And Halloween, too! I'm going to be The Man in the Yellow Hat this year, that is if I can find a yellow hat! My son is going to be a monkey, and I thought this would be a funny way to match. I'd love to be a banana, but all the banana costumes I've seen are hideously expensive. I'm not going anywhere special, and who knows if I'll wear it again, so I'm much too cheap to spend $50 on a costume. The best costume ever? My youngest brother-in-law was a piece of toast one year. Yep, a piece of toast. I've seen the toast costume, I've worn it, it's level of awesomeness cannot be measured. Not only is it perfectly clearly a piece of toast, but he MADE IT HIMSELF which you have to admit shows both imagination and ingenuity. My sister is going to be the crazy cat lady from The Simpsons, thanks to a suggestion from lil' ol' me, which is why I must really find a yellow hat. Surrounded by people in great costumes, I refuse to be the odd man out. I just don't want to spend fifty bucks. And the day after Halloween I will be getting up at some horrible hour to fly to Saratoga, New York, and wow World Fantasy Con with my outstanding books. World Fantasy is really amazing, just chock full o' talented authors and legendary editors. It's where in 2004 I met Sharyn November, editor extraordinaire who is single-handedly responsible for Firebird Press. Those of you who don't know what that is: Firebird is reprinting all the great classic YA Fantasy that has sadly fallen out of print over the years. Stuff by Lloyd Alexander, Pamela Dean, and Charles de Lint that will just knock your socks off. www.firebirdbooks.com is the website. Sharyn's personal website, which is a hoot, is www.sharyn.org. If you are age 12-18, you can contact her and become a teen reviewer. Great stuff. I'm especially excited for World Fantasy this year, though, because a) I am not there, tense and desperate, trying to sell a manuscript, and b) Guy Gavriel Kay is the Toastmaster. HE IS THE GREATEST AUTHOR LIVING, I SWEAR. Don't believe me? Read Sailing to Sarantium. (Although only if you are over 16, please, because these are adult books.) Guy Gavriel Kay. I'm all in a dither, trying to decide which book to bring and get signed. So many great choices!