One of the things that Andi has done differently with the group is to institute a short discussion at the start or end of the meeting on writing-related topics. Yesterday's meeting focused on point of view. The topic for the next meeting will be on backing up your work--a subject near and dear to me. I will be leading that discussion as well as writing a short article for the group's discussion board that Andi has established. I will post it here when it is finished.
Due to the slump in sales, I have also decided not to return to Launch Pad next year. I was also tentatively planning on attending the 2018 Nebula Conference which is being held only two hours from my home. But unless sales take a drastic change in the next week, those plans will also be scrapped. These are business decisions based on treating my writing as a business. If the money is not there, then it can't be spent no matter how much I would like to go. The IRS will accept a business running at a loss for only so long. After that, they expect the business to be closed.
There is still a small chance I will be going to the Nebula Conference perhaps as a last hurrah and because it is something I've always wanted to do. I have until December 15th to decide which is the last day for discounted tickets. If I do decide to go, I will let you know.