Nathan Bransford, Author


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

What Hobbies Have You Given Up for Your Writing?

Image from "A Tramp Abroad" by Mark Twain.
First up, congrats to Christina Kit, who won the ARC of TRY NOT TO BREATHE! And everyone else, please do look out for TRY NOT TO BREATHE when it comes out next month (and Jenn's debut THE SECRET YEAR, while you're at it).

Now then! If you are a writer, chances are you've had to set something else aside that you like doing in order to free up the time necessary to complete a book.

For me, I really enjoy video games and used to play them a bit before writing. Now? Not so much. I also watch less sports and TV in general, go to the movies less, and if I weren't indoors writing on the weekend I'd probably be out hiking.

What about you?






108 comments:

Cherie Reich said...

I gave up Facebook games. I used to be quite addicted to them, but I realized they took too much time, so one day I just stopped playing them. Then, later on, I deleted the applications for them. I can't even say I miss them either.

Chris Blanchard said...

I've also given up a lot of gaming, video games as well as table top games (RPG's and miniature games). Weekends are mostly for me to spend with my family, though I do get some writing in then, too, so I don't really feel like I've lost my weekends. Although, that said, there are weekends where I feel like I'm loosing writing time.

Patty Blount said...

I've given up TV. I write during prime time hours and I don't own Tivo or DvR so I really have no idea about shows like Big Bang Theory or Modern FAmily.

I watch only 2 or 3 programs a week now.

Mr. D said...

A lot less TV for me. I never got into video games or Facebook. And I still don't Twitter.

Thomas Galvin said...

Sleep.

Boone Brux said...

Sleep.

Juliana said...

GAMING!
I was addicted to World of Warcraft! Best Game Ever!
Actually, I should keep away, otherwise I forget my life when playing lol
And I also watch less TV now. Not that I miss it, though ...

Deep River said...

Got rid of TV nearly 7 years ago. Since I work on the beach, I get 3 months off in the winter to write and carry a notebook for writing when beach work is slow. So I guess it's not a matter of giving up other hobbies, but a restructuring of life to accommodate writing.

Cynthia said...

TV time has been cut short, that and sleep. LOL

Candice said...

I've cut way back on TV, cut down to 1 workout a day, and given up long runs. I really do miss the extra physical activity, but for now, there's just no time.

Lori Oster said...

Great question! I've given up being a crafty dilettante, so no more beading, sewing, or paper arts for me. I just gave away my extra art supplies and my mini sewing machine so they could no longer distract me from my writing.

Gracielou said...

I never was big on tv, or facebook games, and I already had a problem sleeping. I really just give up the me time. In many years I haven't had a desire to do much so it hasn't been much to give up. Some of my best ideas come to me at about 12-1 in the morning so my bed and me are not on speaking terms. I think it feels like I hate it sense I only spend between 4-5 hours in it. But hey we all take sacrifices for the greater book.

Liz Heinecke said...

I was an art major in college and used to paint occasionally, but now writing and singing have taken over my free hours.

Judy Clemens said...

Sadly, I read a lot less than I used to. I love to read, and think it is a necessity for writers, but between family, writing, the day job, and reading, something has to take a backseat. I still read some, but not at the 100-books-a-year pace that I used to have.

Donna Russo Morin said...

I REFUSE to give up my video games all together, but have vastly cut down...maybe once a month, if I'm lucky. The hardest hobby...reading just for pleasure. These days its research, research, research. I miss the stories that inspired me to become a writer in the first place.

Stephanie said...

I'm big into crafting so I've had to somewhat give up scrapbooking. I get back to it when I can..when I'm taking a break from writing...which I do occasionally for a few days at a time. I do still watch TV...it's what I do at night to unwind and relax before bed.

Carrie said...

I used to do a lot of crafty things like knitting and crochet. Since I need my hands free to write I don't do nearly as many of these crafty things.

Andreya said...

For me it's not been "giving up" so much as "failing to pursue". For example: ten years after graduating college, I still have not upgraded my TV or gotten cable. I never picked up a gaming console. I don't have a pet. (Not one that costs any effort, anyway; the hermit crabs are essentially potted plants.) I haven't actually quit anything I enjoy, I just don't go out of my way to add other things I might like just as much.

K.T. Hanna said...

MMORPGs... now I just obsess about writing instead :D

Arief Zainal said...

Gaming mostly. I still play games, but mostly on the pc. I'm not a tv person. The only time I do watch tv is either during dinner or lunch. Other than that, I'm stuck in front of my computer.

