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About penneloppe

I like to write horror, dark fantasy and crime fiction. Sometimes, I'll write science fiction, but usually I like to write science fact. I also write screenplays and stage plays. My day job is office work. I live in Seattle and I have a cat.

5/7/17 Russell – Magical Thinking Made Flesh or the Power of Allegory

In the short story “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves” Karen Russell doesn’t bother with explanations of why things are the way they are. The girls are raised by people who are both wolf and human. Sometimes they … Continue reading

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4/30/17 Packer – perspectives on social justice

I’m taking the English creative writing course where we read a lot of stories and make comments on them and the try to write in their style. ZZ Packer’s “Brownies”, one of the first we’ve read, is set in a … Continue reading

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April 2, Dybek, Packer, the value of being present in the moment

Today’s, post is about the value of being present in the moment in fiction. A short story is really about a moment in time. Usually, an important moment. Well, why else are you going to write a story about it? … Continue reading

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March 25: JG Ballard, Dan Chaon and Donna Leon

It’s been six months of stagnation, so I decided to change the name of the blog…again. It didn’t feel instructive to read books on how to read fiction and rehashing what they had to say (kind of boring actually). I … Continue reading

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Show don’t tell (well, sometime tell)

If you’ve taken up fiction writing as a hobby it is best to become familiar with the common piece of advice to show don’t tell. What does it mean to show don’t tell. On the outside it seems so simple. … Continue reading

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Writer as Carpenter – how writing is a craft

I’m increasingly annoyed by creative writing teachers who talk about “exploring your creativity” as the sole act of fiction writing. Sometimes they talk about teaching creativity as if that was something that could be taught. Everyone is creative; everyone makes … Continue reading

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August 22nd The Writer as Explorer

Writing is observing. Writing is dreaming, but it’s also searching. I feel that the best writers are explorers of a different sea, the vast sea of the subconscious, searching out a different sort of truth. “When the writing is really … Continue reading

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