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5 Things I Never Leave the House Without

Recently Cookie Break reached (and passed) 50 followers – not including the people already following on twitter and facebook. I know 50 followers won’t sound like a lot to many but to me it’s a small milestone reached and I’m immensely grateful that so many of you are interested in seeing how this journey plays out for me (even more so because now, only two weeks later, the number stands at 60!!)

It’s been a while since I’ve written posts about myself, so over the next few weeks I’ll tell you a little bit about myself, my history with reading/writing and things I’ve learned so far since I started writing Rise of the Sparrows. If there’s anything else you’d like to ask don’t hesitate to post a comment or drop me a line privately!

Last week I made an unofficial, very much unplanned start on this. You can see last week’s post (‘Confessions of a Writer’) here.

Whenever I leave the house, be it to go to work or just to meet up with a friend, there are a couple of things I always take with me.

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Notebooks

I wouldn’t dream of leaving the house without at least one notebook! If you’ve been with me from the beginning you’ll know this by now, but I have a lot of notebooks (17, last time I checked) and it’s always exciting to add more. Rise of the Sparrows has its own notebook (a pretty little thing in yellow – see picture!), and I recently bought a brand-new one, all pages still empty and unused, and I’m buzzing with ideas for it!

You never know when you’re going to think of something amazing, and when you do you’ll want to have something to write your idea down in. My notebook comes with me wherever I go for that very reason, I know I’d forget otherwise.

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Besides writing my book and slowly working on my trilogy (never mind all those other ideas roaming through my head recently) I have a part-time job, too. I work as a library attendant and am fortunate to get an entire hour for lunch, despite only working 25 hours a week. I love reading on my break and sometimes also on my way to work, so a book always has to accompany me.

Diary

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It’s my perfect diary and already a favourite companion for next year! Think of all the planning I can do with this! It’s a dream come true, if you’re me :3

I’ve always been organised, and while I don’t usually have many appointments I still like having somewhere to record the few I do have. Besides appointments it comes in handy for many other things as well, such as important numbers to call, log-ins I’d forget otherwise, and my new one for next year even has a section for planning my blog! It’s the perfect diary for me!

Phone

I won’t go anywhere without my phone. I like to browse twitter on the go while I’m on the bus or on my lunch break, and I feel more comfortable knowing that I can make an emergency call should I need to.

Purse

I feel like this one shouldn’t need to be said but you’d be surprised how many students enter my library without any form of ID or money! What if there’s an emergency? What if you need to identify yourself for any reason? What if you need to call a taxi? I wouldn’t feel comfortable leaving the house without money or my ID, and I don’t understand how so many people care so little. Truly, it boggles the mind!

It also allows me to buy cookies, should I suddenly crave cookies. Which happens more often than I’d like to admit, so we’ll leave it at that! 🙂

What kind of things do you always take with you, no matter where you go? Which essentials accompany you in your bag every day? Do you leave your house without money and ID and can tell me why on Earth you would? Share your thoughts and habits in the comments below 🙂

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Weekly Quote #17

“Keep a notebook. Travel with it, eat with it, sleep with it. Slap into it every stray thought that flutters up into your brain. Cheap paper is less perishable than grey matter, and lead pencil markings endure longer than memory.” (Jack London)

You may have noticed this already but I love notebooks. I don’t go anywhere without at least one notebook on me and recently I even downloaded an app for my phone which acts as a notebook (you never know when your pen might run out of ink…) and I adore that, too (it allows you to colour-code different notes! colour-code!!).

No matter how good your memory is, you will forget something you suddenly thought of on your daily commute to work. And then you will kick yourself. Taking a notebook with you gives you an easy way to record any ideas which might pop into your head so you can come back to them later. I have been in situations too often where I was sure I’d remember that cool thing easily once I got home, and then had no clue what it could have been. No. Idea. Whatsoever.

If you’re not a fan of actual notebooks (??) download an app. You never know what you might forget otherwise.

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