Revolution: How Do You Remember to Be Grateful?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) I take my washing machine for granted. And my refrigerator. And cheesecake. What if they were all gone tomorrow? New to the fall lineup of TV shows on NBC is Revolution. An unknown phenomenon knocked out every power source across the globe. No electricity. No cars or planes. No batteries. Nothing(…)

Time to Vote for Zerynthia

Last Sunday, I shared my My Little Pony version of Zerynthia, the Amazon princess from The Amazon Heir, my co-written historical fantasy with Lisa Hall-Wilson. The voting is now on for PonyFest12, so please visit Rebecca Enzor’s blog and vote for Zerynthia! It only takes a few seconds, and Zerynthia and I are up against(…)

When Is It Time to Quit on Our Dreams?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) I thought about quitting today. It’s not the first time. I’m sure it won’t be the last. We all hit that point. It’s that point where the one rejection letter outweighs all the acceptances because it was the one that really mattered to you. It’s the point where you get tired(…)

Real Steel: Some Things Are Worth Fighting For

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) So often we hear the advice that, if you love something (or someone), you should let them go. But part of the reason I fell in love with my husband was his willingness to fight for me. His willingness to fight gave me the invaluable gift of knowing I was worth(…)

Zerynthia the Warrior My Little Pony

I know this isn’t a normal day for me to post, but I’m entering Rebecca Enzor’s PonyFest12 with a My Little Pony inspired by Zerynthia, the Amazon princess in The Amazon Heir, my co-written novel with Lisa Hall-Wilson. I’m not an artist, so I had to use a pony creator and Paint to come up(…)

Write Or Die

I first heard about a program called Write or Die a few months ago. I looked it up online to find this description: “Write or Die is a new kind of writing productivity application that forces you to write by providing consequences for distraction and procrastination. As long as you keep typing, you’re fine, but(…)

Do You Love Yourself Too Much? The Story of Narcissus

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Maybe we need to focus less on loving ourselves and more on loving others. In Greek mythology, Narcissus was the son of a river god and a nymph. When Narcissus was young, a blind soothsayer prophesied Narcissus “would live to an old age if he did not look at himself.” The(…)

7 Tricks to Add Variety to Your Dialogue

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) A simple back and forth exchange in dialogue is like a plain chicken breast. It’ll keep your body full and moving, but pretty soon your taste buds get bored. You need BBQ sauce. Or Ranch shake-and-bake. Or spicy raspberry-balsamic marinade. You need to add variety. The same principle applies to your(…)

Why Does Fear Exist?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Fear can kill us in more ways than one. In the Star Trek: Voyager episode “The Thaw,” the crew of the starship Voyager finds a planet that suffered an ecological disaster. Five of the aliens who lived there placed themselves into a timed stasis, set to release them when the surface(…)

Is Your Website at Risk from Hackers? 8 Ways to Protect Your Blog

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) A hacked site can cause you days of downtime. It can cost you money, both from lost income if you sell books through your site and from having to pay a web guru to fix the problem. It can cause you stress as your regular readers send you messages telling you(…)