Annnd very late, but I've had the plague, these past few days so...
*Day 06 – Your hobbies
Well, as I've mentioned, my hobbies primarily include:
Reading would be the oldest. I've been at that
more or less since I could
. The first full-length novel I ever read was The Hobbit, in... I think it was fifth grade? Something like that. That kicked off a life-long love of the written word. There are a few writers I follow just about religiously, such as Clive Barker and Niel Gaiman. (There are probably one or two things by them I haven't
read, but I'll hunt it all down eventually.^_^) I used to be really big on traditional fantasy, but I prefer urban/dark/Victorian/steampunk stuff lately, when I bother with fiction. I've also started to become interested in historical things, and have found a handful of Manga I enjoy following (Pandora Hearts, Deadman Wonderland, and Dogs:Bullets and Carnage in particular).
This, of course, led to writing, which I'm decent at, though I'm terrible about finishing what I start--Which is, I think, why I haven't started the novel in my head, yet... I want to have enough built up to know that I will
finish it. All this business with gargleblasted
is the most I've written since high school, which is very definitely a start. It makes me wonder if what I need is a partner. I dunno, though; I worry that I'd be too controlling, when it came to a world and characters that actually and fully originated from me... I've met one or two people I'd like to co-write something with, though, since I got into this play-by-post schtick.
Hiking is my favorite way to relax, when it isn't bloody freezing out, and it's generally something I prefer to do solo, these days. If I go hiking with you, be flattered. ;-) I like going out and seeing what kinds of things I can find, and what kinds of things I can catch sight of. Usually it's to the wildlife preserve practically next door, which is surprisingly active for being such a small place. There have been days when I've encountered lakes full of hundreds of swans, there, and once a deer almost walked right up to me, until the wind changed and it realized I was a person. It was rather put-out about that. :-|
Jewelry-making and sculpting, I was pretty heavily into, before I got into RP. There's something intensely satisfying about making a beautiful thing, and I won't deny that the extra money that can sometimes come of it is also gratifying. I've always found working with my hands to be therapeutic. I've also tried sewing and painting, for these reasons. I'd like to take up any one of them again. I just need to find the time.
Litha, for shame, you should still be studying this hardcore. Seriously, folks, I love this language; it's just so very pretty
to me. Just hearing it makes me happy, and I find that I actually seem to think
better, in the headspace that listening to/studying/thinking in it puts me into. On top of that, Japanese culture and history is interesting, and I will confess to loving me some Anime. I used to spend hours
, every day, happily immersing myself in learning this language. I got to a vocabulary of over a thousand words, then I plateaued when I got to Kanji, and I'm genuinely pissed at myself over this. Where the hell did my discipline go? No, really, where? I need to start doing this again...
*reaches for book*
*reaches for My Japanese Coach*
*fucking does this