The windows lit up in support of our boys in Andrew's work place, the famous Prudential building in Boston.
Good news first: Our beloved Red Sox have won games 1 and 2 against the Colorado Rockies in the World Series. We love post-season baseball in our home and it has been fun to watch the games over the phone with my parents in Denver, who are transplants to the area but enjoying the new rivalry. We can't wait to see what happens in Game 3. In fact, Hub's dad is the author of a major showdown between the two sides of the family: Whatever home team wins the World Series earns the right to name our unborn child, within the bounds of the respective team rosters. Votes are in for Coco, Hideki, and Dustin, and my family is in a pickle trying to pick from a roster of Rockies names as La Troy, Ubaldo, Yorvit and Kazuo. Let's just say we have more than one reason to hope for a Sox victory.
Bad news next: Beloved fantasy author Robert Jordan passed away before completing the final book in his Wheel of Time series. It was to be the 12th book, the first of which, Eye of the World, I first read when I was twelve. I've been waiting for him to finish the series for fifteen years and the news came with a shameful amount of selfish "What?! Noooooo!"
Here is the word from his official website: "Robert Jordan left a partial manuscript for A Memory of Light and audiotapes and notes for the rest of the book. We believe that his wife and editor, Harriet, and his publisher, Tom Doherty, have every intention of seeing the book completed and published but there are no more details available at this time."
I am a closet fantasy genre appreciator. I was definitely an adolescent who enjoyed escaping into these massive 800 page books that made it possible to do magic, defeat evil, change the course of the world, all wearing a low cut dress and riding horses. What's not to like? I know there are many who will miss the talented author who sucked me in at a young age and kept me going for sixteen years. I will be among the non-cape-wearing dorks standing in line to get a copy of the final book when they release it.