Randall’s Ramblings, May 14, 2023

Happy Mother’s Day to those in the United States and India who celebrate today. Enjoy your special day!

We had better weather this week, making it easier to get outdoors and do some gardening. We cut the grass again and also managed a bit of pruning, as well as moving a few plants to better locations.  Saturday was a warm and sunny day, so we went for a walk in the nearby Devilla Forest.

“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write. A man will turn over half a library to make a book.” – Samuel Johnson. Compliments of https://getfreewrite.com/blogs/writing-success/55-motivational-writing-quotes.

So who was born on this date in history? Let’s find out who in the writing world was born on 14 May, the second Sunday of the month. (Compliments of https://www.onthisday.com/birthdays/):

Timothy Dwight, American theologian; Friedrich von Raumer, German historian, travel writer (Italy and the Italians); Alexander Kaufmann, German poet; Kurt Eisner, German socialist politician, revolutionary and journalist (President of the People’s State of Bavaria 1918-19); Louis Verneuil, French playwright; Edgar Wind, German art historian; Hal Borland, American author; Herta Ryder, British literary agent; Heloise Bowles, (Cruse) American advice columnist (Hints from Heloise); Herbert W. Franke, Austrian writer; Barbara Branden, Canadian writer and lecturer; Byron Dorgan, American politician and author (Rep-D-ND, 1981-92, Senator-D-ND 1992-2011); George Lucas, American film director, screenwriter, and producer (Star Wars; Indiana Jones; American Graffiti); Karin Struck, German feminist writer; ens Sparschuh, German writer; Gillian [Marucha] Bradshaw, American sci-fi author (Hawk of May); Anne Clark, British poet and avant garde recording artist; and Eoin Colfer, Irish writer.

Any names familiar to you? There was one for me: George Lucas. 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

Slide1This week, I completed chapters thirty-seven and thirty-eight of Frozen Conquest and posted them to the two online subscription writing sites I use.

Another twenty-three reviews came in this week, bringing the total to 648.  As always, there are plenty of good suggestions to improve my story and I’m greatly appreciative of the support.

Here’s another snippet:

“Admiral, I’ve made a decision on the places I could visit in Antarctica, which would give a plausible explanation for my participation with the SPA.” CC placed the printout in front of the admiral.

Highlighted in bold red were multiple locations. Two others were marked in green. “The red ones are the Soviet expeditionary cemetery, the Inexpressible Island Ice Cave, Shackleton’s Hut, the Terra Nova Hut, and Wilson’s Stone Igloo I mentioned to you before. The green ones are new—Scott’s Discovery Hut and the González Pacheco Shelter.”

“Will you survey all of them?”

“No. Only as many as needed to support my presence.” CC grinned. If we find what we’re looking for, I might not need to visit all of them to cover my movements. Of course, my interest in archaeology suggests I should stop at all of them.”

“Work together with Georgia and plot your itinerary. I’ll let Bertelot know you’re on the way. They should arrive in two to three days, so you’ll need a plan to get you from Ushuaia to their location in Antarctica. I’ll ask Bertelot for the coordinates, so we drop you at the right place.”

“Aye, Admiral. A question though. When you say drop, should I assume the plane will land somewhere, or will I use a chute?”

Both men laughed.

“CC, if you want to use a parachute, I’m sure something can be arranged. However, I was thinking of a more traditional arrival. It’ll also allow us to send some equipment and supplies with you.”

“Whew!” CC wiped the mock perspiration from his forehead. “Aye. I agree with the traditional arrival—been a long time since I jumped out of a plane. I think my parachuting days are long behind me—I hope.”

“We’ll make sure the Aquavit is docked somewhere before you begin the final leg of your journey.” The admiral waved a hand in dismissal.

More next time.


The Kurdish Connection, Dangerous Alliance, Colombian Betrayal, and Revenge are participating in Revenge promotion, running until the end of May for Action & Adventure, Romance, and Sci-Fi & Fantasy / Urban Fantasy. There are currently sixty-six novels participating. Why not check it out?


All of my novels are participating in May’s MAYHEM & MOTIVES: Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense Reads. There are 234 novels to choose from. Please stop in when you have a chance. You could find your next best 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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