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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(…)

Top 5 Writing Posts of 2012

I’m officially on a blogging vacation over the holidays, but for those of you who are now stuffed and content and looking for some reading, here are my top-ranked writing posts of 2012. Enjoy! What Do We Mean By Strong Female Characters? How to Keep Strong Female Characters Likeable Four Little-Known Factors that Could Destroy(…)

Merry Christmas from Marcy

I’ll be taking a blogging vacation over the holidays, but before I go, I wanted to wish all of you a Merry Christmas. I hope that you find time to relax, enjoy your family, eat maybe a little more food than you should, and enter the new year refreshed Before I go, I wanted to(…)

Want to Try Beorn’s Honey Cake from The Hobbit?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) The Hobbit came out last week, so I thought it was only fitting to do a little digging and see if I could find a treat to celebrate the release. What I found was a recipe for Beorn’s honey cake. Beorn is a shape-shifter (what J.R.R. Tolkien called a “skin-changer” in(…)

Reblogging Etiquette

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Lately I’ve seen some bloggers wondering what the etiquette should be around reblogging (blogging something previously posted on another blog). Before I get into the tips, let me say that I think re-blogging can be useful. If you’re being reblogged, it’s an honor that someone found your content worthy of sharing(…)