Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Finding stuff to do is not my problem (#IWSG June 2023)

May chugged along, writing-wise. I finished a couple of more chapters in Gale Harbour book 3, and had lots of ideas how to fix some glaring problems in previous chapters. It really feels like it's starting to come together, which is good. I still have another 20-30K words to go, but for a long time I was stalled and it felt like I would never be able to get it back on track. Now the end is (almost) in sight. It's certainly not going to be published this year as I had originally hoped, but early next year is a distinct possibility. 

(Dammit, I shouldn't have said anything, now I've jinxed myself)

I like the question this month, so let's get to it:

June Question - If you ever did stop writing, what would you replace it with?

That's easy, and I'm already kind of doing it - painting miniatures and crafting. I did a whole month worth of posts about miniature painting for the A-to-Z Challenge. I'm already spending enough time (and money!) on painting and crafting that I'm taking away from my writing time. If I stopped writing, I would be painting even more.

Just some of the finest zombie slayers Canada has to offer.

Of course, I always have other creative hobbies. I like to make games (both tabletop and video), and I've been thinking for years about picking up guitar again. I just know I don't have time for it in my current situation. 

We've always got to find some kind of creative outlet, right? If not writing or painting, then I would probably be making stop-motion LEGO movies. I would actually LOVE to do that, if I had the time. 

Finding hobbies is not my problem. Finding time to actually do them is a whole other issue.

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  1. That's great you have other creative outlets. And how awesome that you see the end in sight on your current project.

  2. I'm a lot like you in the creative outlet aspect. If I'm not writing, I'm doing something else. Never will you find me saying I'm bored.

  3. I've often had to reign myself in from picking up a new hobby because of lack of time.

  4. It does seem to be that our passions flow far faster than our buckets of time fill. Those are great miniatures

  5. What a wonderful Plan B! You may have found your other calling ;-)
    Enjoy what ever you do!

  6. It's good you have other hobbies. I don't really have other creative hobbies. Making Lego stop-motion movies would be neat but that stuff is so much work. Of course now you could probably use an "AI" to do most of it.

  7. Wow! Those miniatures are just great! Loved them.
    I agree, there are many things I could do, too, apart from writing, but time... that's something I would run short of. There are just 24 hours in a day!

  8. Finding time to do all the things you want to do can be a bind. If you have many hobbies you'll never be twiddling your thumbs.

  9. I wish we had more hours in the day. Alas, it's pick our favorite or no sleep. Great job painting the minitaures!


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