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.


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I’m Hungry

I was talking to a friend yesterday, a musician, and he was excitedly filling me in on some gigs he’d been able to play recently. At one point, we were talking about the joy of being able to make money doing what you love. He said, “You know, people try to say ‘It’s not about the money, it’s just about art, it’s about your passion!’ And there is that, but there’s also ‘I’m hungry. I need to eat.’”

There’s always that tension between desire and reality, and they never quite match up. Sure, my daydream is to have a little … Keep reading

One Percent Inspiration

You know that saying “Genius is about one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration”? It’s like that with writing. Except writers generally don’t perspire. Unless they are scribbling away in mid-summer with broken air conditioning. But the same principle applies. It’s about one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent behind-in-chair-fingers-on-keyboard (or pen in hand, if that’s your thing). But that’s not nearly as catchy.

There’s always that initial spark of excitement that comes with a new idea. Something that compels you to write the story–something that makes it build inside of you until it just has to burst out in the … Keep reading

Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs

Appearances can be deceiving. Awhile back, I wrote a post about how, despite the blatant immorality and atheism, the TV show House, M.D. actually has a more biblical worldview than you might expect. On the flip side, I’ve seen many shows that, while they seem much more moral on the surface, can actually harbor far more dangerous messages. I think it’s a bit like the principle that a lie is always stronger when mixed with truth. Blatant immorality is fairly easy to spot. But immorality covered in the frosting of ethical characters and happy feelings? That’s a little bit sneakier.

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