Its been over a week since I returned from BUCK and I haven't mentioned anything about what went on there and what I thought of it. There really is too much to cover, so i'll just cover the main points of what happened while I was there.
The first thing to note is that i've never been to a convention before or even been to an event with more than 50 attendees. You can imagine how surprising it was to see over a hundred bronies cram into the Moon under Water (a pub in Manchester) on Friday evening. We stayed there for a while before heading towards the Manchester Central venue for the Summer Sun Celebration (a gig with several musicians from the MLP fandom performing). The music wasn't all to my tastes but it was a lot of fun nonetheless.
On Saturday, I got dressed in my cosplay (Queen Chrysalis) and headed to the convention (at the Bridgwater Hall). I spent the next two days attending events, talking to people, and getting involved with activities. On the Sunday I entered the Fanfic and Cupcake contests (didn't win either) and decided to return home around 5pm.
From the weekend (which was awesome), I brought back little in the way of souvenirs (a card game from the vendors, a t-shirt from Afflecks), but more in the way of its effect on me...
- I've found a new enthusiasm for music after listening to The Living Tombstone perform. The music isn't my genre of choice, but I understand more about what makes a great song now, and since then i've been playing Guitar and Piano every day.
- My self confidence has been given another huge boost. Although I only attended a few events, socialising with other bronies was by far the highlight of the weekend. It felt great been in a place where everyone was friendly. Oddly I found myself more enthusiastic and chatty than normal.
I think the only big thing that is a downside to BUCK is a change in direction. I've stopped writing for the year completely, and i'm focusing on music instead. I find writing isn't enjoyable so much nowadays, while playing music is. I'll probably create a new alt persona in October and start creating my own songs under it (like I used another one for artwork).