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Randall’s Ramblings – 17 Apr 2016

At last spring has arrived. We’ve had brilliant sunshine for the past three days with more anticipated. The temperatures climbed into the lower 60s.  About time! Despite the change of weather, yard work was put on temporary hold yesterday. The wireless keyboard for our Mac stopped working. Despite changing batteries the times in a twenty-four-hour period, it continued to stop.  So we took a trip to Best Buy, fifty miles away, to pick up a replacement.  Now we’re back in business!

Why I want to Write–What’s Led Me to This Stage in My Life

My journey into the world of writing continues.  This week I received some feedback on my writing in an area that I never realized there was a problem.  In my expository writing it was never an issue, or at least it was never pointed out.  What’s the issue? Contractions. Or rather, the lack of them.  Someone pointed out that my dialogue would be smoother if I reduced more I am, he will, they would, etc., to their more important contractions. Yep, using I’m, he’ll, and they’d certainly made a difference and the dialogue seems more natural. Something new learned to help me along the way.

A bit more from the Kurdish Connection:

They entered an old three-story structure with broken windows, covered with peeling paint and graffiti sprayed by local soccer team supporters. As they made their way to a large back room, they maneuvered around stacks of damaged furniture and litter.  Inside, a long varnished table, with polished wood resembling glass, took center stage.  Ten men, including the three Iraqi mullahs, sat at the table.  Mullah Mala, the firebrand speaker from Zakho, greeted Dersim. “Welcome. Join us and I’ll introduce you.”

Mufti Tanreverdi’s eyes narrowed as he studied each man in the room. “Our first task is to free Öcalan.  Under his guidance, we can proceed to our final objective, a united Kurdistan, even if that means war.”

He followed the road to a faded gray, three-story brick warehouse hidden in the trees near the rear of the base. He exited the car and began the second round of security. Damn, why can’t they embed a chip in my ass and skip the repetitive shit? One zap with a scanner and done.

The admiral paused before giving the team their orders. “Bedlam Alpha’s objective is to locate and recover the chemical weapons and disrupt the Kurdish plots without either the Turkish or Syrian governments realizing the threats. I don’t need to describe the ensuing catastrophe should the Kurds use their arsenal in either of those countries, Iraq, or Iran.” 

CC heaved a big sigh. Well, I wanted out of the day-to-day grind. I got my wish!

More next week.

My Work in Progress

The ongoing process of reviewing various critiques I received on ‘The Kurdish Connection’ continued, with several recommendations added into my manuscript. Chapter four was completed and re-posted to the two subscription writing sites I use. Editing of chapter five is underway and hope to have it completed and posted by next Sunday.

My research of publishing houses accepting unsolicited manuscripts continued this week. I now have the beginnings of a list where I’ll send submissions once I complete the current round of editing.  While there are similarities in requirements, they vary enough that each submission must be carefully crafted to meet the preliminary demands.

With all of the concentration on ‘The Kurdish Connection’, work on ‘A Cartel’s Revenge’ continues its holding pattern.  Perhaps I’ll be able to do a bit more this coming week.

Books I’m Reading

Over the past week I finished ‘Blanket of Blood‘ by Eileen Wharton and published by Bloodhound Books at the beginning of April.  A chilling tale about a serial killer with fingers pointing at several possible candidates. Detective Inspector Blood, an apt name given the circumstance surrounding the victims’ deaths, leads his team in a desperate race to find the killer. A fast pace with plenty of unsuspecting characters being checked out by DI Blood as potential suspects. Throughout the story, glimpses of the dark secrets leading to the killer’s rampage emerge, but never enough to identify the person. A great suspense that will keep you reading on. As with many crime stories, the killer is eventually caught, but the identity of the perpetrator will keep you guessing right to the end. Well done!

A special thanks to Fred Freeman at Bloodhound Books for giving me a copy of ‘Blanket of Blood’ in return for my unbiased review.

Blogs/Author Pages/Writing Sites I’d Like to Share

I’ve now expanded this section from being only about blogs that I follow but also introduce you to some new authors and a few writing sites. Hope you’ll check out the links!

Scott Hastie – A writer, artist, and poet who uses his gifts to inspire others.

Writing Resources

As I continue to edit ‘The Kurdish Connection’ and work on my cover letter and synopsis, I’ve found three resources:

Write and Revise for Publication – by Jack Smith. A six-month plan for crafting an exceptional novel.

How to Write the Cover Letter for Your Submission to a Publisher – written by an editor.

