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Cons and travels and travails

December 8th, 2007 (06:26 pm)
current mood: tired

Best Christmas present to myself ever: I am booked and paid for Sectus '09.

I was slack (and continue to be slack) and didn't make my posts about the cons, mostly because LJ went berserk and I had to get back to work and poof! there went my energy. I'd still really love to do it and maybe if I can move all my LJ pics to my website over Christmas, who knows? ([info]scarah, I've only just worked out how to upload the pics properly because I am an idiot!)

One of the reasons I want to make that post is because Sectus was the best con I've been to. The organisers of Sectus were incredible ([info]elanor, [info]annephoenix, [info]kabal42, [info]son_of_darkness and so many people whose IJ's I don't yet know, I'm looking at you all!) and they had the balance right between the fen and academic strands. They were slash friendly, ship friendly, porn friendly (or maybe that was just me ;) ) as well having some really interesting academic presentations. There were excusions to Alnwick Castle where we got to pet the owls and see the birds flown, and to Greenwich where we had a picnic lunch, got soaked in a summer rain storm and some of us rolled down the hill below the Greenwich Observatory. We jumped in puddles (okay, some of us did!) on our way back to the ferry and learned a lot of Interesting Facts, like which bridges were used in the HP films. :) The venue was super, casual and friendly (to the extent that there were announcements from the Ministry of Magic scrolling through their tv system). They had dinners, a ball, an auction, presentations, discussions and everything you could think of and it was marvellous. Of course, they also had the release of Book Seven, but that's never going to happen again.

And next time, Sectus will be in a castle. Oh my god, I love you people! Yep, we are heading into the depths of Wales for four days of heaven at Bodelwyddan Castle. Space is limited so for heaven's sake, book early! It's a fantastic price at £290, which includes registration and room and board for three nights, breakfast and evening meal for each day inclusive. Seriously, you won't see that anywhere else and you'll be absolutely kicking yourself if you leave it too long and discover the spaces are gone!

Now that I've finished squeeing, here's the rub. I'm not heading to the cons next year. I was going to go to Escapade in California next year, but it turns out I'm going to Japan in February rather than for Christmas due to Eldest Son not being organised in any way that matters. Youngest Son starts work full-time for his Company in April so will never have the blocks of time for fun and games again that uni students have, and I have forced Eldest Son to bite the bullet and go to see his brother's place in the world. As soon as I get home, I'm going in for a bit of surgery so I won't be up for travelling for a little while after that.

So, between kids and houses and cat mansions, 2008 is a year for me to save my pennies. This means I won't be going to the UK next summer, but I've arranged at work to be gone for June 2009 and they'll cope with the preparation for the end of the financial year without me. I'll fly home directly from England and be straight back into it.

But seriously, a castle? That's worth waiting a little for! Hope to see you all there!


Posted by: magic_helmet ([info]magic_helmet)
Posted at: December 8th, 2007, 07:42 am
Harry - Parseltongue

Oh Toy, I want to go SOOO BAD!!! I'll do my best, hon! I promise!

Posted by: snapetoy ([info]snapetoy)
Posted at: December 8th, 2007, 11:59 am

Yay! It would be so fabulous to have you, Rai, love! *squishes and packs into suitcase*

Posted by: away with the pixies ([info]awaywithpixies)
Posted at: December 8th, 2007, 09:15 am
faraday scroll

And you see, this coincides with the opening of the ABBA museum in Stockholm (even bigger and more important thing happening!). I'm going to that, and a huge trip around Scotland to do some hunting around for my family tree.

So I'm still umming and ahhing about Sectus 09. I'm going on the ABBAmaniafest trip with BFF, and she isn't a potter fan, although we're already saving for the trip.


What to do?

But you'll have a blast.

Posted by: snapetoy ([info]snapetoy)
Posted at: December 8th, 2007, 12:01 pm
Snape - Toysketch - cross-dressing

this coincides with the opening of the ABBA museum in Stockholm

It's fate, Faraday! You must come and it can be the Australian's leading the madness again! *tempts* Bring your friend; I'm sure we can do a fucking brilliant rendition of Dancing Queen, don't you think? Enough people dressed up and we can have our own chorus line!

Posted by: Amanuensis ([info]amanuensis1)
Posted at: December 8th, 2007, 11:54 am
drums24 by russianvelvet

I would LOVE to go Sectus; I wonder if I could swing it. --Wait, is that 290 pounds TOTAL? For all three nights?? Omigod, I thought that was per night or somethin'! That's awesome!

Posted by: snapetoy ([info]snapetoy)
Posted at: December 8th, 2007, 11:58 am
General - POA dementor - Something Wicke

Amy, you MUST come. Yep, that's 290 quid total. Seriously, incredible price. Delta and I will be there. We need Tree and Book Eight (Harry Potter Resurrects His Man) and we can have our own book reading reunion! *hugs you tight*

Posted by: treewishes ([info]treewishes)
Posted at: December 8th, 2007, 04:30 pm

Yes! I've been pricing flights all morning, and I think this has decided me. It's mostly that I can't go to Terminus, which looks flippin' fabulous (unless I quit my job.... *ponders*...) Anyway-- Sectus it is!!

