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Writerly Things 3/16/2020: YA Writing Tips Traci Kenworth


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Writerly Things 3/16/2020: YA Writing Tips

Traci Kenworth

Looking for some tips for YA writing? The following instances may help you especially when you’re stuck or facing that blank page and unsure of what to write about.

Prompts.

These seem to help YA writing a lot. In truth, ANY writing. Prompts give us something to consider. Something to figure out. More to envision. They give us a lead down another road. Or into a cave. High diving from an airplane. Do something uncomfortable. Unusual. Your character picks up the weapon while leaning over a body is so cliché. But what if the body fell on them or was discovered in their luggage?

Poetry.

Practice some poetry. It’ll do wonders for your work. It’s helped me with my visuals. It’s given me stronger words to use and helped me not to settle for the ordinary. Within reason, of course. You don’t want to use a fancy word when a simple one will add better clarity. But form some charm and a twist, a more precise phrase could make the sentence all that more potent.

Writing as Often as You Can.

Nope. You don’t have to do it every day. I take the weekends off. It avoids burnout. Instead, if you just practice as regularly as you can, it’ll help. Even if it’s only ten-to-fifteen minutes. Whatever time you can manage and keep at it will get you to your goals eventually. Are you writing a YA novel? Depending on the genre, they can be 25-80k with fantasy running a bit longer but not much. Novellas run closer to the 25k mark though.

You can always check with whatever agent you query, per their recommendations for that level. Even Nathan Bransford was more along the lines of 35k-65k.

P.O.V.

POV stands for point-of-view or whose viewpoint the story’s in. Is it first person-the “I” reference? Or second-the “you” reference. Or the usual, third or “he/she” view. Any of these should be okay but the you one is the hardest, be forewarn. First is what I learned to write in. I then went to third and occasionally find my way back to first from time to time. I like both viewpoints. The first and the third can grow tiresome if all you use are “I, I, I,” or “he/she” continuously. Mix it up. Get in there and learn to switch your sentences about.

Twist them, tangle them, break them apart. Learn the rules then learn how to break them. If you SHOULD break them. Hint: it’s all right from time to time if it better the point you’re trying to get across. Keeps inside the character’s head, so to speak.

Write the Blurb First.

If you don’t know what the blurb is, it’s the summary on the back of a book that hooks the reader. You may find them on short stories, magazine articles, etc. They’re meant to pull the reader in. Most readers know whether they want to read the book by the first paragraph or not. I go by the blurb more than the cover, though a good cover helps in the purchase.

Writing the blurb first helps give you a guideline of what your book is about. Sure, there will be changes along the way but it’s easy to bring the blurb up to date. Second, when you get lost along the way, it will guide you back to where you want to go.

So, there you have it! A few tips for YA writing. Hope it helps! Have a great week, take care, and God bless!

How about some more entertainment? For laughs: Monty Python movies: one, two, three.

For suspense: one, two.

For the kids: one, two.

For YA: one, two.

For romance: one, two.

For horror: one, two.

For Christian: one, two.

Music: one.

TV: one.

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Book Talk 3/19/2020: What I'm Reading in YA Traci Kenworth


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Book Talk 3/15/2020: What I’m Reading in YA

Traci Kenworth

I’m reading Kalona’s Fall: A House of Night novella by Kristin and P.C. Cast, Uglies by Scott Westerfield, So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer, Through The Nethergate by Robbie Cheadle, Chosen by Kiersten White, Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas, Subject A36 by Teri Polen, The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco, The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith, The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman, How to Write a Children’s Book by the Children’s Institute of Literature, Sightwitch by Susan Dennard, How to Write Kidlit by Mary Kole, and How to Write & Sell YA by K.L. Going.

How are you doing amid the crisis? Do you have all the supplies you need? Cleaning supplies: one, two, three, four, and five.

Baby supplies: one, two, three, and four.

Hygiene Care: one, two, three.

Pets: one and two.

Grooming: one and two.

Beauty: one.

Books: one, two, three, four, and five.

Art: one, two, three and four.

Music: one, two, and three.

Movies: one and two.

