My secret is out. I will be constructing for, not competing at, the World Sudoku Championship this April in Philadelphia. (Although to be honest, after hinting for a very long time on this blog and elsewhere that I thought I should be writing the puzzles at this WSC, it shouldn't come as a surprise that this was my decision. I've been enjoying creating new sudoku challenges much more than practicing at getting faster with guessing which has felt necessary for recent WSCs. And tied to increasing work commitments, puzzle burn-out, travel fatigue, Eugene, and Slovakia, in some order, I still am not very enthused to compete anymore.)
The good news is that there is now a set date for a US qualifier to select a team for Philadelphia which many have been asking about and there are 5 open spots.