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A NEW ART SCHOOL

Picture of Old Art School by Raul Garcia on Google


A NEW ART SCHOOL

© Kelvin M. Knight, 2019

Pedro scratched in the dust with his fingertips. Colours seeped towards the peeling plaster on those cracked columns. Slowly, everything brightened. Standing, he gesticulated rainbow-coloured fingers and sang nervously. He didn’t know what the words meant, but he remembered them from when he sat on his Nanna’s knee. She would sing him asleep. She would sing him awake.

Unsure if he was awake or asleep, Pedro continued painting the dust, with great flourishes of his arms as if he were a dictator of old, followed by delicate brushstrokes as if his fingers were butterfly wings.

Quickly the empty windows and doorways filled with faces. People’s eyes glistened with tears yet their smiles shone through the dust choking their lips. Fear and pride swirled in their hearts.

Clutching his heart, Pedro chewed his bottom lip. These  people were his family, were all he knew. Together, they must fill this place again.

(150 words)


The above story was written in response to the What Pegman Saw prompt, which this week took us to:

Santa Ana, El Salvador

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FAITH in a FLASH

Dear Readers

My first collection of flash fiction stories, FAITH in a FLASH, is currently priced just £1.99.

Faith lives. Faith breathes. Faith can be not quite what it seems.

Faith. It touches the young and the old, the rich and the poor, the sick and the healthy, those people with everything, those people with nothing. Some people are born into faith, others die devoid of faith. Some people live their lives with an abundance of faith, others barely have a pinch of faith. Some people spread their faith willingly. Some people hug their faith closely and never think to share it with anyone else. Some people’s faith flourishes. Some people’s faith is strangled by weeds.

The stories in this collection contain characters like these, as well as others. The one hundred and fifty-one flash fiction stories in this collection are split across fifteen themed chapters: Flagstones; Charity; Humility; Forgiveness; Holy Spirit; Facing Fear; Love In Adversity; Glorifying God; Joyfulness; Shadows; Darkness; Prayerfulness; Peacefulness; Hope and Soulfulness.

FAITH in a FLASH is available as an eBook by following any of these links:

Apple Books

Amazon (UK)

Amazon (USA)

Other Amazon regions are available. If you have any problem locating FAITH in a FLASH, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

If you would like to comment on this collection, or any individual stories contained within it, I would be delighted to hear from you.

To see recent reviews of FAITH in a FLASH, please click here.

Happy reading.

Kelvin

😎

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FLASHES of WEATHER

Dear Readers

My second collection of flash fiction stories, FLASHES of WEATHER is out now, this time on the theme of weather.

I have always been fascinated by the weather, from the beginning of my engineering career in Portsmouth when I worked on two revolutionary High Frequency (HF) radar systems to the end of my engineering career in Cumbria where I was responsible for maintaining an all-singing, all-dancing weather monitoring mast which included a pair of seismic sensors that measured ground acceleration. The software I wrote for the HF radar systems got turned into a commercial system called O.S.C.R – (Ocean Surface Current Radar) which was used throughout the United Kingdom and Australia as an early warning weather system.

Rest assured, there are no science clad stories in this collection, although one or two of the characters may have a scientific bent.

Across the eighty stories in this collection I have attempted to create a diverse mix of characters, viewpoints and scenarios, capturing how weather can inspire us and torment us, and we it.

If you want to know more, maybe even download a free sample of FLASHES of WEATHER, please click one of the following links:

Amazon (UK)

Amazon (US)

Apple Books

Other Amazon regions are available. If you have any problem locating FLASHES of WEATHER, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

If you would like to comment on this collection, or any individual stories contained within it, I would be delighted to hear from you.

To read recent reviews of FLASHES of WEATHER, please click here.

Happy reading.

Kelvin

😎

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NO DOUBT

Picture from the Evening Standard


NO DOUBT

© Kelvin M. Knight, 2019

Everything blurs as they rush by. If only they would stop and look, really look. But, no, all they’re interested in is that world clasped in their hands. Why can’t they stop and see the end of the world cupped in mine?

Grief thickens my soul. I know this emotion now. I know all emotions now. I wish I didn’t. I wish things would go back to how they were before: blissful and beautiful. Why oh why didn’t I consider the consequences of my actions? There is no way back from this, no way whatsoever.

It’s her fault. It’s always been her fault.

It’s my fault. It has always been my fault.

Regret ravages me. Despair distends me. I… we… have lost everything. Everything.

A child stops and stares. Finger pointing at me, she asks innocently, ‘Hey Mommy, why’s that sulking cat got a rotten apple core in its paws?’

(150 words)


The above story was written in response to the What Pegman Saw prompt, which this week took us to:

London, England

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BEATS COFFEE

PHOTO PROMPT © Ceayr


BEATS COFFEE

© Kelvin M. Knight, 2019

Weather was fun.

This midlife revelation rocked Andrew. For too long he’d accepted the blueness of his position: his perfectionism; his workaholic nature; his awkwardness in social situations; his loneliness.

This morning there were no storm clouds. Today the sun was glorious and Andrew’s lawn glistened. Grinning, he rushed outside in his boxers and charged downstairs to his lawn where he threw himself down. The wetness on his back was cold but exhilarating. Trembling, he stretched out his arms and legs, then waved them about. Tears of joy dripped down his cheeks as he made the biggest dew angel ever.

(100 words)


Thanks, as ever, to Rochelle for hosting this weekly photo driven writing prompt. Other writers’ imaginative take on this picture can be found by clicking the la’al blue froggy below.

Enjoy!

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Faith in a Flash By Kelvin M. Knight Review!

Another review of my first collection of flash fiction stories – Faith in a Flash, by Lisa on her blog. Thank you, Lisa. Thank you kindly.

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Faith in a Flash (2018) by Kelvin M. Knight is a great collection of short stories relating to the themes of faith and religion.

In the book, which is split into fifteen different sections, Knight looks at these topics in a very human way which was cool and fresh to see as these topics are very often dealt with in an abstract, philosophical way. So I really liked that. While I’m now part of the faithless, I grow up in a religious background so many of the characters and the rituals are familiar to me. Knight has written a collection very true to life here.

It is no easy job to pack a lot into so few words but it is done quite effortlessly here by the author. The reader gets to know the characters quite well in each piece. There is characters at various different stages of their faith…

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A Stone Meant

Picture of Balbulol Dive Resort by Lera 76 from Google


A STONE MEANT

© Kelvin M. Knight, 2019

I am not a stepping stone to your destination, each stone of me is your destination.

Wheresoever you have come from, whatsoever you have done, matters not. This fading of your skin, this waning of your body, are like sunshine and rain to me.

Come, place your foot here or there, you will see. Place your hands upon the flesh of my stone and you will feel. Sit or lay, or stand and sway, upon any part of me and you will understand.

That each and everyone one of your steps is a coming home, and there is such jubilation to be found in coming home. From jubilation joy flows then hope grows, thicker than this vegetation swallowing you.

Push through your fear, my dear sweet child, you have waited long enough. Please, you are strong enough, you are worthy enough. Come, live on me as I live in you.

(150 words)


The above story was written in response to the What Pegman Saw prompt, which this week took us to:

Raja Ampat Regency, Indonesia

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