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A glimpse into the odd little place that is the mind of Phil Penne…

Background Information

    I was born October 26, 1950, which makes me a Scorpio according to the Zodiac, a tiger according to the Chinese calendar and a senior according to my local movie theater.  I've lived in St. Petersburg, Florida for over fifty of those years and claim "Crackerdom", even though this was not my place of birth (Elgin, Illinois, for the curious).  Those born here might take exception to this, but here's my justification for that statement: I feel if where a person lives is the only home they have ever known, that makes you a native.  I'm married (check the dedication in the first Hearts are Where You Find Them), have two sons and a great daughter-in-law.
    I've written since middle school which, considering my age, means I've been writing the better part of my life.  It has only been in the past ten or so years that I have pursued the craft of writing with a greater degree of intensity.  I have written poetry, prose, novellas, short stories, and articles.  I have written pieces that have made people laugh, and pieces that have made others cry.  I don't limit myself to one genre; this is not for any philisophical reason - it's just that I'm interested in a great many things, which is reflected in my writing.
    Photography has been an important element of my life for over thirty-five years.  I use a digital camera, the current coin of the realm for the photographic art, but have in the past used 35 millimeter (SLR and rangefinder), medium format, "folding plate" cameras (including my all time favorite, a 1923 Zeiss-Ikon Donata) and several pinhole cameras of my own construct.  Pinhole photography is still my favorite, even though I haven't done it in some time.  There is something raw and perfect about this most ancient of photographic techniques that carries with it a certain allure.
    My other interests include performing on and building Native American style flutes (check my calendar for upcoming performances), Taoism, motorcycles (between bikes right now), mathematics, origami, soap making, designing Celtic knots, building pentatonically tuned wind chimes, and anything else that catches my eye.  I've had some people refer to me as a 'Renaissance man'.  That sounds a bit pretentious to me, so I'll just cop to something Albert Einstein said about himself:
"I have no particular talent.  I am merely extremely inquisitive."
Birth Place
Elgin, IL USA

No certifications, no awards. My achievements are my books, from Forty Rabbit Holes up to my most recent opus, Mama Root: Tales from the Old Woman of Loop Road.

Additional Information

I've steered away from seeking mainstream publishers and have elected to self publish my work, suicidal as that may seem. Attempting to find a publisher, or even an agent, in this day and age is tantamount to playing the lottery. I figure the time and effort I spend looking for representation would be better spend blowing my own horn.

Contact Information
The Writing and Photographic Art of Phil Penne
5633 32 Ave N 
St Petersburg FL 33710   USA
Contact Author: Phil Penne
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The Writing and Photographic Art of Phil Penne
My main site, with information about my writing, photography and sundry other things.

Forty Rabbit Holes
My original site, now be replaced by my domain,

Mama Root: Tales from the Old Woman of Loop Road
She’s a good woman, but don’t get her riled. She’s uneducated, but don’t dare think you can outsmart her. She’s small and appears frail, but under no circumstances should you underestimate her as an adversary. Such is the character of Marguerite MacDomangairt, better known to South Florida locals as Mama Root. She is a strange and exceptionally old woman living off a very real venue called Loop Road deep in the Big Cypress Swamp of South Florida. In the course of this amazing beldam’s 146 years she has run afoul of shape shifters, hired killers and demonic wraiths inhabiting her dreams. She has heard tell of murderous spinning wheels and horses returned from the dead. She has known material gain and devastating loss, joy and despair, ruby love and the flint of hate. Should you ever find yourself traveling down Tamiami Trail and see a place called Loop Road, traverse its length and witness its incredible beauty, by all means. But if you go about six miles and, against your better judgment, turn down an eerie looking trail and end up in a general store that is frozen in time, face-to-face with a woman whose very appearance scares you out of a year’s growth, then I can offer only one bit of advice: You’d best be respectful.

Forty Rabbit Holes: The Book of Daydreams
“Rabbit holes” are, by my definition, those secret places to which we all go to escape the demands placed upon us by modern life. The name was borrowed from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It was when Alice fell down the rabbit hole that she began her grand adventure; it is my wish that you have the same experience with the stories in this book.

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