Randall’s Ramblings, December 4th, 2022

We’ve lucked out this week. While there’s been some rain, overall, it’s been a good week weather-wise. However, the temperature has rarely made it to the mid 40s (F) (6C) and snow is forecast for today. While the forecast calls for minimal snow, who knows what may happen?

On a positive note, the price of gasoline (petrol) dropped another penny this week. So we’re now at £1.58 a liter. With the current exchange rate of $1.23, this makes the equivalent cost of a U.S. gallon $7.35, an increase of six cents from last week.

The Small Business Christmas market began on the 28th of November. We had a good week–Sylvia sold sixteen of her poetry books and fifty of her laminated poetry sheets, while I sold forty-six of my novels. The market continues today and hopefully we’ll have another good day.

While there were a number of college football conference championships televised this weekend, I was disappointed the Big Ten championship game between Michigan and Purdue wasn’t one of them. At least Michigan went on to win 43-22, for their second straight title. They are currently ranked number two in the College Football Playoffs.

Here’s this week’s quote (Compliments of http://www.wisdomquotesandstories.com/):

“Life is made up of special moments which make it worth living. There are many cherished moments that are missed due to stress and fast pace of daily living. We must slow down and remember how precious it is to be alive and to love.”

So who was born on this date in history? Let’s find out who in the writing world was born on December 5th, the first Sunday of the month: Heinrich Meibom, German historian and poet; Jean Chapelain, French writer and poet (La Pucelle); Thomas Carlyle, Scottish essayist and historian (The French Revolution); Ernest Panckoucke, French publisher (Horatius); Rainer Maria Rilke, Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist (Ana, The City, Duino Elegies); Dimitur Poljanov [Popov], Bulgarian poet (Iron Poems); Katharine Susannah Prichard, Australian novelist (Black Opal); Fritiof Nilsson Piraten, Swedish writer (Bombi Bitt Och Jag); Nikolai Tichonov, Russian writer (against Pasternak); Douwe Hermans Kiestra, Frisian farmer and writer; A. L. Rowse, British author and historian; Cornell Woolrich, American writer (El Angel Negro); Jo Boer, Dutch painter and author (Catharina & the Magnolias); Ely Jacques Kahn, Jr., American writer; Ray Robinson, American magazine editor and biographer (Lou Gehrig); and Ursula Krechel, German writer (Shanghai far from where).

Any names familiar to you? I recognized one: Thomas Carlyle. Whether you recognize anyone on the list or not, if today’s your special day I hope you have a great one!

My Work in Progress

Slide1I’ve completed chapter twenty of Frozen Conquest but haven’t uploaded it to the two online subscription writing sites I use. There were another twelve reviews this week, bringing the total to 353. As always, plenty of good suggestions to improve my story and I’m greatly appreciative of the support.

I won’t be posting a snippet today as I need to head to the market.






Five of my novels (all but Revenge) are also participating in a Mayhem & Motives: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Reads. This one allows five books per author and there are currently 170 novels participating.


This brings us to an end for another week. I hope you found something of interest. If you have any suggestions for a topic you’d like to read about, please let me know. Until the next time, thank you for reading and hope you drop in again.

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