Hell yes I am looking to 2013! My buddy laughed at me because on tuesday of the 2012 twelve burn I told him in all seriousness, "next years gonna be awesome!" Yes 2013 will be my 5th year in a row, Im one of those guys who got hooked. To the original starter of the topic, yes, costume creation and brainstorming/manifesting awesome ideas is a year round activity. Im going to bring an art car for the first time, better believe im working hard on it now.
There is never too much prep, every year i realize how i could do something better. Being physically prepared, ie having shelter, meals, water. isnt hard, but having a the shelter you want (besides rving) with no dust interior, shower, kitchen, manageable grey water, thats trickier. having costumes isnt hard, but having the dopest playa costumes that still allow maximum comfort/danceability thats trickier. having all your alcohol or other altering substances isnt hard, but accomplishing all your work (and you should have a good bit of real work to do when participating) while friends fill you with those substances, is a bit trickier. knowing the layout of the city isnt hard, but knowing the ins and outs, the wheres and whens the whos and whats (in my experience the info i am talking about here is rarely in the book, and even if it is it changes. eg like where to get homemade mead from a guy in a white tux at 4am) can be a bit trickier.
going to BM is easy, (i for sure thought i wasnt getting a ticket last year, I started planning how i was going to safely knock myself out to be snuck in because im claustrophobic, but managed to get the only ticket i saw available 3 weeks before the event, then 5 days later i saw 100s on craigslist) but I've never been able to do it how I saw it could be done in one aspect or another. Burningman is a lot of work, but Its by far the most fun gathering I have ever been apart of.
This year Im working on getting to know my Burners, making broader connections through e playa to find out what knowledge I can from long time vets. For instance, I want a Yellow Bike Liberation team, because i hate locked yellow bikes and have been cutting off the locks for the past 2 years, and someone says "i think theres a camp that does that" well that's news to me. so Im looking for them to combine forces to make make 2013 the year nobody had that shitty story of being far from camp right at sundown when you know its taco tuesday or bacon weave night or some magically delicious meal you helped fund, and finding a glorious yellowbike to get you there on time only to see some selfish asshole locked it up because he didnt understand the concept of community.