I had to bite the bullet and book some travel yesterday. First off, I had a JetBlue round trip awards ticket that had to be booked by Sept. 27th, and so to avoid succumbing to a brain fart and forgetting to book it in time, I booked it yesterday. Of course, I could not book it for the dates I really *need* a ticket to New York — that is, July 2010, when I’ll be attending Readercon and staying through to participate in the KGB reading the following week — so I booked it for the middle of February. Why the middle of February, you might ask? I have no idea. I needed a date, and it seemed far enough out that I could conceivably need to be in New York at that time. Anyway, according to my JetBlue ticket, I’ll be in NYC from Feb. 15-Feb. 21. That puts me in town for a KGB reading (I always like scheduling my trips around KGB readings) and perhaps I can work with a couple of my East Coast clients to make the trip worthwhile. In any case, I’ve got a lot of time to put that trip together.
A trip I *don’t* have a lot of time to put together, on the other hand, is the impending journey down to San Jose for World Fantasy at the end of October. Yesterday, I finally just went ahead and booked Amtrak tickets. I had thought to fly, but even the cheapest airplane tickets are more expensive than the train, and even though the trip is awfully long, I can get a lot of work done (Amtrak trains must have WiFi, right? They DON’T? Are you f*ing KIDDING me? Oh well, at least I don’t need WiFi to write … oh wait! All my files are on Amazon S3!! Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to download a few megabites to my laptop before I leave …) Finally, I am assured that Amtrak tickets are fully refundable in the unlikely event that I have to bail out of the con altogether.
The only other con between now and the end of the year is OryCon, which I don’t have to make travel arrangements for at all, other than to gas up the car.
So I guess I’m set, at least through the end of the year.