Sometimes it feels like being a writer is a full-time gig. And I mean 24-hours a day full time. When I’m doing laundry I’m trying to figure out how to get the heroine to the ball without an invitation. While I’m brushing my teeth I’m trying out snippets of dialogue to try to make them snappier. Watching TV, I see a scene and think, “if I did this and that, I could make a similar scenario work for an opening chapter.”
This is why I like my hobbies so much. They take time and concentration, which gives me a break from writing. And in the case of collecting Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, etc., it gives me a land/galaxy to think of that’s far away from anything I’m otherwise working on. So I collect things, as some of you may have heard. When I search out and acquire a new figure, I make sure to record where I found it, how much I paid for it, any specific serial or item numbers, and where I’m storing the box (which can be really important, considering how many boxes I have). These are some of my more recent acquisitions.
I’ll admit that I probably have too many items in my collection. Pirates have begun spilling out of the display room and taking up residence in my bedroom. But since my bedroom theme is Caribbean/tropical, I think they fit pretty well. I have a dinosaur head above my television, a Terminator arm on my hearth, and a hobbit and four dwarves on my mantel. (I’m working on getting all twelve dwarves from The Hobbit movies.)
I have a spare bedroom I’ve converted into a display room. (That’s one wall of it, there on the left.) When friends and relatives come to visit, that’s where they want to go first. Even the giraffe in the foyer pales by comparison. I know some people think I’m goofy, or worse, but I don’t really care; it’s my stuff, and I have fun finding it, displaying it, and even dusting it.
What do you do when you’re not working? Do you choose things that are as far from your regular job as you can get, or do they all complement each other? Does anyone else look at your hobby as…odd?