OK, typing that was harder than I expected. I think it's safe to speak for Stacie here and say we're both bummed. We've been waiting for B-con since 2009 and we'd made preliminary plans for St. Louis, but something was keeping us from finalizing everything which has turned out to be a good thing.
Stacie's got family stuff. Family is important and when there are only a finite number of vacation days from a job, they have to be spent in the most important places. One could argue that hanging out with fellow writers and readers is one of those important things, but really, family should and must take precedence.
As for me? It's all about work. I will have been in a new position for a whole week before I would have had to ask off for vacation time for Bcon. That just didn't feel like a real great way to start in a new position. Thanks for the new office and the raise and oh, by the way, I'm taking days off right out of the chute. That's just not a good plan in any way.
So, we're not going. No free bags of books. No late nights chatting with writer friends. No brilliant moments of insights from panelists. No chance to get signed books for family for Christmas presents (Sorry Dad!)
Not this year.