I’m a part of the mystery community. It consists of writers, readers, editors, publishers, agents, book sellers, cover designers, formatters—I’m sure I’m leaving some people out.
After Lucinda read the statement they'd written to explain the cancellation, she asked if there were any questions. The first question was, "Will there be a way NOT to ask for a refund so that the money stays with LCC to support it?" The room burst into applause. The second person who raised their hand didn't have a question. She just wanted to acknowledge all the committee members and volunteers who worked so hard to create what was - for one day - and what would have been an amazing conference. More applause. The love and support of the mystery community was overwhelming. By 5 p.m., people who weren't changing their flights were in the bar and restaurant. Many of those who adjusted their travel plans joined us after. We agreed that if nothing else, the day gave us a chance to see dear friends in the community and give each other elbow, jazz hands, foot bump, and other creative greetings.
Unless things get worse and more bans are put in place, I'm going to Malice. Any decision on whether or not to cancel the Malice committee makes to cancel the convention will be based on what comes down from the MD Health Dept. Whatever decision they make, I will support, emotionally and financially.