Ok, apart from all the excitement of the whole European trip and catching up with my in-laws, I have a number of great events coming up that I'm very excited about.
Next week, for example, I'm off to see The Angels. I'm a long time fan - 30 years plus - but it was only last year that I first saw Doc Neeson live, and only a year before that I saw The Angels (minus Doc) for the first time. I'm thrilled they've worked through their differences and combined their powers for goodness and niceness instead of evil. And they still rock!
Then in February it's AC/DC. Very cool. Early next year I also have tickets for Wilco (an amazing band that I've seen several times now and can't wait to see again), The Pixies (who I also saw last year and loved), Ross Noble (a funny, funny guy that I've seen several times) - and I'm sure there's someone else - but I can't remember right now.
I was looking forward to going away for some astronomy with friends, but circumstances have prevented that recently. But early next year I'll drag out my much under-utilised telescope and head off for a weekend of observing. Of course it's the company that makes the night so enjoyable, so the SEDNA gang will also have to be there.
And then there's Continuum 6 and Aussicon 4 - both next year. As much fandom and SF as one could hope for.
Yes, next year is shaping up as a fabulous one. And although there have been a few occurrences this year I'd rather forget, it's been a great year in so many ways too.
2010 - Arthur C. Clarke decided it's "the year we make contact", the Chinese call it "the year of the tiger". I should declare it to be "the year of the writer" and change up a gear. In fact, I'm deciding here and now it's "the year things start to happen".
I'll have to get onto one of my weird friends and find out what she thinks the year has in store for me. She's always guided me right, you know.