And sorry that you won't be around this fall. We shall soldier on without you. Who knows -- maybe we'll be able to videochat you in to moderate a panel or two.... :D

Posted by: snapetoy ([info]snapetoy)
Posted at: December 8th, 2007, 07:55 pm

Hot damn! I shall be so glad to have you there!

Tree, will you be in chat today? Or can I ring you? I need to talk to you!

Posted by: Sebastian ([info]kabal42)
Posted at: December 8th, 2007, 01:30 pm

*loves you back so much!*

Good luck with next year. Sounds like you are busy! Your family really is one for being wide apart. But that's a proof of you not being afraid of a challenge :-)

I've no idea if I'll be able to make any cons, but if I do it will be because I'm going to the States to study for a bit so I wont be going to Accio either :-( Too bad. First European con I wont be going to...

Posted by: snapetoy ([info]snapetoy)
Posted at: December 8th, 2007, 08:05 pm

You might be able to get to some of the American cons while you're studying, so I'll hope for that for you! *hugs you tight* Isn't it a bugger that the world's such a big place?

Posted by: Sebastian ([info]kabal42)
Posted at: December 8th, 2007, 09:01 pm

I hope so too *hugs back* It is! Sometimes it's really annoying. But then, it's also an amazing place to contemplate - not to mention explore.

Posted by: joanwilder aka RaeWhit ([info]joanwilder)
Posted at: December 8th, 2007, 03:21 pm

I'm registered!!

Posted by: snapetoy ([info]snapetoy)
Posted at: December 8th, 2007, 08:06 pm
Snapetoy - Christmas baby squirrel

Hurrah! We are going to have so much fun!

Posted by: aras_fixation ([info]aras_fixation)
Posted at: December 8th, 2007, 05:42 pm

I'm still not registered, but I'm planning to do it in January as for my birthday present. :) Hopefuly, some places are going to be still free, with all the Chistmas spending and such. *g*

Posted by: snapetoy ([info]snapetoy)
Posted at: December 8th, 2007, 08:07 pm

Excellent! I shall see you there!

Posted by: aras_fixation ([info]aras_fixation)
Posted at: December 8th, 2007, 09:36 pm

This time for a bit longer than two minutes before the beginning of the opening ceremony.

Posted by: snapetoy ([info]snapetoy)
Posted at: December 8th, 2007, 09:40 pm
HP - Snape/Lupin pornalikes

God, yes! There'll be a lot more opportunities for fun with us all in the same place this time!

Posted by: wickedblonde ([info]wickedblonde)
Posted at: December 8th, 2007, 06:10 pm

CASTLE!!!!! Only 565 days to go :D

Posted by: snapetoy ([info]snapetoy)
Posted at: December 8th, 2007, 08:08 pm
Snape - smug

OMG YES!!!*whimpers*

Posted by: meredyth_13 ([info]meredyth_13)
Posted at: December 8th, 2007, 11:28 pm

I'm wanting to register for Sectus so badly, but I just dont KNOW what I'll be doing in 2009 or whether I'll be able to get over there. *sigh* Why does it have to be so far off?

I want to go to Terminus in 08 too - but with plans to go to the UK in autumn, I'm not sure how I'd go with two overseas trips in such a short time, and one on my own? I've only been o/s once so far - I know you travel a lot, how do you find doing in solo? Do you get stuck next to the lady with the screaming kid or the guy with the really bad B/O? I'm sure I would...


Posted by: snapetoy ([info]snapetoy)
Posted at: December 8th, 2007, 11:45 pm
Emoticon - party

Hee! They get stuck next to the lady who's reading or writing porn, Meredyth, so it's a pretty fair bargain. :D

I travel a lot here at home for work as well, and normally I'm doing that alone. I've learned how to strike up conversations with strangers when it's necessary and I enjoy learning about other people and their lives and cultures.

Have you thought about registering anyway? You can always sell the registration later if you need to, I'm sure, but what a bugger to discover you want to go and you can go but it's sold out! I'm not taking that chance!

Posted by: Leni Jess ([info]leni_jess)
Posted at: December 9th, 2007, 12:31 am
Chocolate pears (art by George Baldessin

Excellent news! (Sorry about next summer, though - no Toy at Terminus? That's Bad. But you'll enjoy your boys, schedulers though they are not.)

See you in Wales, if not in Sydney. I signed up the other day.

Posted by: Elanor Isolda ([info]ex_elanor658)
Posted at: December 9th, 2007, 03:24 am

I love you so much ♥ ♥ ♥

Posted by: verdenia ([info]verdenia)
Posted at: December 10th, 2007, 01:43 pm

Eeee! Wow, that is an excellent price. I'd best get on that soon, then... Guh.

good for you!!! And wow at the sons and Japan. Sounds exciting!

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