I've knocked off work early today since it's my birthday, and I was in a good place in the current manuscript to stop. Earlier, had an excellent lunch and birthday cake, finished with some fine presents: clothes, CDs, DVDs, a pair of binoculars (for some reason, I've always liked binoculars), and three books: BITTER STEEL, the new collection by Charles Gramlich; THE COMPLETE KI-GOR, VOLUME 1, the first six Ki-Gor novels from the pulp JUNGLE STORIES; and THE BLACK BAT OMNIBUS, VOLUME 1, the first three Black Bat novels from BLACK BOOK DETECTIVE. Great stuff, all around, and a day like today reminds me how lucky I am to have such a great family. Topped off with a multitude of birthday wishes from friends, and it's been a fine day. Thanks to one and all. Now to read some Black Bat.