We awoke and were displeased to find the weather pouring rain, which stinted us our tour of the Farmer’s Market, although I did coat up and venture over to L’Etoile to procure the necessary croissants (chocolate and marzipan, yum--). We attended Eleanor Arnason’s reading of her Hwarath short stories, which was excellent. Of course we also toured the dealer’s room where we visited friends, bought books from DreamHaven, and I acquired a few toys for my collection. Dinner was back to L’Etoile (fortunately, the rain had let up) with Paul Kincaid and Maureen Kincaid-Speller (peake and brisingamen, respectively). It’s great fun to dine with them, as they are wonderful conversationalists and are also charmingly appreciative of L’Etoile’s exquisite cuisine. After dinner, I was back on the panel circuit for “Arg, Pirates!” which was a purely fun panel and gave me a chance to plug the pirate-themed Fancy Dress Party for the following evening.