Geek Adventure Goals for 2017 (Glasgow and beyond)

I started My Big Geek Adventure in September 2012. Wow! That feels like a really long time ago and it’s become such a massive part of my life. I sometimes wonder what I would be doing if I hadn’t written that list nearly four and a half years ago. This year is shaping up to be another AMAZING geek adventure year and I wanted to share some plans with you that will take me adventuring both into my backyard and much, much further afield. Let us begin!

The first thing on the agenda this year is the Glasgow Film Festival. Taking place in February, I managed to be one of the lucky ones to bag a ticket to the Lost Boys at a secret location AND I was one of the lucky ones to get tickets for the Closing Gala which David Tennant will be attending – result! The programme itself was just announced last night and a quick skim over the schedule shows some definite geeky goodness.

the-lost-boys-original

Big news fellow Scots, it was announced the other day that the new Avengers movie will be shot largely in Scotland. Yes, that’s right, our favourite heroes will be in my home country. Whether I will bump into IronMan at the gym, Black Widow in Primark or Hulk on Sauchiehall Street remains to be seen (gym? who am I kidding?).

Along with all this fantastic filminess, I’m also going to attempt to write a blog a day in February. I feel the need to challenge the little grey cells and motivate myself to write more. I hope you might enjoy one or two of them.

The Star Trek Blackpool exhibition is only open until 19th April so I’m hoping that sometime in March, a wee one or two night road trip might be achievable. Fingers crossed for that!

April’s activity will be very much based on budget. If I have a few more shillings in the bank and there are a couple more names added to programme that I would like to meet, then I’ll be making the trip to Wrexham for Wales Comic Con. If there’s no room in the budget then an alternative will be the inaugural Glasgow sci-fi Cosplay Comic Con at the Glasgow Barrowlands.

In May, WE ARE GOING TO NEW ZEALAND! I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am about this. I’ve been to NZ before back in 2010 and fell in love with the country and the people. Number 14 on the List is visit Hobbiton so I’ll finally be able to cross that off. I’ll explain more about the background and itinerary to this trip in a separate blog post but needless to say there is a specific NZ list with plenty of geeky activities planned.

I can't wait to knock on the door of Bag End!

I can’t wait to knock on the door of Bag End!

In June, I’ll be saving my pennies and staying close to home so a visit to Frank Quitely: The Art of Comics at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is most definitely on the cards. We can sometimes forget about the wealth of Scottish talent that powers the comic book industry so it will be great to see this exhibition.

In July/August, I’ll be trying to go to the Star Wars Identities exhibition in London (which is only on until September). It will really be dependent on bagging a couple of £30 Virgin train tickets. If anyone hears of any sales, please let me know!

For the rest of the year? Not sure at the moment. I’m pretty sure I’ve got enough activities on the calendar to let me write Book 3 so I may be focused purely on that. I’d love to have one other trip away in 2017 but since 99% of my holidays are taken up with traveling to the other side of the world, I don’t know if that would be possible. Can’t complain though, it’s going to be a brilliant year of adventuring!

If you have any geek adventures planned for 2017, I’d love to hear about them!

L-Jx

 

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