Author Archives: Darlene Reilley

About Darlene Reilley

Hey, I'm Darlene Reilley. I am a writer living in the Pacific Northwest. If you're looking for writing prompts, inspiration, and a fellow writer to commiserate with, you've come to the right place.

The Lady

The Lady Darlene Reilley I am the land, the sea, the source of all life here.  I am the Goddess who has been forsaken for Christianity.  I am the Chalice, I am the blue water that beats life into you.  … Continue reading

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Day of the Dead

  Day of the Dead Darlene Reilley I have lived many lives. First as a tree in a forest; but like all good things, life as you know it ends. In my current reincarnation I am living in an apartment … Continue reading

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The Shovel

The Shovel Darlene Reilley   Listen, if it weren’t for Angel I wouldn’t be here. I can handle my own. But I couldn’t protect her alone. I’m Maggie. Maggie Jones, twenty-eight blonde, average height and build, exhausted, and resident of … Continue reading

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The Legacy

The Legacy is reveals how Sorcha Kennet’s life transforms when she discovers her true heritage. The Legacy Darlene Reilley   “I’ve got a story to tell you, Sorcha. It’s about our family and the legacy we carry.” As he said … Continue reading

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Bones and Stones

  Bones and Stones Darlene Reilley   Every student of history knows there are two truths: the written truth which is clean and tidy; and the real truth, which is messy and dirty. This is my truth—the one you won’t … Continue reading

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Dar’s Top 10 Favorite Sci Fi TV Series

So a writer buddy asked me what my favorite science fiction tv series were…and I didn’t know. I had a list…of all the ones I loved…and realized that it was really long. In an effort to be creative and answer … Continue reading

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Movement in Homer’s The Odyssey

I am not a poet, but Homer’s Odyssey makes me want to write as beautifully and simply as he does. The Odyssey has become one of my favorite novels because of beautiful lines like: “Side by side the two men … Continue reading

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Sympathetic Characters and Violence in Vladimir Sorokin’s Ice Trilogy

Vladimir Sorokin’s Ice Trilogy, a compilation of three books: Bro, Ice, and 23,000, is an epic tale of what happens if alien entities fall to Earth in a meteorite and must take over human bodies to get to their next … Continue reading

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Shock and Awe in Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five

In Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.’s Slaughterhouse-Five, or the Children’s Crusade, a soldier bounces through time, meets aliens, and relives points in his life, centering around Dresden, Germany, during his tour during the Second World War. Vonnegut uses anaphora for a comical, … Continue reading

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Ethnographic Fiction: Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness

  In The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin has written twenty chapters in a woven epic account of Genry Ai’s experience as an Envoy to the planet Gethen. The book works because of the way Le Guin … Continue reading

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