Yes! We will be there.

Back when I was at Crimefest in May, I became vaguely aware of an event that was going on in Iceland later this year. I thought little of it.

Whilst I was at the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival, known simply in crime writing circles as Harrogate, I heard more about IcelandNoir.

It caught my attention, a little.

Holidays for the boyfriend and I are currently on a not about to happen basis. It has been almost three years since our last overseas holiday, and since then we’ve only had one other break away of at least a week, when we travelled round Scotland and The North, back in March.

Our next planned foray overseas was to be in 2015.

The thing is I can’t wait until CrimeFest next year to see some of my friends again, and it’s too long to go without something to look forward too.

We would normally go to FantasyCon, hosted by the British Fantasy Society, but this year, since the UK is hosting World FantasyCon, it’s too big a thing for us, and also at the wrong time in my shift cycle for me.

The alternative, or so we thought, would be Bloody Scotland, but again the timing is ill-fitting with my shifts.

Then a friend told me they would be attending IcelandNoir. Then another couple of acquaintances also mentioned they would be there, and my mind began to churn.

How long is the festival? How long would we need to go for? How much would it cost to go? Could we afford it? In short? We couldn’t go, was the first answer I came up with.

Then my heart got involved, which in turn inspired the money talks, the what have we gots, the what can we do withouts, the things coming up, and the things coming in….

The talks finally ended in a maybe, just not yet. Lets get some potentially large bills out of the way and see what happens.

Then I got a phone call out of the blue. The result of which means we ARE going to IcelandNoir, we are going to strike at least two things off the Boyfriends Bucket list (already off mine) and yes, as of today we are both registered with the festival and we WILL BE THERE.

W00T!!!!

Positive thinking

Everyone is always saying that I need to concentrate on looking forward to the good things that are going to happen instead of worrying about the bad that may never happen.

It’s a good piece of advice and one I must admit to following a long time ago, and sadly letting lapse somewhat with the problems of recent years. If I’m honest my problems at present are no where near as massive as they were, but in the aftermath are harder to overcome because I am not used to dealing with the ‘little stuff’, and because a lot of the coping mechanisms I used before the stress seem to have been long forgotten.

So I’m going back to an age old method. Way back when, whenever I was looking forward to something I had a little Excel spreadsheet on my computer that would calculate the number of days I had to wait until the ‘next’ thing I was looking forward to would arrive. Now in the days of Smartphones, it’s much easier, so today I installed an app on my phone to remind me in the dark days of the good days ahead.

So far, so good.

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Now just to plan something a little further ahead….