Tomorrow I'm off to my first convention of the year - the fifth Sci Fi Weekender, in North Wales.
It's the third year I've attended this Con, and I always look forward to it. It's a Con to celebrate all things geeky in TV, film and books, and it actively encourages Cosplay. Seeing all the incredible costumes is always a highlight of the Con.
This year I'm looking forward to it all the more as I am on several panels. As it happens they are all on Saturday afternoon - at least I get them all out of the way at once. At 2pm I am on a panel called 'Does Crime Pay', exploring the concept that 'crime is the new black'. Then I've got a bit of a break, but can't go too far as at 3pm I'm moderating the 'Blurred Lines' panel discussing cross-genre. And I still haven't come up with questions for the panel yet. So I know what I shall be doing tonight.
And following that I'm on the next panel too, which is exploring what makes science fiction - 'from Space Opera to Dystopian Futures', the panel description says. I suspect it was my public declaration of love for Star Wars that got me on that one.
With only a day to go, the usual dilemma has reared its head - what to wear for a Con? I'm not organised enough to put a costume together. The usual fall-back Con wear is jeans and a Geek t-shirt. However, I have recently realised that I literally have a drawer full of Geek t-shirts, reflecting an array of geeky interests - Star Wars; Buffy; Dr Who. I've even got a Resident Evil 4 t-shirt. So which ones do I pack? My favourite Con t-shirt is the girlie pink one with the cartoon grim reaper on that says 'Horror Writer'. But I wore that at the last Con. Can a self-respecting geek be seen in public wearing the same t-shirt at every Con?
If you're going to be at the convention, do stop by and say hello. And if you're not - well, I'll catch up with you when I return to normal life.
In the meantime, I'm off to go ransack my t-shirt drawer and think up intelligent questions for my panel.