Should I Go To Helsinki?
I am beginning to plan out my convention-attending plan for the year. As of a few years ago, I’ve made it something of a point to go to two or three each year. I’ve found them to be useful networking opportunities, I’ve usually come away with a few interesting ideas to turn over and apply to my writing, and I’ve always wound up having fun. So far, I’ve been restricting my travel to the lower 48 states. This year, though, a new opportunity presents itself:
This year, the World Science Fiction Convention (WorldCon) is going to be held in Helsinki. I had a lot of fun at WorldCon last year – met up with some old friends, made some new ones, ate some good food, and so on. I’d really like to go again. Finland, though, presents some difficulties. For one thing, I’m not really sure anybody I know is going this year (Finland is a bit of a hike for most of my writer-friends). Going to an American city all alone is one thing, but going to a completely foreign city where I don’t speak the language and also don’t know anybody sounds even more lonely. My first convention experience was just me wandering around a convention hall, not talking to somebody, until an acquaintance pulled me out of the crowd and started introducing me to people. Would this happen in Helsinki? Maybe. But I’d also be paying more money for that gamble – that first convention I just drove to.
Then again, there are some really good reasons to go, too. This year I might get to sit on some panels, which would be worth it. The cost is actually surprisingly low (living in Boston, I have probably the shortest distance to go compared to anybody in the US)–it would cost me about as much as it cost to go to Kansas City last year (well, a *bit* more, since I’d probably stay an extra night or two to make the 13 hour flight worth it). Also, from a sheer adventure standpoint, when is the next time I’ll have an excuse to go to Finland? That seems pretty cool, honestly.
So here I am, still going back and forth. Perhaps, as I often do, I should go back and read the old masters and follow their wisdom. Most notably, the gentlemen of Monty Python:
Posted on January 18, 2017, in Critiques, Theories, and Random Thoughts and tagged conventions, Finland, Monty Python, WorldCon. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.
Flights for me start around $1,400. If I sell that novel for an insane advance… No, probably not.
I can get round trip for about 500!
Yowza! Ya know… If I were in a profession with the summer off (because it would cost me a lot of lost time in my actual profession)… And if I had a flight option that cheap… Then if I could split the hotel costs with a roommate or three, I would be booking my flight already.
Just so you know, I’m now 75% likely to go. The remaining 25% mostly depends on work.
We booked ages ago…. only ever been to European Worldcons and need to keep the set complete. Will be broke when we get back to England, as were are taking our 2 teenage sons along, and those are large mouths to feed. 🙂
Wound up deciding to go. Hopefully I get a panel or reading or something! Perhaps we’ll cross paths!