Sunward has been published in ebook form. As yet, the audiobook has not made it to the retailers. The ebook is available at Amazon and Kobo. Sunward is the final novel in the Plainsrunner trilogy. I will make an announcement here when the audiobook finally makes it to the retailers.

I’ve moved on to the next book now. A contemporary novel about a freelance accountant. My fountain pens are happy.

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As I said, I like to have an image on my computer desktop that reflects the book I’m working on. Often the image ends up being used as a cover image for the book. Above is what my desktop would look like if I went with the image preferred by the most people in my last request for help. Below is what the cover would look like — minus the required text, of course — and two more candidates.

Please let me know which one(s) you prefer. My criteria are evolving as I look at images, so it doesn’t strictly have to be a “poorly-lighted street at night.” It does have to be a city, though, possibly a street, preferably at night.

If you know of any other images that might fit my criteria, please mention them and provide a link

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Credit Zatoichi26 – Creative Commons Attribution

A while back I looked out the window and saw a hawk sitting on a fence post. A prairie falcon, I think. That size, anyway. I watched it for awhile, wondering what he was doing there, before I saw movement at the base of the post. It was a squirrel. It was looking up at the hawk, and I could see that it was giving the bird a piece of its mind. It looked like a standoff. The hawk couldn’t get at the squirrel, but the squirrel couldn’t leave.

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Or so I thought. The squirrel bounded away from the post and into my yard. Uh-oh. The hawk jumped off the post and swooped down on the hapless rodent. By this time the squirrel had disappeared behind a garden structure so I could only see the hawk. I saw it dip down and rise back up, but it didn’t have its prey in its talons. That happened a few more times before the squirrel came out from behind the structure, giving the hawk what for.

The hawk landed on the grass and they stood there looking at each other, the squirrel scolding energetically. Then it turned and scampered toward an ash tree close to the house. The hawk jumped up and flew after it, but it made it to the tree and it scurried up and around behind the trunk. The hawk flew around after it, but it stayed just out of reach, keeping the tree between them. After a couple of circuits, the hawk flew off and landed in another tree on the other side of the yard.

The squirrel watched it for awhile, then climbed down the tree and walked over to a spot below the bird feeder. There it searched for sunflower seeds dropped by the birds. It spent a good long time at it.

I caught motion in the edge of my vision and turned to see the hawk swooping down out of its tree. It glided straight and fast for the squirrel, who was still digging for sunflower seeds. Just before the hawk got there, though, the squirrel hopped to the side, evading the talons. The hawk pulled up and wheeled, coming around for another try. Once again the squirrel dodged. After a couple more attempts, the hawk gave up and landed on the grass again. The squirrel gave it a good stern talking to.

The hawk stood there taking the scolding, looking like a kid who’s been caught getting into mischief. Then the squirrel casually turned its back, puffed its tail, and sauntered back to the sunflower seeds. The hawk stared for awhile, then jumped up and flew away. The squirrel glanced over its shoulder, then went back to its foraging.

Nature might be red in tooth and claw, but sometimes the little guy wins.

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Here are four image candidates for the cover of my next book. I finished the last one — Sunward – The final novel in the Plainsrunner trilogy — and released it into the wild, and now it’s time to start writing the next one. I like to have an image on my computer desktop that reflects the story I’m writing, and this one is going to happen in a city. I’m thinking of a poorly-lighted street at night, which explains the subject matter of these four images. As you can see by number 3, I’m not averse to an abstract image. Please tell me which one you think would be best on my desktop, and possibly as the cover of the book. You can do that in the comments. There is no registration required.

If you know of any other images that might fit my criteria, please mention them and provide a link.

Thank you for your time.

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Ernest Board – CC0


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages.

Article 16.

(1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
(2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
(3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.

Marriage and family. Since the family is the fundamental unit of society, it must be protected. Since marriage is the strongest bond two people can form, it must be able to be entered into freely and consensually by both parties. Both parties must have equal rights in all aspects and stages of marriage. These rights must not be abrogated due to race, nationality or religion. I believe if they were writing this article today, they would include other factors like sexual orientation.

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