I had wanted to attend DragonCon, since I haven't been in five years, but none of my friends that I know of are going, and I don't want to spend the entire four days feeling lonely and being alone among 4000 people.
I was going to concentrate more on the writers' track at DragonCon this year, since I am no longer active in Pern fandom, except for still belonging to two Weyrs (Fort 9 and StarRise). But looking at the math--DragonCon would be pretty darned expensive, even if I did prepay my hotel bill.
I would like to find a place where I could learn from published writers, find out more about the business, do a bit of workshopping, and so forth. I am not ready for something like Viable Paradise yet. Maybe I will be in a year or two, but not right now.