One thing about those of us who write genre fiction is conventions--cons. It's the time of the year where I start looking at what cons I might be interested in going to. In my case, it's a short list. I've never had much luck with the Texas cons. There's enough talent in Texas that they don't really need me. One of the bigger Colorado cons doesn't seem to like me. And there are some that are simply not ones I'm all that interested in. Then you factor in travel expenses. And some of them give you a table where you can sell stuff while others don't. And that list really shrinks fast. Then you factor in your day job and that list is even smaller. So, I'm looking at going to five cons next year. That's all. I may not even make it to that many, but that's the preliminary list I'm starting with.
A few months ago, I was seriously considering no longer attending them at all. They start all looking the same after a few years of attending these things. But, I've noticed that sales of my books spike when I go to these things. They clearly are important in developing a base of loyal readers. So, I think the orange duffel bag will see some action next year.