And then I thought that it might be interesting to do an informal poll about what you like to do other than writing, and WHY you like to do it. Anything is fair game, as long as it doesn't involve writing. I'll start us off!
- Cooking. I like to cook. I've been cooking up a storm since I've gotten home from Odyssey, partially because I have a kitchen with much, much better kitchen equipment here than I did in the dorm-apartments. A rough survey of what I've made recently includes: scones, dark chocolate sorbet, miso-marinated steak, tsukene-ni, spinach and basil pesto over cavatappi with cannellini, and ratatouille. I want to knock off some salted caramel ice cream before the summer is over, and I just ordered a rice cooker...
- Knitting. I've spoken about knitting before, but I love doing it because it uses an entirely different part of my brain than reading and writing. I'm not coordinated; the fact that I can knit decently after four years is a testament to much, much practice. I also can't knit very much every day because of arthritis in my hands, but the knitting actually keeps my fingers nimble, so it's "medically prescribed". How's that for a hobby? =)
- Video games. I think enough has been said about these, but I love RPGs and the Wii Fit and I have been friends again lately.
- Watching TV. And here's where I have all the writers up in arms, saying that "How can you watch TV, when you have manuscripts to read and things to do?! How can I write and watch TV?" And my simple answer to that is your leaf mold. Yes, leaf mold. One of the things we went through at Odyssey was reading a very, very long essay by Tolkien called "On Fantasy", where he speaks about how everything you absorb through everyday life goes into your collective leaf mold in your brain. And then when you write, you unconsciously pull things out of your brain and use them. So I watch TV. I watch movies on Netflix. I watch Japanese dramas that are currently airing in Japan. I watch anime. I have a terrible love of American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance. Alton Brown and Good Eats is perpetually recorded on my DVR. I don't spend all my time watching TV, not by any means, but at least for me, it's stress-relieving and not always mindless. Plus, sooner or later, it all gets pulled out of my collective leaf mold.