CobraMisfit said...

Pole vaulting, cockroach taming, mambo lessons...the normal stuff.

Seriously, though, writing is one of my hobbies, so I don't feel as if I am sacrificing one thing for another. Putting pen to paper sometimes takes priority over another hobby, but I rarely find myself staring at a dusty piano or cold TV thinking, "Curse you, writing!"

Curtis Edmonds said...

alsAbout three years ago, I found a whole bunch of tile that matched what I had in our master bathroom. I asked a friend of mine who does mosaics if she could use it to create something to hang on the wall. She said she was slammed with other projects, but I could do it, it was easy. I am STILL not finished with this, although I have written a novel and gotten my two-year-olds potty trained in that timespan, so there's that.

Jeanne said...

I've cut it down so that I only watch 1hr of tv/week. And I barely ever knit/crochet anymore - something I used to do everyday. It's sad, but hopefully worth it.

Leigh Ann said...

All of them. I only watch one TV show (Once Upon a Time) and only because I'm obsessed with it.

The only hobby I have left is reading, which is actually writing anyway...right?

Anna said...

I knit a lot less frequently than I used to. But I still manage to sneak in enough time to work on winter accessories.

Walter Dinjos said...

I love singing, songwriting, and drawing. But now it'd seem I've given them up for writing. I'm hoping to one day integrate my music with my writing. That's why I'm building a list of writers that can sing.

Joanne Sher said...

Apparently, I wasn't the first person who thought of sleep ;). And yeah, that's SOMEWHAT true. But the big one for me is scrapbooking. I haven't done it in YEARS, and it was huge for me before I started writing.

abc said...

I give up work. AT MY JOB.

Jenny Maloney said...

Not nearly enough.

magpiewrites said...

I gave up knitting and painting. And a full time job (but that had more to do with the kidnicks than writing.)

Shari Green said...

I gave up TV, except for hockey games. So I get plenty of writing time right up until playoffs, then I'm in trouble.... ;)

Suz Korb said...

Huh! I've given up absolutely EVERYTHING for my writing. All I do is stuff for the kids and everyone else in my life. And I write. I used to play the violin, crochet, go hiking, watch movies at the cinema. Now, I write. Bleh.

L.S. Taylor said...

I gave up video games, too (but I married a gamer, so I can still watch sometimes).

I also gave up some TV shows. As wonderful as I'm sure they are, I just don't have time for a lot (and I still make time for a few good ones).

Anita Saxena said...

Definitely don't watch as much T.V. Sometimes I wonder why I even pay for Directv. But then on Sundays when I get to watch the Steelers play from the comfort of my own sofa, I decide it's worth it. But, yeah, that's about it as far as television goes.
I also don't blog as much as I used to. Blogging can be a total time warp. But, I still enjoy it.

West Coast Fliesses said...

I've played tennis since I was 7. In the last few years, I gave up being part of an organized tennis team - I used to play in a league (and I'm not half bad) 2x a year. When my writing picked up, I played on 1 team. Then, since I was always writing instead of practicing, I decided it wasn't fair to my doubles partner to just 'show up' and play like a hack. So, if I wasn't writing, I'd be out on the courts more. But to be honest, I much prefer writing!

Donna K. Weaver said...

TV and my single FB game. No loss there!

Roger Floyd said...

You're right, writing does take some time away from other things. I haven't given up hobbies as much as curtailed them. I used to be heavily into model railroading, but now I do far less. Photography, especially outdoors, too. I haven't given up TV that much because I never watched much to begin with. Sports and exercise I've even increased in order to get more blood to my brain and keep my weight down. But it's a good life and I enjoy it.

Arlene Hittle said...

I've given up cross-stitch, crochet and (sadly) reading. Still play the occasional game of Bejeweled Blitz on Facebook, though.

simply call me Ira... said...

same as you, I'll do hiking, cooking, or biking :) they are all relaxing to me

Vera Soroka said...

Sadly my housekeeping stuff. The house could fall down around me as I write. I think it already has.

Iliadfan said...

Ballroom dance. I still think about it a lot. But giving up a pricey hobby means I have more cash for books along with time to write.

Cakes by Erin said...

I definitely agree with Vera - housework! But I have cancelled cable, and spend more time writing, instead of watching movies.

D.G. Hudson said...

I neglect my art and crafting for writing, but I don't actually give them up.

