I am currently reading my way through a long list of science fiction and fantasy titles. (http://www.npr.org/2011/08/07/138938145/science-fiction-and-fantasy-finalists if you are interested in the list).
I spent the weekend at When Words Collide, a writers' and readers' conference here in Calgary. It was fun. I've added a lot of new authors to my "to investigate" list. I also spent more money than I should have in the merch room.
But I feel like I didn't get a weekend. Interacting with people all weekend long just sucked my energy faster than I could recharge (and I left early both Saturday and Sunday).
Next year's dates are already set and Guy Gavriel Kay will be one of the guests of honour!! I will be buying my ticket just as soon as they update the website. And I'm glad to have a quiet week upcoming.