Thinking of starting your own website? Try Bluehost, link to left, WordPress, link to left, or Rubix, link to left. I use Bluehost and WordPress, they’re both easy and reliable. Then there’s Jetpack, link to the left, security for your website. Definitely use this!

Stay safe and peaceful! There’s a lot of craziness out there, don’t let it get to you, or worse, become you. Take a deep breath. Remember, we’re all in this together. Take care and God bless.

Posted in a bit of seriousness, blogs, Christian, Craft, Family life, humor & fun, MG & YA, Reading, Short stories, Writing and Poetry, YA

Writerly Things 2/27/2020: Reaffirming Goals Traci Kenworth


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Writerly Things 2/3/2020: Reaffirming Goals

Traci Kenworth

Okay, so it’s February and some time’s slipped through your fingers in regards to your goals. That’s okay! It’s fine! You can always reaffirm your goals at any time. I like to take stock on things when Feb. hits to see how I’m doing.

Faith.

I’ve been trying to make more time in the morning to talk with God. Or pray, however you want to consider it. It was hard at first but it’s becoming easier. I still worry he’ll point me in a different direction than writing but every morning he helps me to realize snippets of stories, titles, characters etc. Sometimes I wait on him before writing my blogs to help me decide on what topic to post on. He always lends me an ear and insight.

Family.

I have been able to spend more time with them, a priority for me as they grow older. It’s not always easy to make that time but we try the best we can. We’ve been able to go out to eat, watch a movie, and spend time talking about things that aren’t really important in reality but to us, they are part of us. Our favorite shows, food we like to eat, sometimes politics, or religion. The list goes on and on.

Writing.

You knew I’d get around to it, lol. I stumbled getting back into writing over the holidays, I do admit. I’ve been faster at returning to the short stories and poems. The edits have been going slower but then edits are meant to, to catch things. I feel frustrated that I’m not moving faster but then health concerns have forced me to focus on them and pull away from what I love. I’m doing better in some areas but in others, not so good. I hate to lose more time at this point as I’ve lost so much already. The reality is, I feel as if time is slipping away from me and I’ll never get it back. That I’ll miss my chance, my opportunity. That hurts. It’s like a withered part of me that dies a little each day. I fight back as hard as I can, but the truth is that other things take me away from writing. Errands. Driving to dr. apts. Etc.

Things have lightened up now that I’ve got my other website up and finished. I do still have three to run but it’s a little easier to spread the focus then concentrate just on the one. Plus, it helps me work faster. Yes, I like to have more than one project to juggle just as I like to do the same with reading. That way, I always have something to turn to while I’m considering what’s gone before. Writing is the same.

Websites

With the websites, I plan to continue with the links on Loleta Abi as three links for each subject, and five on Traci Kenworth. These lower numbers help me to be able to catch up on nights when I’m behind. Like I said, a lot of time has been spent on A Dash of Seasons lately, to get that in shape and where I wanted it. I’m going to be adding some stories to the site and bring in some hacks. We’re working on the other areas such as beauty, fashion, video games etc. The humor & fun will stay but they’ll be other areas in addition. I’m having fun with the humor & fun bits. I have a bit of a comedian in me, I guess. Jesstyn is going to add another cartoon to the mix and changing that post from Fridays to Tuesdays. We’re doing a bit of a switch around as her days off have recently changed and Friday is now a work day.

On Loleta Abi, I hope to bring some of that humor & fun in. Not sure how yet, but we’ll see. It’s been running a bit behind the other websites so I’m exploring options on bringing more romance in. Wondering if I should continue the He Said/She Said bits or find new stories to add. This is all about the writing after all and I’ve noticed most writers have stories/poems on their sites, perhaps both, if not excerpts of their books from time to time. I’m not at that point yet, but hopefully, in the future.

On Traci Kenworth, I think everything is going well. From the links to the poetry to the book reviews. Book reviews have been some of my biggest blog posts across the blogs. I enjoy doing them. I’m trying to see how to improve on them. I still don’t like to rank them with stars unless I’m posting on Amazon or Goodreads. There’s something just so impersonal about that to me. I like to tell the parts that affected me and maybe others will feel the contagiousness for that and pick up the book to read. I do want to bring in more YA readers though and I’m hoping not only the books do that but whatever else I can cook up.

