Posted on November 27, 2022
All my books are now ABSOLUTELY FREE to download on Kindle until midnight on the 1st December (Pacific time)
Posted on November 2, 2021
One of my flash fictions, The Nest, got shortlisted for Voice.Club’s flash fiction contest! Now I need your vote to help me win.
Posted on May 17, 2021
Sunday the 6th only ever means one thing here at Penstricken: another exciting instalment   of 6 ‘Six Word Stories’ for the 6th.
Posted on May 1, 2021
There are short stories, there are very short stories and then there is flash fiction: the delicate and often tricky art of telling a story in as few words as possible.The stories in this tiny little book (all originally published between 2015 and 2020 on the fiction blog, Penstricken) are deliberate exercises in brevity.
In total, this book contains twelve flash fictions ranging from fifty to 2,000 words apiece, plus six collections of six word stories.
While these stories vary in mood and genre, you will find in many that the author’s tongue was firmly entrenched in his cheek; whether it be in the brief tale of a Martian liberating his ‘kin’ from the deep fat fryer of a Glasgow chip shop or the nightmarish tragedy of Santa Claus’ true genesis, Penstricken: Collected Stories is a brief snapshot of one writer’s meandering imagination.
Posted on April 30, 2021
I have scoured WordPress for the last few days, searching out some of the most useful, entertaining or insightful posts on the subject of story writing and have compiled them here for your enjoyment.
Posted on April 14, 2021
Free writing is a time honoured prewriting technique which works by encouraging the writer to write without fear of criticism or failure for a set period of time.
Posted on April 13, 2021
I couldn’t think of anything clever to write this week, so I decided it was time for another exciting instalment of Useful Posts on Fiction and Writing, where I share other people’s clever fiction-related posts.
Posted on April 7, 2021
As always what follows is entirely my own work and has not been published anywhere else in the world, whether in print or online, nor do I expect or permit it to be. And so without further ado, I give you:
The Girl & The Car
by A. Ferguson
Posted on April 2, 2021
Today is Sunday the 6th of May and that means it’s time for another exciting instalment of 6 ‘Six Word Stories’ for the 6th!
Posted on March 25, 2021
I’m just getting a little fed up of the sight of my novel. And so the solution is to set aside a short time to work on other short writing projects…