Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Packing for Realm Makers (Or, The Geeky Stuff I Take to Cons)

Because I tend to be one of those people who panics over packing for trips--you know, the list-making, list-checking, worrying-she'll-forget-something, packing-and-re-packing kind of person--I decided I needed to try and make my packing for Realm Makers a little bit funner.

Yes, funner is a word. Here is the picture I took of the entry in my 1997 Webster's American Dictionary, College Edition:


Some of the geeky things going with me to Realm Makers include, but are not limited to:

The wand I'll be carrying as part of my costume. If you aren't following me on Facebook, I'm dressing as Professor Trelawney from Harry Potter. Yes, I realize this doesn't actually look like her wand, but I don't care. I made this one myself and I like it :P.

This is a writers conference, so of course I'll need something for scribbling things down. This is my dressed up with snakeskin duct tape notebook. Tucked in the spiral is one of the many pens my husband has brought home for me from his enginerd engineering conventions. Enginerds Engineers always have the best pens at their cons.

This is the Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock tote bag I won at the Necronomicon a few years ago. It is now my official con bag. The perfect size, with the perfect length handles and a little zippy-pocket inside. On it are three pins: NAF (New Authors Fellowship, a group blog for which I'm an alumni), Splickety Magazine, and and International Fleet pin from Ender's Game. (Sorry, that last one is hidden by the NAF button, but trust me, it's there.)

In the above bag you'll find these babies. My phone, with a JRR Tolkien sticker on the back (which came with the Smaug sticker I ordered for my truck). And a container of Cthulhu mints. Well, the container anyway--the mints I trashed and replaced with my favorite all-natural gum.

Lastly, something that I'm not technically packing. For ya'll who'll be attending Realm Makers, keep an eye out for me tomorrow. You'll find me in this shirt!

OK, I think I may actually be ready! Wish me luck! (And luck to the husband, who'll be stuck at home with the Beasties all weekend without me...mwahahahahaha....)


Jeff Chapman said...

Were the Cthulhu mints shaped like octopus heads? Love the snake-skin-from-duct-tape notebook. I might make something like that for myself.

Kat Heckenbach said...

LOL--no, the mints were just little round things. (And for the record, I trashed them because they had artificial sweetener in them, and I can't do that stuff.)

And thanks--my daughter has been into duct tape crafts for a while. It's amazing all the patterns they have now :).

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