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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Behind the Mask

I wrote this poem two years ago, but for some reason I’ve been feeling nudged to share it the past couple weeks. It’s very unusual, but I like it, and I hope you will, too.

Behind the Mask

the high school reunion’s perfect too perfect full of color and light and songs that make you want to dance and laughing people women in bright dresses of varying lengths with perfectly manicured nails men with hair slicked back and immaculately creased pants

you’re just like any of them. hair gel still sticking to the back of your neck freshly ironed slacks … Keep reading

It Happens Every Year

At least, every year in my experience of life thus far. What is “it”? “It” is a month which happens to be called “August.” And that particular month-name happens to be the name of the most popular character from my Firmament series. The first August after Radialloy came out, I did several August-themed posts, including an interview and contest, special artwork, and an excerpt, and last year I did posted a little chat with the character. So of course I couldn’t let August 2014 go by without at least a mention of the mild-mannered navigator.

I’ve also been meaning to … Keep reading

The Moral of the Story is…

There’s a lot of discussion and disagreement among writers about whether a story should have an intentional theme or message, or whether every story even needs to have one. Some say that a story can be more honest and well-crafted without a single, intentional theme, and others say that a unified message makes a story stronger and gives it meaning.

I am personally in the latter camp. I believe that as Christians, we should be writing with purpose, to glorify God, and that our writing, like everything else, needs to clearly point to Him in some way. Not that it … Keep reading

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