For approximately the last 7 or 8 months I have sworn blind to the world that I was not attending Dragon Con this year. And then this happened:
First of all, this was definitely not my plan all along. I was convinced that this year wasn't happening. In fact, it wasn't going to happen until about a month ago and the intervention of some dear friends.
I've been a guest of the convention about 3 times now and I love it, there is a level of satisfaction to be had from having your name on that website as a kind of official validation. But, let's be real here, I'm a z-list guest. I don't really draw anyone to the convention and while there are a few people there who are excited to see me, the number is very low. So with that in mind, my perks for being a guest are little to nothing. I pay my own way and when my money is tight, my attendance is in jeopardy. This year money is too tight to mention. I was staying at home.
I can only thank Molly, Ben, and Ken who really pulled it out of the bag to get my ass to Atlanta (which is as hot and inhospitable as Mars). It comes with a slight caveat, though, I won't be participating in nearly as many panels as previous years. Probably about half as much actually. I'll have a few extra responsibilities at the convention instead and while those things are exciting, I can't tell you about them yet. Sorry. But trust me when I say "it's worth it".
In a way, there is a special feeling about going to Dragon Con this year. It will be my 7th time attending but it's a bit of a miracle that I'll be there this time. A bit of magic about it. Can't wait to see everyone.