How do you escape your everyday life?
How many of you read?
How many of you write?
I think that pretty much covers everyone. Good night, everybody . . . Just kidding.
But I was thinking that as much as I love reading and writing, it’s the other hobbies and activities in my life that end up in my stories. For example, Jessa’s frustration at knitting showed up in Ruined. That may very well stem from my real life frustration. But things that we love also show up in fiction. I love books about Florists. And I love stalking authors on Twitter only to learn that they too are passionate about flowers, like their heroines or heroes. I think that passion comes through on the pages.
I admit I might be in the market for a hobby. Knitting obviously didn’t work out. The story of when I tried to garden will never be told online. And my husband has banned me from our kitchen. Now, I’m just showing you all how horribly not domestic I am. However, I do lots of laundry. My claim to fame and what I use to convince myself I don’t lose at housekeeping.
There are so many unique hobbies out there and it makes me really envious.
I’m not saying I’m going to steal your hobbies, but I am interested in how you all spend your time. I think especially in fantasy, it’s nice to incorporate hobbies that we all understand. While none of you have been to the realm where the book takes place, several of you can relate to the fact that the heroine wishes someone else would weed her garden. This makes characters more relatable, even when they live in other worlds. I think relatable characters are what sell a world.
So what do you do for hobbies? How do you spend your time? What makes you the happiest?
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