Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Day of Prayer for Zimbabwe

I don't usually talk about stuff besides my writing or parts of my personal life here on this blog, but I'm making an exception today. I have a friend who lives in Zimbabwe, and her emails to me are just heartbreaking. Thanks to a corrupt and brutal dictatorship, the country's economy is in the tank and their recent elections, which seemed a clear mandate against Mugabe, have turned into a nightmare of fraud and retribution.

So when my friend sent this to me by email, I knew I wanted to share it with others who care about what's happening on the other side of the world.


A desperate cry from the hearts of Zimbabwe screams across the world. It calls upon all Christians of every denomination in every nation to focus their prayers, in churches, halls, homes or elsewhere, on Sunday, April 27, 2008 on the critical situation in Zimbabwe, a nation in dire distress and teetering on the brink of human disaster.

Let the cry for help touch your heart and mind. Let it move you to do what you can immediately to ensure this DAY OF PRAYER takes place in your country and neighbourhood.

Please pass on this message right now to all the churches and Christian organisations known to you and to the media as well as to everyone anxious to rescue Zimbabwe from violence, the concealing and juggling of election results, deceit, oppression and corruption, and to bring about righteousness, joy, peace, compassion, honesty, justice, democracy and freedom from fear and want.

May a continual strong stream of prayer and supplication flow up to the Lord on behalf of all the people on this DAY OF PRAYER, exhorting His divine intervention throughout the nation.

"It is by making the truth publicly known that we recommend ourselves to the honest judgment of mankind in the sight of God." - (2 Corinthians 4:2)


"Who so putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe."- (Proverbs 29:25)
"Stand fast, and do not let yourselves be caught again in the yoke of slavery." - (Galatians 5:1)
"Make no mistake, you cannot cheat God." - (Galatians 6:7)
"Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good." - (Romans 12:21)

Bob Stumbles
Chancellor, Anglican Diocese of Harare.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

You Have to Admire the Depths of Geekdom

Someone has quantified the frequency of "Red Shirt" deaths in Star Trek. Particularly interesting is how the death rate goes down if Kirk gets his freak on with some alien woman.

I salute you, sir.

Although, in fairness, the guy says he did it as a fun way to make analytics more easily grasped by the general, non-analytical public. Or something like that.


Tuesday, April 01, 2008

What's Missing?

I'm in the middle of plotting my next couple of proposals, and I'm finding it hard to know quite what I want to write. I think I almost have too many choices available, if that makes sense.

So here's a question for you readers out there, especially if you read Intrigues but even if you don't. What kind of stories aren't you getting enough of these days? What would you like to see more of? Any particular romantic conflict that's not getting written? Any current event that you think would make a great suspense/mystery story? What's missing from your book buffet?