I don't watch much TV, and I give up sleep so I can get up early and write.

You have to make room for the passions in your life. . . or suffer cognitive dissonance. (That's a feeling that's something not quite right in your world's balance.)

Katherine Hyde said...

Sleep.

Christine Mandiloff said...

Friends, family . . . you know, fluff like that. Not really! But whereas I used to be quite social, now the word "hermit" fits quite well.

Sarah said...

Social life/sex life.

Also - since I've been working on a historical novel, I can't read most historical novels. I usually get a couple of pages in and find some appalling anachronism, usually to do with a character thinking and/or behaving exactly as we do today, either with nobody around them blinking an eyelid, or (worse) shrugging off behaviour which would have got a person flogged, if not executed, during the actual 17th century with some absurd cliche about them being 'spirited' or some such. It makes me wonder if their writers read anything written before the present day.

Don't have a TV - never have.

tamw said...

I used to be super involved in my kids lives.I'm still involved, but to a much healthier degree. Giving that up was actually a good thing. I also used to do a bunch of crafty stuff. No more of that. I feel like all my creative impulses get used up by writing and I don't have any left over for anything else. My family complains that I spend too much time writing, so I try hard to find a balance but--since I'm as obsessive as everyone else on here--it's difficult. haha. On the flip side of that, I've been happier in the last five years of writing than I ever was doing any other hobby. It definitely fills something in me that was missing. I wish I had found it years ago, because I was meant to do this all along.

Emily Anderson said...

I think a more appropriate question would be: what haven't I given up?
Running (but I cut down to summers only so I can write more in winter)
Book Club

Everything else is gone, including:
Blogging (on my personal blog)
Scrapbooking
Volunteering (I used to be majorly active in the PTA, now I just do classroom volunteering)
TV (except a show or two a season)
Housework (okay, not a hobby, but my immaculate house isn't anymore)
Cooking (not that I ever loved it)
Sleep (I miss this the most)

Matthew J. Beier said...

Painting (still love it).

Recreational TV watching (don't really miss it).

Reading for fun on weekend mornings at the cafe (now I make time either on the bus or just before bed).

Being more social (have to be careful with this one...I don't want to disappear).

Zabrinah said...

I used to talk to my friends more. I've really abandoned a lot of socializing in order to keep my readers happy. But ultimately, I don't mind. I love getting an inbox full of emails, asking for my opinions/advice. It's always worth it in the end.

Best wishes from one blogger to another,

~Zabrinah

Rachel Searles said...

The gym, unfortunately. Also most shopping, since all I wear now is sweatpants and old sweaters. And some days, showering. New Year's resolution: become a socially functioning adult again.

Juturna F. said...

Given up? No, no, I never give up. I just... reduce. That's it. Reduce.

Like video games. Takes me about 2 years to finish a single video game, these days.

Or reading. I used to be in the 50+ books a year club (okay, probably 100+ books a year), but I'm down to more like 20 these days.

Also had to cut down on the dating life, but I was busy looking for a full-time job anyway, so I'll probably start that again now that I have one again.

Oh, and I haven't done as much baking lately. The world is a much sadder place without my awesome homemade peanut butter brownies. However, since exercise has also been reduced, that's probably for the better. Calories need to be inversely proportionate to time spent writing, and all.

Kristi Lea said...

I gave up more hobbies because I had children than for the writing itself.

I think I turned to writing in part because it was something that I could do that didn't involve noxious chemicals (painting) or scissors and needles (sewing, crochet). I can write from the living room couch with minimal setup/cleanup.

ted said...

Online chess. Which is surprisingly addictive.

Meghan Ward said...

Rock climbing, yoga, hiking, playing board games with friends. I especially miss rock climbing. Once I had kids, I had to choose between writing and exercise, and writing won.

Mira said...

I feel alittle...guilty saying this....but I haven't given up anything that I can think of.....

I'm just not in a rush, and writing isn't a livelihood issue, so it's just one thing on my 'to do' list. An important thing, sure, but not overshadowing the rest of my life...at least not now. That may change when I gear up to write my big stuff. But for now, I'm relaxed about it.

But just so I don't seem like a slacker, I will say that I've sacrificed for my art, but not in these terms. It's more in the lines of going into some difficult internal places and working with them. Saying that's a sacrifice isn't quite accurate, because there is a wonderful pay-off to doing that internal work....but it hasn't been fun, that's for sure!

Julie Daines said...

All of them...

Ben Campbell said...

