About

Hello there, lovely reader.

Welcome to a calm, ad-free, coral corner of the internet, dedicated to reading a lot, writing a bit, and running, er, you know, sometimes.

I’m writing a book. I have been for the past 25 years. I need some accountability.

writing a book

Reading

I love to read, always have. However, it’s been a long time since I’ve read avidly, the way I used to read as a kid. The reason for this is that I’m incredibly impatient and HATE having to wait to find out what happens.

This has a caused waaay too many reading allnighters. I’ve made the conscious decision not to let that stop me though.

I’m just going to have to grow the hell up and put the book down at 11pm.

If you want to get into reading but don’t know where to start, I’d highly, HIGHLY recommend reading a book that has been adapted into a film and that you liked. This may be a massive no-no to a lot of book lovers, but if you find reading tiring and hard, it’s a lot easier if you don’t need to concentrate too hard on the plot.

After you’ve gotten more used to reading (which you will) then you can join us all online being heart-broken about upcoming movie adaptations. It’s fun.

Writing

I love writing stories and always have. I’ve always dreamt of becoming the next J.K. Rowling, but guess how many first drafts I’ve actually written?

NONE.

I have a swell habit of writing the first chapter of a novel after a flash of inspiration and then waiting until the next flash of inspiration happens so I can continue. If you write a novel using this method you’re either extremely lucky, or you’ll be looking to finish your first draft by your eightieth birthday.

This blog used to focus on personal finance because my boyfriend and I are saving for a house. I love all the saving tips and stuff like that, but there’s only so far you can go in personal finance before realising that actually you can’t be bothered to learn about the things you don’t care about (I’m talking investing here) and therefore can hardly establish yourself as an expert.

Instead, I’m going to concentrate on writing my damn book and blogging about the experience.

Running

I actually like running as a way to get inspiration.

And by running, I don’t mean running marathons or timing myself or anything more than an uncoordinated shuffle a mile or so up the road before turning around and coming back.

Sometimes I sprint, sometimes I jog and usually, I walk. I listen to loud, crap music (seriously, my playlist is more embarrassing than my dress sense in high school, and I was alive during the era of the skirt-trouser) and I let my mind wander.

Oh, and I have quite the phobia of roadkill, so if you’re ever driving in North Yorkshire and see a runner stop dead ten feet away from a dead rabbit and then run over it staring, unblinking, dead ahead, that’s me.

SO, are you in? Somewhere hanging around there should be a coral bar encouraging you to sign up for my email list. Once I’ve decided on what it’ll be I’ll be designing some kind of exciting freebie, but tbh I don’t know what ya’ll want yet.

If you have any ideas, please either email me or find me on twitter (@carolinecocker). I’m thinking some kind of timetable-style printable where you can enter in your planned writing, reading, running and work stuff.

I love a good timetable and I LOVE wasting my time by colour coding the whole affair.

Anyway, I’m sure loads of you are procrastinating by reading this, so I’m telling you now to stop reading my crappy blog (which at time of writing has NO relevant blog posts) and go and either read, write or run. Or whatever you want. I’m not your mum.

 

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