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‘No such thing as a routine traffic stop.’

Traffic Stop Scenarios at the Citizen’s Academy run by the Dayton PD – Ohio

Hi Guys

Just thought I’d share some videos that I took while attending the Dayton Police Citizens Academy this week while doing writing research.  In this class we went through some traffic stop scenarios that officers have run into during the course of their shifts.

An interesting fact I found out is that traffic stops are one of the most dangerous parts of their job.  Not only do they run the risk of getting hit from other drivers, the people they pull over might be armed and do not want any police scrutiny.

According to the FBI Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted reports, 62 officers were killed during traffic stops from 2003 to 2012.  In 2012, 4,450 officers were wounded or assaulted in various manners during traffic stops.

Below are some examples of what can happen when people don’t obey the law on passing safely around stopped emergency service vehicles.  Photo credit – Ohio State Highway Patrol

 

Anyhow, here are some of the videos I took – enjoy Chris and Maggie’s acting ability, and be honest with yourself about what you would do if placed in these situations.

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Enclave Cover Reveal

I am still working on Citizen Erased which is Book 2 of The Verge and Books 6,7 and 8 of The Way to Freedom Series.  I am also working on two top secret projects which I can hopefully start talking about in a few months time.

There is one thing that I wish to show you all.  The new cover for The Enclave!

And next time I’ll reveal the cover for Citizen Erased, then the covers for the next three Way to Freedom books

I know what you’re all thinking…that I really should be writing.  I’ll get back to it then 🙂

Hayley

Snoopy the Writer

If Snoopy can do it, then anybody can 🙂

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This is just to remind people that there is a story in every one of us. You just have to make the time to write it out.

And also remember – even Snoopy didn’t like his critics 🙂

Watch the video below to get inspired!

A Gift for a Fan

Hi everyone

Just thought I send this out (and give a big shout out to Ivy)

Ivy emailed me last year and we got to talking about writing, the universe and everything.  And when she asked how she could get an autographed book, I said that I could design a book plate and sign that to send to her (BTW – she lives in New Zealand while I’m in the USA).

Then six months flew by and the book plate was still not ready (still not).  So I asked her since I’ve had the series re-branded whether she would like a signed copy of the new look omnibus and some matching bookmarks instead of the book plate because I’d kept her waiting for so long.

She said yes!

And here is a pic of what I sent her.  Ivy, you should be getting this in the mail in the next week or so. 🙂

Peace, love and cheesecake
Hayley

John Wayne Cancer Foundation

Please help support the John Wayne Cancer Foundation here

Real life dragons!

Real life dragons! (or cool looking lizards….)

I thought I would share these here, as I love lizards and reptiles and these are beautiful little creatures.  I might have to feature something like them in a future story.
Armadillo Girdled Lizard – Cordylus cataphractus – from South Africa.

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A Big Thank You – And I need your Help

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Thank you for reading!

I am very glad that you have enjoyed my books.  (I have to tell you that my favourite is still The Kalarthri. ) Many readers have been asking me three things.

  • When is Season Two coming out for The Way to Freedom?
  • Will there be any stories of Kalena growing up as a Hatar Kalar?
  • When is part three to Winter’s Magic coming out?

And here I will answer these J

  • Season Two for The Way to Freedom, is now planned to start being released this September (That’s the plan anyway.)
  • Yes, there will be more stories of Kalena and Adhamh’s adventures growing up at Darkon.
  • Act three of Winter’s Magic will be released in the next month or so.

As an author, I love feedback.  And since most of my mail has been about The Way to Freedom Series, I will be focusing more on writing more stories based in this world and with these characters.   Please feel free to tell me what you liked, what you loved, even what you hated.  I’d love to hear from you.  It is this feedback that tells me what to focus my time on.  Leave me a message here.

Finally, I need to ask a favour.  If you’re so inclined, I’d love it if you would leave a review for any of my books on Amazon.  Love them, or hate them – I’d just enjoy your feedback.

As you may have realised, real reviews can be tough to come by these days.  You, the reader have the power to make or break a book.  If you have time, here is a link to my author page on Amazon.  You can find and leave a review for all of my books here.

I just want to thank you all so much for reading my work and for sharing your time with me.

Peace, love and cheesecake

H.M. Clarke

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Rules for Cats who have a House to Run

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Here is something else that I have to share with everyone – this is for all you cat lovers out there 🙂

DOORS

Do not allow closed doors in any room. To get a door opened, stand on hind legs and scratch the frame. You may also reach under the door and pull clothing towards you; silks get the quickest reaction.

Once door is opened, it is not necessary to use it. After you have ordered an “outside” door opened, stand halfway in and out and think about several things. This is particularly important during very cold weather, when it’s raining or snowing, or during the height of the mosquito season. Swinging doors must be avoided at all costs.

 

CHAIRS AND RUGS

If you have to urp, get to an overstuffed chair quickly. If you cannot manage this in time, get to an Oriental rug. If there are no Oriental rugs, shag is a good substitute. When urping on shag, be sure you project; it is a must that it stretches for as long as a human’s bare foot.

