A Semi-Related Matter
If you enjoy stories of grimy and ill-considered crime in America's heartland, you might enjoy a very short story I've written entitled "Kindness." Currently, it's going to be available only to people who support one of my charitable endeavors to the tune of $10+, but if I get enough supporters for it, I'll put it up on the web site for free, as per our usual arrangement.
Even if you don't want a short slice of surprising injury and emotional weirdness, however, you might still want to click on this link and check it out just as a way to make the world a tiny bit less depressing and illness-raddled. My church is raising money to install a water purification system in the Kenyan hinterlands. As of this writing, I've raised $270, but I'd really like to get to $500. Please?