How to Write a Killer Pitch

Writing a book is easy…at least when compared to what we need to do after we finish. We had 50,000 to 100,000 words to write our novel, and now we have to condense that down into a couple of paragraphs for an agent pitch, query letter, Amazon description, or back cover copy. It feels unfair.(…)

What Would You Do If You Only Had 21 Days Left to Live?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Before anyone panics, no, I’m not dying in 21 days. (That I know of anyway.) But that question has been on my mind since I watched Seeking a Friend for the End of the World because in the movie, that’s how long they have before an asteroid destroys the earth. All(…)

Will Artificial Intelligence Ever Be Possible?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) From Data in Star Trek, to David in A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, to the cylons in Battlestar Galactica, we seem to be fascinated by the idea of robots who can think for themselves. (And the implications of that for our survival as a species.) Scientists have made great advances in creating more(…)

How to Format Internal Dialogue

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Welcome to the next installment in my series on inner dialogue. If you missed the earlier post on Inner Dialogue in Your Fiction: What It Is and How to Tell Good from Bad, make sure you take the time to read it as well. (And my apologies for such a long(…)

Is the World Becoming More Evil All the Time?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) It feels like the world is getting worse by the day. Like each day, a new level of evil is revealed. Until we wonder if we’re even safe to leave our homes. But I was reminded of something this weekend as my husband and I watched The Avengers. Loki, basically a(…)

How Close Are We to Having Star Trek Holodecks?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) If there’s one thing every science fiction fan wants, it’s a Star Trek holodeck. For those of you who don’t know, a holodeck is a simulated 3-D environment filled with holograms. In other words, it’s like being inside a movie while watching it. You can also be a character in the(…)

When Should We Follow the Rules and When Should We Change Them?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) The biggest fight my husband and I ever had was over Battlestar Galactica. I know. We’ve now jumped to the very top of the nerd list because most couples argue over the really important things like money or children or whether the in-laws should be allowed to dictate what color they(…)

Will Video Game Music Be the Next Classics?

Video games are inspiring some beautiful music. For those of you who don’t regularly play video or computer games, allow me to introduce you to Malukah. She’s a singer and composer who gained a bit of fame on YouTube by recording game soundtrack covers. I’ve picked three of my favorites to share today in this(…)

Four Ways Google+ Communities Help Authors Build Their Platforms

Did you know that Google+ has the second most active user base of all social media sites? Yet one of the biggest complaints I hear about Google+ from authors is that they struggle to meet potential future readers and to get others to engage with what they’re posting. The solution to both problems is Google+(…)

The Adjustment Bureau: Would You Rather Achieve Your Dreams or Find True Love?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) If you had to choose between achieving your dreams or finding true love, what would you choose? That’s the dilemma faced by Brooklyn Congressman David Norris in the movie The Adjustment Bureau (based on the Philip K. Dick short story “Adjustment Team”). The Adjustment Bureau is a secret supernatural agency who(…)