My Absence From AWP Had Nothing To Do With COVID-19

I just wanted to assure everyone that my absence from AWP had nothing to do with COVID-19. So many people had cancelled because of virus concerns. I had never signed up to go. Instead, I just didn’t want to spend the money or the time.

I think the last one I went to was Tampa. Shannon went with and did all kinds of cool stuff while I was at the conference. I kept feeling like I would have rather just been out seeing Tampa instead.

This conference costs usually over a grand if you want a close hotel, and at least a couple hundred dollars or more for flights. When I get there and see a few people before wandering around the book fair for a while and then getting overwhelmed and isolating in my room, I just can’t see doing it so often. I think I’ve had enough for a while.

About David S. Atkinson

David S. Atkinson enjoys typing about himself in the third person, although he does not generally enjoy speaking in such a fashion. However, he is concerned about the Kierkegaard quote "Once you label me you negate me." He worries that if he attempts to define himself he will, in fact, nullify his existence...
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