I have bad plane karma. Returning to Seattle from the East Coast, my flight was canceled: unrested pilots, or pilot unrest, or something. I was informed of this by a phone call from Orbitz at 3:00 a.m. Much drama in rebooking ("May I speak to your supervisor, please?"), much delay, but I finally got home. This happens to me all the time. It's a good thing I don't fly over the pole; I'd be stuck overnight on an ice floe. "We're sorry, but the next stage of your flight has been canceled due to insufficiently rested polar bears."
As for the good travel -- it's very good. Arc Manor, a rapidly growing small press, is offering a Bahama cruise "for the serious writer" next December. Faculty includes me, Mike Resnick, best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson, Jack Skillingstead, Paul Cook, Rebecca Moesta, editor Toni Weisskopf, and super-agent Eleanor Wood, who knows everything there is to know about publishing SF. Classes will be intense and useful, and after class there will be a lot of schmoozing both on-board and at the ports of call. There is a 40% discount for signing up before March 31. You can learn more at the cruise website, www.SailSuccess.com
Come get in one last working vacation before the Mayan calendar ends the world December 21!