Rock Your Query – A Simple System for Writing Query Letters and Synopses by Cathy Yardley.

We’ve come to the end of another ramble.  Hope you’ve found something of interest or at least useful for your own writing.  Until the next time, thank you for reading!

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Randall’s Ramblings – 10 Apr 2016

Baseball season’s underway again.  I’m sure there are plenty of players and fans wishing the weather would catch up!  I know we have 2-5 inches of sleet and snow predicted for today and flurries are falling as I type.  Go Tigers!

Why I want to Write–What’s Led Me to This Stage in My Life

Who said writing was easy? Unless you naturally gifted, it takes a lot of effort to create a plot that grabs the reader, realistic characters you can love or hate, exciting dialogue, a smooth pace, and a fantastic ending.

That’s just the first draft. The real work begins later, as the writer starts from the beginning to craft a work of art. No easy task, but vital in the current age of traditional and self-publishing.  A handful will be a huge success and reap the rewards, some will find a niche and make a living from their efforts, while many will have to dig deeper.

Above all, writing is a journey, plenty of new friends to make, roads to discover, places to visit, and astounding experiences.  Enjoy the ride!

A bit more from the Kurdish Connection:

The bazaar bustled; horns blared, vendors hawked their wares, radios played a variety of songs. Bright-colored canopies created shade for the stalls, while along the edge of the bazaar, old wood buildings stood like sentries. Freshly painted buildings of pastel colors mingled with those needing repair.

 “I love the bazaar.” Dersim inhaled, sucking in the smells.  “Always an adventure. The whiff of roasting chestnuts and cooking meats always sets my mouth watering, even after I’ve eaten.”

Aram nodded. “Yes, everything’s available, from sweet dates to hand grenades. Whatever you want can be acquired here for the right price.”

More next week.

My Work in Progress

Work continues on reviewing various critiques I received on ‘The Kurdish Connection’ and adding recommendations into my manuscript. Editing of chapter four continues and will be posted over the next few days on the two subscription writing sites I use.

Between editing, reading and providing reviews and researching publishing houses that accept unsolicited manuscripts, there hasn’t been any time to work on ‘A Cartel’s Revenge.  At least I prepared a cover letter and synopsis, both of which can be used as a basis to prepare a submission package. 

I’ve been researching publishing houses that accept unsolicited manuscripts and figuring out how to prepare my cover letter and a good synopsis.  My time spent researching meant I didn’t have a chance to work on ‘A Cartel’s Revenge’ as there are so many hours in the week I can devote to writing and the associated tasks.

Books I’m Reading

Over the past week I finished ‘How Little We Know’ by John L. DeBoer. I wish I’d spent less time with some of my research and more time reading this story.  John’s crafted a real winner, with realistic characters, a plot that’ll keep the reader wanting more, with Luke Elliot, a reformed hit man leading the way. But every time you think you have it figured out, one of John’s characters will take you on a tangent, sometimes with unexpected results. A riveting story from a great storyteller. I personally he does a sequel with Luke.

Blogs/Author Pages/Writing Sites I’d Like to Share

I’ve now expanded this section from being only about blogs that I follow but also introduce you to some new authors and a few writing sites. Hope you’ll check out the links!

Writers Network Club – Established for writers to help writers.  Free to join.  Post your own work, advertise your publications in the bookstore, enter quarterly writing contests (multiple categories), and meet new people.  Search for publishers, literary agents, and more. 

Sideways Eight Series – Meet series author, AJ Wallace, and learn more about her first novel, Mindfield and her work in progress.

Writing Resources

I don’t have any specific writing resources to share this week.  I’m still searching for something to capitalize on the use of the senses and to help me prepare the “dreaded” cover letter. Hope to have an update for next time.

We’ve come to the end of another ramble.  Hope you’ve found something of interest or at least useful for your own writing.  Until the next time, thank you for reading!

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Randall’s Ramblings – 3 Apr 2016

Okay, who stole the message sent to Mother Nature? Or was it deleted from the inbox? I’m sure I had a nice day this week and began cleaning up from winter’s ravages.  Even though spring is here, snow continues to bless (or curse) us.  Not as much accumulation over the past two days as expected, but it appears it’s been stored up for a final push.

We have a winter storm warning beginning later today, with an estimated 5-8 inches of snow forecast by tomorrow morning.  At least we’ve started the day with blazing sunshine. Someone, please resend the note about spring’s arrival.

