Recently, I’ve undertaken a huge writing project of self-publishing a series of five books in an epic fantasy romance, the Enchanted Bookstore Legends. Two are written and professionally edited. The third is my current work-in-progress. I’m busy putting final touches on book one, Seeking a Scribe. And working on cover art. With my love of painting, I was looking forward to creating what I envisioned for my books.
What I didn’t expect was to be sucked virtually helpless into a new hobby, which I’ll share as I progress. Researching fantasy art led me to devour workshops on Photoshop. Then I moved on to technique books on digital painting of fantasy characters. From there, I can see exactly where my free time in 2012 and beyond is going. Turning the pages of the technique books gives me the exact same thrill as the feel of the viscosity of the tempera paint on my kindergarten brush.
I really didn’t need one more interest. My deck is stacked full, and I pull myself away from new avenues of commitment, like steering clear of the yoga instructor training I desperately wanted to take. And I curbed my desire for vegetable gardening. But extensions of those early hobbies make my knees go weak and my head spin. I learned to knit at age eight and have an embarrassingly large yarn stash. I am truly glad that an ereader sits still on a desk, unlike a book, while I knit and read simultaneously. Since my tricycle days, I’ve never let go of biking on a weekly basis. My house is filled with my own watercolors, and now my computer files will fill with my own digital art. Am I excited…just like playing at the big easels!
What hobbies/interests/activities do you have that seem to run through your veins like a part of you?