A big fuss is made of eye contact in psychiatry. The mature, emotionally balanced individual is able to initiate and sustain ocular contact. Presumably, those who inconsistently maintain, avert or avoid eye contact are less healthy, less assertive or attempting to hide something—or perhaps just legally blind. Of course, there is always an exception to every rule. Those male individuals who gawk and ogle at women are blatantly transparent with an obvious modus operandi. If you are a male gawker or ogler, forget it! You are beyond hope. You stand there drooling and you are not only susceptible to the hook (or hooker), you likely invite such behavior with that wantoned look on your face. A quick wink or fleeting eye contact and you are putty in the hands of the winker. Dictate your last will and testament and have it notarized that you are legally insane for it is all over for you.
In this chapter, it is one of the few times that the reader gains insight into the relationship of Mentor (Greg) and his special agent, Hardware (Harrison). The intensity of the ongoing case allowed for little familiarity among the men, as the search for the president took center stage. Yet, professionalism sometimes must give access to friendship if the relationship is to endure. And Mentor and Hardware have that kind of relationship where neither one has to complete a sentence or thought for the other to understand. There is comfort in that kind of familiarity.
Writing “Mirror, Mirror at 1600 D.C.” seemed simple enough at the start. You describe an event in American history that almost every citizen can see coming from a mile away: the electiion of the first woman President of the United States.
Initially, my inspiration in writing “Mirror, Mirror at 1600 D.C.” was (1) the belief that the event of nominating the first woman president of the United States would soon be upon us; and (2) it was long overdue given the state of affairs in Washington DC and the rest of the world shaped by men during my period of time on this earth.
However, I did not want to write solely a political novel. Over the period of a year, I was intrigued by elements of mystery, suspense and romance, with a little humor thrown in on the side to seduce the reader in the story. I think I am a frustrated comedian at heart.
So, we have somebody whose role as President of the United States is complicated more than enough without the added political stress of being the first woman elected to this high office in America. She is delighting her supporters and converting readily her critics when she goes missing while attending a fundraiser. The unfolding plot is a matter of survival —not only personal survival, but also hanging in the balance is the endurance of the Presidency and democracy in America.
Throughout my writing, many of the names, numbers, signs, etc. have a personal connection to me. Relationships in the novel are as important to the story as the plot. The president, the special agents,the lady in waiting, the supreme bishop in Rome, the hunter and the hunted–and of course, the intrusion of the evil doers whodrive events with the potential for great tragedy and destruction.
The reader will become emotionally involved with the main characters through not only their interactions with each other, but the events that propel the main characters. It is these events that supply the mystery, suspense and romance in “Mirror, Mirror at 1600 D.C.” Plot twists and turns are important in writing this kind of novel, and there are enough of them to satisfy even the most passionate reader with the final twist arriving late in the book. You can try to imagine the outcome, but those who have read my novel told me they did not expect what actually occurs in “Mirror, Mirror at 1600 D.C.”
So, kick back and relax if you can as you bury yourself in “Mirror, Mirror at 1600 D.C.” I hope you enjoy the read as much as I enjoyed the write.
Harper Lee wrote “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which became an instant bestseller and made into a movie of the same name starring Gregory Peck.
John Ball, who wrote “In the Heat of the Night,” was made into a film of the same name starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger.
Guy Owen, who wrote “The Ballad of the Flim-Flam Man,” was made into a movie, “The Flim Flam Man,” starring George C Scott.
Joe David Brown, who wrote “Paper Moon,” was brought to film of the same name starring Ryan and Tatum O’Neal.
This is neither a ‘best of’ listing or ranking, nor a critical analysis of relations in the Deep South and race relations, which define these movies. Yet, for me, these are books and films that I have re-read and re-watched over and over again throughout periods in my life. They strike a chord in me. They create an emotional response in my consciousness, if you will.
The mix of characters, relationships, themes, influences and the outcomes or ‘moral of the story’ strike the chord. There is the high morality and sense of justice of Atticus Finch and Virgil Tibbs; and the blind charm and likeableness of Mordecai Jones and Moses Pray, the traits, in addition to smartness, that make con artists ‘successful.’ The former providing leadership in and growth of a community; the latter having the capacity to destroy a populace and damage the lives of those who cooperate naively with the hustler or who are the unfortunate targets of the scam.
These four books/films evoke strong and sometimes confusing sentiment in the reader/viewer. It is easier to identify with protagonists defined by an Atticus Finch or Virgil Tibbs. After all, attributes of truth, justice and morality are qualities most of us like to think we aspire toward. We resist identifying with characters of the ilk of a Mordecai Jones or Moses Pray; yet the required charm and likeability inherent in their ‘profession’ make us forget who they really are from time to time, and what they are really doing. We are jarred back only when we are reminded of the hurt they cause in the lives of their marks; or the debilitating influences on the development of a young Addie Loggins or Curley. Yet, it is these strong and rival emotions that allow us to relive the stories, as if we are experiencing them for the first time.
And I guess that is what I enjoy about these four books/films.. . that repetition does not bring what you would expect… banality!
The “Bedside Story Collection Series” is 12 colored printed and e-books (kindle) that span across the 12 months of the year. Each monthly story is unique and illustrated by the original drawings of children whose interpretation of the words can only be seen through their eyes. These stories are written to further the imagination of children and to strengthen the parent and child bond through the sharing of heartwarming, silly, absurd and believably impossible tales.
As a doctorate level practitioner serving school children for more than 35 years, I became keenly aware that children and their parents often had in short supply what families needed the most: open communication and sharing time together. Twelve Upon A Time… was written to provide families a moment here and a moment there to come together and share heartwarming, silly and believably unbelievable tales.
The stories are tied typically to the main holiday or theme of each month, more or less. The characters in the stories are based on what children relate to the most… animals and other children. There are also over 100 colored drawings sketched by children. The stories from my imagination and the drawings from theirs come together to stimulate the imaginations of children and open a whole new world for parents and their children to share.
That is my gift to your family. Time for sharing… time for laughing… time for talking… time for each other. Not once upon a time, but Twelve Upon A Time… So, sit back, relax and cuddle up in that special place in your home. Enjoy the adventures that unfold one month at a time for an entire year in Twelve Upon A Time… Bedside Story Collection Series!
This month’s Bedside Story Collection Series entry is “June: Memories in Five Balloons.” It is one of the most poignant stories in the Collection Series, as the theme focus is how a family survives with the death of their father and how they keep alive his memories each Father’s Day. The images included in the story are displayed.