Oddities and Hobbies

This past weekend, Jim and I moved furniture… with slender popsicle sticks.  No, I’m not kidding.

A Few of My Favorite Things

A Few of My Favorite Things

The furniture was dollhouse scale, and we were undertaking this as players of a German board game called Packen Wir’s!, but we did it.  We proved to be pretty good at manipulating furniture without touching it.  We only dropped two things: a pedestal table at the very beginning, and a grand piano with two chairs stacked on it at the end.

I have a feeling that if we ever play this game again, the other players won’t let me and Jim be partners.  We just have too much practice moving things together.  We’re also both fond of hobbies that involve careful manipulation of small or delicate items.  In my case, that’s working with beads and polymer clay.  In Jim’s, it’s making arrowheads.

It’s always interesting to see how one’s skills extend into categories that, on the surface, seem completely unrelated.  You can make this a writing metaphor if you want.  It’s certainly true.

And, yes, I’ve been writing.  This past week, I finished reviewing the manuscript of a book I wrote a while back.  Jim’s currently re-reading for me, because I did a lot of word-level tinkering, and that’s absolutely the sort of thing that contributes to the creation of new, completely unforeseen typos.  He also likes the story a lot, which is gratifying.

Anyhow, when I finished my manuscript review, I was very much in the mood for writing something new.  I’d had an idea for a short story a week or so earlier.  I’d scribbled some notes to myself, and even worked on the story while I was waiting for new tires to be put on my car.

The fact that writing is also my job hasn’t changed my liking for it at all.  As of the end of last week, I had much of the story set up and a strong sense of where the final portion might go.  This week, I finished it up.  I’ll let it mellow for a few days, then read it out loud and see how it flows.

This is the thing…  I really like writing.  Of my hobby activities, it’s definitely my favorite.  It doesn’t need any equipment other than a writing implement and paper.  (Yes.  I do use a computer, but I don’t need a computer.)  In a pinch, I can even do without pen and paper.  Many a story idea has been fleshed out while I’m riding my bike or doing some routine chore.

By comparison, my other hobbies require tools, materials, and enough time to make hauling these out worthwhile.  Gardening is wonderful, but when it’s over a hundred degrees (as it has been much of the last week), the last thing I want to do is be outside.  My roleplaying game involves making sure other people are available.

Another advantage of writing is that it doesn’t involve any complicated clean up.  Even though I’m quite organized, both beadwork and clay work include allowing for time to put my materials away.  Even designing adventures for my on-going role-playing adventure means hauling out reference books.

Writing doesn’t have any of that.  I’d never leave my beads or clay out.  Too much danger of the cats getting into them.  However, a cat can sit squarely on top of whatever I’m writing without doing any damage.  If I’m using my computer, a cat might get between me and the screen, or insist on sitting on my lap, but I can shove them out of the way with ease.  Doing the same with beads would involve tiny sparkly things all over the floor.  And clay…  Even a forgiving medium like polymer clay doesn’t benefit from the inclusion of cat hair.

I can write just about anywhere – and have.  One of the things I routinely pack when traveling is a notebook and pens.  That notebook makes interesting browsing, since it contains material from a lot of different projects.

Yeah, I like writing.  In fact, as much fun as chatting with all of you is, I believe I’ll go and dream up another story.

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5 Responses to “Oddities and Hobbies”

  1. henrietta abeyta Says:

    Soothed or entertained equally good results. Be yourself dear Jane Lindskold. Reach for the light and try to find self-satisfaction. Being disabled I sort of see how you’d feel instantly after others said you two can’t be partners anymore, especially with how special my friendship felt with Tucker Ray who was in the same grad as me at school. Plus I stick with foreign people who I can’t predict the big crowds reactions of ( Hispanic with an African American, a Hispanic with an Indian who had family members in Asia) I’m not at all picky about who to spend time with. Music or immediate peaceful compliments I do what I can to try to keep my friends happy, I know you can do it too dear Jane Lindskold. Jim or Alan, your Gentleness within you is simple to discover dear Jane even on your website.

    And today I don’t yet know if bats and wolves are misunderstood equally or if one is more understood than the other. But today I’ve started to discover small important parts of self-satisfaction and I can tell it’s quite different from self-respect however they both matter a lot.

    Shade he’s a bat in the Silverwings series who can hear what most of the bats can’t. What type of historical events and the future Shade he’s a really lucky newborn runt, he just has to imagine a different kind than dear Blind Seer. But they both understand forgotten stories extraordinarily without too much trouble. Shade tries to prove to birds and beasts my family isn’t a group lf cowards.

    The Silverwings Series clearly tells you it doesn’t matter what the subject is you decide for yourself, we choose things quietly and out loud.

    who shall I follow the footsteps of??????
    who shall I trust?
    who shall I pick as a real friend????????????
    who shall I memorize the advice of?
    who shall I be loyal to????????????????????????????????
    who do I find important, why????????????????????????????
    who shall I cooperate with, why??????????????????????????????
    who shall I agree with about my personality???????????????????
    WHO am I to ME?????????????????????????????????????????

    what will solve this problem of mine????????
    what do I want to become?????
    what shall I believe?????
    what shall I do?
    what is the best choice????????????
    why soothes me?
    what really entertains me?
    what really controls me?
    what can I use to strengthen me?
    what do I value the most????????????????
    what will this action prove about me????
    what shall I study next???????
    what’s my lifestyle????
    what are my favorites??
    what’s my current fate?????????????????????????????

    where shall I live???????????????????????
    where shall I go now??????????
    where can I find the answer to this?????????????
    where do I feel at home??????????????????????????
    where do I enjoy the activities at???????????????????

    how shall I use this thing?
    how shall I say this?
    how shall I organize this place?
    how shall I react to this???????????????
    how shall I divide all this advice???????????????????????

    And more, these are some of the momentary questions you choose your own answers to. don’t be afraid to be the real you, don’t cheat, no violations, everything of your own personal life is up to you!!

  2. henrietta abeyta Says:

    wolf advice be loyal, bat advice concentrate
    wolf attitude prudence, bat attitude patience
    wolf’s values list balance and efficiency bat values list discoveries
    wolf thinks of cooperation, bat thinks of not forgetting yourself
    wolf has courage, while bat has determination to at least try
    wolf follows smell, as bat navigates more by sound
    wolf’s quite protective, bat’s able to resist fighting and just flies quick
    wolf watches silently, as bat camouflages itself and listens staring
    wolf says trust your instincts, bat says prove yourself to others

    These are the tiny similarities I can picture so far while reading the first book of the Silverwings series , and how repeatedly I study the wolves.

  3. Paul Says:

    I like the idea of always having pen and paper handy.

  4. henrietta abeyta Says:

    Right pen/ pencils and paper come in handy, lists and various arts I do both non-stop at home. personal arts, plus coloring books, and printed coloring pages to trace for fun. And I use what I find the cutest or most pleasant when I do small crafts.

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