I give credit to the leadership of two great gentlemen. It’s through the teachings and inspiration of Billy D. Edson, that this vast project involving these short stories came forth.
In addition I wish to thank Pastor Matt Sparks for his generous encouragement and support.
The stories offered here at no cost were written while I attended a small-group creative writing class, as a student and instructor, held at Highpoint Church, of Tierrasanta, CA from winter 2009-present.
After spending countless hours working on the rough drafts, storyline, the design of these episodes, and their cover art, I can take in a relaxing deep breath of refreshing air, slowly exhale, and confidently state that these stories are presentable.
I give thanks once again to these two great mentors, for taking the time to go over these manuscripts, and for adding their helpful insight and suggestions. I greatly appreciate the hard work and the dedication you each have interjected in the midst of this endeavor. I will always value, and hope to exercise, the numerous lessons you have taught me.
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Nathaniel and Karen are on a drive to escape life's problems for the weekend. Stopping at a secluded area the two meet a familiar traveler named Ashura, similar to Karen in many ways though not afraid to act on her desires. Bearing concealed features, she holds murderous intentions. A body of heavenly hosts with hellish stratagem will turn the couple’s camp destination into a scene of chaos.
Suicidal Intentions: Firing Squad
Life for Zeke and his coworker Brandon is trying. Zeke is saddened from losing a high school friend. Brandon is considered damaged goods, willing to do anything for acceptance. Both boys possess a rare ability of heightened awareness. This gift strengthens as the two explore a friendship outside of work, and venture into a dark world involving retribution dealt against their rivals.
Sparkles Adorning Destitution (Revised)
My high school crush doesn’t know I exist. She becomes a talented musical artist. In my story I tell of how close I came to becoming a part of her life, and the substitute relationship I form with a new-found friend. Included is a page of poetry, written to express the secret love I struggle with. At the end, below "Additional Titles by this Author" is a link to the Valentine's-Day card I created
Suicidal Intentions: Lethal Injection
The verdict in Clair’s case will soon be issued. First the federal prosecutor, Greg Steinledger, must reiterate the government’s investigational findings. His greatest challenge is to convey the motives behind the mass murders Clair Monahan is suspected of. If Greg could see through the defendant’s eyes, maybe he’d comprehend the dark secrets and twisted bitterness behind Clair’s wicked doings…
Advancing to the semi-finals in the Hopscotch Tournament, Garrison pairs with an angelic titan when confronting a gladiator who controls demonic forces. A heavy sentence awaits the losing combatant. Is there hope of escape for a passing soul taken into the foreign underworld? We’ll learn of life after death, and the sprawling levels of Hell’s inglorious realms with: Forsaken Ties.
Tournament of Trials
Imagine you could gain any desire: wealth, power, even to reunite with a lost loved one. A tournament in Manhattan promises just that. Adelle and Charlie, two participating challengers, explain the history of their relationship. Garrison’s stepbrother Glen appears from the shadows. And situations intensify as we follow a ruthless mercenary, Benson, in his quest to absolve all ties to his name.
Hopscotch: Lost Loved Ones
Abandoned by his mom, Garrison joins a high school military academy, leaving behind a younger stepbrother Glen and stepdad Jim. Four years elapse. While visiting over winter break, Jim passes down to Garrison an heirloom left behind by the boys’ late mom. Drastic events coincide with that small wooden hope chest, starting with Glen’s disappearance, followed by a series of chilling murders.
A Portrait of Tragedy (Chapter 1)
Judy and her husband Lace move from their countryside mansion (abounding in luxurious amenities) to a studio apartment with very few conveniences. Exhibiting a basic lifestyle, there are clues in the couple’s routine which suggest the story is set in a futuristic time period. Lace accommodates his wife’s requests during the arduous move, while Judy’s animosity poses difficulty and challenge.
A Portrait of Tragedy (Chapter 2)
Beyond his marital disputes, Lace has greater issues troubling him. He’s recently returned from work, where he serves as an emergency response rescuer. His wife Judy has become less agreeable to his extreme occupation. As the two face opposing conflict, details emerge involving the couple’s unusual outside environment.
A Portrait of Tragedy (Chapter 3)
Lace is an emergency responder to a world periled by tribulations, and understands the harsh situation he’ll be transported into when leaving his future era of New Millennium. An approaching monster, mechanical in design, is the cause of horrendous earthquakes in a major downtown metropolis. The violent tremors Lace runs from are a mere glimpse into this creation’s full destructive capabilities.
A Portrait of Tragedy (Chapter 4)
Lace is trapped in the past. Seeking the device that will return him to his own time, he must visit with powerful leaders who reign under the control of a world tyrant. His hunt directs him to estates teeming with armed guards, hellish creatures, and frenzied grounds keepers. With a band of guardians with him on his journey, Lace has more than himself to look out for.
A Portrait of Tragedy (Chapter 5)
To solve the disappearance of his fellow teammates, Lace delves into the shadowy world he’s been appointed to visit (as a humble ambassador). In recent dealings his passive work ethics have slipped. His employer waits to address these uncharacteristic issues, as Lace returns to his own era to face the most powerful ruler of all.
A Portrait of Tragedy (Chapter 6)
With Lace’s marriage nearing disaster, will the work duties his wife Judy disapproves of be the cause of devastation? Or will the couple’s relationship end more tragically? Fueled by selfish emotions, Judy’s volatile decisions cause unexpected results. Discover the story’s unique twist in this final chapter to the couple’s marriage.
