As big a Philip Pullman fan as I am, I'm embarrassed that it's taken me this long to meet my daemon, who turns out to be… a mouse! Having read the comments on Roger Sutton's blog in which so many in the book business report having (being?) ocelots, I was a bit surprised to find myself in the company of so diminutive a creature. Apparently, though, a mouse is the right match for someone "modest, outgoing, competitive, spontaneous and a leader" (the profile formed by my answers to the 20 daemon-pairing questions). Whether or not that's an accurate description of my personality, I've already grown quite fond of my little whiskered friend, so that decides it. He's a keeper!