So, I changed my hotel dates. One less day of work, one more day of vacation, hopefully it won't break the bank.
I'm really looking forward to this convention. My first big con was last year's World Fantasy. I had high expectations and I...didn't meet them. That's on me. Also the expectations, that's on me, too.
This year, I'm just going to meet people and enjoy myself. I'm not going with the intention of selling anything or of trying to pitch anything. (But, yes, I will be polishing the heck out my pitches for my three novel. No, I won't be bringing them up unless specifically asked).
I should be less nervous this time. I do know a few people who'll be there this year. That helps. But I'm not going to hover around them or use them like a crutch. Much to everyone's relief, no doubt. No, I plan to hit a few panels but mostly just listen to author's readings and sit in the bar and chat. Or hang out in the parties and chat. Yep...chatting. My strong suit. Bleh. I'd better think about something else.
One thing that IS on my mind is my Clarion West application. It's due at the end of December...way earlier than I'd like. I have one or two scenes left to write for the first draft of The Mageborn Mechanic and then I'm going full-blown gonzo into short story writing mode. I plan to stay there until my Clarion West portfolio is as good as I can get it.
Anyway, it should be a great convention, in (hopefully) sunny San Diego. I haven't been there since I was twelve, so this will a good vacation as well....after the convention is done. If it's like last year, I'll be exhausted.