Category Archives: Adventure

Write from the Heart

  Hey, writers. A lot has happened since my last post. One of the things I am most proud of in this writing life came to a close…but it opened a new chapter in my writing. Life’s like that. You … Continue reading

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A Study in Second Person: Italo Calvino’s If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler

  A Study in Second Person: Italo Calvino’s If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler  Darlene Reilley You, the reader, think that no one can sustain a second-person point of view novel, however you are proved wrong by Italo Calvino. … 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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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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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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What If: The Deserted Island Scenario

This post is about a question. What if? Instead of taking about the question and the meaning for your writing, I’m going to deep dive in and I’m sure you’ll see the benefit. Ready? Here we go.     What … Continue reading

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Spirituality as Truth in Philip K. Dick’s Valis

If authors follows their obsessions, then Philip K. Dick is obsessed with drugs, spirituality, and aliens. The thing I love most about Philip K. Dick is that he doesn’t pull punches. We are talking about Christ. He is an extra-terrestrial … Continue reading

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The Geologist’s Viewpoint: H. P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness

H. P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness and Other Tales of Terror contains one novella, originally serialized, and three short horror stories. Lovecraft is both amazing and maddening—he is really smart and I can see that in his writing, … Continue reading

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