I can’t tell you why, I can only assume I wasn’t of sound mind, but when my friend asked me if I fancied joining in lockdown running challenge over the next month-ish, I said ‘OK!’.
I think I got a little bit overexcited. And hysterical about lockdown.
My running is dreadful. I’d only just managed to get back to the gym when they shut again. But, for some reason, I am going to attempt to run 100km over lockdown.
My other half is going to try it too. You’ll be able to spot us a mile off, we’ll be the two hobbling around with lots of blisters. (Well, I will be. He’ll probably be the one that looks all sporty and athletic dragging me behind him).
The only thing that could make this bearable, I thought, was if I had some sort of printable to fill in. So, I’ve made one. It’s not perfect but it’ll do – and if I get through this, I’ll make a blooming beautiful certificate for myself to celebrate!
On the off-chance that any of you are attempting the same challenge, I thought I’d share it here. This is what it looks like.
If you’re doing this lockdown running challenge, or similar PLEASE get in contact and let me know how it’s going. I’d love to hear from others.
Also, if anyone has any tips on how to beat running boredom, I am all ears.
Normal service will be resumed soon. I am not at all in my comfort zone here, and I wish I’d signed up to a book challenge instead. Books. They’re so nice, and indoorsy, and comforting and not at all horrible and cold and blister inducing. Thank goodness for my audible subscription, which is about the only thing going to get me through this all.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I find that ARCs can be a bit like buses – You don’t get any for ages and then suddenly you get three all at once. Or sometimes considerably more than three.
ARCs are one of my favourite things about being a book blogger. I mean, what booknerd wouldn’t like getting their hands on something before it is published? I am thrilled when I get accepted and try my absolute utmost to be a good little book blogger and review them in a timely manner.
Sometimes that is easier said than done!
In my bid to get more organised in 2020 ( and – let’s face it, what else do any of us have to do other than getting organised at the moment? Thanks Covid-19), I have decided to start jotting down more, and keeping on better track of the publish dates of my ARCs. I am also just generally getting myself into a better and more structured place for updating this blog and working on some of my other projects.
Since I am on an organisational streak at the moment and really enjoying creating planner printables, I’ve been at it again. This time, an ARC Tracker Printable, wahoo.
This is what it looks like:
I’m quite a visual person, so I have created something where I could quickly note down any ARCs I receive per month, and have the book publishing date VERY visible. I work best to a deadline, so highlighting that was important for me. I like to colour in the boxes once I’ve completed a review, but that’s because I love colour. (Who doesn’t?!). I also own more coloured pens and pencils than is healthy. Anyone else?
I’ve made this ARC Tracker A4 so there’s plenty of space to fill them in. They also work in A5 as well, just adapt your printer settings accordingly. (I haven’t tested it yet, but since US letter size isn’t far off A4, that should work fine too). If you have any problems with any of them, just contact me and I’ll play around with the files. Also happy to customise them if you’d like, so get in touch. I don’t bite.
Let me know if you like it and if you use it! You can tag me on Instagram (@copyandtea) or on Twitter (@copy_tea). I’d love to see how you use it and if you get creative with how you fill it in.
You may have noticed I’ve been messing about creating printables rather than actually just… reading my ARCs and reviewing them. Well observed. I have no defence and I will get back to my TBR list presently.
I’m going to build up a library of free printables, so if there is anything that you’d like to request please contact me. The more details you can include, the better chance I have of providing useful things for you.
Pssst – I have recently started a small shop here for some of my multi-page planner printables. Currently they’re all book themed and available for instant download. Check it out if you like. I am going to add general planner inserts soon, but for the time being books are my jam.
Happy ARC tracking! Now there is no excuse not to get on top of that list.
I had a request to make the bookshelf printable into an ARC friendly version – so I have done exactly that. See below for details – there is space for Title/Publisher/Publish Date and Star Rating, with a check box for when you’ve completed reviews. There are any number of options with these printables, so if there’s a variation on what you’d like to be included I am more than happy to accomodate (within reason). Just let me know!
One of my favourite things – other than books of course – is stationery. I love a planner. I love fancy pens. I love organisational fun. As lockdown continues, and my reading list gets longer and longer, I wanted something to help me keep track of it all. That’s where these free printables come in!
I couldn’t find anything that was quite right on etsy and through google, so I decided to have a go at making bookshelf reading lists for myself. I wanted a quick reference point so I could see what I was reading, when I finished it and what rating I’d given it.
As you lovely readers are also bookworms, I thought I’d offer them to you too as a free printable download. Just click the image of the design or designs you like best and print them off and fill them in.
They’re available in four different options – if you have any requests for additional colours let me know and I’ll try my best to accomodate (and I’ll update this page accordingly).
These free printables are A4 sized, so are slightly different to US Letter size but should still print reasonably well. If you want to use them in a medium sized planner, print them out at 50% size.
I would love to see if you use these, so please tag me in any pictures of your lists on instagram at @copyandtea or on my brand spanking new twitter account @copy_tea. (Not least because I’m always interested to see what other people are reading and how they rate books. Okay, yes, I know I have a huge to-read pile, but a girl can always add to it).
I’ll be adding to the printables available on this site in the next few weeks so keep your eye out. I’m making the bits and pieces that I’ll find useful, but if you have any ideas of what you would like to see here, drop me a line and I’ll do what I can.