This is seven year old Ethan in a hastily constructed Indian outfit (with matching quiver.) I imagine this was in the back of my mind when I had Elizabeth make Indian costumes for Rosie and Maythorn in Old Wounds.
My boys were great ones for costumes -- dyed long underwear made superhero costumes; my old wraparound skirts turned into cloaks for adventurers -- who skirmished with wooden swords and shields constructed by their father. Once Ethan spent half a day drawing neat circles in indelible black marker on a long underwear shirt to make 'chain mail armor' for his little brother.
That imagination hasn't gone away. Ethan makes his living as an editor and developer for White Wolf Role-Playing Games -- coming up with new ideas for said games and overseeing and contributing to the production of various titles such as Changeling:The Lost, Tribebook- Silent Striders, Mage, Predators, Vampire:The Dark Ages. He has a list of credits longer than Plastic Man's arm -- and in the world of role-playing games, he is a definite Somebody.
Just recently Changeling swept the awards at a role-playing games convention -- taking gold in every category for which it was nominated. Ethan and his wife Aileen (who is an art director for the same company -- convenient, that) were kept busy accepting medals and making thank you speeches.
I'm taking some credit here -- it was I who long, long ago introduced Ethan to his first Dungeons and Dragons game, never imagining that he'd end up making his living this way.
Nor was I imagining that his Indian costume would turn up in a book of my own!