The Stage


Clarita from Morquefile. The Stage Traci Kenworth   My hand closed on the curtain leading to the stage. This was it. The big moment. Before I’d been a part of the audience, this time, the devue had come for me. At fourteen, I’d longed for the year I’d be chosen. My chance to escape from […]

The Three Faces of Death


The Three Faces of Death Traci Kenworth   That summer came in early, wet and stormy. I danced in a few puddles, and then cringed at the thought of someone seeing me out here, acting so childish. Seventeen wasn’t an age to veer from your course, otherwise, you could end up backtracked to Antarctica when […]

By the Roadside…


By the Roadside (Observations on life, books and the like…) Traci Kenworth   Living where I do, in Amish country, is simple, easy, and a bit breath-taking. You see some quaint things you don’t see every day in the city. I think it’s part of the charm. Yet, more and more residents are having to […]

Eek, The Answer to Where I’d Go During Zombie Apocalypse


Eeek…The Answer to Where I’d Go During a Zombie Apocalypse(and Other Little Horrors) Traci Kenworth   Okay, so me and the ladies we’re talking a bit about what we’d do if zombies suddenly occupied the streets. For me, living out in Amish country, I’d be a little late to the news. And I couldn’t rely […]

How to Choose Which Genre…


Choosing the Genre in Which to Write Traci Kenworth   I’m going to divert from “How to Breathe Life into Your Characters” this week to discuss what genre you should think of putting your book in. There’s so many to choose from, and different shades of each. You have your Science Fiction-Fantasy that breaks up […]

How to Breathe Life into Your Characters VI


How to Breathe Life into Your Characters VI Introductions   The way you bring your hero/heroine onto the page is important. Some say to start with a big bang, but that doesn’t allow your character enough time for the reader to come to identify with him/her. You want to begin with the inciting incident, for […]

The Gaming Hall


  Photo credit jppi from morguefile. The Gaming Hall Traci Kenworth   I wasn’t supposed to be in here, to see what went on, but hey, when your sixteen rules are meant to be broken. Especially when it may attract attention from parents who act like you don’t exist anymore since the divorce. Not that […]

How to Breathe Life into Your Characters Par IV


How to Breathe Life into Your Characters IV Choosing Viewpoint   Okay, now we get down into whose “eyes” the story is told through. It should be the character with the most to lose. Is it Little Boy Blue hiding under the haystack? The Big Bad Wolf? Or Esmeralda? Sure, the villain has a lot […]

How to Breathe Life into Your Characters


How to Breathe Life into Your Characters Part 1: What is in a Name? Traci Kenworth   How do you go about naming your characters? Do you just close your eyes, dip your finger onto the page, and choose that one? Or do you meticulously search for one? In any case, the one you end […]

More Read-a-thon Answers


1. Which hour was most daunting for you? 13 2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Suzanne Collin’s Mockingjay 3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? More mini-challenges perhaps? 4. What do you think worked really […]