Posted on November 27, 2022 Leave a Comment
All my books are now ABSOLUTELY FREE to download on Kindle until midnight on the 1st December (Pacific time)
Posted on November 2, 2021 Leave a Comment
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 Leave a Comment
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 Leave a Comment
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 14, 2021 Leave a Comment
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 7, 2021 Leave a Comment
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 Leave a Comment
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 19, 2021 Leave a Comment
It’s time I subjected you all to another one of my under-performing flash fictions I nevertheless believe in.
Posted on March 11, 2021 Leave a Comment
It occurred to me that a takeaway restaurant could make a lot of money if only the owner had exclusive and discreet access to a time machine, thus allowing him to deliver food promptly no matter how busy a night he was having. However, I neglected to actually show you the story that came about as a result of that plot bunny.
Posted on March 5, 2021 Leave a Comment
There are two kinds of story in this world. Those that are not at all true to life and therefore are completely unsatisfactory, and those that create the illusion of being true to life but, in fact, are not. Very few stories (even those meticulously and faithfully based on true events) accurately reflect real life once they’ve been structured in a way which allows them to be communicated, because real life is far too much of a jumble for that to be possible.