I was hoping I’d be able to get back into study mode easily after the long weekend but seems not. So I shall write out my impressions of the weekend first and hopefully that will help me re-assimilate into everyday life.
Contact! I suck, because I barely took any photos. I think my anxiety got in the way there, and I also know I’m not in too many photos either. So sorry for the text-heavy post.
The main thing I got out of Contact is that I still love to write and I miss having the time-space to write and be writerly and all. I still have lots to say about writing (I really should have been on some panels, oops) and lots to learn. And I still have lots of stories to tell. This weekend has shown me that sacrificing my artistic pursuits so I can do well at uni is not really the answer to my crammed schedule. I don’t want to finish uni and be so out of the habit of writing and making art that I let go of it completely. So I need to find some way to fit it in, even though my brain melts down by the end of semester.
The other thing I learned is that I need to just go up and introduce myself to people more. There are so many people that I should have met by now, that I just hadn’t because I was afraid to put myself forward. I had some absolutely lovely, funny, fantastic and thoughtful conversations with people I wanted to meet and did, and people I wasn’t expecting to meet and did. I know I can’t just turn myself into an extravert but I can fake it pretty well and also writers are really good at knowing that people get peopled out so it was ok to say “yeah running out of social steam” because I wasn’t the only one!
There were things I thought would happen that didn’t, and things I didn’t expect that happened. It was a little hard having so many friends on the committee and volunteering, because I missed hanging out with them, but the benefit was it forced me to get out of my comfort zone and socialise with people I didn’t know as well.
My favourite panels were the Australian Gothic panel, Cosplay, and Access All Channels. Every panel I went to was entertaining and/or informative, those ones just stood out for me for different reasons. Dressing up for the banquet after the cosplay panel was excellent fun ;). I do wish more people had dressed up though!
I got some excellent loot from the trader’s room and have some new places to check out for birthday gifts now.
Twas a fabulous long weekend.
This is what I came home to.