It’s true that Corvus and I have been distracted recently.
My reason was this: SunnyCon 2013.
Two friends and I took a plane, two trains and a taxi to Sunderland in order to attend this convention and had such a brilliant time.
The atmosphere at anime conventions is always infectious - excitable and welcoming, as if it were a giant family reunion. Every single attendee is already your friend, they understand inside jokes and they react the same way you do to the same things.
It is nightmarish trying to explain what it is like to someone who doesn’t understand, but I have never experienced a rush of warmth extending to every single person in the (very large) room in the same way as at a con.
Glomp-tackles and boob-hugs and crossplays are expected occurrences. Every person respects everyone’s preferences (barring some of the more fierce shippers)!
It is just so much more than dressing up and wandering around a hall.
And when you get almost squeezed to death by Sonny Strait and Vic Mignogna while they simultaneously brandish a sharpie at every scrap of paper or bare patch of flesh in sight, it is an experience you just can’t beat!
Corvus will be about soon to make his own excuses, but don’t worry! We haven’t vanished just yet.