Two Drops of Ink.

As you may or may not have heard, I’m now a monthly contributor to Two Drops of Ink: a Literary Community. I’m excited to work with Marilyn Davis and others. I had been hoping to join another platform to increase my exposure to readers and this was unexpected but much appreciated. I still will find my way to do guest posts here and there. I enjoy doing that as well. I’d actually like to expand that area. There are a lot of writing sites I’d be honored to post for.

Personal Health & Exercise.

This has been a crisis area for me so long. I am feeling better in some areas but I’m also out of control in others. I need to start exercising, walking, dancing, yoga, something! I also need to reduce my portions of food. This is really hard for me, to be honest. I just get SO hungry with the bipolar meds and when I ask about it at my drs., they just shrug and say it’s hard. Yeah, so help me! And then when I see my family dr., or my diabetes dr., they can’t understand why I can’t keep things on the healthy side. As someone else recently said, fruit & veggies are expensive. And when you’re on a budget, it’s even more of an invisible product at times. In the summer, I can do better when I go to the farmer’s market but in the winter, it’s just a no-go.

Wrap-up.

I hope to begin a new project this year, maybe even two new projects. I pushed editing back over the holidays, so I’m just now getting back into that. How are you all getting along with your goals? Are you ready to quit? Or can you find it in you to fight and get back into the spirit. I’m not saying you have to climb Mt. Everest, that’s a great goal, but keep things realistic for you. Try smaller steps to reach your goal.

Have a great week, take care, and God bless! #blogs #craft #family life #writing #reading #websites #editing

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Writerly Things 12/23/19: Twelve Things to do for Christmas Traci Kenworth


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Writerly Things 12/23/19: Twelve Things to do for Christmas

Traci Kenworth

  1. Enjoy yourself
  2. Pull your family close
  3. Snuggle with your pets
  4. Drink a good cup of cocoa
  5. Relax by the fire
  6. Watch the sunrise
  7. And the sunset
  8. Take a sleigh ride with horses
  9. Dance around the Christmas tree
  10. Have a snowball fight, purely for fun
  11. Kiss your honey
  12. Bless your home and loved ones
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Book Talk 12/13/19: Books I’ve Read This Year. Traci Kenworth


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Book Talk 12/13/19: List of Books Read This Year

Traci Kenworth

Books I Read in 2019

Traci Kenworth

  1. Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor # 1 so far YA Fantasy
  2. Experimental Film by Gemma Files
  3. Katie’s Highlander by Maeve Grayson #1 so far Historical Romance
  4. Slayer by Kiersten White #1 YA horror
  5. Closing a Deal on Your Terms by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
  6. Bane of the Dragon King by J. Kellerford #2 YA Fantasy.
  7. Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto #3 YA Fantasy
  8. Jewel in the Mud by Harmony Kent
  9. The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker
  10. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany and John Kelley per J.K. Rowling’s permission
  11. Bird Box by Josh Malerman
  12. Beauty for Ashes by Joyce Meyer
  13. The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  14. The Forbidden Door by Dean Koontz
  15. How to Write a Novel by Nathan Bradford
  16. 13 Steps to Evil by Sacha Black
  17. Sullivan’s Promise by Joan Johnston
  18. The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
  19. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  20. Storynomics by Robert McKee
  21. Dreams of Gods & Monsters Laini Taylor # 4 YA Fantasy.
  22. Writing Realistic Men Jackson Dean Chase
  23. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard #5 YA Fantasy
  24. Finale by Stephanie Garber # 1 YA Mystery
  25. The Night Window Dean Koontz
  26. Undead anthology
  27. Before I Sleep Adam Nevill
  28. The Evil Queen Gena Showalter #7 YA Fantasy
  29. Will Haunt You Brian Kirk
  30. Graceling by Kristin Cashore #6 YA Fantasy
  31. A Curse So Dark and Lonely Brigid Kemmerer #8 YA Fantasy
  32. 150 Fantasy Writing Prompts by Sherilyn Kenyon
  33. Our Better Angels by Jonathan Reckford
  34. Beyond the Moon by Catherine Taylor
  35. How to Love a Duke in Ten Days Kerrigan Bryne
  36. This Earl of Mine by Kate Bateman
  37. Dragon’s Oath: A House of Night Novella by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
  38. Happily-Ever-Afters: Reimagining of Snow White and Rose Red by Melanie Cellier
  39. Setting by Jack M. Bickman
  40. The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller
  41. Windwitch by Susan Dennard
  42. Forever My Duke by Olivia Drake
  43. The Wanderers by Chuck Wendig
  44. The Freelancer’s Survival Guide by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  45. The House at the Bottom of the Lake by Josh Malerman
  46. Surviving the Transition by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
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Writerly Things 12/9/19: Top YA Books in 2019, imo. Traci Kenworth