Why I want to Write–What’s Led Me to This Stage in My Life

I’m writing a thriller. But I never realized how many sub-genres follow.  I located a good article on http://bookcountry.com, which explains the differences. Eleven different categories, and after giving each one a careful examination, I believe ‘The Kurdish Connection’ calls under techno thriller although military comes a close second.

The article described this genre as, “a type of fiction with a plot reliant upon the heavy use of modern technology, and focused on the dangers of that technology falling into the wrong hands. The narrative is often global in scope and can share elements with military thrillers.”

‘The Kurdish Connection” begins with the discovery of WMD by three scavengers who believe in an united Kurdistan but a small group wants to use them to force their desires. A small international team is tasked to recover the weapons before they are used. Although caught up in their cause, the scavengers realize they made a mistake offering the weapons.

Here’s a bit more from my story:

“You must swear by Allah never to say a word of what I’m going to tell you. If you promise, come to me. Now. At my house. Swear by Allah, disaster might occur. This is the most important secret.”

A once-impressive parade ground now housed the rusted hulks of forgotten vehicles. Miniature sand dunes stretched from the trucks, like fingers, with a random shriveled weed where some forgotten plant once achieved a foothold. Only the occasional call of a passing crow interrupted the silence.

The squeak of nails forced out of their holes and labored breathing filled the air. An odor of mildew mixed with the tang of lubricants and aged pine created a heady bouquet, making breathing difficult. When he finished, he counted ten crates filled with grenades, while another ten contained plastic explosives.

More next week.

My Work in Progress

Work continues on reviewing various critiques I received on ‘The Kurdish Connection’ and adding recommendations into my manuscript. Chapter three is edited and now posted on the two subscription writings sites I use.

I’ve been researching publishing houses that accept unsolicited manuscripts and figuring out how to prepare my cover letter and a good synopsis.  My time spent researching meant I didn’t have a chance to work on ‘A Cartel’s Revenge’ as there are so many hours in the week I can devote to writing and the associated tasks.

I’m hoping to send my first submission next month, if I can meld the requirements into a cohesive package.  I don’t want to rush, no point in doing that and waste a possible opportunity due to sloppy writing.  If anyone has any suggestions to aid this endeavor, please send them my way.

Books I’m Reading

With my current efforts on ‘The Kurdish Connection’ as well as completing reviews of various novels for those who provided me with critiques, I didn’t finish reading ‘How Little We Know’ by John L. DeBoer. I will say at this point that it’s well worth a read and will provide my full feedback next week.

Blog Posts I’d Like to Share

When time permits I skim through dozens of blogs, sometimes for enjoyment purposes and stimulate my creativity. Today, I’d like to share the following blogs with you. Both provide inspirational thought through prose and/or poetry. I hope you’ll find something of interest.

Rebecca Jolie – well worth a read if you’re stuck for inspiration or reflection.

Piper’s Writing – a college student and aspiring novelist who loves to write and share her work with others.

Writing Resources

I don’t have any specific writing resources to share this week.  I’m still searching for something to capitalize on the use of the senses and to help me prepare the “dreaded” cover letter. Hope to have an update for next time.

We’ve come to the end of another ramble.  Hope you’ve found something of interest or at least useful for your own writing.  Until the next time, thank you for reading!

© Copyright 2016 Randall Krzak. All rights reserved.

 

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Randall’s Ramblings 27 Mar 2016

According to the calendar, spring is with us.  Since the official date, we’ve had snow, rain, fog, wind, and finally sunshine. Plenty of winter birds twittering and I noticed quite a few robins have returned.  What’s this all mean? Time to start clearing up after Mother Nature. Plenty of yard/garden work to do, some before the ground completing thaws while other endeavors will have to wait for the full thaw.

Why I want to Write–What’s Led Me to This Stage in My Life

Over the past few weeks I think I’ve covered why I want to write and the journey that I’ve taken.  Now, it’s time to share a few morsels from my stories. 

The first morsel is from ‘The Kurdish Connection’ and ideally should have been released last week, closer to the March 16 anniversary of the attack on Halabja twenty-eight years ago, the backdrop for this novel. Here we go:

The ground shook with each artillery barrage; the screams of the injured mingled with the putrid stench of death and the billowing, acrid smoke. Breathing became difficult and many suffocated in the toxic air. Cries of grief over the mangled bodies of loved ones rose everywhere.

An aroma, not unlike sweet apples, and the pungent odor of rotten eggs spread across the city. Birds fell from the sky; small animals and later larger ones sank to the ground. Nothing and no one was spared—humans collapsed, never to move again.

