Now that I have your attention . . . I just wanted to make the point right from the start that people who think I suck are welcome around here, too. Come and complain. I love hearing from people who love my work -- but I also love hearing from people who get just bloody sick every time they hear my name. I'm very grateful to the folks here at SFFWorld for setting up this little nook in a corner of their site for me, and I will be dropping by as often as I can to at least check in with snide comments or glib evasions. Say what you like. I'm not fragile. I'm also happy to chat about the biz, about the process of writing, and about Who I Think You Really Ought To Be Reading, because in addition to not being fragile, I'm not shy. However, fair warning to one and all -- As a friend of mine at [dead cities] likes to put it, "Say what you like, but mean what you say." In other words: If you're gonna play Poke the Bear, you better keep in mind that the bear doesn't give a s*** that it's just a game. I'm the bear. Any questions?