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Writerly Things 12/9/19: Top YA Books of 2019, imo.

Traci Kenworth

  1. Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor #1 YA Fantasy
  2. Slayer by Kierstan White #1 YA Horror
  3. Finale by Stephanie Garber #1 YA Mystery
  4. Bane of the Dragon King by J. Kellerford #2 YA Fantasy
  5. Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pan Preto #3 YA Fantasy
  6. Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor #4 YA Fantasy
  7. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard #5 YA Fantasy
  8. Graceling by Kristine Cashore #6 YA Fantasy
  9. The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter #7 YA Fantasy
  10. A Curse So Dark & Lonely Brigid Kemmerer #8 YA Fantasy
  11. Windwitch by Susan Dennard #9 YA Fantasy
  12. Harry Potter & the Cursed Child by John Tiffany and John Kelly
  13. The Devouring Grey by Christine Lynn Herman

I’m still reading some so this list might change before the 30th of Dec. but I think this is pretty well set. Have a great week, take care, and God Bless!

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Seven Links 8/17/19 Traci Kenworth


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Seven Links…8/17/19

Traci Kenworth

My original links for this week were lost by Overdrive. It was my first and last time trying it.

Writing:

1. https://kriswrites.com/2019/08/14/business-musings-expect-success/ “I’ve been doing a series on licensing for writers, which is subtitled “Rethinking the Writing Business.” Normally, I would put this particular blog as Part 8 of the series, but I’m afraid that would prevent a number of people from reading the post. And I think all writers need to read this blog post, whether they’ve read the previous licensing posts or not.

Initially, I got the idea for this post last year, when I was reading Emilio Estefan’s book, The Rhythm of Success.  (Please note I use Amazon links, not for any particular political reason, but because I’m lazy.) You might know of Emilio Estefan as a member of Miami Sound Machine or Gloria Estefan’s husband. But he’s an international businessman whose work crosses a number of industries, from the restaurant industry to the hotel industry to the music industry to the television industry. He moved to the U.S. with no money and is now worth at least $500 million. (That number has remained the same since 2015, which tells me that the sites that compile celebrity net worth can’t penetrate all of his businesses to see exactly how much he’s worth. I’m not even bothering with a link. Google it yourself.)

His entire book, written in 2010, focuses on his personal life with an eye toward the attitudes that made him successful.

Those attitudes were the key. No matter who tried to stop him, he barreled forward, making sure that he achieved whatever goal he set his mind to.

For his entire life, he has expected success. Because he works toward it.”

2. https://stevelaube.com/immediate-distractions/ “Everyone loves being an author. Talented authors relish the process from the first twinkle of an idea to thinking about characters to plopping them into impossible situations. Or for the nonfiction author, the challenge of imparting knowledge that will help others is fulfilling. When I was writing books for publication, time dissolved as I typed away.

Despite my joy in writing, some afternoons dragged as I struggled with getting characters from Point A to Point B; or my plot didn’t work as well on paper as it did when I was musing about it earlier; or … fill in your struggle.”

3. https://writershelpingwriters.net/2019/08/writers-remember-the-wand-chooses-the-wizard/ “When we choose a writing career, naturally we want to find our footing quickly. But this can cause us to pay too much attention to what other authors are doing in hopes of finding the magic of success. Michelle Barker is here to remind us why looking within is actually the key, so please read on!