Half-way have given up impromptu flash photography of events happening around Monterey/Carmel, and have also half-way stopped video shooting local concert performances in nightclubs and houses. Some of the concerts were boring but the photography is always fresh and exciting. Writing is always exciting, too.

Ilima Loomis said...

My garden.

CageFightingBlogger said...

I used to be a BIG TIME film buff. I've still got most of my films, transferred to DVD under my bed- hundreds and hundreds, along with about a thousand shorts. Now, if I try to sit and watch a film, I feel guilty about not writing while I'm sat down.

Ben Whiting said...

Video games are a former love I rarely see much of anymore. The drums and I were tragically separated before we ever even met. And I just didn't bother getting a TV when I got my own place.

Karen said...

Just discovered Nathan's blog and I can't believe how many great, really useful posts there are. I can't stop reading them! As for me, I'll echo a number of other folks here -I've given up or reduced the amount of time I spend gaming,going to the gym, reading new comics, and doing housework.

Anonymous said...

I gave up exercise. After finishing my book, I've put on what I now refer to as "the novel 15."

Nancy Kelley said...

Does sleep count as a hobby? I've definitely given it up in favor of writing/editing/rewriting.

Beyond that, the whole bit about actually going outdoors and doing things in nature has fallen by the wayside as well. I try to force myself to get up from the computer and take a walk, but when it's a choice between getting this scene done or going outside...

Mira said...

I'd like to add that although hard work is definitely important for a writer (of course), I also think it's really important for writers to be sure to have down time.

Not addressing this to anyone in particular, but say hiking, for example - hiking is really good for writing. It gives the brain time to process and work on things.

A great quote from Brenda Ueland, who wrote the best book on writing ever is:

"The imagination needs moodling,--long, inefficient happy idling, dawdling and puttering."

Creative writing is just one of those things where the aggressive "get this done" approach doesn't always work best.

It's good for writers to rest, take breaks, and play.

Btw, Brenda Ueland's book is available for 4 bucks as an e-book. It's so good, I hope every writer reads it.

Kristin Laughtin said...

I watch less TV than I used to anyway, but it's more that I've given up video games and, to a lesser extent, sewing on a regular basis. Now I do them in spurts, like when I finish a draft of a novel, etc. At most, I allow myself time for them after the writing is done, but they're not everyday or frequent hobbies anymore. It's been more of a reduction than outright quitting or giving up.

Rick Daley said...

I don't know if it qualifies as a hobby, but sleeping in is a self-sacrifice, since I tend to write more in the mornings before the kids get up.

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Cab Sav said...

I never watched much TV, so I didn't have that to cut. I read less, exercise less, and my personal blog has gone from two posts a week to two posts a month (and lucky at that). Life is pretty much work, write, eat and sleep (and in that priority).

Getting some good writing done though.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Hobbies?

Donna Amis Davis said...

Knitting. Poor Grandbaby #2! She came after blogging and writing in earnest started. But what really got my husband and I writing, was when our TV broke and we didn't replace it.

cgblake said...

TV, though I still occasionally tune into the YES Network for background noise.

Gjillian said...

I worry we give up too much.

I cringe when I hear multi-multi published authors brag about writing a book in ten weeks or less. Pounding out four to five books a year.

I will never be able to do that, nor do I aspire to be that prolific.

I just want to find a middling ground. Someplace where I get a bit more of my life back and write everyday for 5-6 hours. Is that crazy? Is that asking too much?

I am a debut author (my first novel comes out in February) and I am hoping I will be able to enjoy my new career as an author!

Sheri Fredricks said...

I have nearly quit riding horses. Sold a mare just this morning who'd gone a year without a saddle on her back. My treadmill time has increased however. I have more horses so in case I get the hankering back, there's a Plan B. The up side of writing for me is more time is spent with my family now that I'm not always at the barn.

Becca said...

I gave up overtime at work, which I now realize was a bad idea.

Anonymous said...

Friends and social life...something I'm trying to rectify this coming year.

The problem is that when you're contracted to write something it can be stressful. And to relieve that stress, you need down time and quiet. Ultimately, your social life suffers tremendously. To the point where the only things you are going to are publishing related events. This is not good. We need balance.

Lauren said...

A lot less movies and TV in general...

Adam Heine said...

Video games. Designing board games. Programming (mostly games).

Anonymous said...

gave up tv and don't miss it

Terin Tashi Miller said...

