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(…)

Do You Finish What You Start?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Do you finish what you start? In Cornerstone, an urban fantasy by Misty Provencher, Nalena Maxwell’s mother is the worst kind of non-finisher (or so Nalena thinks). Every week, Nalena stops at the stationery store to buy paper for her mom, an unpublished writer. Nalena hates “paper day” because their house(…)

Where Did the Inspiration for Shrilugh Trees Come From?

I have a special treat for you today. One of my lovely fantasy writer friends has agreed to visit today and tell us about the glowing trees in her book. I love taking a behind the scenes look (like watching the special features on a movie), so I’m thrilled Myndi agreed to stop by. *******************************************************************(…)

7 Strategies Villains Use to Trick Their Victims

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) In many stories, we don’t want to give away who the villain is right away. In other stories, we want the reader to know but our other characters not to. In either case, we need to drop subtle hints so that in the end, when everyone knows, it feels natural and(…)

How Do You Deal With Grief?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) She dried her tears and they did smile To see her cheeks’ returning glow How little dreaming all the while That full heart throbbed to overflow. With that sweet look and lively tone And bright eye shining all the day They could not guess at midnight lone How she would weep(…)

Are You Going to Watch The Hobbit?

Next week, the first installment of The Hobbit premiers in theaters. In honor of the release, I wanted to share this beautiful instrumental compilation by The Piano Guys of Lord of the Rings music. (If you’re not subscribed to their YouTube Channel, you should be.) Will you be watching The Hobbit in theaters or waiting(…)