I’m still recovering from my first DragonCon and have already started thinking about next year. While most people are blogging recaps and reliving an amazing nerdy experience, I’ve decided to take a different route and focus on recapping my DragonCon experience by imparting the knowledge I picked up to next year’s incoming DragonCon virgins. Why? I did my best to find out certain information before I went and if it was out there on the internet, I simply couldn’t track it down. No matter how much I read, researched, and planned, nothing prepared me for the actual convention. Hopefully, the advice here will make all the difference for you. So sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and relax. You’ll need to save up the energy.
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It’s been a while since I actually updated about my DragonCon preparations, mostly because I’ve been so dang busy actually doing the preparations. I’m about 11 days away, but my 11 days is shortened to about 3 in reality, because I have to work 8 10 hour shifts between now and actually leaving. Who’s overwhelmed and panicking? This girl.
Here’s what I actually have left to do:
- Finish painting Jack and River’s guns.
- Finish River’s Nerf Steampunk Alpha Meson Blaster mod.
- Attempt to alter the hemline of River’s skirt.
- Purchase boots for River’s costume and holsters for both Jack and River.
- Style River’s wig.
- Make onigiri.
- Make two main dishes for bentos.
- Pack and freeze four bentos.
- Pack. (Funny cause I actually have to UNPACK from where I house sat for a friend for two weeks first so I can repack. Also, I probably need to buy a suitcase or two and potentially laundry.)
- Check the DragonCon app for updates and PRAY it did not lose all of my data like it did the last time it updated. Finish marking panels I want to attend.
- Blog about the Alpha Meson mod, final costume pics, and make-up design.
- Prep my scrapbooking stuff to take with me.
- Have a breakdown and cry.
And that’s it. No big deal right? OH GOD WHO AM I KIDDING?! I’LL NEVER GET DONE IN TIME. Oh, look! I can mark “Have a breakdown and cry.” off my list. I feel accomplished already.
I’m very excited to be attending my first convention ever. I’ve always wanted to attend a convention and have dreamed of attending NYCC or SDCC for years. However, I always thought I should start small and work my way up by going to something cheaper, smaller, and less expensive close to home. I’ve been planning for a little while to attend the next SheVaCon as my first con, but all of that was tossed aside one fateful night at work. How? Why?
Simply put, I had an e-mail conversation with a co-worker that went something like this:
Him: Barrowman and Eve will be at DragonCon.
Me: When?! WHERE?!
Him: September something. Atlanta.
Me: I’m going!
By the next morning when I’d gotten off from work, I’d contacted several people about potentially going together, got a confirmation from one other person, ordered my ticket and started hyperventilating and fangirling over the guest list. It is officially the most spontaneous thing I’ve ever done and for a long time I didn’t even know what to do to get started. By now, though, I’ve started getting things together and hopefully, I’ll be ready. So how exactly am I preparing?