Introducing Penmancy

Penmancy is a coven of creative characters who are fascinated with the magic of the pen to weave new worlds with words. We, at #Penmancy, aim at providing a global platform for passionate amateur and aspiring writers to exhibit their work in the form of short stories, novellas, poems, plays, essays, writing tips and everything […]

Born Again

You came on a winter night When I felt your breath My heart warmed My baby. You look at me Wide eyes Curl your fingers Around my thumb Your cries for two hours For milk Irritate me sometimes I remind myself I can’t expect You to feed yourself now, can I? Time is waterfalling Already […]

An Ode to Winter

Autumn left and allowed winter to set The days get shorter, the nights lengthen Long nights give the warmth of the cosy quilt. Dawn lightens up with birds chirping Oh! The refreshing morning As if calling everyone to go outside. I open the door to go to the garden Dew sparkles on grass and leaves […]

Who is Markus Marshall?

SixPens Tale-06 My real name is Markus Marshall. You heard it right. I am. But that’s not what they knew. My parents had named me Ryan. As I grew I became aware of my popularity in my school. I was known as a joker. A joker whose jokes were as deadly as the man I […]

A New Beginning

T’was the coldest winter, our hands entwined You gave me that smile I had not seen in a while I knew then there was something in your mind. You said, “This is the last night that we would be together –So let’s cherish it, a night to remember.” My heart ached, my mouth dry I […]

A Winter’s Tale

Oh, the start of winter, Enough to fill the mind, With hope and delight, Of a new day. Each breath of morning dew, The cool breeze around, Brings a feeling of glee, And makes everything anew. The night is filled with wonder, Snowflakes everywhere, Or a burst of cold wind, That brings out the sweaters! […]

Metro

I was sitting at the Kallor metro station. Although, I’d transited through this line many times before, today, the first time a sense of fulfilment and pride embraced me. There was a rumour spreading across the town that the Urban Development Ministry was going to award Kochi metro as the best metro project in India. […]

Freedom

The circle of life moves on. After a day there is a night. I want to sleep forever in the cover of darkness. It’s winter, so sleep too is deep. The cool air takes my breath away The heart is at peace as is the body. The moment is as if to be drowned in […]

The Curious Case of the Fake Money

Mandig village is small and may look peaceful with its verdant hills and forest around it but crime had set foot on this exact village two days ago painting its reputation red. Crimes know no sizes, after all. They happen anywhere, to anyone, anytime. Standing in front of a medium-sized grocery store I order a […]

Poetry Rewind: Forms of Poetry

There are so many forms of poetry that sometimes it becomes difficult to make one out from another form. In spite of how many people have written or explained the different forms of poetry, there is always room to learn more. Poetry dates back to more than 2000 BC and could very well have originated […]

Pass The Rope

He dragged his steps out of exhaustion as he followed the purr of the wheels he could hear in the ghats. His lips were parched by now, due to an hour long haul without water, in this cold and dry weather. It was going to get dark soon and all he really prayed was a […]

Pretty Face

With each passing day and the chase The world is just a crazy race Oh, look!  the storms just past Come smile and give me that laugh Like the mountains here I stand strong The winds cannot chase this grace Hear me aloud oh pouring rain The sun is shining just a mile away The […]

An Incomplete Walk

The car screeched in front of the house and Miraya got out of it. She ran towards the house and stood at the door before ringing the bell. She looked back to see if Abhay was coming. When he reached, she knocked on the door hastily. As soon as the door opened, they rushed into […]

Summer Solstice

It was the day before summer solstice, the longest day of the year. Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet were in the meadow basking in the sun. Suddenly a brilliant idea crossed Pooh’s mind. “The longest day requires the longest lunch! What do you say, Piglet?” “Of course, Pooh!” “Then let’s have a special lunch tomorrow. I will […]

Friends Forever

It was the time of famine in the jungle. Timon and Pumbaa roamed all the places they knew in search of food but to no avail. The only hope for them was the Legend of Foodies Paradise but the path to it was not easy. Legend says many went there in search of food but […]

 Nuppu, the Rabbit

Long-standing buddies Mickey and Pluto got another friend, a cute soft rabbit. They selected a name, Napoleon for him. Mickey thought the name was somewhat high sounding. He consulted his trusted friend Pluto. Both of them agreed on the name Nuppu. Selecting this name, they both started dancing with joy. The rabbit too joined in […]