 

BATHROOMS

Always accompany guests to the bathroom. (See Rule I.) It is not necessary to do anything — just sit and stare.

 

HELPING

If one of your humans is engaged in some semi-closed activity and the other is idle, stay with the busy one. This is called “helping”; humans are known to refer to it as “hampering”.  The following are the rules for “helping”:

  1. When supervising cooking, sit just behind the left heel of the cook. You cannot be seen and thereby stand a better chance of being stepped on and then picked up and comforted.
  2. For book readers, get in close under the chin, between eyes and book, unless you can lie across the book itself.
  3. For knitting projects or paperwork, lie on the work in the most appropriate manner so as to obscure as much of the work or at least the most important part. Pretend to doze, but every so often reach out and slap the pencil or knitting needles. The worker may try to distract you; ignore it.  Remember, the aim is to hamper work. Embroidery and needlepoint projects make great hammocks in spite of what the humans may tell you.
  4. For people paying bills (monthly activity) or working on income taxes or Christmas cards (annual activity), keep in mind the aim – – to help! First, sit on the paper being worked on. When dislodged, watch sadly from the side of the table. When activity proceeds nicely, roll around on the papers, scattering them to the best of your ability. After being removed for the second time, push pens, pencils, and erasers off the table, one at a time.
  5. When a human is holding the newspaper in front of him/her, be sure to jump on the back of the paper. They love to jump.

 

WALKING

As often as possible, dart quickly and as close as possible in front of the human. Especially effective places to strike are:

  1.  On stairs, when they have something in their arms;
  2.  In the dark; and
  3.  When they first get up in the morning.

This exercise helps with improving their coordination skills.

BEDTIME

Always sleep on the human at night. If there are two (or more) of you, book end the human putting off the greatest heat. They will try and squirm but your sheer numbers and inert bodies will effectively keep them pinned.

 

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Animal Diaries….

I’ve been cleaning out my hard drive and found these that I just had to share with everyone  🙂

EXCERPTS FROM A DOG’ S DIARY

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Day number 180
8:00 am – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
9:30 am – OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
9:40 am – OH BOY! A WALK! MY FAVORITE!
10:30 am – OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
11:30 am – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
12:00 noon – OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
1:00 pm OH BOY! THE YARD! MY FAVORITE!
4:00 pm – OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
5:00 PM – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
5:30 PM – OH BOY! MOM! MY FAVORITE!

Day number 181
8:00 am – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
9:30 am – OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
9:40 am – OH BOY! A WALK! MY FAVORITE!
10:30 am – OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
11:30 am – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
12:00 noon – OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
1:00 pm OH BOY! THE YARD! MY FAVORITE!
4:00 pm – OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
5:00 PM – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
5:30 PM – OH BOY! MOM! MY FAVORITE!

Day number 182
8:00 am – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
9:30 am – OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
9:40 am – OH BOY! A WALK! MY FAVORITE!
10:30 am – OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
11:30 am – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
12:00 noon – OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
1:00 pm OH BOY! THE YARD! MY FAVORITE!
1:30 pm – ooooooo. Bath. Bummer.
4:00 pm – OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
5:00 PM – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
5:30 PM – OH BOY! MOM! MY FAVORITE!

EXCERPTS FROM A CAT’S DIARY

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DAY 752 – My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while I am forced to eat dry cereal. The only thing that keeps me going is the hope of escape, and the mild satisfaction I get from ruining the occasional piece of furniture. Tomorrow I may eat another houseplant.

DAY 761 – Today my attempt to kill my captors by weaving around their feet while they were walking almost succeeded, must try this at the top of the stairs. In an attempt to disgust and repulse these vile oppressors, I once again induced myself to vomit on their favourite chair…must try this on their bed.

DAY 765 – Decapitated a mouse and brought them the headless body, in attempt to make them aware of what I am capable of, and to try to strike fear into their hearts. They only cooed and condescended
about what a good little cat I was…Hmmm. Not working according to plan.

DAY 768 – I am finally aware of how sadistic they are. For no good reason I was chosen for the water torture. This time however it included a burning foamy chemical called “shampoo.”  What sick
minds could invent such a liquid? My only consolation is the piece of thumb still stuck between my teeth.

DAY 771 – There was some sort of gathering of their accomplices. I was placed in solitary throughout the event. However, I could hear the noise and smell the foul odour of the glass tubes they call “beer… ” More importantly I overheard that my confinement was due to MY power of “allergies.”   Must learn what this is and how to use it to my advantage.

DAY 774 – I am convinced the other captives are flunkies and maybe snitches. The dog is routinely released and seems more than happy to return. He is obviously a half-wit. The bird on the other hand
has got to be an informant, and speaks with them regularly. I am certain he reports my every move. Due to his current placement in the metal room his safety is assured. But I can wait; it is only a matter
of time…

 

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Greet the New Year with a bad poem

New Years Greetings for 2015

I wish everyone
Good cheer
And good luck
This new year
And hope the
Year to come
Treats you well
And is lots of fun!

Have a Happy New Year Everyone!

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Saturday Einstein

Conscience

 

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