Short Story: The House

I’ve updated my Fiction section with my new short story The House.

It’s been a while since I completed a new work of short fiction, so I’m stretching my muscles a bit on this one. I started out as a writer loving and wanting to write movies and plays, but I have always had a great love of novels and short stories. While there is the thought that storytelling is storytelling, writing in prose is definitely a different set of skills from writing drama to be performed. This was a story that has been knocking around in my head for a while. It’s something a bit different, so I’m glad to finally get it out.


THE HOUSE

The house was haunted.

“Haunted” might not be the correct word. The house wasn’t filled with evil spirits. Bad things never happened there. There was something about the house, however. It had an energy to it. It wasn’t alive exactly, not in the sense that people could understand, but anyone who lived there long enough could agree that it definitely had a personality. It wanted good things for those who lived there. If they treated the house well. (continued…)

From a Certain Point of View

Back by popular demand, Courtney joins me again this week, and we talk all about point of view in storytelling. Specifically, the difference between the subject of a story and through whose point of view a story is told.

We go through a wide range of examples, including how A New Hope is about Luke’s journey but is told from the point of the droids, a reference back to my first episode in which I discussed The Hidden Fortress. We also got into the Harry Potter series, which is almost entirely (with a few very specific exceptions) written from Harry’s P.O.V.; Dune (both the novel and the David Lynch movie), which is written from everyone’s P.O.V.; and the now classic video game Knights of the Old Republic, delving into the trope of the unreliable narrator.

Also discussed in our recommendations segment, the outstanding Lost Stars by Claudia Gray, which is among my favorite Star Wars novels.

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