|Posted by Monica M. Brinkman on August 14, 2011 at 1:15 AM||comments (1)|
Fairy Tales Can Come True
Misty sat at the computer, dressed in the same rumpled, pink-flowered, cotton nightgown worn to bed the previous night. A now cold cup of coffee sat next to the dusty keyboard along with a half eaten egg sandwich on wheat toast. Her fine, short brown hair would invite any mamma bird to make a comfortable home for her nestling.
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|Posted by Monica M. Brinkman on August 7, 2011 at 5:10 PM||comments (0)|
The homeless gather in the city park
to exchange the latest news:
where’s the best free lunch in town,
who’s giving away some shoes.
Children play a game of t...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Salvatore Buttaci on July 23, 2011 at 10:10 AM||comments (0)|
The time monster devoured those moments
we saved in this chest now empty of golden
dreams and silver laughter. We had hoped to
visit those old friends in our remaining years.
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|Posted by Monica M. Brinkman on May 24, 2011 at 2:03 PM||comments (0)|
Spiritual Story by Kahlil Gibran
I was strolling in the gardens of an insane asylum when I met a young man who was reading a philosophy book. His behavior and his evident good health made him stand out from the other inmates.
I sat down beside him and asked:
"What ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Monica M. Brinkman on May 21, 2011 at 11:59 AM||comments (0)|
Thirty-four year old Charlene Wilson has just found out she is dying. Not knowing how many days she has left, she is determined to live the remainder of he...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Monica M. Brinkman on April 23, 2011 at 9:09 AM||comments (0)|
Too often an author forgets to include subtle hints within the prose and/or dialog passages that let the reader know what the characters sound like when they speak. While it is not necessary for all characters within a novel to have clearly delineated distinctive ?voices?, it is a good writing habit to develop your main characters to the point where when they talk, the reader can ?hear? their voices.
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|Posted by Monica M. Brinkman on April 23, 2011 at 8:20 AM||comments (0)|
The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them. -- Albert Einstein
I should have this book in my publisher’s hands by now, but there is something that keeps gnawing at me. The odd thing i...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Monica M. Brinkman on February 25, 2011 at 11:59 PM||comments (1)|
Calling all serious authors!
We are pleased to announce, Phil and Debra Harris of ATTMP will be our guest on The Six Unsynchronized Souls radio show, March 15th, 2011. They have agreed to give writers an opportunity to query ATTMP, live on-air.
The show airs 8PM EST, 7PM CST, 6PM Mountain, 5PM PST. Here is the link:Read Full Post »
|Posted by Monica M. Brinkman on January 29, 2011 at 4:48 PM||comments (0)|
Aesop: Gentleness and kind persuasion win where force and bluster fail
THE NORTH WIND AND THE SUN - Aesop
The North Wind and the Sun had a quarrel about which of them was the stronger.Read Full Post »
|Posted by Monica M. Brinkman on January 23, 2011 at 10:38 AM||comments (0)|
At first glance, BLUE seems to be a typical story of one families dealing with the aftermath involving an illness of their only child, a fourteen year old daughter named Becky. The writing was impressive, the characters true to life, but yet another story about a failed marriage and the daughter whom was the sole link between the divorced couple.
Have to admit I was entirely incorrect in my assumptions.
Mr. Aronica's ability to combine reality with magical realism, ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Monica M. Brinkman on January 4, 2011 at 5:52 PM||comments (0)|
The Mouse Trap
by Author Unknown
A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. What food might this contain?" The mouse wondered - he was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap. Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning. There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a...Read Full Post »
|Posted by M. L. John on November 30, 2010 at 12:37 AM||comments (0)|
That day was the Fourth of July. I woke that morning with an aching heart because a boy had broken it the night before. I looked at my ceiling a long time before I made myself get out of bed. I was nearly fifteen, and this hurt of trusting and betrayal was new to me. I wanted nothing so much as I wanted to stay in bed and grieve the loss of an emotion that had been brief and surprisingly painful. But that would not be possible, because I had plans that day. Every holida...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Monica M. Brinkman on November 26, 2010 at 9:44 AM||comments (0)|
Monica Brinkman, author of the paranormal suspense novel, The Turn of the Karmic Wheel, will be visiting Emeraldfire’s Bookmark and Rundpinne and Inkslinger’s Opus! Set in the small college town of Raleigh, MO, the author delves into the psyche of several residents who live vastly different lifestyles. From the affluent to the poor, we follow each characters’ journey through life be it one of faith, self-indulgence, greed, kindness or diversity...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Monica M. Brinkman on November 25, 2010 at 10:25 PM||comments (1)|
An early-20th Century evangelist was once quoted as saying, “The world is wrong side up. It needs to be turned upside down in order to be right side up.” And Billy Sunday said this about the world of the early 1900s when life by today’s standards was rather tame. Just imagine the truth of his statement today!
The world today is sinking in a kind of moral morass that appears to have no letup. Whe...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Monica M. Brinkman on October 3, 2010 at 12:49 AM||comments (1)|
Remember the old Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday night TV? All the popular entertainers performed on his stage, some of them for the first time, and some like Elvis "the Pelvis" and the Beatles, sent the Neilsen Ratings high enough to punch holes in the sky! We sat glued to the TV, knowing the hour would be well worth sitting still for.
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|Posted by Monica M. Brinkman on September 21, 2010 at 7:37 PM||comments (2)|
|Posted by Monica M. Brinkman on September 19, 2010 at 11:36 AM||comments (0)|
Ephraim, my neighbor, wasn’t much of a musician. But he could pick at a guitar and his voice didn’t stray too far off track. That made him good enough for a part-time gig at the Dew Drop Inne.
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|Posted by Monica M. Brinkman on September 11, 2010 at 7:28 PM||comments (0)|
My friend (and later co-author on Hammon Falls), Roger Hileman, wrote a screenplay several years ago. I thought the story was interesting, but then went on to my own projects. But a few years later when I read Louise Erdrich’s The Master Butchers Singing Club, I was reminded of Roger’s screenplay and real...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Monica M. Brinkman on September 11, 2010 at 7:18 PM||comments (0)|
Questions regarding my book, Rachel’s Children: Surviving the Second World War:
I felt compelled to write about the time of World War II, in part because I was a child during that time and lived in Honolulu when Pearl Harb...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Monica M. Brinkman on September 7, 2010 at 8:28 PM||comments (2)|
When you experience that sick and sinking feeling that your spouse-whether husband or wife-is not telling you everything,you know you need to act.What you don't need are more twisted scenarios of what may or may not be going on.All human beings have the capacity to imagine and when it comes to extr...Read Full Post »