This chapter's filed a few hours early; I have a busy day tomorrow, and wanted to be sure to get it posted. In fact, I'm having a pretty full week, so I've neglected responding to a few e-mails that wanted some thought. I'll get caught up soon. Meantime, thanks to all those who've commented, and thanks, too, for the votes. As with a couple of my earlier novels the voting started out pretty low, but the rating has already moved up half an ordinal point, as it did then, too, and the number of downloads has been super, too. I'm really pleased to have found such an appreciative audience.