Randall’s Ramblings, July 16, 2017

It’s hard to believe we’re in the middle of July already. The days are certainly rushing by. Too bad there isn’t a way to slow time so we could enjoy more of the summer days,

We joined with several neighbors to have our beach cleaned. Since buying the property four years ago, the water levels have risen and we’ve lost about ten to fifteen feet of beach. Since there was a grassy area between the bottom of the bluff and the sand, we also had the company clear some of the grass. Now our beach is also deep like it was and if the water should recede, we’ll have even more beach!

My Work in Progress

Writing has continued to take a back seat to other requirements–unfortunately! But it’s important to prioritize things and as a friend used to say, ‘do the needful’ before enjoyment. So I’m still putting the final touches on the next chapter of Dangerous Alliance. While I know my reviewers would be happy to begin reading now, I don’t want to make their work any more difficult than necessary, Of course, they’re always willing to provide their suggestions.

I did spend some time over the past week finishing a review of someone’s draft chapters. They’re not part of the two subscription writing sites I used, but someone who asked for some assistance, so I’ve obliged. It’ll be a great story when it’s finished and I look forward to reading the entire novel.

Here’s a bit more from Dangerous Alliance:

A moonless but starry night provided sufficient light for the passage of the two small speedboats along the river and into the Indian Ocean. The latest information from Rooble indicated a tanker left the Suez Canal during the previous afternoon, bound for South Africa.

As the first rays of dawn shimmered over the glass-like surface, Dacar reckoned they were about 300 miles east of Kismaayo. He whistled, waking the men on his boat.

“Up. Time to prepare.” Dacar grabbed his AK-47 and checked his ammunition. The others gathered their weapons. Metal clicks indicated magazines were seated and ready to go. Two of the men loaded their RPGs, additional rockets ready nearby.

“Dacar! On the horizon—a ship!”

“We wait until they pass. Perhaps three hours. The sun will be in their eyes if they scan the area where we are.” The others nodded their understanding. A couple of men nudged each other and grinned. They glided knives across small whetstones, sharpening the blades should they be required.

Dacar turned to one of the men holding an RPG. “Fire a warning shot in front of them. Don’t hit the ship.”

A wavering contrail signaled the flight of the grenade, which sailed over the bow and into the water. With a prearranged signal, the others began shooting above the deck, not aiming at any particular target.

The first pirate to reach the railing fired his AK-47 into the air. He lifted his leg to climb aboard. His body jerked. He fell–silent–into a watery tomb below.

Perhaps more next time.

Books I’m Reading

Over the past three weeks, I’ve continued to read novels by some of my favorite authors, including Brad Thor and Clive Cussler.  I had hoped to provide a review or two this week, but time hasn’t been on my side. I’m also searching for good novels to read and review from lesser-known authors.

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.

Mississippi Writers Pathway – a new site dedicated to writing by Mississippi writers. Take a look and you might run into an old friend or two.

I’m afraid that’s all the time I have today. Hope you’ve found something of interest.  Until the next time, thank you for reading!

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