In a week and two days I will be signing books at The King's English here in Salt Lake. I've done readings before, I've been signing books for friends and family, I actually did competition speech and drama in high school, and yet . . . I AM TERRIFIED! I don't know why, but the idea of standing in front of my friends and relations (those who show) is making me shake. What will I say? What will I do? Will anyone come? I think I might be ill! Of course, these fears are probably just a cover for my real terror: IRA. Two days after the King's English even, I'll be in Canada speaking to literally thousands of educated reading experts. Sitting beside Jane Yolen and Charles deLint. And now I'm woozy and nauseated. . . . Deep breath, deep breath. . . . In my itinerary for IRA they mentioned that only half the usual attendees are expected, since it is in Canada. So probably only ten thousand or so people. TEN THOUSAND PEOPLE?! That's the population of my home town! Deep breath, deep breath. . . . If everyone could do me a favor, and send me happy vibes on May 15th, I'd appreciate it. And all of you alert readers in the Salt Lake area: The King's English. May 12th. 2 pm. Be there!