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Having hobbies: there’s life outside of writing?

Maybe I should start performing exorcisms?

I don’t think I have any hobbies.

Is this a problem?

I don’t think it’s a problem, but it’s one of those commonly asked questions that I never have an answer. One of those getting to know you things-which I’m a complete failure at by the way. You want me to narrow my entire musical spectrum and love to a singular song or artist?! What?! *cue anxiety* Even my favorite color is up for debate. I love orange, red and purple. Black is good too. I don’t like bright yellow. In fact, I’m better identifying what I don’t like than my favorites.

(Where was I going with this?)

Right hobbies. I can’t really say my hobby is reading. I don’t think of that as a hobby. To me, a hobby somehow involves you creating something, or doing something. To me, saying reading is a hobby is like saying drinking water is a hobby. It’s innate  and quite frankly something I think everyone should do. (Steps off of soapbox.)

Blogging–not a hobby. Not even close to being a hobby. This is my way to connect to other writers and readers. It’s viable and available at my fingertips, allows me to practice writing and gives me a beginning of one of those fancy writer platforms. (Don’t know what  writer platform is? Don’t worry, I’m going to tell you about it later this week.)

Listening to music. There’s time when I just listen to the music playing in my head. (What you don’t have a personal soundtrack?) I just enjoy it, and it ties into my writing. A few weeks ago, I had asked my friends on my Facebook author page to give me some songs for the book I’m currently writing.  You guys are awesome, and I created a Spotify list. I now listen it to it… a lot. So good. I wouldn’t call that a hobby though. You can check it out here if you like.

I don’t do crafts, or make jewelry. I don’t sew. I don’t play sports or even chess. Is goofing on bad movies like an even lower rate version of Mystery Theater 3000 a hobby, or just hilarious and slightly obnoxious? Maybe I should start playing at Cheekybingo? I cook for survival purposes and to show The Mathemagician that I think it’s A-ok, but not as a hobby.  Our place in Hawai’i (oddly enough) has no outdoor space, a lanai that we can’t put stuff on and our indoors isn’t bright enough to grown even a tiny pot of basil.

Isn’t it important to do more than just research, write and social media? Shouldn’t I have more going on than my Nook’s library and Netflix? I’ve always heard it was an important part of human development to have a hobby, but I’ve just figured out that I don’t have one. Maybe I need one.


What do you do when you’re writing, blogging, surfing these internets? Let me know in the comments. Maybe it’ll give me some inspiration.

Aloha ya’ll


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Doing what I want

One day when The Mathemagician and I were going to see a movie,I took a pic of this guys feet. He had a tattoo of slippahs, so he didn’t have to wear shoes! Whatever,he does what he waaaaants.

Or how a hillbilly gets her grove back.

The A to Z blogging challenge gave me an opportunity to write. A lot. I’ve realized I’m not a daily blogger but 3 to 4 times per week is my sweet spot.  And while I was writing, I kind of crafted the key elements that I want to pursue with this blog: writing tips, how-tos, social media and writing, my poetry, info on poetry and guest blog posts. But I have so much more to say than that.

And so I’m going to start another blog. I’ll give you more info as I shape and play with it. I’m really excited about it! I just wanted to give you a heads up.

Also, I wanted to go hang out with some friends. I am visiting my homeland of West Virginia, so I’m trying to see as many people as possible. But not everyone has wifi. Or even internets. So, I had to do stuff like *gulp* interact with real people. 


No, actually that was awesome. It’s really good to just connect with someone other than a Gravatar or a profile pic. It did make it more difficult to post. I tried posting things from my tiny Android screen. In fact, a couple of the last posts A to Z posts were from the new phone. I’m still trying to get used to that WordPress app. It’s a bit odd, but it worked in a pinch.

Oddly enough, the act of not blogging made me lean more toward fiction. I started writing  on two short story ideas,  you know just to get the ideas down. The bloggingg…eh…not so much.

What do you do when you’re heart wants to write about one thing, but the brain is trying to get into to something else? Should I start adding short stories to this blog as well? Let me know what you think in the comments.

OH! I made a button. It’s on the right over there. Do you like it? I tried to make it smaller, but I’m not sure if it’s small enough. Let me know gang, and feel free to steal it. That’ll make me feel pretty and special. 😀

Aloha ya’ll


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Y and Z is for Yawn and Zzzzz: a to z blogging challenge

I’m feeling sleepy and icky. The sinuses have got me down. I don’t quite feel satisfied with my a to z work, however, I did meet some new bloggers, got a new award and shaped my blog. Thanks for coming along with me on this journey. It’s been a good time, but I don’t want to be a daily blogger. I just think it makes more sense to give the posts some time to attract some traffic. However, I’m not afraid to post more than one post per day now, which you can tell. Lol.

I’ll be back in a couple days. I’m going to take some meds and rest up. See you Thursday!

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