My Work in Progress

Over the past week, I continued reviewing the various critiques I received on ‘The Kurdish Connection’ and adding recommendations into my manuscript. Chapter two is edited and now posted on the two subscription writings sites I use.

Work on ‘A Cartel’s Revenge’ moved along at a snail’s pace as I worked on the above chapter. Hopefully, I’ll finish the prologue and chapter four this week and post them.

As I mentioned before, I’ve created plots for three new stories and given them working titles. These will be follow-on stories in the Bedlam series, with ‘The Kurdish Connection’ being the first.  Here’s the initial information regarding ‘Ultimate Escalation’:

Punjabi militants seek to distance themselves from Indian and Pakistani dominance and interference. With the dissolution of British India in 1947, families were ripped apart as the Punjabi region was split between the two countries. Limited attacks within each country caused further persecution and heartache.

The militants have no idea how to achieve their desires–until the appearance of Vladimir Aleksandr Nikolai, a disgraced Spetsnaz colonel. He offers the militants a means to spark a conflict between the two nuclear powers.

Russian subs sold on the black market and manned by Iranian and Russian sailors will surface off the coasts of the two countries and destroy Karachi and Mumbai. Propaganda machines will levy accusations against each country, leading to escalation of hostilities, pushing the countries to the brink of nuclear war.

The Bedlam organization fields their three teams to counter the violence and seek to restore calm before it’s too late. Will they be successful or will South Asia become a smoking ruin?

Books I’m Reading

Over the past week I completed reading ‘Mindfield‘ by A. Wallace. The first book in the ‘Sideways Eight’ series, it is quite simply, a must read for all thriller affenciendos.  Someone’s kidnapping and murdering little girls. Charley, a FBI behavioral analyst is teamed with Special Agent Murphy, and they take us on a wild ride chasing an unknown villain. This story contains everything you’d want in a thriller: intensity, intrigue, twists and turns, and even a hint of a potential romance. Every time I thought I knew the identity of the killer, a new clue pointed elsewhere.  Unlike many “who done it” plots, this one will keep you guessing to the very end.  Well done and A. Wallace is now one of my favorite authors.

Next week I’ll give my views of ‘How Little We Know’ by John L. DeBoer.

Blog Posts I’d Like to Share

Every week I continue to skim through dozens of blogs, sometimes for enjoyment purposes and other times to help stimulate my creativity. Today, I’d like to share the following blogs with you. Both provide inspirational thought through prose and/or poetry. I hope you’ll find something of interest.

Jennifer Novotney – Jennifer is an English teacher and author, who shares her journey with us.

Kosmogonic – a variety of poems, with something for everyone.

Writing Resources

I don’t have any new writing resources to share with you this week.  I’m still searching for something that will allow me to capitalize on the use of the senses.  Hope to have an update for next time.

We’ve come to the end of another ramble.  Hope you’ve found something of interest or at least useful for your own writing.  Until the next time, thank you for reading!

© Copyright 2016 Randall Krzak. All rights reserved.

 

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Randall’s Ramblings – 20 Mar 2016

An utter shock occurred this week–my beloved Michigan State Spartans were knocked out of the NCAA tournament.  I thought they would at least make it to the Final Four. Guess there’s always next year.

Why I want to Write–What’s Led Me to This Stage in My Life

Someone once recognized I could write–now it’s up to me to take on the challenge and show whether I possess what is required to master my raw talent and create something people would like to read. No easy task, but one I hope to achieve. The journey has been a fruitful one thus far. On occasion, I look back at my original start to my first novel. Today’s work is strides ahead, almost hard to believe it came from the same person.

What do I credit for this change? Simple. Readers. Those individuals who’ve taken the time to read what I wrote and offer suggestions and observations to improve my writing.  There’s nothing to rest my laurels upon at this stage. Plenty left to learn and apply, but that’s half the fun.

My Work in Progress

Over the past week, I continued reviewing the various critiques I received on ‘The Kurdish Connection’ and adding recommendations into my manuscript.  I’ve now done this for the first eleven chapters.  The revised prologue and chapter one were to re-posted to the two subscription writing sites I use. Good feedback thus far.

I also posted chapter three for ‘A Cartel’s Revenge’. Based on feedback for the first two chapters, I’m also working on a prologue and on chapter four. Both should be posted over the coming week.

