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sketches from Scripture are very short, first-draft stories inspired by snippets of Scripture, written by author and filmmaker paul andrew skidmore.

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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

it's Saturday night, Christmas Eve, 1955 at the Continental Air Defense Command Center in Colorado Springs. a minimal crew, including Airman First Class David Michaels, is holding down the fort (makeshift Christmas party included) when the red phone rings…

this story is based on real events that occurred December 1955. some of the details are public knowledge, a matter of public record, and historically verifiable.

other details have never been presented to the public, until now. according to officials from the United States and the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, these portions of the story never happened…

“God, kill me.”

Guin has decided to take her own life, believing it to be the only escape from her lonely depression and debilitating hopelessness. with everything planned, she wants to say goodbye to a few friends, joining them for a weekend fly fishing retreat. when she gets paired up with expert fly fisherman Roy as her mentor, their conversation and time together challenges Guin’s perspectives and complicates her decision…

“the darkness rolled over her” is a short story by author and filmmaker paul andrew skidmore. if you struggle with depression and hopelessness, this story was written as a gift to you, something to hold on to. for friends and family of those who suffer, it will help you understand what the person you love is going through.

if you want friends for life, check out Five Coffees and a Book. it's an easy way to talk about hard things.

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ciao bella

traveling alone in Italy, i was lost and ill-prepared when i met the most beautiful woman i've ever seen.


after a fight with his wife Annie, Arthur wakes up alone, resentful. determined to fill the day with his own druthers, Arthur instead finds himself trapped, injured, and hunted by a deadly beast.

“kindling” is a short story by filmmaker and author paul andrew skidmore and will take you about 35 minutes to enjoy.

  • by skidmorep 2 weeks ago
    new  @zennioptical  haul arrived today. which is your favorite? (swipe to see 1-9) . and thank you  @idoc59  for the ability to see clearly!
  • by skidmorep 1 month ago
    this  @theblackboxicecreamtruck  ice cream is tremendous. excited to see how their business grows. . this strawberry cake batter was fantastic. the dark chocolate was maybe the best chocolate ice cream i’ve ever had. and he let me sample some curry ice cream, which blew my mind. beautiful night at The Grove just added to the experience. . find this truck and get some. .  @thegroveatwilliamsonplace 
  • by skidmorep 1 month ago
    side effects may include
  • by skidmorep 2 months ago
    life is always good on FST* . * - Files Standard Time .  @sounddroid   @marissaaross 
  • by skidmorep 2 months ago
    Damon’s . w  @sounddroid 
  • by skidmorep 3 months ago
    red white & blue. . happy birthday, America
  • by skidmorep 3 months ago
    more Lucy sightings at DoCo! . Livvy has a holographic Lucy and a Five Coffees and a Book sticker on her laptop. “it’s free advertising!” she says. . if you want to spread the message of encouragement and hope (just like Livvy), you can shoot me a DM or come find me and buy a Lucy sticker, magnet, pin, coffee mug, and more. . also check out our merch store in my bio. .  #keepmovin   #thedarknessrolledoverher   @fivecoffeesandabook   @oliviamiller328  .  #murfreesboro   #murfreesborotn   #suicideprevention 
  • by skidmorep 3 months ago
    Lucy sighting! . Lucy is a reminder to  #keepmovin , from my book “the darkness rolled over her”. . the guys and gals  @donutcountrymurfreesboro  have been supporting me since before my books were even finished.  @krystalcaylen  has a Lucy sticker and keychain. i’ve got stickers, magnets, keychains, pins, all kinds of fun stuff — plus signed books! dm me or find me (
  • by skidmorep 3 months ago
    my final blender render (for now, at least). what do you think? . there’s more i could nitpick, but this got me really far along and taught me the basics. happy to be doing 3D again after so many years! . thanks to  @tonqart  and  @emotiondesigner  for assists along the way.  @edit .party fam! .  #blender   #blenderguru   #donuts   @donutcountrymurfreesboro 
  • by skidmorep 3 months ago
    always learning. (and always at DoCo)  #blender   #blenderguru 
  • by skidmorep 3 months ago
    ➡️swipe to see my first customer… come see me and  @jaebenzinger  at  @donutcountrymurfreesboro  today! 8a-12p and 4p-8p we’re selling and signing books, drinking coffee, and hanging out. getting to see baby Dot for the first time was a treat, especially since i’m wearing a shirt her mother designed. :  @cook .in.jeans,  @emma_goodwyn ,  @jaebenzinger 
  • by skidmorep 3 months ago
    please share if you’re in my area! ✍ for no good reason, i’ve never done a book signing. that changes tomorrow at DoCo with  @jaebenzinger .
  • by skidmorep 3 months ago
    good health is tasty, too.
  • by skidmorep 3 months ago
    Murray Sabre Flite Deluxe. i don’t know the year, but 50s-60s. mom rescued this from a junk store for peanuts. it’s a true midcentury beauty, likely designed by Viktor Schreckengost (ask me about him!). haven’t ridden a bike since i was probably a teenager, but i took right to it just like something you haven’t done in a long time but then later you do it and you actually remember it really well. if you can imagine such a scenario.
  • by skidmorep 3 months ago
    been learning blender more this week. enjoying creating in 3D again.  #blender   #blender3d 
  • by skidmorep 4 months ago
    this kid movin books like a boss today  @jaebenzinger 
  • by skidmorep 4 months ago
    super proud of this guy. published two books within days of graduating high school, and is already making sales. he’s only gonna soar higher from here. search “Jae Benzinger” on amazon to find: • Perspective : short stories about real dreams • The Freelanders : sci-fi thriller about a pandemic on Earth and the potential cure in another planet  @jaebenzinger 
  • by skidmorep 4 months ago
    “… because two people fell in love” my niece Daisy got married last night to an awesome man Elijah. this is mom and dad holding hands on the front row during the ceremony. glad i also had a front row seat for this special family moment. congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Montgomery!  @fernwayhome 
  • by skidmorep 4 months ago
    let’s do it.
  • by skidmorep 5 months ago
    Perth, 2015. can’t wait to travel again.