The beginning of the year is a good moment to look back (and ahead as well!) and see how the previous year went. I did it last year and I am doing this now.
Some numbers for a start
I visited 14 conventions in 2019 – not my record but it is quite a decent number. Three of those were held outside of Poland – Ytterbium (Eastercon), Dublin 2019 an Irish Worldcon and TitanCon – Eurocon. I wrote about each and every one of those fourteen cons on the blog so I won’t repeat everything here.
When writing the 2018 summary, I hoped I would manage to write thirty posts on the blog this year. It was not the case – the counter shows 24 posts meaning I needed a little bit more than two weeks on average to write something for my blog. Still, I am quite happy I managed to write not only about the conventions but also on other topics including my short Geek Guide to Brussels.
I managed to do some cool things
I am especially fond of the EFF. In 2019, I managed to post the idea and I was able to collect some money for it (and this means I need to work hard in 2020 to make it happen). Soon you may expect a post summarizing where we are with this project.
Worldcon in Dublin was my third but it was also the first one where I was a part of the programme team. It was hard work and I am not sure whether I am really suited to do it but I did my best and I hope it was good enough. I want to thank the people who gave me the chance to work in the programme division, including Ian Stockdale, Erin Underwood and the head of the literature programme – Liz Loikkanen as well as Vanessa May who encouraged me to apply. I also want to thank all of the wonderful people who put much more work than me into the Dublin 2019 programme preparations.
Thanks to Joshua Beatty, I was involved in the Hugo Ceremony for the second time. I had a much worse view than in Helsinki but I had the unique opportunity to assist the Hugo winners just after their acceptance of the trophy. It was a magical feeling, believe me. I would love to repeat it.
I need to mention that something really pleasant happened to me – Geri Sullivan decided to visit Poland during her TAFF trip and I was her host in Kraków. When I participated in GUFF, I didn’t expect that I’d get the chance to host Fan Fund delegates as Poland was not a typical place to visit and it has been just a little bit over a year since my trip Geri visited Kraków. Being a delegate is a unique experience and I wrote a lot about it. Hosting a delegate was also amazing (in a different manner of course) and I may only hope that I was at least partially as nice to my hosts as Geri was to me.
As part of her TAFF trip Geri organized an Irish Fandom trip – here you can see a picture of part of the team before lunch.
Lastly, I need to mention that we managed to establish regular meetings of the SFF society I am chairing – Krakowska Sieć Fantastyki (Polish only). We meet every Tuesday and new faces appear quite often (and this brings joy!).
There were so many more beautiful moments in 2019 that I am not sure what to write about so I will stop here.
Plans for 2020
I am afraid to make plans for this year. I didn’t manage with my promise to have 30 posts in 2019 so I am concerned that my plans may fail… yet I know I will work on a few things. First of all, it is very important for me to devote some time for EFF. I believe it may help to create and strengthen the bonds within European fandom.
Krakowska Sieć Fantastyki is constantly on my mind and I believe this won’t change. It requires quite some time and effort from me but I believe it is important. What I dream of for 2020 would be for the society to grow in numbers. I also hope that more people will be involved in the different activities we undertake.
I am really happy that I offered my help to Imladris and it seems I will be involved in it soon. This convention is very dear to my heart and thus I am so happy I can be involved in it again.
I cannot omit the blog. I won’t promise how many posts I’ll write and I won’t promise how many conventions I’ll describe. What I can promise, however, is that I will keep writing and posting. Maybe I’ll manage to create a dozen of posts, maybe two dozens or maybe more – this we will see but you can count on me writing here for sure.