A Home for Novels and Short Stories

Welcome to my page!

Welcome to My Page! - Photo of James Kirst

Hello everyone! Welcome to my page! This is the home page for James Kirst’s Short Story Emporium and Creativity Outlet. If you’re here, perhaps you’d be interested in finding out about the novels I wrote, Ghosts are Assholes and Magic Once Removed. If you like the book, perhaps you’d be interested in short stories related to the book. Perhaps you’d be interested in just reading about my other assorted short stories instead. If you’d like to find out more about me, check out this page. I’m also dabbling in the podcasting world with my show The Writer Jerk.

The goal of this site chiefly is to entertain. Right now the biggest feature of this site is Short Story Saturday where I post a new short story written by me every Saturday morning. I like to think of my short stories like something you can read during your lunch break but leaves you with a bit of an emotional impact, whether it be laughter, tears, joy, or something in between.

Will I always succeed in that goal? Hopefully, but odds are I won’t, so I’d love to hear from you to see what you think. I hope to add more topics and features onto this site in the future. Topics can range from anything such as my thoughts on certain tropes, entertainment today, the trials and tribulations of being a writer, who knows? The sky is the limit.

Feedback is the only way I can improve so please feel free to comment on any of the short stories you find interesting, comment below, or email me if you have any questions or suggestions. My contact me page is here.

My obligatory social media links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/writerjrk/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/writerjrk/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18534226.James_Kirst

I have a lot of big and exciting plans for the future. I hope that you come along for the wild ride.

Thank you for visiting. I hope to see you again.

The Crumbling World: The Novel’s Potential Blurb

The Crumbling World Cover
The Crumbling World Cover

The Crumbling World is an upcoming novel coming out soon that will once again be published by World Castle Publishing, LLC and I’m hoping to get a little buzz going by telling you a bit about it now. It is a high fantasy novel starring an eccentric cast of characters and an absorbing and unpredictable plot that belie its cliche beginnings. I won’t say any more because I hope that the blurb below will tell you what the book is about without having to have me elaborate further. Please let me know what you think.

Blurb:

LANCE BELIEVED HE COULD CONQUER ANY QUEST

After all, he is the strongest man in the kingdom, fearless and bold, the epitome of what it means to be a white knight. Not that he has to do it alone, not hardly, as joining him is an intrepid band of adventurers that includes his girlfriend, the dark elf Nerissa, his best friend, the white mage Alizon, the powerful wizard Strefonio, and the loveable rogue, Sanders, who insists he is not a thief. His mighty sword along with his companions’ archery, sorcery, and magic served to protect the land of Evermore and serve their lord, the benevolent King Rudolph. After defeating a mighty red dragon that threatened the land, they return home to a gallant celebration. Upon hearing whispers that he is indeed the prophesized, ‘Chosen One’ the young man grows to believe that he and his party are capable of handling any threat.

UNTIL HIS WORLD STARTS TO CRUMBLE

The homecoming festivities are cut short when a messenger informs the king that the evil sorcerer Al Kahim wishes to destroy the world by making it crumble. His motivation is unknown though, which does not dissuade Lance from eagerly volunteering to discover the reasons for his nefarious plot and ultimately putting an end to it. He learns that he needs to acquire Artus’s Sword, named after the warrior legends, which is buried underneath the throne and is encased in an obsidian stone. It can only be opened with three gems in the possession of the descendants of the so-called keepers that reside in various towns and cities across the globe.

Yet the keeper’s tasks are unlike any they’ve encountered before. The end of a blade, the tip of an arrow, and a well-placed fireball are inadequate to meet the challenges they face. With each subsequent failure, the very fabric of reality begins to crumble, but even more unsettling, his companions start to act in a manner unbecoming of heroes. Yet, he must persevere, learn the reasons behind all that is happening, and find a way to overcome it all lest the consequences for doing any less will be catastrophic. In this coming of age fantasy adventure, a young knight must ask himself: What happens when being the chosen one isn’t enough? And what happens when the world isn’t what it appears to be?

