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The ebook of Vin Stone – Night Soil has been published. So far it is available at Kobo. You really should go and have a look, and then, at such a low price as that, buy it. Then, of course, you will want to write a review of it, telling everyone what a great story it is and how masterfully told. If you are one of the people who received an advance readers copy (ARC) then you can go directly to the review stage without even having to buy the book, although, given that I wrote the first draft with a fountain pen, that is an almost embarrassingly low price.

In this book, Vin Stone engages in some uncharacteristic derring-do, so you should really check it out.


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The other morning in the kitchen I opened the blinds before I turned on the light. It was morning twilight, still quite dark. If not for the snow, I wouldn’t have seen anything. What I did see was out of place. A patch of black where there shouldn’t have been one.

I ran a glass of water and when I looked up, the shape of the black patch had changed. It took me a while to see that it was a large bird standing on the ground at the top of my neighbor’s driveway. It was bending down and straightening up. It didn’t take long to realize that it was probably eating something.

I did some searching on crepuscular birds of prey and narrowed it down to what I thought were the two most likely candidates: the great horned owl and the red-tailed hawk. We have both of them here. The owl hunts at night but will hunt in twilight. The hawk hunts by day but will also work the twilight. I settled on the hawk because its profile more closely matches my memory of the black silhouette I saw against the snow.

I put on my galoshes, fetched the snow shovel and ran a line out to the road, then I walked over to the neighbor’s. The snow was disturbed and discolored and there was a dark mass lying there in the dim light. Some prodding with the shovel showed it to be the head of a small rabbit, possibly a Nutall’s cottontail.

I went back and finished shoveling the driveway, then went in for coffee.



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What a great article to read while having my morning coffee! And since it says that more is better, I’m going to go get another one. Here, you read the article while I’m gone.

via Drinking coffee could lead to a longer life, scientist says: Whether it’s caffeinated or decaffeinated, coffee is associated with lower mortality, which suggests the association is not tied to caffeine — ScienceDaily