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Mark Donnelly

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Toowoomba, Australia


Shakespeare, Nabokov, Steainbeck, Mellville, Conrad, King, Elliot, Joy ...more

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March 2012


For the benefit of readers who wish to appreciate a "real" writer who struggles to maintain my writing goals on the bad days, I'll share a few details with you.

Mark Twain said, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

True. Indeed, the robust writer who is conditioned with finding out why their characters were born will accept without qualms a lavish array of reasons, and the great writers will be shocked, and will in no way dilute that experience for their readers.

It is my quest to be a great writer. But it has been a tragic tale so far. The c

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Silent Prophet

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A Final Kiss

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“When the flames of life are gnawing away at your butt, run faster, quicker, and harder than you've ever run before, because I guarantee it that life will condition you, harder than any trainer ever will.
When you state to yourself with the utter most believe, “I will achieve this,” than you are on the path, and this is when life throws obstacles left, right, straight on and which other way, but keep going. Because you will make it”
Mark O'Brien

“The enchanted day is only enchanted if we ourselves believe that anything is possible.”
Mark O'Brien

“The more you read within a balanced life, the more time you have. Strange but true.”
Mark O'Brien

“The first draft of anything is shit.”
Ernest Hemingway

“If we listened to our intellect we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go in business because we'd be cynical: "It's gonna go wrong." Or "She's going to hurt me." Or,"I've had a couple of bad love affairs, so therefore . . ." Well, that's nonsense. You're going to miss life. You've got to jump off the cliff all the time and build your wings on the way down.”
Ray Bradbury

“Go for broke. Always try and do too much. Dispense with safety nets. Take a deep breath before you begin talking. Aim for the stars. Keep grinning. Be bloody-minded. Argue with the world. And never forget that writing is as close as we get to keeping a hold on the thousand and one things--childhood, certainties, cities, doubts, dreams, instants, phrases, parents, loves--that go on slipping , like sand, through our fingers.”
Salman Rushdie, Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism 1981-1991

“Like any child, I slid into myself perfectly fitted, as a diver meets her reflection in a pool. Her fingertips enter the fingertips on the water, her wrists slide up her arms. The diver wraps herself in her reflection wholly, sealing it at the toes, and wears it as she climbs rising from the pool, and ever after.”
Annie Dillard, An American Childhood

“My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people.”
Orson Welles

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message 18: by Kris

Kris Neri Thanks for friending this mystery & paranormal author, Mark. Always great to connect with another author, especially one on the other side of the globe.


Kris Neri
Magical Alienation: A Samantha Brennan and Annabelle Haggerty Magical Mystery

2012 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award Winner
2012 Lefty Award Nominee
2012 International Book Award Finalist

MoonGlitter Hi Mark! Thank you for the friendship :)

message 16: by Diana

Diana Nice to meet you!

message 15: by Jade

Jade Kennedy Hi Mark, thanks for the friend request. Looking forward to getting to know you :)

message 14: by Blak

Blak Rayne Nice to meet you, Mark! Thanks for the friend invite. :D

message 13: by Saul

Saul Tanpepper Great to meet you, Mark. Thanks for the friend req. Visited Australia last summer and loved it--all the big sights, of course. It's always been a dream of mine to Uluru.

Looking forward to getting to know you and your books better here in the hallowed halls of GR.

message 12: by Kat

Kat Thanks so much for friending me!

Danielle Emmie Hullo, Mark! Thanks for the friend request! :) xx

message 10: by Senia

Senia Frida hello there! thanks for the friend request :)

Selena Blake Thanks for the follow. Happy Reading!

message 8: by Simon

Simon Thanks for looking me up, Mark.

Lorraine Beaumont Hey thanks for the friend-vite. Liked your quote;0)

Lucy Qhuay Thanks for the friendship request! :)

message 5: by Marjorie (last edited Jun 01, 2012 04:47PM)

Marjorie Friday Baldwin Thanks for the friend request. Is this the same "mark" as Mark Monday? Or just a coincidence you're both from Queensland?

Susannah Morgan Hi!

Thanks for the invite.


Esmeralda Thanks for the friend request.

Savannah Mark, thank you for the friendship.
Stay naughty,

Daniel Zazitski Mark, thanks for the friend request. If you are interested check out my Amderesta The 3rd/4th Republic series books.

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