When I first started writing, I was fresh out of university with a degree in English literature. I was determined to be a literary writer. To me, this was what being a writer meant. Never mind writing about the things that suited my personality. I would write big important novels for adults, and short stories with lots of sentence fragments. And never mind finding my own voice; I wanted to sound like Margaret Atwood.”

4. https://whenangelsfly.net/2019/08/14/nine-tips-for-authors-going-to-their-first-book-fair-updated-by-nate-hoffelder-chris-the-story-reading-apes-blog/

5. https://megdowell.com/2019/08/14/writing-is-a-performance-and-the-show-must-go-on/ “Even if you’d rather go to the dentist every day for the rest of your life than listen to even three minutes of electric violin music, it’s hard to deny that Lindsey Stirling’s rise to stardom is one of the most inspirational modern success stories a creator can draw positive energy from.

I’ll admit, I’m a long-time fan and probably one hundred percent biased here. But you can’t watch Lindsey’s America’s final Got Talent performance, listen to the judges pretty much tell her she doesn’t belong on stage, and look at how far she has come thinking, “Eh. So what?”

I could write an entire series of posts on what writers can learn from her story. But for now I want to talk about Lindsey Stirling as a performer — particularly, why she didn’t quit her national tour after finding out her dad wasn’t going to survive his cancer diagnosis.”

6. https://ryanlanz.com/2019/08/14/the-dos-and-donts-of-dialogue-tags/ “Writers use dialogue tags constantly. In fact, we use them so often that readers all but gloss over them. They should be invisible. However, there are ways to misuse them and make them stand out.

In an effort to avoid that, let’s take a closer look at dialogue tags. Toward the end of “Tag travesties” is something I sorely wish someone had told me before I started writing.”

7.  https://barbtaub.com/2019/08/14/want-to-write-a-blockbuster-novel-humor-writing-bookreviews/ “In his book, Writing the Blockbuster Novel (Writer’s Digest books, 1994) Altert Zuckerman lists the blockbuster’s two essential elements:

  1. The writing. Blockbuster novels need larger-than-life characters, a dramatic question, an exotic setting, and high stakes.
  2. The $500,000 advance. Blockbuster novelists need LARGE checks.

Since my life as a #1 has given rise to my need for #2, I’ve decided to write a blockbuster best seller. While some critics feel the public demands originality, others believe that authors should only write about extraordinary events they have personally experienced. However, this approach does not explain the continued success of popular fiction authors such as Robert Ludlum (who has published an impressive 31 books since his death in 2001), the Victoria’s Secret Catalog, Sean Hannity, or Donald Trump.”

Research & Some Fun Bits:

1. https://pitchwars.org/pitch-wars-success-story-with-samantha-rajaram-and-her-mentor-carrie-callaghan/ “We’re back with another Pitch Wars Success Story! Please join us in congratulating and celebrating Samantha Rajaram and her mentor, Carrie Callaghan! Samantha signed with Carrie Pestritto at the Laura Dail Literary Agency. We’re so excited for them!

Samanta, tell us about the revision process during Pitch Wars.

It was intense! Carrie was so on top of it and gave me my edit letter well ahead of the deadline, which was such an act of generosity given my hectic schedule. I woke up every day at 3 or 4AM to work on my revisions during that 10-week period. My rewrite wasn’t as extensive as others’ I’ve heard from, but I ended up creating a new character, reading two books (about scurvy!), and creating some needed subplots.”

2. https://charlesfrenchonwordsreadingandwriting.wordpress.com/2019/08/14/quotations-on-ideas/

3. https://rachelpoli.com/2019/08/15/writing-is-like-playing/

4. https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2019/08/14/a-childrens-picture-book-literary-tasting/ “I am over at Writing to be read today with a children’s picture book literary tasting. I would love to know what your favourite children’s books are and what you think of my choices. Thank you Kaye Lynne Booth for hosting me.”

