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It is often said that time flies when you're having fun. But what about when you're not?

As much as I'd like to say this year flew by, it honestly didn't, at least for me. Don't get me wrong, I love what I do, and I feel blessed to have the luxury of doing what I love for a living. But although this was one of the best years as an author I've ever had, it was hard in other ways.

I won't burden you with the gory details, but there were expected job changes and the passing of family members and friends peppered throughout this year that made time a little slower going than last year. If nothing else, though, I can say it has given me new perspective on what I want in my life and what I don't.

Don't worry, the writing is staying on the list, as is my newsletter.

But like the scene in Pirates of the Caribbean where Elizabeth and the rest of the Black Pearl's crew loaded the cannons with whatever they had -- cutlery included -- there are some things I'm thinking of tossing into my figurative cannon and sending it over the side of the ship.

There's only one I feel might be of interest to you. There's a convention I've attended for the last three years in Pittsburgh called Confluence. If you've been a longtime subscriber, you probably remember me mentioning it. I've even met a couple of you there.

Every convention and conference has its ups and downs, but last year was a particularly bad year for me. There was very little traffic through the dealer's room, where I always have a booth, and even less traffic that stopped at the autograph table outside. It could be that there were too many conflicts with other events, or maybe the organizers didn't get the word out well enough.

Whatever the reason, I'm thinking of not having a booth or scheduling a slot at the autograph table when Confluence rolls around in July of 2019. I may still do some of the author panels, depending on what's on the schedule.

Before I say for sure that the booth and autographing slot is dropping off my plate, however, I want to put it out to you. Who of you would be sad to see me partially skip or completely skip Confluence this coming year? Who of you who have not gone previously would be interested in coming out to meet me this coming year?

If I get a very low response about this, it's definitely going in the cannon, so if you feel strongly about me not throwing Confluence overboard, please let me know.

If there is another convention or conference in the general vicinity of Pittsburgh (or at least in a location where I can drive to it, say, within 4 hours) that you would like to see me attend in addition to or in place of Confluence, feel free to suggest that to me as well.

And if you feel like sharing what you're loading in your own personal cannon for the new year, I'd be happy to hear about it. After all, who needs resolutions when you can have (figurative) cannon filler instead?

Until next time!

-- A.M. Rycroft

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Author of the Cathell series and The Fall of Kingdoms series, a Pittsburgh native, and a member of the Horror Writers Association. I've been writing dark fantasy and horror since I was young. Read more about me on my website Writing in a Dark Room.

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