Thank you for reading this blurb. I urge you to comment below. I’d also like to ask that you please check out my books page as well by pressing here Magic Once Removed and Ghosts are Assholes are fantastic reads. I’d also like to point you toward my short stories by available by clicking this(short story) link or this(genre and tags) link or this(story list) link. Thanks again for your time.

The Writer Jerk Podcast

The Writer Jerk Podcast Logo
The Writer Jerk Podcast Logo

Hey! Check out this test podcast episode I made called The Writer Jerk:

https://youtu.be/MV88HyYUK7Y

The basic theme of The Writer Jerk Podcast is any and all topics tangentially related to writing. Whether the medium is novels, short stories, movies, television shows, comic books, and even video games, if it has a story, I will want to talk about it. I’m planning to make this a mostly family-friendly show that has something for anyone that has even the smallest interest in writing.

Just to give you a bit of a preview, the next two episodes will be a brief discussion of my first two novels, Ghosts are Assholes and Magic Once Removed. There won’t be any spoilers, naturally, but it will provide a bit of an inside look. That is where a cohost could help as he or would be able to provide questions that I did not consider. Afterward, I plan to branch out into different topics including a discussion of witches and witchcraft and how they’ve been historically used in storytelling, an analysis of an essay, and how its lessons are applied to the critiques of fiction today, and a deep dive into a short story. There are a couple of movies I’d like to take a deeper look at as well along with a music video that I feel was deeply symbolic and worthy of further discussion.

I’m very curious about what everyone thinks of it, whether it be content, audio quality, whether you’d listen, or even think this is a good idea at all! Any feedback would be appreciated. Like I said in the episode, please feel to dm me if you want to be a cohost but even if you don’t, I’ll probably continue this because they are fun to make and are a good outlet for my thoughts. Thanks in advance!

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Magic Once Removed is Available Now

The kindle version of my paranormal love story combined with a buddy cop movie, AKA Lethal Weapon with witches, Magic Once Removed, is available now.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08B5JWQQV

Booksprout for reviews: https://booksprout.co/arc/39426/magic-once-removed

The paperback version should be available soon if it is not available already. Let me know if you want a signed copy and I’ll hook you up.

Thanks again to Karen Fuller and World Castle Publishing. Nothing left to say but:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDTwO0TlwOU

Hiatus

Hello all. I am taking a hiatus from short-story writing to work on what I hope to be a series of novels as well as the promotion of the two novels I have written and I am hoping to get a third novel in the publishing phase soon. I may post periodically here or there but it will probably be inconsistent and if I do post, the story will probably be very short.

I’d like to ask while you wait to check out all of my short stories by pressing “short story” tag below or clicking this(short story) link or this(genre and tags) link or this(story list) link. I would also urge you to share this story with others and comment below. Please check out my books page as well by pressing hereMagic Once Removed will be available soon, so please check out the FAQ. Thank you for your patience and all the support you have given me throughout the year.

Short Story Saturday: Maiden on a Slab

 

Short Story Saturday: Maiden on a Slab - Photo by Pixabay on Pexels
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels

Hello everyone! As part of Short Story Saturday, I have posted another short story, this one entitled Maiden on a Slab. Please enjoy. Also, if you haven’t already checked out my FAQ on my upcoming book, Magic Once Removed, please check that out as well. Thanks again!

His torch represented many things. Illumination. Warmth. Comfort. It also represented a potential disaster of biblical proportions. The ancient parchment he held in his free hand was as dry as British wit and a single spark would cause it to go aflame which would leave the man lost, potentially for good. in that forgotten, dank, dark labyrinth. It did not help his psyche that there were times he had to hold the blistering orange flame perilously close to the map to see its intricacies and read its ancient inscriptions that detailed how to get by the perilous puzzles that loomed.

