Back to Normality

Wow, I feel like so much has happened in the past few weeks I don’t even know where to start!

I got back from an amazing holiday in New York on Tuesday rather dog-eared and tired but happy nonetheless. I’ve been to America before to the South so New York was an entirely different experience. I loved it, most of it! I found that the city moved with a pace beyond belief and it was so hard to keep up with everything and everyone there. We did all the tourist things you would expect like visiting the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Top of the Rock and Central Park. We ate lots of amazing food, went to see Wicked (which is amazing by the way!) and celebrated my aunt’s birthday with champagne and cupcakes. It certainly was a treat and one that I would repeat, though maybe not for a while! I love travelling. I always find that it makes me think about what I have at home and what I might take for granted, and so it encourages me to be happier in life. Does anyone else get that?

A shot of Central Park taken from the Top of the Rock in New York!

A shot of Central Park taken from the Top of the Rock in New York!

There will be some more pictures to follow this blog post but I’m still trying to catch up with everything!

A few days after I got back I received my copy of Undead Legacy through the post! That’s right, the zombie anthology in which my short story Dealing in Death is featured, came to my door. I have my very own copy and let me tell you, it not only looks cool but it feels cool! I cannot wait to read through all the fantastic stories in this anthology!

Want to check it out? Simply look here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Undead-Legacy-Stuart-Keane-ebook/dp/B00V9073F0/ref=sr_1_1_twi_2_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1428614483&sr=8-1&keywords=undead+legacy

I’m back at work now and you know something, I think it has to be the first time I’ve gone back to work after a holiday and not been dreading it. I am so lucky to have such an amazing job. Do any of you feel like that? What would be your perfect job?

The other very exciting thing is that I’ve hit the huge milestone of 1000 likes on Facebook! It’s a huge achievement for me to know that that many people are following and interesting in my work. So much of an achievement in fact that I’m running a little giveaway… check it out on my facebook page: http://facebook.com/alice.j.black.doors

Until next time, folks!

Forgive and Forget

My plan for this year was to write more and blog more. It’s actually going great. I’ve hit huge word counts each month (that I probably wouldn’t have if I wasn’t pushing myself a little more) and I’ve been blogging once a week. Sure, sometimes my posts are a little far between each but I’m there and that’s a big achievement for someone who couldn’t pen something in her blog once a month or on a regular basis.

Last week I didn’t get around to doing a blog post. I was leaving it until the weekend when I planned to catch up, but unfortunately, something happened that has prevented me from doing this. Something unexpected.

While I’m a little bummed about missing a goal I set for myself, I’ve also forgiven myself. After all, life is a chaotic mess sometimes and we can’t always guarantee that things are going to fall into place every time. They’ve actually worked out really well for me so far so I actually can’t complain! Therefore, I am moving past and moving on and saying hello now.

Things with me are going to be really hectic in the next few weeks anyway what with a hen party coming up followed by a week in New York! I’m busy packing for both (trying to be organised and stay ahead) while also trying to make sure I’ve done everything at work that I need to do and that it will all be wrapped up before I go away. I do struggle leaving work a little. It plays on my mind because I want to know the people I work with are going to be okay. You know?

But I will leave it go and I will enjoy myself. And in that same note, I have also decided to end my lent early. It’s not something I’ve done before (intentionally) but I have decided that since I’m going to be on holiday I want to be able to enjoy it fully, not be having to worry about what I’m eating or having to say no to something I really want to have. Therefore, my biscuit ban ends on the 1st April!

I still plan to try and write some when I’m away, particularly when I’m on the plane (on the six hour flight) and hopefully even just a little every night. I’m so excited for going away now, it’s been such a long time since I’ve been abroad and seeing somewhere like New York is going to be an amazing experience!

What do you have planned in the next few weeks? How do you work around things when they don’t work out? Do you shrug and move on or does it grate on you like it does me?