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 28, 2021
Today I’ve decided to share a brief selection of some of the lessons I’ve learned over the years which I think has helped to make me a better writer.
Posted on May 19, 2021
I’m calling on you, dear reader, to help me decide what to buy from Waterstones this year (while reserving the right to ignore all your suggestions if I don’t like them).
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 20, 2021
Let your reader get to know Dave by experiencing Dave, not simply being told about Dave.
Posted on April 17, 2021
If you’re struggling with whatever method comes naturally to you, it may be time to try a different approach. And so, what follows is my own concise analysis of each approach, comparing pros and cons as evenly as I can.
Posted on April 12, 2021
What fundamental truth(s) are you conveying in your idle fantasy? What aspects of real life are you exploring? And equally as important, how are you conveying that truth?