5. https://allaboutwritingandmore.com/2019/08/14/10-h-p-lovecraft-quotes-for-writers-and-about-writing-writers-digest/

6. https://legendsofwindemere.com/2019/08/14/is-reading-still-popular/ “Anybody remember the phrase ‘Reading is Fundamental’?  First, I didn’t realize it was a nonprofit child literacy organization founded in 1966.  Thought it was saying used in Public Service Announcements.  In fact, I used to think it was connected to this blast from the past:”

7. https://jessicabakkers.com/2019/08/14/small-progress/ “Some small progress made today. I edited another 10 chapters in my WIP (Guns of Perdition) and am now over half-way through what I consider to be my final edit. I’m amending some plot points found by dear beta readers, fixing grammar, and tightening, tightening, tightening.

I estimate it’ll be another two to three weeks before I’m satisfied with the state of Guns… and then I have to decide what to do. I’m leaning towards submitting Guns to a few shortlisted publishers and agents, meanwhile continuing to write Book II. If I get a nibble, all well and good. If I don’t, then I’ll consider self-publishing Guns AND I’ll have Book II done or well on the way to being done.”

Some Things More Serious:

1. https://lithub.com/the-theranos-effect-when-cutting-edge-scientists-are-frauds/ “On August 5th, 2014, the Japanese biologist Yoshiki Sasai hanged himself in the offices of the Riken Institute’s Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, a research center for which he served as associate director. While the content of several letters found among his belongings has not been made public, it is known that at least one letter was addressed to Haruko Obokata, a young researcher whose work Sasai supervised. Eight months earlier, Obokata had been the first author of two articles published in the prestigious scientific journal Nature.

The experimental results described in these articles seemed breathtaking. For over 15 years, biologists around the world had been fascinated with stem cells, a type of cell that can both divide indefinitely and differentiate into any kind of cell found in the human body. The ability to culture stem cells would enable a form of regenerative medicine in which tissues damaged by disease would be replaced by these therapeutic cells. Unfortunately, the isolation and culture of stem cells remains complex, and control of their differentiation is still rudimentary. Yet in the January 30th, 2014, issue of Nature, 32-year-old Obokata and her 13 coauthors announced that they had discovered a disarmingly simple method of transforming an adult lymphocyte (a type of white blood cell) into a pluripotent stem cell—in other words, a cell capable of differentiating into countless types of cells.”

2. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/african-american-poets.html

3. https://beckiesmentalmess.blog/2019/08/15/%f0%9f%a4%94-august-15-2019-quote-of-the-day-my-thoughts/

4. https://annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com/2019/08/15/angel-messages-august-15-2019/

5. https://storyempirecom.wordpress.com/2019/08/14/how-to-get-universal/ “Hello SErs, Harmony here  A while ago, I tried using universal links to take interested folks to my books’ sales pages … the links didn’t work. So, I gave it up as a bad job.

Recently, an author on Twitter told me off for not using universal links. Duly chastised, I took another look. It seems that this capability has progressed a lot since the bad old days, lol. And still, it worried me to try it. Before I did anything, I made sure to research the heck out of it.”

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Teaser Fiction & Poetry:

1. https://jenanita01.com/2019/08/14/life-poetry/

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Book Reviews, Cover Reveals, & Author Interviews:

1. https://mariacatalinaegan.com/2019/08/15/if-nothing-else-eve-weve-enjoyed-the-fruit-by-elaine-pascale-genre-horror/ “What happens when a kept woman refuses to take her ridatemp and begins
thinking for herself? In If Nothing Else, Eve, We’ve Enjoyed the
Fruit; she begins talking to bunches of grapes and cantaloupe that
convince her to commit murder. Through her visitations with fruit,
the woman learns that a gender war can be reversed by traveling back
in time and eradicating the Tree of Knowledge and its villainous
apples. The fruit persuade her by telling her four other stories:

Boys Will be Boys:

A spa is turned into a concentration camp:

just don’t ride the elevators!

Ripped to Shreds:
Pregnant Jody Burkhoff’s body is changing rapidly, but not as quickly
as the lupine metamorphosis of her husband. First the neighborhood
animals are mutilated, then the neighbors are viciously murdered.
Which proves to be more dangerous, a monstrous creature or a hormonal
woman?

O:
Khaki Barlow enters a pageant in which only one woman survives. She
must complete tasks that are both mentally and physically daunting,
all while trying to learn the meaning of the words left by the
eliminated: I am here. Does she face incredible fears? Does a
one-legged duck swim in a circle?

