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Why We Ought to Ask Ourselves “Can We” Rather than “Should We”

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) In the newest Star Trek movie, Into Darkness, Kirk faces a series of choices where the outcomes are lose-lose. Does he let Spock die or break the Prime Directive and reveal their ship to a primitive society? Does he allow their ship to explode or fix the problem but irradiate himself(…)

6 Reasons Google+ Is Better for Author Platform Building than Facebook Is

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) I know I said we’d be alternating between science fiction/fantasy posts and writing posts week by week now that I’ve gone to my summer schedule, but I have a special guest post up today that I didn’t want you to miss. (Next week it’s time to talk Star Trek: Into Darkness!)(…)

Four Fiction Felonies that Make Your Plot Unbelievable

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) How many times has something completely random happened to you? A death for which you can see no purpose? A problem that you couldn’t see a way out of that seemed to solve itself? In real life, things happen for no apparent reason. In fiction, everything needs to happen for a(…)

Is Technology Killing Our Creativity?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) I don’t camp. I prefer to be in a place with electricity and running water. I’ve owned a Kindle for years, and I’ve been using computers since the only game you could play on them was pong. I’m not someone who thinks the world was better off before technology. But I(…)

Top 5 Science Fiction and Fantasy Foods that Sound Good Enough to Eat

  By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) One of the things I love most is when the creator of another world makes me crave a food or drink that doesn’t exist. For fun, I thought I’d make a list of the top 5 I’m desperate to try. Klingon Raktajino from Star Trek My husband frequently jokes that(…)

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(…)