Five Links 4/20/2020 Traci Kenworth

Due to a sinus infection/stiff neck/earache/headache combination, I didn’t get to as many links as I’d hoped.

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Five Links 4/17/2020

Traci Kenworth

Writing:

1. https://killzoneblog.com/2020/04/storytelling-lessons-in-60-seconds-or-less-2.html “The mind wanders, especially when forced to look at the same walls all day. Enter YouTube. It’s the great playground for the bored and stultified. It beckons us with its search engine, and cheerily sucks us into rabbit holes of delight. Instead of being force-fed what some news group wants us to see (and believe), or as an alternative to getting hooked on a ten-episode series that may, after all is said and done, end with a thud, we get to choose according to our own particular interests and attention spans.

Which makes watching old commercials on YouTube the perfect pastime. For some odd reason which I am not privy to, my brain brought up an old memory the other day of a commercial I’d seen as a kid. It was for Alka-Seltzer, which back in the 1960s put out a string of hilarious ads that went “viral” (in those days, that meant talking about things at the office water cooler).

The commercial I recalled was a mini-story about a professional pie-eating team (already that’s funny). It had the trope of the wise old veteran taking the rookie under his wing, complete with an iconic last shot—the vet turning around as he leaves, giving the kid a last wave.

I searched for it on YouTube, and there it was. Other commercials came to mind, and I found each one of them. And it struck me that in addition to their entertainment value, they also offer lessons for writers.” I only saw the Mikey commercial and I remember as a young kid I enjoyed it. It spoke to me. Lol.

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Research & Fun Bits:

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Some Things More Serious:

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Teaser Fiction & Poetry:

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Book Reviews, Cover Reveals, & Author Interviews:

1. https://amytruebloodauthor.com/quite-the-query-one-way-or-another-by-kara-mcdowell-ya-contemporary/FEELS LIKE FATE is a Sliding Doors YA romantic-comedy told in alternating chapters with an #ownvoices exploration of anxiety. It is complete at 85,000 words.

Seventeen-year-old Paige Collins’ undiagnosed anxiety means that she lives in constant fear of making the wrong decision. To her, every choice has the potential to fling her life out of its natural orbit into a universe of flaming disappointment. So, when she’s presented with two last-minute options for Christmas vacation, she boycotts the decision in favor of trusting the “Magic 8” app on her phone. Two possible answers lead her to two different choices, splitting her life into parallel universes.

In Fate One, Paige follows her wanderlust to New York. She tries to reinvent herself into a braver, more adventurous person, but her anxiety keeps her clinging to the app for every decision. When the app fails her and she finds herself lost in Brooklyn, she turns to pretentious family friend Harrison for help. Together, they check off the items on her New York bucket list, and as Paige is falling for the city, Harrison is falling for Paige. He might be the adventure she’s looking for, if only Paige can forget about her feelings for her best friend back home.

In Fate Two, Paige follows her heart to a snowy mountain cabin with Fitz, the diehard romantic best friend she secretly loves. When the two of them get caught under the mistletoe, it seems Fitz may finally reciprocate her feelings. But then his ex shows up unannounced on the eve of a blizzard, trapping the three of them in the cabin with no electricity and plenty of unspoken feelings. In order for Paige to achieve her happy ending, she must overcome her fear and anxiety and decide what she truly wants—without the help of an app.

This book went on to get a deal and will be published on October 6! Be sure to go to Goodreads and add it to your TBR!”

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Need any cold meds? Try here and here.

Earache? Here.

Headache? Here.

Orange juice?

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