me importa en este momento. Lo importante es que nosotros entendemos, que reconocemos lo que somos: una gente chingona. Una comunidad que, segun a Los Tigres del Norte, si no mas americanos, bueno al menos tan americanos que el hijo del anglo-saxon.”


Teaser Fiction & Poetry:




4. ““Are you going to tell him?” Mattie asked.

“Heavens no, this is my secret. I told you because you’re my best friend, and I know I can trust you.” Angie sat at the table with her cup of tea. She was pale around the eyes and mouth. “I am doing this on my own. I’m thirty-four years old, and I know this is the right thing for me.”

“It may be right for you, but girl you look like crap. Do you want another cup of tea?”





Book Reviews, Cover Reveals, & Author Interviews:


2. “Romeo & Juliet (1595) by William Shakespeare is a nice romantic read.

First up two things:

1. I’m not a huge William Shakespeare fan even though as a writer I think it would be good if I was because he is a legend of the game.


2. I really enjoyed this book.”



5. swallowed, some souls gift insights, wisdom, a path to understanding. Others unleash power, proficiency with a sword, and indifference to death. One soul assimilates with ease. But swallow a host of the dead and risk a descent into madness. 

Estranged from his family over the murder of his wife, young Raze Anvrell wields his fists to vent his rage. Then a chance at a new life beckons, and he retreats to the foothills of the Ravenwood, the haunt of unbound ghosts. He and his mentor build a freehold, a life of physical labor and the satisfaction of realizing a dream. They raise horses and whittle by the fire until the old man dies, and Raze swallows his first soul.”

6. “I’m thrilled to welcome Charles E. Yallowitz for a guest post about magic systems.  Charles recently released Warlord of the Forgotten Age, the last entry in his fifteen book Legends of Windemere series.  Fifteen books – what an accomplishment!

Thank you to Teri for offering to host a guest post and helping to promote Legends of Windemere: Warlord of the Forgotten Age.  This is the final book of my fantasy adventure series, which has spanned 15 volumes.  One of the most key factors for the series has been the magic system.  Spells have flown, rituals have been done by both sides, ancient traps have been sprung, and enchanted items have been wielded throughout it all.  This is to be expected since I made Windemere a high magic world and it all started with a simple system that eventually grew into something larger.”

7. world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan, the bastard twins of Súndraille’s king. Their mother was murdered. The royal family died mysteriously. And now Thad sits on the throne of a kingdom whose streets are suddenly overrun with violence he can’t stop.

Growing up ignored by the nobility, Ari never wanted to be a proper princess. And when Thad suddenly starts training Ari to take his place, she realizes that her brother’s ascension to the throne wasn’t fate. It was the work of a Wish Granter named Alistair Teague who tricked Thad into wishing away both the safety of his people and his soul in exchange for the crown.

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