Randall’s Ramblings, November 20, 2016

I’ve been off my writing for the past couple of weeks. I had planned to post this earlier today, but Mother Nature had another plan.  On Friday, we had 63F/72.2C–great weather for the 18th of November. Saturday was another story, with a high of 31F/-1C.

Rain turned into snow, just as the forecasters predicted. We only had about an inch, our first snowfall of the new season. However, at about 01:30, the power went out, and was finally restored about thirty minutes ago. Hope it stays on long enough to finish my typing and post.

There’s been a few more people associated with writing who had birthdays over the past few days, including: Selma Lagerdorf, Swedish novelist (The Story of Gosta Berling); Alistair Cooke, English journalist, television host; Thomas McGrath, poet and novelist; Nadine Gordimer, Nobel Prize-winning South African novelist; Don DeLillo, author (White Noise, Libra); Allen Tate, Southern novelist, poet and critic; Larry King, journalist and long-time talk show host; Sharon Olds, poet (The Dead and The Living, The Gold Cell); Dorthea Dix, pseudonym for Elizabeth Gilman, who wrote syndicated advice; Clarence Day, American writer (Life with Father); George Horatio Gallup, American journalist and statistician; Margaret Atwood, Canadian writer (The Edible Woman, The Handmaid’s Tale); and, lan Moore, writer best known for his ground-breaking work in comic books / graphic novels (Watchmen, V for Vendetta).

If you just celebrated your birthday, many congratulations and hope you have lots more!

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

While personal commitments have kept me away from the keyboard, ideas keep creeping into my mind. Many have found their way into my notes for further resurrection when other works are finished.

My Work in Progress

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve completed chapter five of Dangerous Alliance and posted it for reviews on the two subscription writing sites I use. Overall, good comments thus far.  I also completed the first draft of chapter eight of A Cartel’s Revenge, and hope to finish editing and post over the next week.

I’ve also completed the initial requirements from my publisher at Moonshine Cove Publishing, LLC, regarding my upcoming novel, The Kurdish Connection.  As we get closer to the release date, I’ll be posting some comments I’ve received about the story from several authors.

Books I’m Reading

I have continued my personal reading when time permitted. One of the recent novels I finished is called American For Sale by Chuck Van Soye.  This is the first novel of Chuck’s I’ve had the pleasure to read, and will be reading more of his work.

In this story, we meet Bret Lee, a university professor who happens to help U.S. intelligence agencies with various overseas issues. In American for Sale, what begins as a vacation to China, quickly ends in what could be dire straights when Bret is kidnapped during a layover before proceeding to Beijing. Could anything get worse? Yes, as he is sold to a number of middlemen before ending up in the clutches of ISIS.

Chuck has created a fast-paced story full of twists and turns. Just when it appears Bret might be rescued, a new player enters the mix and we take off again for another country. In the end Bret is a key cog in resolving the unrest in Syria. To find out exactly how he manages, this, you’ll have to purchase the book as I don’t want to spoil the ending. I’d definitely give this one four stars!

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. But this week I didn’t have the opportunity to check any sites out. Hopefully, I’ll be able to do so for next week.

Writing Resources

Each week draws me a step closer to the release of The Kurdish Connection, so a large part of my research time is now devoted to work on a promotion/publicity plan. Hopefully, I’ll have something to share with you next time.

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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