Randall’s Ramblings, May 28, 2023

aaaaaMemorial Day – a federal holiday in the United States for honoring and mourning the U.S. military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. It’s observed on the last Monday of May. Let’s honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice so our way of life might be preserved.

“I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of.” – Joss Whedon. 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 28 May, the fourth and final Sunday of the month. (Compliments of https://www.onthisday.com/birthdays/):

Xin Qiji, Chinese poet and military leader; Thomas Moore, Irish poet and musician; Bernhard Severin Ingemann, Danish author (Tomorrow- og Aftensange); Willem Doorenbos, Dutch literary and critic; Luigi Capuana, Sicilian author and critic (Roccaverdina); Claude Anet [Jean Schopfer], French writer (Fille Perdue); Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Indian independence activist and writer (The Indian War of Independence); Gaston Duribreux, Flemish writer (Golden Sail); F. G. Emmison, British archivist and historian; Ian Fleming, English author (James Bond novels); Dame Thora Hird, British actress, comedian, presenter and writer (Last of the Summer Wine, The Love Match); Patrick White, Australian novelist and playwright (Happy Valley, Nobel Prize for Literature 1973); Walker Percy, American writer and novelist (“The Moviegoer”, “Lancelot”); Heinz G. Konsalik, German author; Barney Rosset, publisher and free speech advocate (publisher of Tropic for Cancer); Francois Nourissier, French writer (Un petit bourgeois); Stephen Birmingham, American author (Real Lace: America’s Irish Rich); Frank Orr, Canadian sports author and journalist (Hockey Hall of Fame; Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award; Toronto Star); Maeve Binchy [Snell], Irish novelist (Light a Penny Candle); Guntram Vesper, writer; Adriaan T “Ad” Zuiderent, poet/critic (On the Droge); Satchidanandan, Indian poet; Ian Bradley, British writer and academic; Bernardine Evaristo, English writer (“Girl, Woman, Other” – 1st woman of Black heritage to win the Booker Prize); and Liam O’Brien, American voice actor, writer and director (Dungeons & Dragons).

Any names familiar to you? There were three for me: Ian Fleming, Frank Orr, and Bernardine Evaristo. 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 forty-one and forty-two of Frozen Conquest. As always, I posted them to the two online subscription writing sites I use.

Frozen Conquest received forty reviews this week, bringing the total to 710.  Once again, there are plenty of good suggestions to improve my story and I’m greatly appreciative of the support.

Here’s another snippet:

Emmanuel Durand, one of Brown’s hackers, restored the European bourses to their pre-interference positions. He glanced at his counterparts and sighed. Am I the only one who thinks Brown’s plans go too far? Will they encourage others to do what is needed for climate change, or will they balk?

He shook his head and continued typing as he prepared for the next phase in Brown’s plans.

* * *

Brown studied the results of his initial salvo. Excellent. We’ll start small and rattle their economic cages. He gazed at the climate change map on one of the screens and laughed.

“A perfect smokescreen. I don’t care all that much about the climate, but it grabs their attention. If the experts are correct, I’ll be dead before an irreversible catastrophe occurs. But it won’t hurt to use this as a diversion while I acquire what I want—more power.”

He hit an intercom button.

Yes, Mister Brown?”

“Bring me another pot of tea. I want fresh croissants, too. Tell the chef what he sent last time stale. Don’t I pay him enough to do my simple bidding? Tell him if he screws up this time, he’ll go swimming in the ocean.”

“Yes, sir.”

* * *

Chris placed Brown’s order, not bothering to pass along the threat. He frowned. Brown’s getting more deranged by the day. Chris began typing another email.

To: Numerologist

From: Knuckle Dragger

08261 42208 12060 92422 24260 60822 23071 22326 02080 80712 24161 42609 16220 71813 07220 90906 11071 81213 08270 01109 22112 60922 21120 91412 09220 71224 12142 22700

I hope Matthew understands the seriousness of the situation and informs someone who can intervene. Otherwise, Brown might destroy the world’s technology in his mad quest for power.

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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