The few days before I go to a con, I find myself hard pressed to think about anything else. Every moment of every day prior become part of an internal count down towards the event. I occupies my conversations, my thoughts, and pretty much everything I do.
So it is no surprise that I find myself currently in that state.
On Thursday night Crysta and I will leave for Daisho Con in Stevens Point, WI and I'm honestly incredibly excited. Daisho Con is one of my favorite cons in the world (tied with Geek.kon) as it's one of the few cons out there run the way I think a con should be. I think the event will be fun, and I look forward to just attending a con without stress again. I did the same with Geek.kon sort of, but I crashed with No Brand Con people there and went on my own. This time Crysta is coming along with me, and we have our own hotel room. No more hunting down a spot on the floor of a hotel room shared with ten other people. No more fighting for clean towels. No more people freaking out at five o'clock in the morning and waking me up.
Just a nice, relaxed time.
Needless to say, I'm excited.
Honestly, the reason I drive so far to these Wisconsin cons still is that I truly do love the community that's been built in the con scene there. For the most part, it's a positive one, and I can't imagine having a better time anywhere else. These events are also always nice because even though I won't be in Eau Claire, I get to see a large number of my friends FROM Eau Claire at them. At Geek.kon it almost felt as though I hadn't been away at all... hopefully I'll get the same feeling at Daisho Con when we reunite again.
The funny thing is, with all my talk about convention stuff, the current string of UnCONventionals aren't con jokes - and are instead just normal character development story strips. I find that at least slightly amusing. I know a couple of readers don't like the stuff that isn't just "con jokes," but I find the interpersonal dynamics as much a part of the con staff experience as anything else...
I think people that know you and others involved in various cons you've been a part of like the character time because it's fun to think about who the inspiration characters could be, or what aspects of your personality are coming out through them.