I was sad that I wasn’t going to get to go to AWP 2014 up in Seattle, and I was sad as I watched everyone’s updates from there. However, looking back on it, it was probably better that I didn’t go.
What I mean is that while I was seeing all those statuses from AWP, I was struggling with a nasty sinus infection. If I’d made plans to go, I would have been getting really sick at the convention, right as things were getting started. I would not have had fun. Nor would I have been any fun. I was pretty sick right until the end. I’m still trying to throw off the after effects even now.
Further, I’m sure I was still contagious while the con was still going on. That means I would have been spreading a nasty sinus cold everywhere. There are so many people at that con, so many people I knew who I needed to see. My sinus cold could rapidly have brought down much of the writerly world.
So, maybe it’s good I stayed home this year…both for my sake and for everyone else’s.
I’ll be there next year, though. Hopefully I won’t be sick at the time.