Randall’s Ramblings, October 16, 2016

As the days become cooler and the nights longer, it’s still a good time to write. Early morning is my favorite time to sit in front of the computer, capturing any thoughts left behind from the night before.

Birthday greetings to all celebrating during the past week. Here are a few people who shared your birthday: Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro), Roman poet; Helen Hunt Jackson, writer and poet; Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher and writer; P.G. Wodehouse, novelist and playwright; C.P. Snow, novelist; Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author; Mario Puzo, novelist and screenwriter (The Godfather); Italo Calvino, Italian novelist; Noah Webster, U.S. teacher, lexicographer and publisher (American Dictionary of the English Language); Oscar Wilde, dramatist, poet, novelist and critic; and Kathleen Winsor, writer (Forever Amber). Happy birthday everyone!

Why I want to Write–What’s Led Me to This Stage in My Life

Most of my writing time this past week disappeared due to personal commitments. I’m hoping the following week is a better one. If so, I plan to spend time refining my outlines. I’ve been looking back over my travels to pick some personal events that can be used to add local flavor to the stories. I think I found a few that would work. Someone recently commented about their enjoyment of the cultural aspects that are woven into my novels and I want to include more, as long as they don’t disrupt the flow.

My Work in Progress

With personal commitments taking me away from the keyboard, progress was very slow this week. All being well, chapter four of Dangerous Alliance will be finished and posted to my subscription writing sites. Hope to do the same with chapter eight of A Cartel’s Revenge, but that might be too ambitious. I’m not a writer who puts word-count goals upon myself. I write when the mood and inspiration take me. There is plenty to do during the occasions where the inspiration is missing, such as research and editing.

Books I’m Reading

Over the past few days, I began reading an author I hadn’t come across before. His name is Preston Holtry, and I must admit I’m hooked and already into his second book.

Death in Emily 3 (A Morgan Westphal Historical Mystery Book 1) is an exciting mixture of historical facts laced with vivid fictional characters and plots to create an excellent blend of murder, mayhem, intrigue, and mystery. Who’s behind the deadly attacks?

Join Morgan Westphal in Arizona as he tries to uncover whether his stepbrother is guilty of the crime he’s been charged with.  Preston has created an excellent web with his story, which will keep readers turning the pages to find out if they know who is behind the crime. It is a mine owner, the union, someone out for revenge, or is Morgan’s brother really the culprit? Hold on to your seat and enjoy an outstanding read by a superb storyteller. 

Blogs/Author Pages/Writing Sites I’d Like to Share

I’ve expanded this section from being only about blogs that I follow but also introduce you to some new authors and a few writing sites. This week, I only had time to read through one but it’s well worth a read. Hope you’ll check it out!

Words and Wonders – by Gillian. Get a glimpse of the world through the eyes of an expat.

Writing Resources

Each week draws me a step closer to the release of The Kurdish Connection, so research time is also devoted to work on a promotion/publicity plan. Over the past week, my publisher sent me a document he provides to all his new authors. I’m well on my way with the first couple of recommendations, having set up this site (although it will transform as time progresses) and reaching out on social media. Next week, I’ll provide further tips.

Once again, we’ve reached the end of another ramble.  Hope you’ve found something of interest or at least useful for your own writing.  Until the next time, thank you for reading!

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