Great question, Nathan.
I was a drummer, rock bands, in high school. My senior year, I came upstairs from practicing with my friends and bandmates at their house, to discover their mother had shown her friend--a literary agent--a short story I'd had published in our high school collection of creative writing.
The agent, Ray Puechner, allegedly said "this kid can write!" when reading my story.
He took me under his wing, and I stopped playing drums.
I've also stopped watching as much television, especially when I'm writing, and I even stop reading for pleasure--I'm afraid of being unduly influenced by others' style or even ideas.
I've had to give up mowing the lawn, caring for the house, playing with my son, even going out for entertainment or working on my motorcycle--all things I enjoy when I'm either not writing, or want to occupy myself with something else while my brain is working on something writing related.
It's always a trade-off. But it's always worth it, in the end. Even if I never get what I've written published, or I never publish what I write. Except these days I'll suspend the writing to play with my son...(video games, or catch, or sledding in the winter).

Jaden Terrell said...

Dance lessons, dollmaking, drawing and painting, Tae Kwan Do classes, community theatre, puppetry, and playing guitar. I used to go to a movie every Saturday; now I go a few times a year. I also watch less TV than I used to.

Ann Elise said...

I don't think I've given up any hobbies entirely, but I've definitely decreased how much time I spend on them. I don't play as many computer games or watch as much TV as I used to. Funnily enough, I spend more time on social networking sites since I started writing.

Becca Puglisi said...

Everquest. Lol. My husband and I used to play together, but once I started writing, I just didn't have the time.

Becca @ THe Bookshelf Muse

Marilyn Peake said...

I love hiking, but don't do that nearly as much as I would if I weren't writing. I also start computer games, but never finish them due to writing. I also don't watch as many movies or TV shows as I used to. :(

Leanne said...

Procastinating, watching TV, cloud reading and talking to walls. It was win-win for me. Loss is not always a bad thing ;D

TperiodKyle said...

Definitely TV. I write mostly in the morning before work since I have a weird nearly second shift schedule at work from 11am-8pm. I used to Browse the internet, watch tv, or sleep in the morning before work, but now I try to write or edit.

Wendy said...

I wouldn't really say I've 'given up' anything, but I've lost interest in video games, TV and movies since I started writing. I'm now more focused on writing and less distracted and frustrated than I would be if I wasted all my time on the things I listed. :)

Jasper Youngfield said...

Basically the same. I was a big 'WoW in the middle of the night' and 'football all day Sunday' type. Had my baby three and a half years ago, and when he was a few months old, decided to get back to my writing goals. Haven't watched an NFL game in 3 years, and haven't played video games or MMOs at all really. We have started some table top, mainly because it is a better way to hang out as a family (play with my husband and brother-in-law) or with friends.

Anonymous said...

I've given up sewing, and I read and watch TV far less than I used to. I also have given up some time with my family. The big one is SLEEP!

My Muse is on Steroids said...

I don't feel like I've had to give anything up. Writing has been a part of my life since I was six, and I have always prioritized it. I still manage to read and exercise almost everyday, too. It helps that I don't have cable and don't really enjoy watching TV. Internet, however, is a huge time waster for me, and I have to unplug in order to get any quality writing done. Honestly, I don't think I'll experience having to give something up for my writing until I have children.

Courtney B. said...

Painting, scrapbooking, quilting,and knitting/crocheting. Eventhough it's not really a hobby, I've given up sleep (replaced sleep with coffee addiction) and I don't obsess about housework as much (still get it done, but not as regularly as I did before).

Simon Haynes said...

Golf and Archery have gone from my repertoir, but I took up cycling a couple of years ago.
The best thing about riding a bike is that you can incorporate it into your daily life - shopping, errands, commuting, etc.
I haven't watched live TV for years, instead preferring to pick up DVD boxed sets. (I save time by watching DVDs with VLC, which auto-skips anything marked non-skip. Clever.)
As for computer gaming ... I'll never give that up. I love my PC gaming too much, from F1 and flight simulations to RTS, FPS and business and historical strategy games. No Facebook style time wasters though, just solid titles with a lot of depth. (And no multiplayer, because too many people quit when they're losing!)

Steph said...

Knitting. Don't groan - knitting rocks! I miss it but I have to write ...

J.C. Martin said...

I used to play at least a couple of hours of video games and computer games a day, as well as watch too much TV. I now have a game from my birthday LAST year that I still haven't played, and have been gifted its sequel for this year's birthday. I have at least a handful of games I haven't even started because I never got around to playing them. I also only watch 2-3 hours of TV a week now.

