Randall’s Ramblings, May 28, 2017

The last Monday of May is Memorial Day–an American federal holiday set aside to honor those who died while serving in the armed forces. Unofficially, the Memorial Day weekend is the start of the summer vacation season and this year was no exception.

Mother Nature played her part in starting the weekend off with good weather, at least along Lake Huron. The sounds of multiple lawn mowers filled the air as ‘fair weather’ owners opened their homes and tackled grass last cut the previous fall. Powerboats and kayaks dotted the water’s edge, while barbecues provided nourishment. Last night, camp fires and fireworks brightened the evening sky.

Today began with a myriad of birds twittering away and sunshine shimmering across calm water. Not sure how long it will last, as multiple thunderstorms are predicted for today. In the meantime, no matter how you spend the weekend, enjoy yourselves.

My Work in Progress

With good weather for the past few days, writing once again had to take a backseat to other activities, such as cutting our grass, giving the beach a proper clean, and staining the deck. I also planted around 100 marigolds, to provide some color while we’re waiting for our coneflowers and daisies to mature and blossom. On tap for today, time on the riding mower as the rains have ensured a steady growth of the green stuff.

Despite the long preparations to prepare our home for the summer ahead, I still managed to continue some writing. The first draft of Dangerous Alliance, chapter twenty, is almost complete.

Here’s a bit more from Dangerous Alliance:

Soo hung his head. “T-hey beat me. Asked me questions. If they didn’t like my answers, they hit or kicked me.”

“What did they ask?”

“One man spoke but there were four—all wearing masks. He wanted to know why I came to Victoria. I told him for a vacation. Would you open the window, please? I need fresh air.”

Kim walked to the window, pushed aside the curtains, and shoved against the frame until the window opened. He returned to Soo. “What else did this man ask?”

“He wanted to know the names of who traveled with me—I told him I was on my own.”

“What happened next?”

“Someone gave me an injection and I passed out. I awoke when you found me in the gardens.”

Kim rubbed his chin, gazing at Soo for telltale signs of a lie. He asked a final question. “Did you tell them about me?”


“Hmm. I must make arrangements for us to return to Pyongyang. Are you sure you didn’t mention my name?”

“I’m sure. I told them my wife and sons lived in Korea but nothing else.”

Perhaps more next time.

Books I’m Reading

I’m currently finishing two books, River of Ruin by Jack Du Brul and The Thousand Years War by Angel Medina. I’m not quite finished but should have my thoughts about both books for your next week.

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. With all the extra curricular activities this week, I didn’t have a chance to browse around. I should have something to share with you soon.

I’m afraid that’s all the time I have today. 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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