I spent the weekend at the World Fantasy Convention. The panels & lectures were interesting, but the real magic was in the casual conversations at the bar and in the hallways. I was amazed by how many talented and kind-hearted people I met, and at how open they were to a relatively new writer such as myself.
Plus, I was given a ridiculous amount of new books to read -- and a list of even more to pick up for the kindle. So now I'm going to go find a comfortable spot, crack these open, and slip into another world.