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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.

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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 18 hours 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 4 days ago
    good health is tasty, too.
  • by skidmorep 5 days 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 1 week ago
    been learning blender more this week. enjoying creating in 3D again.  #blender   #blender3d 
  • by skidmorep 2 weeks ago
    this kid movin books like a boss today  @jaebenzinger 
  • by skidmorep 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 1 month ago
    let’s do it.
  • by skidmorep 2 months ago
    Perth, 2015. can’t wait to travel again.
  • by skidmorep 4 months ago
    i have literally waited years for this.
  • by skidmorep 4 months ago
    “what’s the first thing you notice in a woman?” “ciao bella” audiobook sample... give it a listen! then get the other 29 minutes for as little as $3 gumroad.com/parabolos
  • by skidmorep 4 months ago
    NEW audiobook - ciao bella "ciao bella" has been available for a while as a paperback and ebook, but i made this for you audiobook folks. $5 or name your price ($3min). https://gumroad.com/parabolos
  • by skidmorep 5 months ago
    some surprise book gifts from some friends!
  • by skidmorep 6 months ago
    many great gifts this year. the biggest were getting to be with mom and dad for so much of the pandemic (including Christmas) and getting to direct my first feature film. mom and dad memorialized the latter with this shadow box of “the darkness rolled over her”. Merry Christmas to you and yours. i pray you have a wonderful new year, and let us all pray for Peace on earth and goodwill toward all people.
  • by skidmorep 6 months ago
     @sandersbroscoffee  keeps post-production movin, too!  #coffee   #thedarknessrolledoverher   @fivecoffeesandabook 
  • by skidmorep 6 months ago
    Becky Coutras as Mrs. Hiddlemeyer.  #thedarknessrolledoverher   @fivecoffeesandabook  follow the film’s progress at skidmore.substack.com
  • by skidmorep 6 months ago
    incoming! just delivered, freshly printed copies of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. it’s my first novel — a Cold War Christmas story — and you’re going to really enjoy it. it makes a great stocking stuffer for book lovers (or treat yo self)! if you want a signed copy, message me!  #godrestyemerrygentlemen 
  • by skidmorep 6 months ago
    one year ago today, i published my first novel — God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. it’s a Cold War Christmas story, and it could be a great gift for someone who loves to read, loves history, or loves great holiday tales. if you’d like to order it, the link in bio will get your there. if you want a signed copy, direct message me.  #godrestyemerrygentlemen   #noradtrackssanta 
  • by skidmorep 6 months ago
    after two months of being on set, life in the last week has been... quiet. :  @n .woodard_  #keepmovin   #thedarknessrolledoverher  fivecoffeesandabook.com
  • by skidmorep 6 months ago