Friday, October 30, 2015

Writerly Things...10/30/15

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Writerly Things…10/30/15
Traci Kenworth

Outlining is something I used to dread like the plague. I’m finding now, however, that I really like them. Not in a strict, no-veering-off-course way. Mine are kind of like stars I line up, shuffle around, ponder further. With them, I can see if I forgot an important detail, like the fact that my heroine is the only one who can communicate with a group of people in their language. Which proved to be something I had to dwell on as I have other groups of people interacting with them. What I’m thinking though, is that they could use a sign language. Very few of my humans know it in this universe, so interpreters are very important.
I’m also able to see problems in the time-line of the book with the help of the outline. I had some events happening sooner than they logically should. What is an easy fix now could have been a major headache if I’d discovered this further down the line. I keep my outline open so that if I ever get an awesome plot detail, I can see where to weave it in and how it fits in with the rest of the story. Again, an easy fix that could be worse if I just threw everything out the window and clung to a strict outline.
Another thing that really helps me out is reading other blogs. I have them all set to come to my home email so I can go through them, see what interests me, and then decide what to read. I find some gems this way. It’s how I discovered Angela Ackerman’s and Becca Puglisi’s website in the beginning and how I know about their OneStopforWriters website they have now. It’s a fabulous website with all kinds of goodies for writers. I highly recommend anything they do!! I’ve also discovered Shannon Lawrence’s website where she lists fabulous information along with links to markets. I’ve stumbled into courage and someone who tells it like it is over at Chuck Wendig’s website. I could go on and on. The point is, there are blogs out there worth some time and effort to read, study, and learn a new tool for our writing box from. I encourage you all to visit as many as you can.
Any favorite blogs you want to give a shout out to?



Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Reading Links...10/28/15

Reading Links…10/28/15
Traci Kenworth

Fantasy/Dystopian/UF/Paranormal/SF:
3.      https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2015/07/07/review-infinite-waters-by-nicholas-c-rossis-sciencefiction-shortstories-suspense/

MG/YA:
4.      http://middlegrademafia.com/2015/06/29/mg-book-review-story-thieves-by-james-riley/

Horror:
24.  http://horrornovelreviews.com/2015/06/29/anthology-dead-roses-five-dark-tales-of-twisted-love-review/

Mysteries/Thrillers:
10.  http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/the-3rd-woman-by-jonathan-freedland-blog-tour/

Craft:
1.      https://killzoneblog.com/2015/10/the-secret-power-of-voice.html



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Monday, October 26, 2015

Writing Links...10/26/15

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Writing Links in the 3s and 5…10/26/15
Traci Kenworth

Fantasy/Dystopian/UF/Paranormal/SF:
3.      https://fantasyhandbook.wordpress.com/2015/10/20/asking-questions-of-my-outline/

MG/YA:
3.      http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2015/10/tackling-tough-subjects/

Horror:
3.      http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2015/10/22/cassandra-khaw-five-things-i-learned-writing-rupert-wong-cannibal-chef-a-gods-monsters-novella/

Mysteries/Thrillers:
3.      https://margotkinberg.wordpress.com/2015/10/19/in-the-spotlight-james-m-cains-double-indemnity/

Short Stories/Anthologies/Novellas:

Craft:
5.      http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/10/writing-dialogue-4-ways-to-avoid.html



Friday, October 23, 2015

Book Talk...10/23/15


Book Talk…10/23/15
Traci Kenworth


1.      Dead House Dawn Kurtagich. 2015 Little Brown & Co. Netgalley. Carly and Kaitlyn are sisters who exist in the same body. Their parents died in a car crash that neither can remember. They keep diaries and sometimes write notes to each other. Carly lives in the daylight, Kaitlyn at night. As time goes along, Kaitlyn stays around longer and longer until Carly is missing. Naida, a friend of Carly’s, wants to bring her back. There is an enemy at work. A group of individuals band together to fight whoever it is. One word: haunting. Absolutely, truly, haunting.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Reading Links...10/21/15

Reading Links…10/21/15
Traci Kenworth

Fantasy/Dystopian/UF/Paranormal/SF:
4.      http://www.publishingcrawl.com/2015/10/13/happy-book-birthday-to-the-rose-society-by-marie-lu/

MG/YA:
4.      http://middlegrademafia.com/2015/10/16/the-writers-block-interview-with-susan-ross/

Horror:
16.  http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2015/10/15/jennifer-brozek-five-things-i-learned-writing-never-let-me-sleep/


Mysteries/Thrillers:
2.      http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/liz-currently-loves-your-voice-is-all-i-hear-by-leah-scheier/

Short Stories/Anthologies/Novellas:

Craft:
1.      http://romanceuniversity.org/2015/10/12/are-you-waving-the-novice-writer-flag-by-rayne-hall/



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Monday, October 19, 2015

Writing Links...10/19/15

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Writing Links in the 3s and 5…10/19/15
Traci Kenworth

Fantasy/Dystopian/UF/Paranormal/SF:

MG/YA:
3.      http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2015/10/put-your-setting-to-work-by-cc-hunter.html

Horror:
3.      http://horrornovelreviews.com/2015/10/13/exclusive-author-lee-mcgeorge-shares-writing-tips-the-hook/

Mysteries/Thrillers:

Short Stories/Anthologies/Novellas:

Craft:
5.      https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2015/10/14/leave-your-characters-alone/



Sunday, October 18, 2015

10 Questions for The Siblinghood of the Writer's Blogs

The 10 Questions from Sara Letourneau's Blog http://saraletourneauwriter.com/2015/10/15/siblinghood-of-the-world-bloggers-tag/

1. Would you rather drink tea or coffee?
Years ago, this question would've been an easy answer. I was a BIG tea drinker. Now, it's a toss-up. I LOVE my coffee morning and afternoon but sometimes have tea at night.

2. Would you rather read at morning or night?
I read in the mornings, afternoons, and nights, lol.

3. Would you rather vacation somewhere with an ocean view or a mountain view?
I think mountain. I'd love to see some actual mountains. I've seen the ocean a time or two.

4. Would you rather cook or have someone else cook for you?
I LOVE to cook.

5. Go on a trip with family or your best friend?
Can I pick both? Lol. Okay, family.

6. Choose Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Slytherin, or Ravenclaw as your "house" at Hogwarts?
Gryffindor, definitely. No Slytherins here!! Lol.

7. Read about a protagonist who shares your personality traits and hobbies or someone completely different?
Different is good!!

8. Watch a movie in the cinema or wait till its on HBO/dvd/cable?
Dvd.

9. Ride a hippogriff or a hippocamp?
Hippogriff all the way!!

10. Revisit your childhood or teleport to the future?
Future. I'd like to see what I become.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Book Talk...10/16/15

Book Talk…10/16/15
Traci Kenworth

1.      The Amber Spyglass Book III in the His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman. A Dell Yearling Book. 2000. MG Fantasy. Will searches for Lyra and finds her hidden in a cave by Mrs. Coulter. After he frees her and they escape to another world, they make the decision to go to the world of the dead to reach Roger and Will’s father. What they find will revolutionize new ways of things for all worlds. I was saddened to see this series come to an end. I enjoyed traveling with Will and Lyra and learning about their worlds. I heartily recommend this series to all Fantasy fans.