Things were complicated at DragonCon last year. It was my first attendance, which was awesome and amazing, but things were starting to go south in my triad and I didn’t know how to escape, even at an event as large as DragonCon. For all that the con was fascinating and exhausting in its own right, the relationship stuff cast a shadow on it.

So with the triad dissolved, I dragged my feet on signing up for DragonCon 2013. If Greg and I roomed with Deana (major question #1), we’d be persons 7 and 8 in the room.

Eight people. In one room.

(Last year we were 5th and 6th, and that was too many for my tastes, although it was über-convenient to be in the main DragonCon Marriott. But that stale smell of 6 people’s peopleness in one room? Less than optimal.)

All of those complex memories combined with a healthy dose of emotional healing and determination, and I ordered my DragonCon ticket yesterday. I found a hotel within half a mile of the Marriott that still had rooms available. Greg agreed to room with me and split costs, and I booked the room.

I’m going to DragonCon! *happy dance*

Costume ideas are up in the air, but I’m pretty dedicated (if I do a costume) to representing a black character. Preferably also a woman, and preferably not Martha Jones (of Doctor Who) or Zoe (of Firefly), which I saw plenty of the attending black women cosplaying last year.