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Would You Be a Mermaid If You Could?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Welcome back to my unbelievable real life feature. Today I’m taking a look at one of the most unusual “schools” I’ve ever heard of–mermaid school. Apparently, mermaid schools are cropping up all over–in the Philippines, in Germany, and even in Canada. While it’s never been a dream of mine to be(…)

6 Major Writing Problems in Avengers: Age of Ultron – Part 3

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Today’s post is the final installment in the three-part mini-series I’ve been doing on what writing lessons we can learn from the mistakes made in Avengers: Age of Ultron. If you missed Part One and Part Two, I recommend you read them first. Mistake #5 – A Villain Who Is Melodramatic,(…)

6 Major Writing Problems with Avengers: Age of Ultron – Part 2

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Welcome back to my mini-series where I’m looking at what we, as writers, can learn from the mistakes made in Avengers: Age of Ultron. If you missed the first installment in this series, I recommend you read it first. Mistake #3 – Too Many Easy Answers and Short Cuts We need(…)

Creating an Author Business Plan: Our Product Plan

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) We’ve now reached a milestone in writing our author business plan. Last month, we finished our author business plan summary and our Business Operation section. In other words, we’re officially into the body of our author business plan where we need to start laying out practical steps to reach our goals.(…)

6 Major Writing Problems with Avengers: Age of Ultron – Part 1

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) When Avengers first came out, I saw it twice in theaters and brought the DVD as soon as it was available. Very few movies rate highly enough with me to be watched a second time in theater or to be purchased afterward for repeated home viewing. So I went in to(…)

It’s Okay to Be Angry

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Too often we’re made to think that anger is a negative emotion, one we should avoid because it’s weak or shows a lack of self-control. You can see it in The Avengers in the way Dr. Bruce Banner is treated. His character is a personification of anger. If Banner gets angry,(…)

I Miss Old-Fashioned Values

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Avengers: Age of Ultron comes to theaters this Friday, and because of that, I thought I’d take a look at some of the lessons hidden in the first movie. A couple of the posts I’m going to share in this Tuesday series are flashbacks (I posted them when the original Avengers(…)

Creating an Author Business Plan: How Will the Business Run?

By Marcy Kennedy (@Marcy Kennedy) In our ongoing quest to write up an author business plan that will guide us in the years to come, we’ve already talked about setting our goals, choosing our stories, and identifying our audience. I think of that as the fun stuff because it feels like it’s closely related to(…)

Unbelievable Real Life: Skeleton Flowers

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Welcome back to my unbelievable real life feature where I show you places, animals, and other oddities from our world that look like they stepped right out of the pages of a fantasy novel. Today I wanted to show you the Diphylleia grayi–a plant commonly known as the Skeleton Flower. The name(…)

Creating an Author Business Plan: Identifying Your Audience

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Welcome back to the third installment in my series on writing your author business plan. We’re working on our Author Business Plan Summary, and we’ve already covered setting our goals and choosing our stories. If you haven’t read those posts yet, I recommend you go back and start from the beginning.(…)