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June Roundup

Hey, writers! In case you missed a few posts, I’m sending you this roundup of posts. I hope the writing is going well for you. Keep at it!   My Posts Bones and Stones: A short story with an anthropological … 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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Character and Consequence: Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray

Character and Consequence: Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde writes, “Each of us has Heaven and Hell in him” (164). Writers showcase the darker aspects of humanity because it is both thrilling and educational. The dimensions of … Continue reading

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Juxtaposition of Touchpoints: Pat Murphy’s The Falling Woman

Juxtaposition of Touchpoints: Pat Murphy’s The Falling Woman Darlene Reilley  Boxes are comfortable. Writers like to put books in boxes: literary, mystery, romance, science fiction, etc. Certain genres recommend books like friends introducing new friends. I went into the book … Continue reading

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Imagery and Theme in “Young Goodman Brown” and “The Minister’s Black Veil”

IMAGERY AND THEME IN “YOUNG GOODMAN BROWN” AND “THE MINISTER’S BLACK VEIL” Darlene Reilley   According to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s character, Young Goodman Brown, “’There is no good on earth; and sin is but a name’” (“YGB” 329). Hawthorne’s dark writing … 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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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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