The Soak

The Merchant Adventurer


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Stories I Told Myself


  • Lance Billao

    I enjoyed “Stories I told Myself listen to it on Podiobooks . would like to see it on as well. Very funny commentary and audiobook.

  • Melissa

    I just finished “How to Succeed in Evil”. I loved it! The story was paced well and very funny. The thoughts invoked by the story will run through my head for quite awhile. Now I’m going to squirrel around and look at what else you have to see if it’s just as good.

  • Thomas Lee Cash

    The Merchant Adventurer, I would love to see it as a movie, kept wishing for it to go on. About to start Unkillable, cant wait!!!

  • Joe Geary

    The Merchant Adventurer is the best book I have ever read. Thank you for your work.

  • Presto

    I love these stories, and my favorite is Unkillable for sure! So wonderful and cool, it has everything! One of my favorite authors (:

  • eddie

    I enjoyed unkillable very much and it also feels like you left on a cliffhanger. I would like to see another short story that continues on with the characters. I hope you’d consider it. Thank you for the great stories. You’re a great writer.

    • PatrickEMcLean

      Yeah I did. And then I wrote a sequel and it was terrible. After that I realized I really didn’t know what I was doing when it came to story construction. Which is less of a problem when you are writing a comic novel, but death when you are writing something which requires suspense.

      Needless to say, I got busy learning and I’m better now. But between now and then I have a bunch of other stories going, so… Someday, perhaps. But I’m a little terrified to go back and read Unkillable. That bit at the bottom of the river was nice though.

      Glad you liked it.

  • Andyrew

    Your ideas, and narrative voice are great. One reason I’ve seen writers like yourself struggle is that your stories “give away” the “game” that all homo sapiens play in life too directly. Ultimately, the negatively buoyant style you tend to will turn away uninitiated readers. Try something that hooks them with the silly, sloppy, unpractical underdog style stories that keep “young” up and coming readers interested in your work as you age.

    Trust in the resilience of the child.

    2 Corinthians 4:8-9
    Proverbs 3:4-5

    • PatrickEMcLean

      I think that’s very astute. i have been thinking along the similar lines. That proverb is great. I have a use for it right now, in fact.