Simply Six Minutes: Milton

John’s sweet story of kittens and how much our pets mean to us! Thank you for your contribution!

The Sound of One Hand Typing

Christine’s prompt this week is shown above. I’m not sure if it’ a dog, a cat, or some other animal, but he reminds me of our dear departed Milton.


Mary got in her mind once that she wanted a purebred cat, and started researching the different breeds. We immediately ruled out Persians, because they’re practically impossible to keep brushed to the level they need to be, and we could just picture one all matted up and miserable. So she looked at cats that have very little hair, and the Devon Rex popped up. They have very short and curly hair, and are practically hypoallergenic because they don’t have the guard hair that most people are allergic to. The breed was described as having the personality of a dog, a monkey, and a three-year-old child, and that sealed the deal.

There was a breeder in the Atlanta area, so we…

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The Demon of Yodok: Book Blitz!

To celebrate the release of the latest novel in the Juche series, The Storm of Storms, we’re going back to the book that started it all! The Demon of Yodok! Read on for more details and a chance to win a signed hardcover edition of the novel!

The Demon of Yodok (Juche 1)

Genre: YA Dystopian

A highly addictive Young Adult Dystopian Survival series that will keep you glued to the pages.

JUCHE [dʒuːtʃe]

Just when Areum, daughter of a privileged family in the totalitarian state of Choson, thought she was free from her personal prison, her world collapses around her as her family are taken away in the middle of the night to a hell-like camp in the mountains where people who have strayed from the righteous path are brutally re-educated through blood, sweat, tears and starvation.

There she has to fight for survival together with the family she hates and is forced to re-evaluate every aspect of her life until then – her deep resentment toward her twin sister; her view of her father in face of the mounting evidence he is a traitor with the blood of millions of fellow countrymen on his hands; and even her love and affection for the Great General – the eternal savior and protector of Choson, whom she had always considered her true father.

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Cranes sang songs of joy from the mountain tops.

Double rainbows appeared in the sky.

The aggressors from the west were defeated. The invaders from the east were expunged. The traitors from the south were put at bay.

The people of Choson were finally free to create their own destiny, and so a hermit kingdom of people’s rule rose from the ashes, and the doors to the enemies of the outside world were closed, never to be opened again.

The world around them moved on. Years passed. Decades passed. Peace and prosperity spread throughout the world, and nothing was heard from the secluded hermit paradise.

Then one day, people started emerging from its closed borders. The stories they brought with them were, however, not of a paradise on earth. Instead, what they depicted were horrors so vile and cruel that they almost exceeded human comprehension.

Little had the people of the kingdom known when they closed its doors to the outside world, that the vilest beast of all was still lurking among their midst, and as soon as the curtains had been drawn, the beast unleashed its reign of terror upon the people, not stopping until it had crushed and enslaved every soul within its reach.

The beast now rules the kingdom from a throne of human misery and agony.

No one alive has ever encountered this beast, but everybody knows its name.


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About the Author

Adria Carmichael is a writer of Young Adult Dystopian fiction with a twist. When she is not devouring dystopian and post-apocalyptic content in any format – books, movies, TV-series and PlayStation games – she is crafting the epic and highly-addictive Juche saga, her 2020 debut novel series that takes place in the brutal, totalitarian nation of Choson. When the limit of doom and gloom is reached, a 10K run on a sunny day or binging a silly sitcom on a rainy day is her go-to way to unwind.

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The Search: Book Blitz!

Welcome to the tour for The Search: A Dust Bowl Romance by Tiffani Velez! Check this brand new Historial Romance and enter for a chance to win a $25 Amazon e-Gift Card!

The Search

Publication Date: March 2021

Genre: Historical Fiction/ 20th Century/ Romance

The Great Depression and Dust Bowl have destroyed Melinda’s home, her community, and her family, leaving her alone in a world of aimless refugees. Just when she thinks there’s nothing else left in life to fight for, a stranger seeks shelter in her schoolhouse on the most violent storm of the decade. Jake is running from the memories of another life, using his assignment with the National Relief Administration to keep him distracted from the realities of anti-Semitism in 1930s America. As he documents the life of migrants on the road to a better life in California, and makes Melinda his focus, the horizon brightens. Together, Melinda and Jake start to piece their lives back together. But when they push against the odds, betrayal and trauma threaten to separate them forever. Will they find each other again, or are they lost to the violence of migrant camps and their own desperation? From the author of All This Time, comes the debut historical romance, The Search: A Dust Bowl Love Story. Velez weaves a romantic thriller into a classic American tale about love, loss, and redemption.