Revolutionary, Vitro’s Journal
Ever have a boss treat you so harshly, you fixated on revenge? Does it aggravate you when celebrities behave irresponsibly, while wasting away potential? Ever become so frustrated with a politician’s conduct, that you wished they’d drop off the face of the planet? I can answer yes to all these. I’ll share exactly what I did to eliminate these problems…and my efforts toward bettering society.
At what point does a man’s dignity diminish? Maybe it’s when he vows to honor his spouse. For me it happened when I agreed to give up my last name, and take on hers. My wife Connie is highly demanding. When it appears our marriage has reached its end, a startling incident occurs. By learning of my woes maybe you would agree…life would be better off with Connie out of the picture for good.
My name is Stephanie Clipper. Since Momma chased Daddy away, I’ve sought for substitutes to replace his absence. My friend Elizabeth and I run away from home together, setting out to start a new life. Once in Colorado we meet up with two college bachelors, who’ve invited us to come live with them. Things take a horrible turn for the worse when Jordan and Dylan act out their evil intentions.
Sparkles Adorning Destitution
My high school crush doesn’t know I exist. She becomes a talented musical artist. In my story I tell of how close I came to becoming a part of her life, and the substitute relationship I form with a new-found friend. Included is a page of poetry, written to express the secret love I struggle with.
To Slay a Dragon
Russell Banner is a military vet. In his senior years life is mundane, except for Fridays at the VFW. Shane’s had work troubles. Today his problems escalate, and his life takes a complete turnaround learning a family member has died. Homeless for the past 30 years, James Fredrickson is offered an opportunity at gaining supernatural abilities, tying together the lives of these three characters.
Where Is Jesus Now
It’s Christmas night in the Southern California town of Santa Ana. While families pack up gifts and clear messy dinner tables, an older brother and his sister sight-see the festive neighborhood. Their world’s turned upside down by the arrival of alien spaceships. Neighbors and family members are corralled by invaders, leaving it to Gracie and her brother to aid their captured community.
The Keys to Destruction
The lure of finding a genie consumes Solomon’s life. The results of his wishes are inherited by his 18yr old son Prophecy, who surveys the demise of creation, and must prevent an onslaught of creatures from enslaving mankind. Rechelle, Prophecy’s mother, aspires to obliterate all but her selective world, while Prophecy’s illegitimate sibling lurks in wait to tear a hole in Prophecy’s throat.
In the low-income community of Workington, folks gather to celebrate the autumn harvest. Meanwhile a showdown between two elementary school classes develops. Each student involved has superhuman abilities. The fifth graders are determined to carry out criminal acts issued by their teacher. It’s up to a small group of opposing third graders to stop them, and protect their vulnerable hometown.
Sheryl Mocner is a live-in caregiver. Contained within the sub-level of the hospital there dwells a dark, ongoing secret. It’s the source of recovery for each terminally ill patient living within the tall structural complex. A team of investigators want to know why visitors are missing. Sheryl faces the threat of being the next one abducted, by learning what hides beneath Velvet Manor.
Bill Redding faces the realization of never seeing his wife Madelyn. Her life support system is set to be shut down. Learning how to bring her out of a coma, greater troubles develop. The solution to remedy Madelyn’s condition threatens the safety of the colony Bill lives in. Dreg, Bill’s alter ego and a sleeper agent with military ties, gains the hope of postponing man's global extinction.
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- Candle-Lace Scarf
on Oct. 04, 2013
Very thorough description. The key graph included is a great feature. This offers a wonderful opportunity for someone who has considered knitting. Or consider giving this as a gift to an enthusiast as a future project.
- A Seasonal Moment
on Dec. 23, 2013
The story kept me fascinated. It didn't feel drawn out.
There was a significant spelling mistake that was distracting ("Gods" should be lowercase as with "gods and goddesses").
With the mention of Religion tied into this tale, it's unfortunate that the true meaning of Christmas (Jesus' birth) is left out. The story presented the perfect opportunity for the Holiday season's true message to be revealed, or alluded to at its conclusion.
I'm definitely looking forward to reading more from this talented author!
- The Bell Tower
on Dec. 23, 2013
The over usage of "had" slowed down progress, while some sentences were repetitive. The title caught my attention as there's a character in one of my stories coincidentally named Bell Tower. https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/383429
- Broken Glass
on Dec. 23, 2013
A lot of thought and consideration obviously went into this story. Passion and emotion is described so well. I became one with the main character. It was a read I didn't want to give up as I enthusiastically kept pace! All of the time and dedication that went into Broken Glass shows wonderfully in the fluent sentence structure (of part 1). What A Marvelous Job Palvi!
As a suggestion: consider editing the second and third part of the story for grammatical refinement.
- Tina's Gimmick
on Dec. 23, 2013
Another great read by Palvi. Each sentences flows smoothly. The characters are very likable and the situations believable.
- Pahoa Village Utility Poles
on Feb. 21, 2014
It's really enjoyable to come across a collection of pictures that at first glance seem to mean nothing. Greater appreciation for these works can be found with a keen sense in detail and uniqueness.
- To Say This is the Way One Man Went: Selected Poems 1999-2012
on Feb. 24, 2014
Each poem paints wonderful imagery, keeping my interests and urging me to read more. This is a great collection of varying emotions, settings, insight, and life experiences. You become one with the words and what they are intended to convey. The great deal of effort and dedication that went into this project shows. Very Enjoyable And Well Done! Thank You Kevin For Putting This Collection Together For Us To Experience!!!