Randall’s Rambling, March 12, 2017

Aah! First cup of the morning! I don’t want to offend tea drinkers, but I definitely prefer coffee. Hot, black, no sugar.  Perfect!

I almost missed the clocks going forward last night. Happened to check the calendar on the computer last night–there it was–Daylight Saving Time. I always think of the clock changing in March as a sign we getting toward the end of winter. Never mind forecasters are predicting four to eight inches of the white stuff beginning Monday afternoon. We can whine, complain, or gripe (choose your favorite) but not much we can do about it.

Did you celebrate a birthday over the past week? If so, you might have shared it with one of these people from the writing world. How many do you recognize? Hope you had a happy birthday and many more to follow.

Richard Hooker, English theologian (Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity); Adolph Simon Ochs, publisher of The New York Times;  Jack Kerouac, American novelist (On the Road; Edward Albee, American dramatist (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf); Patricia Hampl, poet and memoirist (A Romantic Education, Virgin Time); Douglas Adams, British writer, (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy); Friedrich Von Schlegel, German romantic poet and critic (Philosophy of History, History of Literature); Kathryn McLean (Forbes), author (Mama’s Bank Account); James Herriot, Scottish writer and country veterinarian (All Creatures Great and Small); Vita Sackville-West, writer; Keri Hulme, New Zealand novelist (The Bone People); Kenneth Grahame, Scottish author (The Wind in the Willows); John McPhee, writer (Oranges, A Sense of Where You Are); Rolf Jacobsen, Norwegian poet; Elizabeth Barret Browning, poet (Sonnets from the Portuguese); Ring Lardner, writer (You Know Me, Al); Richard Leo Simon, publisher; he was the partner of Max Schuster; and Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, Columbian-born novelist (One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera).

My Work in Progress

Marketing and publicity of The Kurdish Connection continued this week and will become part of my regular writing program. I now have a regular routine for getting the word out via social media.

Writing continued on Dangerous Alliance, with chapters thirteen and fourteen posted for review to the two subscription writing sites I use. Chapter fifteen is now underway. I hope to keep finished drafts for two chapters a week, aiming to complete the first draft by July. Will see. Life has a tendency to get in the way of writing.

A bit more from Dangerous Alliance:

Eyes closed, humming a Korean ballad, Soo never noticed a short, stocky man step in front of him.


Soo opened his eyes and stared at the man. Darkness descended over Soo as an individual behind the bench shoved a black bag over his head. Despite his struggles, he couldn’t break free. Two quick punches to his head knocked him out.

When Kim returned with the food, he scanned the area for Soo. Not finding him, he dashed back and forth, looking in shop fronts and along the shaded paths.

No sign. The ambassador had disappeared.

Kim returned to the bench where he left Soo. He sat and pulled his feet back. He heard a clatter. He tipped his head to check under the bench—he had kicked a pair of crushed Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses.

Books I’m Reading

I competed  a novel by Carolyn Arnold over the past week. More in the next section about when my review will be posted. I’m also reading When the Tree is Dry by Alice Hill. I’ll have my thoughts on this excellent insight into the strife surrounding Zimbabwe next time.

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. I’m going to expand on one I briefly mentioned last week:

Reader’s Abode -As I mentioned, this is a new site started by a group of writers spread across four continents. I’m please to say I was asked to join them and readily accepted. Our members will be sharing their short stories and poetry with you, along with a bi-weekly blog. Our first post came out today, written by Alison McBain. She provides an interesting insight into speculative poetry. Don’t miss it!

On March 26th, I’ll post my review of Carolyn Arnold’s Tie That Binds, along with my interview with her. I’ll also provide a hint at the next post. Hope you’ll join us!


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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