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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.

July 9th Fyodor Dostoevski, A Novel in Nine Letters – the Epistolary POV, or how we talk at Each Other

The epistolary story has been around for a long, long time, though I ran into someone who was under the impression that he was inventing  it. “Hey, I’ve got this really clever idea…” he said and I just thought to … Continue reading

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June 24 Mary Shelly: Frankenstein: Or Monsters To Eat or not to Eat – that is the question

Monsters are a particular favorite topic of mine. I think that most people like to talk about them. We have urban legends, folk tales, campfire stories, gossips about things that we heard lurking in the woods. Monsters were stories before … Continue reading

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June 11 Katherine Mansfield and Sinclair Lewis – POV: Dramatic Monologue

This is my second installment of a chapter from the textbook Points of View edit by James Moffett and Kenneth R McElheny. They devoted an entire book to the literary trope known as Point of View: basically who is telling … Continue reading

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May 27: Dorothy Parker, “But the One on the Right” part 2: dining as an act of communion – comically speaking

Okay, so today’s post is going to resemble last week’s, but with a slight hitch: I’m using a different textbook to comment on it. I’m reading How to Read Literature Like a Professor, by Thomas C. Foster (not to be … Continue reading

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May 22 Dorothy Parker: “But the One on the Right”: POV, Interior Monologue or the Grass is Greener on the Other Eyed

Today, I thought I’d look into one of my old writing workshop “textbooks”. Why “textbooks” with quotes? Mostly because it’s really just an anthology of stories where the editors (James Moffett and Kenneth R. McElheny) are guiding us through a … Continue reading

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May 17 Issac Asmov: “The Machine that Won the War”: What is technology really? And where do we humans come into it?

This is a story I revisit often. It has a tinge of irony to it, but in an Issac Asmov sort of way, with a tinkle in the eye, a fun uncle nudge to the shoulder. Asmov was one of … Continue reading

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May 9 Alison Lurie: Another Halloween

The vengeful spirit is a staple of the trade – the horror trade that is. It’s basically your tried and true Ghost Story. There is different variations on it. There’s the morality tale version: the tale of the person who … Continue reading

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