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Author Interview: Georgia Springate

Teacher and screenwriter, Georgia Springate, is the exciting and promising new author behind the touching coming-of-age novel, Beyond. I had the pleasure of chatting with Georgia about her favourite films, her writing and her debut novel, Beyond, which is available to buy now from Amazon.

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Monday Motivation

Want a blog of your own? Start writing today with WordPress.com! ATTENTION AUTHORS: I’m still looking to interview fiction authors here on Penstricken, especially new or indie authors. Whether it’s books, plays, comics or any other kind of fiction, if you’ve got something written, I want to hear about it. If you’re interested in having your […]

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7 Useful Writing Tip Posts

This week I’m focusing exclusively on writing tips, so if you’re a writer who finds yourself stuck in a rut, why not have a look at some of these posts by my fellow bloggers and see if they can’t help you come unstuck?

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Review: Behold the Monkey

SPOILER ALERT Anyone who has not seen the TV movie Behold the Monkey (2016) is hereby advised that this post may contain a few unavoidable spoilers. As you may recall, my wife and I have been panic-watching anything we could get our hands on on Now TV before our subscription comes to an end. Carrying […]

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Happy New Year

I’m on holiday from blogging this week (because holidays are healthy things, even for writers) so for now I’ll just wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR.

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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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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from Penstricken!

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Happy Birthday to Penstricken!

Would you believe, it is officially one whole year to the day since the first post appeared on Penstricken? Thanks to all our followers both old and new for all your support over the last year. Here’s to year two!

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Site News

As you might have noticed, I do occasionally publish my own stories on this site, instead of simply writing about fiction. Well, if you look under the ‘Contact’ menu on this site, you will see that there is now a form available which you can use to send in your own original and unpublished works of […]

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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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