As I mentioned last time, I’ve created plots for three new stories and given them working titles.  Here’s the initial information regarding ‘Carnage in Singapore’:

Terrorist groups such as Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah have flourished in recent years with new recruits joining them at an alarming rate. Blended operations by various Asian countries have forced the groups to work together to identify a new operational base.

They seek an island nation to call home, one where they can plot against countries who oppose their ideals.  They found a target, a small nation-state, perfect for their needs: The Republic of Singapore.

Before anyone can respond, the ambassadors of the United States, Great Britain, and Australia are kidnapped from their residences in Singapore. Right index fingers of each victim are sent as a warning.  Any attempt to recover the ambassadors will result in the removal of additional body parts.

Bedlam Charlie team leader, Amiri “Joshua” Tahu, leads the group to rescue the ambassadors and capture the leaders of Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah. Can Bedlam succeed or will events escalate, resulting in more deaths?

Books I’m Reading

Over the past week, I completed ‘Secret Assault’ by Don Helin. A fast-moving story filled with action, suspense, and intrigue. Who is killing retired senior military personnel and why?  Colonel Zach Kelly tries to find out and nearly loses his own life. His daughter is also kidnapped. Is her kidnapping tied to his investigation or a sub-plot woven into the main event? Meanwhile, more retired personnel lose their lives before Colonel Kelly’s compatriots uncovered a common thread leading to the killers. Don’s created a ‘must read’ thriller, filled with heroes, heroines, and villains, converging together. Don’t miss this one!

I’ve also started reading ‘Mindfield‘ by A. Wallace. My thoughts will be provided next week.

Blog Posts I’d Like to Share

Every week I continue to skim through various blogs, sometimes for enjoyment purposes and other times to help stimulate my creativity. Today, I’d like to share the following blog with you. I hope you’ll find something of interest.

Darkland Poetry – the author expresses her life’s journey through the use of poetry.

Writing Resources

I don’t have any new writing resources to share with you this week.  I’m currently looking for something that will allow me to capitalize on the use of the senses.  Hope to have an update for next time.

We’ve come to the end of another ramble.  Hope you’ve found something of interest or at least useful for your own writing.  Until the next time, thank you for reading!

© Copyright 2016 Randall Krzak. All rights reserved.

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Randall Ramblings – 6 Mar 2016

Another week of winter passed us by, another week of creativity! Hopefully we’ve had the last snow of the year. On Tuesday we received about nine inches but with thirty-five mile per hour winds, we ended up with drifts nearly four feet high. Normally it takes about two hours to completely clear our driveway and the apron. This time it was closer to five. Roll on spring!

Why I want to Write–What’s Led Me to This Stage in My Life

When I’m working on outline for one of my stories, initially I don’t worry about reality. A beginning idea is transformed from a basic plot, who and what, without consideration for where and when.  As I write I’ll jot down a number of potential scenarios, some which may be eliminated later while others become the basis for a specific chapter or thread in the story. 

For example, in ‘The Kurdish Connection’, there is an international team and the Kurds. I wanted someone to monitor activities of several team members.  This led to the creation of a government watcher from one agency, a two-person team from another agency (although that isn’t obvious at first), and a second two-person team supporting the Kurds. The two-person teams were initially identified solely by physical characteristics, Thin Man, Fat Man, Beady Eyes, and Spectacle Man, until eventually their names appeared.

As time goes by, internet and book research is added into the outline, leading to where and when. Some ideas are shelved, but not erased, as I never know when I might want to refer back to something. A general premise is created and I’ll begin work on the first chapter. As a plotter, the outline is a useful tool for me, but it’s always subject to change.

My Work in Progress

Since finishing the first draft of ‘The Kurdish Connection’ I’ve been busy reviewing the various critiques I received and adding recommendations into my manuscript for when I commence editing.  As of today, I’ve gone through the prologue and the first seven chapters.  In a couple of weeks or so, the editing phase will begin.

I also completed and posted the second chapter of ‘A Cartel’s Revenge’ to the two subscription writing sites I use. Excellent feedback for improving my writing and keeping the story pointed in the direction I intend to go.

My brain cells were firing away this week at maximum velocity.  I had always planned for ‘The Kurdish Connection’ to be the first in the Bedlam series. I’m not sure if ‘A Cartel’s Revenge’ will be part of a series or not. 

I’ve now added three additional plots to the Bedlam series and given each one a working title: ‘A Malicious Affiliation’, ‘Carnage in Singapore’, and ‘Ultimate Escalation’. The premise for each will be available next Sunday.

