Today, in an attempt to actually leave the conference hotel and to see a little of Atlanta which didn't involve adding yet more carbohydrate to my plate, I took a little trip to the local aquarium.
It is actually the largest aquarium in the world, with 6.3 million gallons of water and a lot of freaked-out looking fish.
Here's a piranha, which wasn't a bit how I've always imagined this particular fish to be (writhing around in swirling red water, crazed with blood lust as those razor-sharp teeth tear off flesh). But no, at least - not here in Georgia. The piranha are docile; they looked stoned.
And here are some unidentified fish in a photo you can just tell is destined one day to be used as a screen-saver over on Facebook.
Last of all, here's me - by a flowering tree, close to the Coca-Cola factory. It was a very American day.
In other news, I attended a breakfast meeting with two high-powered academics and some other writers of Sheikh romance. We were discussing the appeal of the desert warrior hero.
I know why I like Sheikhs.