…but fiery death at 13,000 feet.
See, I’ve been gently encouraged by more than one person to attend the Romantic Times convention next year. And I really, really do want to go. There’s parties. There’s a bar. There’s a book signing that’s huge and takes place two weeks after Personal Demons will be released. There’s a bar. There’s lots of writers. I’d get to stay in a hotel room. With a bar.
But I’m terrified of flying. And I hate flying. And this particular journey would require a stopover, which brings my total travel time, from leaving my door to arriving in Pittsburgh, to something like 16 hours. And did I mention I’m afraid to fly?
I do it. I’ve done it. But the older I get the more scared I get. And intellectually I know it’s safe and blah de blah. But I can’t help thinking I’ll be unlucky. I hate being a person who doesn’t do things they want to do because they’re afraid, but…really, isn’t it a bit reckless, a bit irresponsible, to take such chances, just so I can dress up in fun costumes and drink and sign books, when I have two little girls and a husband who need me?
I am on the horns of a dilemma.
Not to menton the cost, which is not insignificant. $450 for the con itself. £300 for the flight, which translates to about $600. Another $600 or so for the hotel room. Not to mention food and cab fare and souvenirs and regular shopping (in AMERICA!! My Wendy’s and Mountain Dew bill alone will probably be staggering). Add another, say, $500 for promo items and stuff I’ll need to take with me, plus who knows how much for costumes…it becomes wearying. And I could spend all that money and end up dead, which is not an appealing prospect.
So I’m thinking. I’ll probably keep thinking for the next few months.
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