Tuesday, 26 April 2022

Silent Pain. A poem by Author Kurt Chambers

 Silent Pain

Disclaimer: I wrote this poem during a very dark period in my life and just for the record, my happiness did return. I dedicate this poem to my legend of a brother, Karl, who recently passed away unexpectedly.

I sit and watch the people around me,
They laugh and joke and giggle with glee.
I sometimes wonder what is going on inside,
Am I the only one with something to hide?

I play along in the game of life,
Telling the kids stories and comforting my wife.
But deep down inside I find it hard to believe,
How people manage to cope with their pain and their grief.

I have come to an age when I have seen too much bad,
Heart-breaking things that make me so sad.
To lose those you love is the worse thing of all,
That silent pain that seems beyond cruel.

I want to be free and play like I should,
To see beautiful things, if only I could.
I know it's still there and I should really move on,
But how do you do that when all good things are gone.

Am I the only one who feels like I do?
What do you do when it happens to you?
Please teach me because I just don't understand,
Knowing I will never see you or feel the touch of your hand.

What did I do to deserve so much pain?
How do I manage to be happy again?
For now I'll pretend and just do the right things,
Just wait and see what else this life brings.

They say that in time all bad things will fade,
You will get over the mistakes that you made.
But my time here is short, I don't have much left,
I want to be happy again before I reach death.

Saturday, 1 January 2022

Quotes by Children's Author Kurt Chambers


Happy New Year to everyone! Wow, 2022. Can you believe it? When I was a kid I used to love the futuristic sci-fi series, Space 1999. Enough said. And we still don't even have a moon base Alpha yet.

With the start of a new year, I thought it a great time to write a new post. I do love a good quote. They are like massively inspirational snippets of information neatly packaged in as few words a possible. They make you think about things from a positive and different perspective. They ring true with people because they usually contain the obvious and absolute truth.

Over the years as an author I have written a few random quotes of my own. It wasn't until this week that I realised just how many I have posted over the years. In fact, one of the most successful things I have ever written is a quote that is featured all over the internet and on quote sites along side some of the most famous quotations ever. I have no idea how that happened. 

So, for your enjoyment, here is a list of all the quotes I wrote and published since I started posting as an author from 2009.

Kurt Chambers Quotes

"The innocence of children is what makes them stand out as a shining example to the rest of mankind." ~ Kurt Chambers 

"You have to come to realise at some point in your life, however this may come to pass, that you are perfect exactly how you are. You are an important part of the universe. This universe couldn't even exist without you, it would be something else completely." ~ Kurt Chambers 

"The reason each and every one of you is here is simple. Be kind to all living things. Love as much as your heart will allow. Be grateful for everything." ~ Kurt Chambers

"Everyone in the world has a very special gift. Discover what this is and use it for the benefit of everyone." ~ Kurt Chambers

"Love is everything. Nothing else matters. Never fear it. Never close your heart to it. Without it life is meaningless. Choose love over fear." ~ Kurt Chambers

"People say that when you die, you go to a better place. If I was God, that would tick me off. Have you not seen how beautiful this universe is?" ~ Kurt Chambers 

"The more you acknowledge this amazing universe with an open mind and a loving heart, the more the universe will acknowledge you. Why not give it a go? What could possibly go wrong?" ~ Kurt Chambers 

"Being truly open-minded is to never assume that any of the things you believe in are actually right." ~ Kurt Chambers  

"Truth is in the eye of the beholder." ~ Kurt Chambers 

"I'd rather be old and know what I know than be young and think I know." ~ Kurt Chambers

"Never let other people's actions change you from the person you are. Forgive them and be proud of being your true self." ~ Kurt Chambers 

"Don't shy away from emotions, good or bad. They are a writer's engine." ~ Kurt Chambers 

"Don't spend your life trying to be a success. Realise the success you already are." ~ Kurt Chambers 

"Not knowing is what makes life fun! Never underestimate the value of not knowing. Mystery is the spice of life, it sparks imagination. Imagination is what creates everything." ~ Kurt Chambers 

"There is no one individual person on this earth that is greater than you. There are just different people all unique. Love who you are." ~ Kurt Chambers 

Sunday, 12 July 2020

Teacher's Information Guide for The World in Johnny's Back Garden

I am excited to announce my brand new Teacher's Information Guide for The World in Johnny's Back Garden. I was inspired to create this free guide after some massively successful author visits to local primary schools. My story created such a buzz in the schools with the pupils and the teachers. It was an amazing and humbling experience. This guide also allowed me to go into much more detail about the events, issues and factual information that I could only touch upon in the story itself.

