Hello, everyone! Dana Mentink here. I've got hobbies on the brain. I always do, as I launch into creating new characters, because I think hobbies are a great way to tell what makes someone (fictional or not) tick. Me? I'm a nut, and an attention challenged nut at that, so I figured it might be more telling to reveal the hobbies I've failed at, rather than latched onto.
Hobby fail the first: knitting. My knitting instructor is probably still recovering from her migraine. While the class busily creating scarfs, hats, socks and sweaters, I produced what was kindly described as a "fruit cozy." That's a misshapen, stringy net thing with holes that might accommodate apple stems if you could wrestle the unfortunate fruit inside. I did not sign up for the second knitting session, and I'm pretty sure I saw the teacher do a silent fist pump.
Hobby fail the second: Scrapbooking. Oh wow did I get off to a blistering start! Colored paper, stickers, fancy bobbers and borders!!! I mean my first photo page was incredible! Day one of Emily Mentink's life, recorded for posterity. Then I realized the zealous scrapbookers seated all around me intended to put similar effort into pages for each and every day of their wee ones lives. Doing the math, I discovered I'd have to repeat this process 363 more days just to record the first year of Em's life. And I actually went ahead and had a second child! Scrapbooking extravaganza times two! I closed up shop and slunk away in disgrace.
So what's a middle aged hobby failing woman with attention problems supposed to do? I found the perfect hobby for me...fiction writing! There is no yarn involved (unless you want to think of story telling as yarn spinning), and it does not require one to do the same thing day in and day out. My stories can go all wacky, willy nilly, zipping from one place to the next to keep up with my imagination and if I get bored of one? I'll work on two at once, like I'm doing now as I pen a lighthearted romance and a romantic suspense. Do you love it? I did, so much that my hobby became my business. Though my fruit will never be cozy, I think it's the perfect hobby for me!
What's your hobby? Did you ever have any "hobby fails" like I did? Would love to hear your thoughts!
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