Randall’s Ramblings, January 15, 2022

As we head into the second half of January, the mild temperatures are given way to cooler ones, with this morning starting with 40F/5C but it feels like 32F/0C. There are yellow warnings for ice and comments on the tv about snow heading our way.

For those of you who follow me on Twitter, my account was hacked and it’s been closed. I’ll be creating a new one over the coming week.

So who was born on this date in history? Let’s find out who in the writing world was born on January 15th, the third Sunday of January compliments of https://www.onthisday.com/birthdays/:

Susanna van Baerle, Dutch poet/wife of Geeraert Burns; Giovanni Vincenzo Gravina, Italian writer and jurist; Jean-Jacques Barthélemy, French writer and numismatist; Eugène Sue, French novelist; Nathaniel Parker Willis, American writer, editor and founder of the American Monthly Magazine; Johannes V. Jensen, Danish novelist and poet (The Fall of the King; Nobel Prize for Literature, 1944); (Abraham) A. Merritt, American magazine editor and sci-fi author (The Moon Pool; Burn, Witch, Burn!); Elmer Diktonius, Finnish poet, composer, and musicologist (Janne Kubrik; Stenkol); Abram Hill, African-American playwright & author (American Negro Theater); Joy Adamson, Austrian naturalist and author (Born Free); C. W. Ceram, German/ journalist & author (March of Archaeology); Thorleif Schjelderup, Norwegian author & ski jumper; Bernt Engelmann, German writer; Ernesto Cardenal, Nicaraguan Catholic priest, politician, poet, and writer; Jamiluddin Aali, Pakistani poet & writer; Qurratulain Hyder, Indian Urdu novelist & writer; Sawako Ariyoshi, Japanese writer (Compound Pollution, Doctor’s Wife); Eddie Shah, English businessman & publisher (Today, Post); Susan Vreeland, American author (The Passion of Artemisia); Nancy Kress, American science fiction writer; Edward Hirsch, American poet; and Kazushige Nojima, Japanese video game writer.

Any names familiar to you? There was one for me: Joy Adamson. Whether you recognize anyone on the list or not, if today’s your special day I hope you have a great one!

My Publications

I’m please to announce Revenge has moved from the long list to the short list in the 2022 Chanticleer International Global Thriller Book Awards for high stakes suspense.

Needless to say, I’m thrilled. Of course, the competition to move into the semi-finals will be extremely competitive. In addition to Revenge, there are another eighteen novels on the short list.  All be well, I’ll have further good news to share as the competition goes into full swing, with the 1st Place Category winners and Grand Prize Division Winners being announced in late April. Watch this space!




In early January, I took a tumble down the stairs. I ended up seeing a sports massage therapist and see him again tomorrow. In the meantime, my writing has been disrupted and not at my normal amount. I hope to get back into my regular routine this coming week.


Five of my novels (all but Revenge and Ultimate Escalation) are participating in the January Mayhem & Motives: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Reads. This one allows five books per author and there are currently 206. novels participating. Why not check it out? You might find your next new author.


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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