The Prison of a Man:
Told as an ethnographical project, Lara Thomas researches the deaths
of shoppers at a mall embedded in a small town, and encounters the
legendary Goat Man.

If Nothing Else (Prologue):
Readers learn the final decision in the gender war.”

2. https://phsolomon.com/2019/08/15/fun-friday-vol-4-what-got-cut-excerpt-from-the-goddess-veil/Today, I thought it would be a bit fun to share a small bit that was cut from The Bow of Hart Saga. It was meant for a sub-plot that ran parallel to the main story but in a different part of Denaria – which doesn’t even appear on the maps in the book. However, all of this sub-plot was cut to create a simpler plot that was less confusing.

However, I have so much written it seems a waste not to use it at all so I’m seriously considering the publication of this material as a novella series or a single book. Here’s a short portion of what I wrote about a character named Sramsurash who is a monk who’s done something quite rash. He’s now thinking back over what he’s done which is what this scene describes. Read on and I’ll share more of why this was cut at the end:

3. https://www.thisishorror.co.uk/just-when-you-thought-it-was-safe-here-comes-hillbilly-horror/ “The scene is so familiar. A group of friends headed out to the great outdoors, all staying in a cabin in the woods. As diverse a group as you’d find, each with their own quirks and agendas. There’s camaraderie, romance, one-upmanship, and tension, especially sexual tension. Yet, something feels a little … off. One of the group senses that they are not alone, and this fear spreads. Is there someone else out there, hiding in the trees, staying close to the shadows, lurking in the dark, waiting for the prefect time to strike? There are tales of strange people who make these woods their home, how they have weird customs that don’t fit in with the rest of the “civilized” world. That guy who worked at the gas station along the way sure was strange. And those meats under the glass at the counter, surely that was just road-kill, right?

Springing from the Southern Gothic, Hillbilly Horror is a massive trope within horror, and one that is often misused and abused, even with the best intentions. Mark Twain probably helped this genre come about, but early literature has examples from Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft (‘The Call of Cthulhu’ is but one example among many), the work of William Faulkner with his weird characters and macabre undertones, and of course, the queen of Southern Gothic, Flannery O’Connor, whose work literally oozes with the trope. The hillbilly aspect doesn’t necessarily have to be set in the south, as there are rural areas in every state and country throughout the world. With a few exceptions, most of these writers barely dabbled with horror, but yet it permeates the work through and through with a mastery of tone and atmosphere, so much so that you wouldn’t be surprised to read of ghosts or other supernatural entities within the pages. In fact, it would be welcomed with open arms.”

4. https://teripolen.com/2019/08/14/www-wednesday-what-am-i-reading-amreading-31/ “If you know me, what I’m currently reading may surprise you.  I’ve read nearly all of D.G. Driver’s novels (she’s practically a neighbor, living in Nashville).  All the Love YouWrite is the continuation of a novella (here) I read by this author a few years ago.  The interfering ghosts mentioned in the description are Mark’s grandparents who left behind love notes they’d written to each other while his grandfather served in the Vietnam war.  I challenge you to read this and not have every heartstring you possess tugged on.  Such a sweet, heartwarming story.”

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Posted in blogs, Christian, horror, MG & YA, Short stories, writers, Writing and Poetry

Seven Links 3/16/19 Traci Kenworth


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Seven Links 3 16/19

Traci Kenworth

Writing:

1. https://killzoneblog.com/2019/03/one-of-the-joys-of-indie-publishing.html “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. https://megdowell.com/2019/03/09/the-12-best-pieces-of-writing-advice-ive-ever-received/ “1. Words can change people’s minds, if they speak directly to the people who need to hear them.”

3. https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/plot-character-and-theme-the-greatest-love-triangle-in-fiction/ “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. https://killzoneblog.com/2019/03/what-did-you-say-writing-realistic-dialogue.html “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. http://booksbywomen.org/this-is-why-you-need-a-team-to-support-your-writing/ “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. https://ryanlanz.com/2019/03/10/stuck-with-your-story-why-you-keep-hitting-walls-and-dead-ends-in-your-writing/ “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. https://megdowell.com/2019/03/10/would-it-really-be-so-bad-if-writing-never-became-your-day-job/ “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. https://somethingferal.com/2019/03/09/art-club-ghost/ “It was only a matter of time

before we decided to explore the Pitch-Black.”

