Ursula Le Guin spends "about a week a year being out here, and fifty-one weeks dreaming about it". (from Out Here by Ursula Le Guin and Roger Dorband, Raven Studios, p. 10.) This year I had the extreme good fortune to meet up with her while she was "out here" where I happen to live and spent a delightful hour in conversation with her over dinner. I have long admired her writing and writing career. It was a real honor to get to meet her. I was happy the whole time. Last November she made a great speech when she accepted the National Book Foundation's medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. It's worth listening to at http://www.ursulakleguin.com/Index-NBFMedal.html. She writes science fiction and fantasy, novels, short stories and poems and other stuff. Her web site at www.ursulakleguin.com is a wealth of information. She also sketches, and the sketches are my favorite part of Out Here. In September she's coming out with a revised edition of her book on writing, Steering the Craft, A 21st Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story. It's on my list to read. She blogs about writing on the web site Book View Cafe at http://bookviewcafe.com/blog/. It's worth checking out, especially if you are a serious writer. Thank you, Ursula, for everything.