J. Grace Pennington

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I am a storyteller. I capture stories from my mind with a pen, from life with a camera, and from books with my voice. Here, you can learn more about my stories, or perhaps get my help in telling yours.


Lucy and Ethel

When You’re Feeling Dauncy

“I’ve been feeling real dauncy.”

“Dauncy?”

“Yeah, that’s a word my grandmother made up for when you aren’t really sick but you just feel lousy.”

~ Lucy and Ethel, I Love Lucy

I’ve had a chest cough for about a week now. I’d like to blame it on staying out all night in the cold last Tuesday to be an extra in a Doritos commercial, but there are honestly any number of places I could have picked up germs. Bible study, visiting a new church, going out to lunch with my brother, Wal-Mart, meeting up with a friend from out … Keep reading

You Look Different Than I Remember, Old Yeller

Or, I don’t like sad stories anymore.

It’s weird. I used to love sad stories. I owned the Doctor Who quote “Sad is happy for deep people.” Where the Red Fern Grows was my delight. The Fault in Our Stars? Yes please. And just give me a tissue and I’d be ready to spend an afternoon weeping over the end of The Wrath of Khan. (Yes, nerdy stories can be sad, too!)

I preached the virtues of imperfect endings loudly and clearly. You have to give up things, or it’s not realistic, I contended. Everything can’t turn out perfectly.

Then, … Keep reading

Homeschooled Authors Interview

I know I said I’d be more consistent this year. That’s still my plan! I promise! I’ve been traveling a lot this month and things are finally settling down. But I need to learn to stay on track even when I’m busy. I do have several post ideas to write up soon!

In the meantime, here’s my latest Homeschooled Authors interview, mostly dealing with my latest book, Firmament: Machiavellianl.

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