Forms of Short Fiction

If there is any form of writing in short stories that have gone through a humungous overhauling then it is flash fiction. So if you as any writer what they understand by flash fiction, they will all give you separate answers and some probably will not even fit into the category. Don’t be surprised if […]

The Greatest Lesson

SixPens Tale-05 “They weren’t supposed to know about the circumstances of their birth, that no matter what happens, not one of them should know the secret. But, there are threats out there waiting to pry it open and I’m afraid the time has come when the truth shall be out when our lives will be […]

Buddies

Mickey was enjoying the evening tea. His faithful friend Pluto served it with love. The pleasant sun and the refreshing tea, “Ah…what a good friend I have got!” Suddenly, he heard the sound of someone rushing out of the house. He went to the balcony and peeped outside. It was Pluto. He was running after […]

The Red Flower

“Whoa, kid. Watch your language,” Baloo warned Mowgli as he bent down to find a place in a corner of the cave to settle himself down. “I am not going to sit still, Baloo, even for a minute. Shere Khan better watch out the next time I get a hold of that Red Flower.” Mowgli […]

A Terrifying Experience In Which: Pooh and Piglet Encounter a Ghost

One evening, Pooh and Piglet were walking home through the forest. It was the night of the full moon and all kinds of strange creatures were wandering in the darkness. Midway home, a floating shadow appeared before them. Pooh was so scared he immediately hid behind Piglet, while Piglet made fists, ready to fight if […]

The First Day In Which: Pooh and Piglet Attend School

One day Winnie-the-Pooh and his good friend Piglet decided to go to school. Off they went through the forest, walking together hand in hand till they reached the schoolyard. It was the first day at school. Everyone was busy getting ready for the admission to the new semester. Pooh and Piglet found themselves in a […]

A Night to Remember In Which: Pooh and Piglet Meet an Alien

One evening Winnie-the-Pooh hurried to his good friend Piglet’s house. Piglet was working in his garden tending the plants and admiring the flowers. In the center of his little yard bloomed in all its glory and splendor, Flora amicitia, the rarest flower in the world. “Come Piglet, we must go quickly to the meadow!” said […]

An Amazing Adventure In Which: Pooh and Piglet Go Hiking

One day Winnie-the-Pooh and his good friend Piglet were sitting together when Piglet said, “Why don’t we go hiking?” “Where shall we go?” asked Pooh. “How about Skyhigh Mountain? The whole world is visible from the top.” “We shall go tomorrow then!” said Pooh. Though Pooh did not like hiking, he was happy to go […]

Braver Than You Believe

When Krish’s face lit up his mobile, Ravi knew it was trouble at home. Radhi sounded anxious at the other end. ‘I am very concerned, Ravi. Can you come home now?’ He was on the road in the next ten minutes, thanks to his thoughtful boss. In the car, Ravi’s mind flashed a hundred images. […]

Dead Man Murder

For Rakesh, it was, as usual, a normal boring day in the Kanti Nagar Police Station. By the way, Rakesh was a constable in Kanti Nagar Police Station and my friend. The daily chores include dealing with small thieves, sometimes chain snatcher and murderers once in six months along with writing FIRs but that day […]

A Philosopher’s Thoughts

A night heron stands in meditation By the blue shore of a wintry lake, A butterfly flutters in a trance Upon the flowery eyes of spring, Golden vipers dance in remote forests In the silent sunburst of still afternoons, Hares go romping in summer glades Like waltzing wind blown leaves, Swifts speed through the fragrant […]

Righting the Wrong

An oncosurgeon for twenty-eight years, Dr. Nitesh Joshi has retired leaving behind his hours and  days of cutting through people’s bodies so as to lend them a few more months, a couple of years perhaps, to allow them to do the same things that gave them their cancers. Unlike his brother who was extremely interested […]

Emily, The Witch

SixPens Tale- 4 Everyone said that Emily was a witch who does black magic and I never seemed to believe anyone. But, I still had my doubts. So I decided to befriend her. At first, she seemed to be quite bizarre with her strange acts, (suspecting the motive of my friendship). As I got to […]

5 Ways to Punctuate a Dialogue

Punctuating dialogue might seem a minor part in fiction writing, a no-brainer, but it plays a crucial role in making sure that dialogue exchanges between your characters make sense to your readers. However, some writers find punctuating dialogue confusing. This article will focus on the different ways to punctuate a dialogue. But before we proceed, […]

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