2. https://phsolomon.com/2019/03/09/top-ten-tuesday-20/ “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. https://charlesfrenchonwordsreadingandwriting.wordpress.com/2019/03/09/dining-with-characters-part-4-revisited/ “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. https://acflory.wordpress.com/2019/03/10/more-research-sky-diving/ “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…”

5. https://annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com/2019/03/10/angel-messages-march-10-2019/

6. https://thesilenteye.co.uk/2019/03/10/seeds-of-reality/ “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. https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2019/03/09/date-night-kind-of/ “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. https://beckiesmentalmess.blog/2019/03/10/%F0%9F%98%8Amarch-10-2019-quote-of-the-day-my-thoughts/ I live by this idea. A smile can bring a rainbow out for people.

2. https://juantetcts.wordpress.com/2019/03/11/does-size-matter/

3. https://fantasyhandbook.wordpress.com/2019/03/12/reading-and-writing-as-therapy/

4. http://booksbywomen.org/where-kilted-men-fell-by-vanda-vadas/ “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. https://rachelpoli.com/2019/03/11/my-diagnosis-story-mental-health-monday/ “Welcome to another Mental Health Monday. Today, I’m going to talking about when I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder.”

6. https://charlesfrenchonwordsreadingandwriting.wordpress.com/2019/03/11/children-and-art/“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. https://scvincent.com/2019/03/12/dramatic-license/ “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:

1. https://mythsofthemirror.com/2019/03/09/black-moon/

2. https://wherewordsdailycomealive.com/2019/03/09/a-pure-treasure/

3. https://authorsteveboseley.wordpress.com/2019/03/09/serial-saturday-horrror-im-watching-you-9/ “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.”

4. http://mythsofthemirror.com/2019/03/10/escape-velocity-writingprompt/

5. https://mythsofthemirror.com/2019/03/10/the-light/

6. https://syl65.wordpress.com/2019/03/11/musicmonday-one-republic-marchin-on/

7. https://jenanita01.com/2019/03/10/letting-her-go-as-good-mums-do/

Book Reviews, Cover Reveals, & Author Interviews:

1. https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2019/03/09/bloghop-survival-of-the-fittest-by-jacqui-murray/Chased 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. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/10/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-sunday-interview-getting-to-know-author-ann-barnes/ “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. https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2019/03/10/meet-guest-author-john-t-l-lu/ “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. http://middlegrademafia.com/2019/03/11/mg-book-review-something-rotten-a-fresh-look-at-roadkill-by-heather-l-mongomery/ “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. http://colleenchesebro.com/2019/03/11/the-heart-stone-chronicles-the-swamp-fairy-by-author-colleen-m-chesebro/ “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. https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2019/03/11/rosies-bookreview-team-rbrt-fantasy-voyage-of-the-lanternfish-by-c-s-boyack-virgilante/ “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. https://mariacatalinaegan.com/2019/03/11/book-blitz-west-begg-by-mari-reiza-humour-satire/A hilarious yet dark novel on how power, and the lack of it, shapes people.”

Posted in Christian, Craft, Historicals, horror, Reading, traditional, writers, Writing and Poetry

Book Talk…11/29/18 More on What I’m Reading


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Christmas

Book Talk…11/29/18 More About What I’m Reading

Traci Kenworth

 

I wrote about some of the books I was reading last week. I’ve added to the pile: Maeve Grayson’s Katie’s Highlander, Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghosts, Gemma Files’s Experimental Film, Joyce Meyer’s Beauty for Ashes, Writing Irresistible Kidlit by Mary Kole, The Breakout Novel by Donald Maas, Happiness is…by World Publishing, How to Write a Novel by Nathan Bransford, Setting by Jack Bickham, The Business of Being a Writer by Jane Friedman, English Grammar and Composition, and The Confident Woman by Joyce Meyer. I read most of these craft books on the weekend or days I have off of running my kids.