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About the Author

Tiffani Velez has been a freelance writer since 1996. Her work has appeared in The Feminine Collective, Toe Good Poetry, Yahoo! News, and many more places. Her novels have been featured in the Annual Conference of Jewish Librarians, The New York Book Festival, and The Big Thrill Magazine and all have been bestsellers in their Amazon categories. The Search is her fifth book and fourth novel. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family.

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I’m Going to Start Here: Book Review

As a fond admirer of the writings of Dr. Seuss I was contacted and asked to read and review this story. There are many similarities to Oh, The Places You’ll Go but touch on a lot of key elements young people should hear as they are adulting and moving forward in life.

I’m Going to Start Here! Is a rhyming book in the fashion of a Dr. Seuss-type book. It explores some of the obstacles a young person will face when entering the world as an adult as well as giving encouragement for any of the efforts made in moving forward. It sends a positive message and can be a great read for anyone looking to advance on a new or broader path.  

Raye Springield has done a great job continuing the journey into adulthood that Dr. Seuss had begun. As an educator I found that all the points that Springield hits on are key ideas to talk to your son or daughter about as they begin adulting. 

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars for its positive message and encouraging words. Some of the rhyming patterns are inconsistent causing the flow of the reading to falter but this does not take away from the positivity the book is trying to convey. Additionally, the illustrations are like those of Dr. Seuss with their own original spin. I would recommend this book to anyone who might have some fear or resistance to that step forward in life.  


After twenty-five years, I’m Going to Start Here! is the delightful response to the very popular Dr. Seuss’ Oh, the Places You’ll Go!  Like that best-seller, this book appeals equally to the young, those in the middle and to the ones who do not accept that a number defines age. With humorous verse and vivid pictures, it encourages kids, and kids at heart, to step out and reach for the stars. I’m Going to Start Here! invites youon a journey that’s fun, upbeat and inspiring. And chances areyou’ll discover that indeed you already have within all you need to succeed in life. Now, everyone, get ready, get started and Come Fly with Me on this great adventure.

I’ll walk across that stage and go out with a bang.

I’ve learned my lesson. I’m ready to spread my wings.

          I have the power to make this life a stupendously, beautiful thing.


Raye Springfield is a writer, lawyer, and author of the children’s book, I’m Going to Start Here! For the young and those in between, it’s a book that encourages, inspires and motivates minds to strive for success. With humor and vivid pictures, this fun book will make kids of all ages eager to step out and reach for the stars. After decades writing legal documents, and opinions as administrative judge, she has now authored five books, pursuing her love of writing full-time. The first edition of her historical non-fictionis in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, in Washington, D.C.

In addition to her children’s book, Raye is the author of The Legacy of Tamar: Courage and Faith in an African American Family, whichdocuments family history as well as Haywood County, Tennessee history,and 2nd edition, both published by The University of Tennessee Press; Treasure in Jars of Clay: 100 Quotes on Joy, Life & Love; and the latest, a novel, Sunday at Six. She lives in Nashville, is the mother of a son and daughter, and somehow inspired both to also become attorneys.


Title: I’m Going to Start Here!
Author: Raye Springfield 
Pub date- November 29, 2017
Publisher- Stonebrook Publishing
Genre: JUVENILE FICTION/Social Themes/Emotions & Feelings
JUVENILE FICTION/ Stories in Verse
Paperback- ISBN 9781532350207
# of Pages- 40
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Book Review – Murder: It’s All In Your Head

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MURDER: IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD by Cynthia Hilston will have you wondering who is who and how will 100 years of horror finally be put to rest? This is a ghost story mystery that joins the present and the past in unbelievable ways.   

It is 1918 and Helen is being brutally abused…by her father. This pastor has an un-Godly way of making her life hell. If only she could escape this torture and be free of her father life can be good. But Helen does not realize she can do more to control the situation if she just puts her mind to it. Is killing this evil man the only way to find happiness in her life?   

Now, in the same town of Hurston, Ohio many lives are going to change, as they have been for the past 100 years. Cassie wakes to find herself in Randy Davis’s body staring down at a dead woman in a full bathtub. Must Cassie take the consequences of Randy murdering his own wife?   

