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Review: Behold the Monkey

Inspired by a true story, this short TV film tells the story of Cecilia Giménez (Imma Colomer): a woman from Borja in Spain, who has dreamed of being an artist ever since the day, as a small girl, she saw a church fresco of Christ entitled Ecce Homo (Behold the Man).

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I’m Back… Kind Of

My novel W.I.P., which I hereby dub ‘Project E’ until I’m ready to reveal the title, has been going really, really well since I stopped blogging regularly. I’ve been working on it every day, mostly during my commute to and from work, and I’m now more than halfway through the first draft and really happy with how it’s going. With that in mind, I certainly cannot justify a return to the kind of blogging I used to do here. It was just too time consuming.
So, here’s the vague half-baked plan that I might not stick to…

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Penstricken: Collected Stories Wins Award

I am very excited to announce that Penstricken: Collected Stories has scooped up its first award: the N.K. Prentices Flash Fiction Prize! As I’m sure you all know, the N.K. Prentices Award recognises the crème de la crème of tiny short stories and is awarded but once a year on the first day of April […]

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50 Quotes About Fiction

1. “I like telling stories.” — Hunter Parrish
2. “All fiction has to have a certain amount of truth in it to be powerful.” — George R.R. Martin
3. “Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.” — GK Chesterton

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If You Don’t Like Mysteries, You’ll Love Mr. Holmes

Last year, I was standing waiting for a bus when one passed by (not the one I was waiting for) with a poster on the side, advertising a new film that was about to be released. The poster was plain white apart from a very well dressed and sour faced Ian McKellen. The title of the film was Mr. Holmes.

‘Oh, a new Sherlock Holmes film.’ I thought, my interest piqued. ‘I must remember to make time to go and see that.’

Suffice it to say I did not remember and, whether it was because of my own poor fortune or because the film was inadequately publicised, I did not see hide nor hair of that film again until this very year when I was perusing Amazon for something to watch and it recommended this little gem to me. The reviews on Amazon were generally good but there were also enough negative reviews to give me doubts. However, being a big fan of Sherlock Holmes and knowing that Ian McKellen’s acting is always a joy to watch (no matter how bad the rest of the film is) I decided to give it a chance.

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6 Six-Word Stories

So this week I’ve challenged myself to write six six-word stories using Thinkamingo’s Story Dice as stimuli. The Story Dice is an app for Android OS which allows you to roll anything between one to ten dice with various pictures on each face. The idea is that you use these pictures to develop a story. Since I’m only writing six-word stories today, I decided to only use one dice per story.

So this week I’ve challenged myself to write six six-word stories using Thinkamingo’s Story Dice to give myself a stimulus. The Story Dice is an app for Android OS which allows you to roll anything between one to ten dice with various pictures on each face. The idea is that you use these pictures to develop a story. Since I’m only writing six-word stories today, I decided to only use one dice per story. Alea iacta est.

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5 Simple Brain Unblockers

I won’t lie to you; this post is pretty much the result of an afternoon spent swimming in the ocean of writer’s block, clinging on to the driftwood of terrible ideas. There are millions of different websites and books out there offering various suggestions on how to beat writer’s block and I’ve concluded that there is simply no ‘one size fits all’ method of getting back into the groove but here are a few techniques that I find myself employing on a regular basis.

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Bye For Now

I’m taking a break. A long one.

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Establishing a Daily Writing Routine

I’m not going to harp on too much about the importance of having a long-term routine since I’m pretty sure I’ve already written about it several times. Instead lets talk about what we do when we actually sit down to write.

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Penstricken Magazine – NOW AVAILABLE

FREE MAGAZINE! The first issue of Penstricken magazine is available now: featuring book and film reviews, short stories, writing tips, and interviews with some of your favourite authors, this quarterly magazine is a must-have for all lovers of fiction and writing.

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