Brief as-you-know recap of situation to date: normally my friends and I do FurFright/Furpocalypse every year, but this year I can't because my sister is getting married that exact day so I'll need to be there for that instead. We've been looking for where else we could go based on the best-available balance of geographic/time-of-year/etc. availability with the most people, because flying out to the middle of nowhere to go to a convention by myself is no fun.
Update: Geographic location isn't as big a concern for Zoey and me since we can fly, but time of year is since she won't be in the country until maybe September if we can arrange it (and we are trying as hard as we can to arrange it), October if that falls through. The only real conventions (as in, attendance more than like 150 people) that don't come too early for that are Rainfurrest (September 24-27 in Seattle, WA) and Midwest Furfest (December 4-6 in Rosemont, IL). To all my followers, both the usual FF/FP crew and newcomers who haven't come with us before but were maybe considering it someday: how do either of those sound to you?
My personal preference if it can be arranged is Rainfurrest. I've never personally been to either, but reputation leads me to assume that RF is probably a nicer venue in a nicer city. Plus, Rechan (the chief editor of the upcoming Will of the Alpha 2 WHICH MY STORY IS IN) once told me that RF is unofficially "the writer's con," with much more of a writing-inclined audience and panel selection and such. I have no idea if that's true, but it's definitely a way to get me interested in checking it out!
Of course, at the end of the day, it comes down to everyone else's availability. I can have whatever personal preferences I want, but if Zoey can't make it into the country in time for RF, then we're doing MFF. Likewise, whichever ones you can or cannot make may end up influencing this decision, as well.
So, let's figure out where we're going this year!
Also, FurPlanet will be at RF and MFF both, and will be selling WotA2. One of my compensation perks for having contributed to it is that I get a free copy, which I can pick up from the table when I see them at either con. Everyone else should buy a copy to see my story! (EXCEPT YOU birdlooke THIS IS THE KIND OF STORY YOU SHOULDN'T SEE)