Blog Posts I’d Like to Share

Every week I continue to skim through dozens of blogs, sometimes for enjoyment purposes and other times to help stimulate my creativity. Today, I’d like to share the following blogs with you. Both provide inspirational thought through prose and/or poetry. I hope you’ll find something of interest.

Daily Inspiration – this blog blends writing from different authors and poets and is a good place to lose yourself in a world of inspiration.

A Whispered Wind – the writing of Lori Carlson, a mixture of poetry and prose and well worth a read.

Books I’m Reading

This week I’ve been reading ‘DeathByte’, the sequel to ‘Bloodridge‘ a novel by D.S. Kane. I’m not quite finished, so my thoughts will be provided next time.

Writing Resources

This week I’d like to mention an additional writing resource I’ve acquired to help improve my writing and storytelling. I think the titles capture the purpose of the books very well.

The Emotion Thesaurus – A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression.

Show Don’t Tell – The Ultimate Writer’s Guide.

 

This concludes another week’s ramble.  Hope you found something of interest or at least useful for your own writing.  Until the next time, thank you for reading!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Randall’s Ramblings – 21 Feb 2016

Many thanks to my faithful followers. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Why I want to Write–What’s Led Me to This Stage in My Life

Since 2015, I’ve been learning about fiction–what it is and isn’t.  First thing to go – my reliance on expository writing.  One thing I’ve kept is my use of outlines.  After decades of relying upon an outline when preparing lengthy reports or operating procedures, this became second nature.  Even in my graduate degree programs where the exams were all essay, short outlines were recommended before diving into writing.

I read an article about fiction writing where the types of writers were described:  plotters and pantsers, with a third group who can’t make up their mind and use both methods.  Pantsers, literally writing “by the seat of their pants” have no idea where they’re going or how they’ll get there but this flexibility allows their creativity to burst forward.

Plotters, such as myself, use a systematic approach to their writing.  While this can sometimes be daunting if a change is needed, it’s still a feasible approach.  When I begin writing, I create a general premise for the story. This  provides me a potential starting point and a climax.

Then I begin chapter outlines – nothing complex at first.  Perhaps a timeframe, which major characters will be involved and a line or two about the chapter.  I’ll do this for about ten chapters before I begin writing.
As I complete a chapter, I’ll return to my outline and do two things. First, I’ll look at the next few chapters and adjust as needed, perhaps different characters, more about the chapter content.  I’ll also begin adding more chapters as I described earlier. 
This might sound like a lot of work, but looking back, I’ve spent 2-3 hours per week doing this. Not a great deal of time in the grand scheme of things and works for me.
My Work in Progress
I’m pleased to announce that I’ve completed the first draft of ‘The Kurdish Connection’, with a total of 108,800 words.  Now, the heavy work will begin–rereading the numerous critiques, selecting what works for me, and then making the changes. Sounds easy, but I’ll also be cutting out unnecessary scenes/dialogue, adding bits and pieces and will try to catch all my typos.
In addition to editing, I’ve started on the outline for ‘A Cartel’s Revenge’, using my approach discussed above.  I hope to have the first chapter posted on the subscription websites within a couple of weeks.

Blog Posts I’d Like to Share

Each week I continue to skim through dozens of blogs, sometimes for enjoyment purposes only, and other times to help stimulate my creativity. Today, I’d like to share the following blogs with you. Both use poetry to motivate and inspire others.

A Whispered Wind – great mix of inspiring poetry and awesome photographs.
Giggles & Tales – more inspirational motivational poetry to brighten your day.
Books I’m Reading

This week I read ‘Bloodridge‘ a novel by D.S. Kane.  Here’s my thoughts:

Lies, deceipt, intrigue, love, sorrow, mystery–that just the opening chapters! A great mix of political maneuverings, crosses and double-crosses as our characters race around the world trying to stop a militant group from acquiring weapons of mass destruction and wiping Israel off the map. Alliances forge and fall as countries strive for what is best for themselves. A fast-moving story with something for everyone.

Writing Resources

This week I’d like to mention two addition books I’ll be using as I edit ‘The Kurdish Connection.’

Writing Fight Scenes – step-by-step means to create breathtaking fights.

The Writer’s Guide to Character Emotion – create realistic character expression and emotion.

 

That’s all for this week’s edition of Randall’s Ramblings.  I hope you’ve found something of interest and will join me again soon.  If you think a fellow writer might benefit, please pass the word along.  Likewise, if you think of anything to improve my ramblings, please let me know. Thank you for stopping by!