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Happy Festivus, Er, Birthday

Today is my sister-in-law Lisa's 21st birthday. Yes, this is my wife's sister, Lisa. Yes, they're both named Lisa. No, don't ask me why. *Sigh*.

Yesterday I had the good fortune to attend a book signing, my very first. It was a twofer promoting the release of Michael Bishop's new collection, Blue Kansas Sky, and a collection by an up-and-coming author, Andy Duncan, entitled Beluthahatchie. I bought a copy of each and got autographs, then did a little chatting. They're both very nice guys, very friendly and easy to talk to. I've loved Michael Bishop's stuff ever since Count Geiger's Blues, and I've seen some of Duncan's stories in Asimov's. Most excellent.