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(…)

Is This Magnetic Putty Alive?

Welcome back to my unbelievable real life feature! In the past we’ve looked at sleeping in an ice hotel, sleeping under water, and a bat that looks like Jedi Master Yoda. This week, it’s some unbelievable science. Watch as the magnetic putty “eats” the cube. Think it was hungry? I hope this isn’t too much(…)

Inner Dialogue in Your Fiction: What It Is and How to Tell Good from Bad

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) I’ve received a lot of questions via email lately on inner dialogue (also known as internal monologue), which usually means it’s time for me to write a post on something So welcome to the first in a three-part series on how to handle the voices inside your characters’ heads. First we(…)

Three Tips for Making the Most of Your Time With a Freelance Editor

Today I’m over at the lovely Karen McFarland’s blog. I know that hiring a freelance editor can be expensive, so I’m talking about how to make the most of your time working with a freelance editor, especially if you’re on a limited budget. I hope you’ll join me there. And don’t forget that I’m offering(…)

What Makes Someone a Hero?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) When we think of heroes, we often think of James Bond, Indiana Jones, and Batman. The men who save the world and get the girl. But there’s another kind of hero who often gets overlooked. In Jack the Giant Slayer, Jack climbs the beanstalk along with some of the king’s best(…)

Would You Sleep 40 Feet Underwater?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Every girl who watched The Little Mermaid growing up was enchanted by Ariel’s undersea home. So imagine my delight when I discovered someone had built an underwater resort for adults. Welcome back to my Unbelievable Real Life feature, where I showcase weird creatures and offbeat places on our planet that seem(…)