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Is There A Cost to Hiding Our Mistakes?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Should we always admit our mistakes, sins, and bad decisions and accept responsibility for them, or are there times when we should simply move on and try to forget they happened? The decision is probably easy when the stakes are small, but what about when we run into one of those(…)

The Creation of Haedyn: A Walk Through Building an Unusual Character

I’m excited to welcome fellow fantasy author and WANA-ite Jennifer L. Oliver to my blog today. Jennifer was born and raised in North Carolina and now lives on Florida’s gulf coast with her husband, two cats, a dog, and multiple fish. She is the author of dark urban fantasy and paranormal thrillers. When she’s not(…)

6 Ways Your Metaphors Are Hurting Your Novel

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Last week I wrote about Three Keys to Memorable Metaphors and Similes. This week I think we need to look at the biggest gaffes we can accidentally make when trying to write a metaphor or simile. It’s one thing to make these fumbles if you’re trying to write corny humor. It’s(…)

Should We Bother Making Resolutions?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) What does it say about human nature that we continue to make resolutions every January even when year after year we fail to keep them? Maybe that failure isn’t such a bad thing. In Season 3 of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, a teenage character named Nog wants to apply to(…)

Are Cellos and Star Wars the Next Peanut Butter and Jelly?

I love when someone is able to bring together two of my favorite things—in this case, science fiction and music. This play on Star Wars is called Cello Wars. Even if you’re not a Star Wars fan, this video is fun to watch. Some great music has actually come out of science fiction and fantasy(…)

Three Keys to Memorable Similes and Metaphors

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Metaphors and similes are one of the keys to memorable stories because they create images that tap into our emotions. They stick in our minds because they give us something tangible to hang on to. A simile uses like or as to compare two different things. A metaphor goes a step(…)

Have You Lost Your Taste for Adventure?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) As The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens, Bilbo Baggins has no desire for adventure. The curious child he once was is gone, leaving only a hobbit who enjoys his food, and pipe, and comfortable home. The wizard Gandalf and a pack of zealous dwarves invade his house and offer him the(…)

Most Valuable Writing Business Posts of 2012

My blogging vacation is wrapping up. I’ll be back next week with fresh content. As we head into 2013, though, I wanted to provide you with some of what I think are the most valuable posts dealing with the business side of writing that I’ve read this year. Also, don’t miss the special discount I’m(…)

Top 5 Science Fiction and Fantasy Posts

I’m officially on a blogging vacation over the holidays, but I’ve put together my top-ranked science fiction, fantasy, and mythology posts for those of you who might have missed them or are back at your computers and looking for some reading fun. What Star Trek Race Are You? The Missing Hunger Games Line Do We(…)

Science Fiction and Fantasy Books Worth Your Christmas Money

Over the past 13 months of this blog’s life, I’ve had the privilege of interviewing and hosting many talented science fiction and fantasy authors. If you received some money for Christmas or some Amazon gift cards, and they’re burning a hole in your pocket, check out these authors. Kait Nolan and Werewolves Randy Ingermanson and(…)