Free Guide

The idea for this guide is it can be used by parents or teacher's for homeschooling or in a classroom environment. It can also be used to review the contents of the story to see if this is something you or your kids would loved to read. You can even just use it for something really interesting to read without even downloading the book.

I created a free PDF version of this guide for you to view online or download for printing. Please click on the icon below.

This guide will also be available for free on Smashwords in various formats and in all other leading bookstores.

Did you know?

I recently became aware that not everyone knows that it is possible to put a PDF file on your Kindle to read like an ebook. It is quite an easy three step process. 

Step 1: Simply plug your Kindle into your computer and then open the files on Windows Explorer.

Step 2: Find the folder that contains all your book folders. Make a new folder and name it the same as the book title.

Step 3: Copy your PDF file and Paste it into your newly named folder then disconnect your Kindle safely from your computer and reboot it.

The World in Johnny's Back Garden

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Tuesday, 9 June 2020

My First Image Gallery by Author Kurt Chambers

This week I have been playing with a new toy my wife brought for me as a present. I have always had a basic phone with a rubbish camera. I have no need for anything fancy, I use my phone as a phone, funny enough. Most of everything else I do on my computer. My present came in the form of a set of lenses that attach to my phone. There were lots of different ones, but the one that impressed me the most was the macro lens.

I was sceptical at first, but after a little play I found that it made it possible to take some amazing photos even with my rubbish phone. So my first photo gallery is born. Exciting stuff, eh! I am so very blessed to have a beautiful back garden. We work very hard to keep it nice and I'm always taking pictures of it. But there is SO much stuff that is equally beautiful that you never really see. With my macro lens in hand I set out to change that with this stunning gallery of tiny things. 

Click on picture to enlarge...

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

My Beautiful Tree by author Kurt Chambers

As far back as I can remember, I have always had green fingers. I could plant anything and it would grow. I don't know why, plants just seem to like me. When I was little, about eight-years-old, I found one of those helicopters that you get from a Sycamore tree. Growing out of the bottom was a tiny little root. I found it amazing. Was this what you grow a tree from, I thought? Bear in mind I was only eight.

Full of excitement, I rushed home to my mum to show her what I'd found. She didn't seem as excited as me, and questioned me on where I had found it. "It was in front of the police houses, under one of the miniature trees on the green," I explained.

It was at that point a great idea popped into my head. "Can I plant it? In the garden?"

By the look on her face, it didn't seem like the best suggestion I had ever made, but surprisingly, agreed I could plant it in the corner by the back fence seeing it was only a miniature. How exciting. I went straight outside and found a place to plant my new tree. I stuck it in the mud and poured some water on it. How hard could it be?

For the first few days or so I went out and watered my helicopter, eagerly awaiting for my tree to grow. Being eight, I had absolutely no concept of how long this would take, but I was determined to see it through. And being eight also meant that it wasn't long before I completely forgot about it.

How much time passed I have no idea, but some time later I discovered that my tree was thriving. It wasn't a helicopter any more, it was a tree! A proper tree, perfectly formed and about a foot high. It was the most exciting thing I had ever seen. I started to take really good care of it, clearing the weeds and watering it every day.

My beautiful tree grew and grew at an alarming rate, like Jack and the Beanstalk. It soon became apparent it was not a miniature as we first thought. It must have blown onto the green from the woods. But it was spectacular! It was the greatest thing I had ever done. I loved my tree.

Unfortunately, everyone else, namely all the neighbours, hated my tree. It became their nemesis. It made a mess of their gardens and its roots were digging up the all the fences. But by this time it was too late. By the time I was a teenager, my tree had grown bigger than the house. I loved walking down my road in the summer and seeing the massive canopy of leaves towering over everything in the street.

My tree lived a long and happy life in my mum's garden. When she came to selling the house I was in my thirties with children of my own. That's when I did the most amazing thing. I went into the garden and climbed my tree all the way to the top. That might not seem amazing to you, but to me, I can remember that tree when it was just a helicopter and I had grown it to full size and then climbed it in my lifetime. That is quite amazing.

Sadly, the new owners of the house cut my tree down. It's no longer with us, but it did get to live all the way through my childhood and all the way to when I had children myself. That wouldn't have happened if I hadn't have stumbled upon that helicopter that day.

These days, I have an even bigger tree in my garden. It is massive. I can't even fit my arms half way around the trunk. And I love it. I'm pretty sure it was fate. It is not hard to see where I got my inspiration to write, The World in Johnny's Back Garden, where a tree is the hero of the story.

Thanks, Mum. You were and always will be an absolute legend. XXX