Unfortunately, it's become necessary for me to pull out of Dragon*Con this year. Birmingham's in the path of Katrina, and my mother has asked me to be free to make the trip should she need me later in the week. I want to apologize to everyone who might have been planning to attend my signings or reading this weekend. I really wanted to be there. This would have been my twelfth consecutive Dragon*Con (my first was way back in 1994, the year before my first short-story publication). There are friends who I only get to see at Dragon*Con. Anyway, I'll be back next year, if they'll have me.