Additionally, I used to write fanfiction, posting new chapters regularly. I had a small but loyal following. Sadly, my commercial writing is taking precedence, and as much as I want to, just don't have the time to return to fanfiction.

Gale Martin said...

crossword puzzles and crafty things

Miriam said...

Well, I'm currently balancing school (definitely not a hobby) with: writing, playing three instruments in five orchestras/bands, blogging, vlogging, tweeting, ballet three times a week and practice, procrastinating on YouTube and Tumblr.... so I tend to just keep them all going ;)

I admit that writing has cut into the time I used to spend cycling, swimming, that sort of thing. And because I write best at about 10pm I don't have time to read just before bed so I lose about half an hour of reading time every day - very bad considering that's supposed to be a massive part of writing!

Callene Rapp said...

Sleep.

Mark Beyer said...

Television, definitely. It was more than a hobby; more like obsession. And since I gave up TV 6 years ago, I've written two novels, mapped out three more, and read about 45 books per year.

Mark Beyer
author of "The Village Wit"
http://www.bibliogrind.com

Bryan Russell said...

Um. All of them?

Guilie said...

Does a boyfriend count as a hobby? What about a job? No, I didn't give up my partner--he's an amazing man that puts up with all sorts of writer-sh*it from me. The job... Yeah, I gave that up. Unconscionable, I know, and to be fair, it wasn't *just* about writing.

Gardening, though... I used to spend the whole weekend up to my knees in soil and seeds and transplants. The people at the garden center greeted me like a long-lost friend. Now I rush through the morning watering, soaking cacti and barely sprinkling hostas--no wonder they die--while I plot the MC's next move, or run through dialogue in my head.

*Sigh*

S. Kyle Davis said...

I have up on music. I used to write and record my won stuff. I was HUGE into it, but when I started writing, I didn't really have time for it, and was less interested anyway.

Debbie Ouellet said...

I gave up TV a long time ago, to make time to write and have never regretted it. The one thing I do miss that took a sideline for writing was my art. Occasionally, when the writing isn't going well, I'll go back to art for a little while. It gets the creativity flowing again.

Tom Bradley Jr. said...

Until I'm actually published and paid for my writing, I consider what avocational writing I do as my primary hobby. But as I've worked on my current WIP, my ukulele practice has had to take a back seat. That'll change when I finish my first draft.

Margo Rowder said...

I play (or used to regularly play) the drums. I work full-time as a copywriter, so I have to choose between fiction-writing and drumming as my main hobby. For now, writing wins the front burner while drumming waits on the back. But I still have my set, stacked in its cases, in my bedroom. I'd probably also do more dancing if it weren't for writing, but it's much easier to fit that in. And like many others here, I've severely curbed my TV-watching.
I wouldn't change a thing. :)

mariasmcdonald said...

I gave up Srapbooking.... Used to 'produce' a page a month or so, but the inspiration to embellish photo(s) on a page has now well and truly gone. I still love taking photos, but now I just enjoy it through my iPhoto albums :)

Matthew MacNish said...

Video games. Watching obscure international sports. Pretending to be a DJ.

Ally said...

When I first started writing on a daily basis, it cut into my reading time in a big way, until I realized I was essentially starving myself. Now, I watch a lot less TV. I used to make jewlery, which I also do much less of. Probably for the best, as it was an expensive hobby.

Tiffany said...

Ah, yes. Video games. I am in love with digital photography and photo editing, shooting HD video with my DSLR and editing the clips, and trying to put together some glitch and dubstep tracks with Sony ACID Pro 7 but I rarerly get to snap pics or shoot video. Hell, I'm on SoundCloud and haven't uploaded a single track. I am currently reading like a fiend to try and improve my writing so that means little writing. Something's got to give!

When I return to class I'm not going to be able to write at all so I'm looking to get the first draft finished by April and first revisions by August. Want it done before I'm 35 which will be in a year and a half. It's looking grim, these days...

Anonymous said...

I love to play video games, read, cook and watch movies. I love to hang out with friends and family as well. I haven't gave up of anything I love doing, nor do I plan to. I'm aiming to be an author, but I refuse to give up on anything I love to do because of it. No one should. Having less time to do the things you love is one thing, but giving it up? That's ridiculous. While balance in life hard to achieve, it is achieveable. I also treat writing like a job instead of a hobby so all of this could be just my case though :)

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