The real Randy is locked in a mental hospital accused of murdering his wife, but he does not look like himself and why won’t anyone believe him that his name is NOT Jimmy Williams? Could it be that he is locked in the body of Jimmy Williams and Jimmy is the real murderer? Cassie then finds herself in Randy’s body trying to convince the real Randy that she knows something strange is going on. Will she be able to convince him before more lives are lost?  She is going to try while she learns about the evil which has taken over her body, ready to bring more destruction to the lives Cassie has always loved.   

No one is who they seem to be, or at least not all the time. Supernatural forces take control of some unexpecting citizens who must try to find out who is behind this anomaly and why. Who survives and who is the one that “always finishes what she started”?    

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars for its ability to keep me guessing up until the very end. It took a bit of time before I was able understand what was going on, keeping track of who is who and what is happening. It is worth it to stick it out, as the plot comes together, and things start making sense. The author has captured a way to pull you into the story and make you believe this isn’t fiction or just a figment of your imagination. 

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Simply 6 Minutes—Welcome To The Challenge: 05/25/2021

Welcome to the 6 minute challenge!

Today’s prompt is:

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Funny Animals: Cute Wild Baby Animals

*****For any participants that do NOT like restrictions, please feel free to participate in any way you would like. It is great to read the contributions!****

  1. Set up a timer or sit near a clock so you can keep track of the six minutes you will be writing.
  2. You can either use one of the prompts (photo or written) or you can free-write.
  3. Get ready and write for 6 minutes, that is it! Can you write a complete story? Can you think of a new Sonnet? Can you write 400 words? 400? 500? There are no restrictions on what kind of writing you do, but you should try to be actively writing for six minutes.
  4. After you are done writing, include your word count and then post back to this page #Simply6Minutes or include your link in the comments section. Pingbacks are enabled.
  5. *Feel free to leave your work completely unedited. I believe it is good to see, especially for new writers, that even very seasoned writers don’t write a perfect first draft.*
  6. Have fun, challenge yourself if you’d like, read and respond to others’ posts.

Thank you for participating!



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What are you most proud of in the last year? I think I am most proud of the fact that I was forced to move to a new state, without notice, without my belongings, and without the people who love me to take care of my father and I kept it together, didn’t let myself fall apart, and have found ways to be happy with life as it now is.

If you see a puddle on the ground, do you walk around it or give in to the child within and splash about? Definitely walk around it because it could have worms in it or other creatures that live in the gross water. That being said, if the puddle is on pavement or a sidewalk and you can see clear to the bottom I might make a small splash, just not enough to get to wet.

Do you feel free? Why or why not? What does free mean? I guess I have a pretty good life where I have a lot of different freedoms. I have been blessed with enough to not be too needy of anything. I have lost a lot, especially my son, but I haven’t let that sadness keep me a prisoner.

What life skills are rarely taught but are extremely useful? Believe it or not I don’t think “cleaning up after yourself” is given the same priority as when I was a kid. People of every age seem to walk in, make a mess, and not care to walk out. I think of the movie theater. The lights go on and there is garbage everywhere. Then you look at a flight…Yes, the space is tight and yes it is not comfortable, but hey, you obviously had enough money to fly instead of drive so think of yourself as lucky with just that. But the amount of trash left on an airplane is embarrassing. Especially when the crew walks up and down the aisle with a plastic garbage bag, willing to take any and all of your garbage.

GRATITUDE SECTION (always optional)

Please share some gratitude with everyone!   There are lots of reasons just now I think! I am so grateful that I have a roof over my head, even though it is not one I have chosen. I could complain but then I think about the people who don’t have anywhere to go.

Weekend Writing Prompt #210 – Eerie

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Thanks, Sammi for the challenge:

I didn’t use the word eerie but this was what came to me….

Wispy clouds 
breezes blow 
branches scrape windows 
leaves flip and toss  
to their final resting place 
droplets fall 
blood drips 
down my face 

©2021 CBialczak Poetry

You and Me Against the World

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A Unique Title For Me

Jake said, “I am so glad that I found you as I wasn’t sure that I would see you again.  You were right behind me and then I looked back and didn’t see you anymore.”  Judy replied, “Yea I had to take care of some business and I knew that I could catch up with you.  I wanted to leave a signal just in case any others of our species are looking for us, so I dropped some of my scent back there.  I figured rather than pooping randomly, we could drop our aroma at strategic locations.”  Jake said, “That was very social of you Judy, but I think we are on our own on this alien planet.  We have to be careful here, as you never know how much information will be revealed about us from a good sniff of our poop or urine.  I know that I have…

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