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Short Story Saturday: Kamikaze

Short Story Saturday: Kamikaze - Photo by Alem Sánchez from Pexels
Photo by Alem Sánchez from Pexels

Hello everyone! As part of Short Story Saturday, I have posted another short story, this one entitled Kamikaze. Please enjoy. Sorry about the late post. Technically, I’ve posted the story on Saturday but I realize it is pretty late compared to when I typically publish my stories. Additionally, this one might be a little bit rough so please forgive any grammatical mistakes or missing words. Think of this as a rough draft.

Anyway, if you haven’t already checked out my FAQ on my upcoming book, Magic Once Removed, please check that out as well. Thanks again!

“They call it a kamikaze because it’s the drink they’d give the Japanese Zeros before they had to crash land into US aircraft carriers,” the bartender explained as he plopped the equal parts vodka, triple sec, and lime juice concoction in front of the three coeds.

“Really?” the blonde asked.

“Nah, don’t think so. Just made it up.”

“It was believable though,” said the brunette with freckles, “Sure had me going.”

“You should always check the facts whenever someone says something that doesn’t sound right.”

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Short Story Saturday: Are You Happy

Short Story Saturday: Are You Happy - Photo by Pixabay from Pexels
Photo by Pixabay from Pexels

Hello everyone! As part of Short Story Saturday, I have posted another short story, this one entitled Are you Happy? Please enjoy. Also, if you haven’t already checked out my FAQ on my upcoming book, Magic Once Removed, please check that out as well. Thanks again!

“Are you happy?” A loaded question to be sure and one that is often asked by my parents.

It started when I was a child. My parents were always concerned about my mental wellbeing but could never properly discern why or provide an adequate explanation other than to declare a generalized fear most parents have for their children. They did seem at times inordinately concerned for reasons I cannot quite comprehend.

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Short Story Saturday: Scarlett Hood

Short Story Saturday: Scarlett Hood - Photo by Just a Couple Photos from Pexels
Photo by Just a Couple Photos from Pexels

Hello everyone! As part of Short Story Saturday, I have posted another short story, this one entitled Scarlett Hood. Please enjoy. Also, if you haven’t already checked out my FAQ on my upcoming book, Magic Once Removed, please check that out as well. Thanks again!

Her red hood covered her short jet black hair as it blew gently in the spring breeze as Scarlett traipsed through the woods. As she carried a beige picnic basket underneath her right arm, her flat jet black boots made large imprints into the dirt trail just was enough that five of her could have walked shoulder-to-shoulder together which meant two normal-sized men could occupy that same trail.

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Short Story Saturday: Gregory Sole

Short Story Saturday: Gregory Sole - Photo by Micael Widell from Pexels
Photo by Micael Widell from Pexels

Hello everyone! As part of Short Story Saturday, I have posted another short story, this one entitled Gregory Sole. Please enjoy. Also, if you haven’t already checked out my FAQ on my upcoming book, Magic Once Removed, please check that out as well. Thanks again!

The sounds of a metal bell echoed from the decrepit church tower throughout the old rustic town. “Darn,” the man thought to himself. “Eleven o’clock already. I’ve got to hurry.”

Mud covered his black dress pants and white button-up shirt he had ironed just that morning as he sprinted through the center of town on the previously dirt road. His heavy and clumsy steps made it increasingly difficult for him to move his legs rapidly as he struggled to pry each foot loose while maintaining a consistent stride.

All that could be heard were the sloshing of his boots, his heavy breathing, and his bag that was tied over his shoulder that collided with his side and back. He prayed that the bottles withing that clanged in his bag would not break. The glass was relatively thick but a particularly solid collision would cause them to shatter. Periodically, he checked his vest pocket to ensure the contents within remained in place.

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Short Story Saturday: Free

Short Story Saturday: Free - Photo by rawpixel.com from Pexels
Photo by rawpixel.com from Pexels

Hello everyone! As part of Short Story Saturday, I have posted another short story, this one entitled Free. Please enjoy. Also, if you haven’t already checked out my FAQ on my upcoming book, Magic Once Removed, please check that out as well. Thanks again!

His long flowing locks danced in the ocean breeze. He closed his eyes, took a deep breath, and faced the sun. The man looked over the edge of the cliff, eyes transfixed on the raging waters below.

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