Sunday, 29 July 2018

And Relax...

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I got to thinking, what do writerly folk  do to chill out?
If it's your full-time thing - What do you do in your spare time? What makes your heart sing?

Perhaps you write in your spare time, and it may be all you do at any available opportunity, or perhaps there are other things you do too? I'm curious, personally writing keeps me sane in an insane world. I can't imagine me not doing it, but I've got a full-time job, so I do write in my spare time. Some would call it my hobby, but I don't like that word applied to my writing.

When I'm not writing, I'm reading or listening to audio books and watching movies on the big screen. I like to switch off and lose myself in the story, and try hard not to dissect how it's structured. Often I manage it but it's hard not to pick things apart.

I enjoy walking for health, and listening to music at the same time which makes me happy. I love getting away in my caravan to explore the beautiful English countryside, and I especially love a city break where I soak up the culture, check out art galleries, exhibitions and museums. My camera's never far away. Photography, like writing has mostly always featured in my life.

I've definitely got too many things going on that I love to do! And I haven't mentioned cooking yet, I usually cook at least a couple of new recipes every week.

Then I've a shortish list of things I'd like to do in the future. Crazy I know. I'm one of these annoyingly ever curious types. On my 'future things to do' list I have knitting, joining a proper walking group, growing things in pots, joining a book club and taking some sort of relaxation class. I'm quite mad! Oh, but that's another writerly thing altogether isn't it?

Do tell me how you relax - lets see if there are any similarities between writers, I suspect there will be a lot of common interests because we're all creatives darling.
Do tell what's on your future list?


17 comments:

  1. What I currently do is – gardening, photography, walking, travelling in the camper van. Things I'd like to do in future – gardening, photography, walking, travelling in the camper van.

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    1. Can't fault you Patsy, and we definitely have more in common.

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  2. Writing is my spare-time job too. I don't really have hobbies - I go to the gym, but that's related to my gym instructor day job (I couldn't imagine instructing people without doing it myself). I read a lot, like walking with the dog and... um, is meeting friends for coffee a hobby?

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    1. Oh yes, definitely a good one, meeting friends and drinking coffee and possibly eating cake?

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  3. I like photography too, though haven't had much time for it this year. Reading of course and this year I've been growing Lettuce as a way of increasing my green vegetable intake. Must get out more before winter comes back.

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    1. Yes Carol, get out with your camera! Again looking at comments so far, their are lots of similarities.

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  4. Not much 'spare' time here either, I try to devote any time in the evenings to writing fiction, although that time seems to be diminishing as the children get older and stay up later. It sounds as though you have a really good balance of things, I particularly like the idea of city breaks. I walk the dog quite a bit - that's my exercise, and I like reading and photography. On my future list is calligraphy, I'd love to be able to spend some time on that, it's something that really appeals to me. I've dabbled in it from time to time, but at the moment I just don't have any spare hours. One day though... CJ xx

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    1. Ah I remember those days. Don't know much about calligraphy, other than it looks beautiful but I expect it's a really relaxing thing to do. x

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  5. I enjoy walking, photography, history, swimming (when I get back to it), dancing (when I get back to it) and always reading.

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    1. History! Now I love history too, I enjoy going to National Trust properties and learning the history of the house and the previous occupants.

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  6. I walk, I potter, I sit in cafes, and listen and play music. Today, I managed all of these. I went for a walk around West Hunsbury country park and stopped for a cuppa in the Drovers' Return, where the owner offered me a go on his ukulele. Then I went off to a garden centre for a mooch. A good day out!

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    1. Sounds like one of those days when you have added to your creative well too!

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  7. I have had to prioritize and the things I used to do like free online courses I don't have time to do alongside work. I enjoy reading and like to go out places and get out into the countryside but that's rare sadly. I try and do yoga to stay chilled. If I had more free time I'd do a lot more as there's a lot I'd like to do but writing needs to be a priority. I do also have a blog but that has suffered lately do 😫

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    1. I think there's a lot of us in the same boat so to speak...I find it does help if I plan and prioritise, but lately my best laid plans have been shot as I didn't leave myself enough wriggle room. Mind you sometimes, even a big chunk of wiggle room isn't enough...
      Enjoy what you can Jen and keep up the writing momentum!

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  8. Ooh walking, reading, cooking, swimming, photography - I'm not doing as much of any of those things as I want to and I'd like to get back to it all. I'm cooking the usual day to day stuff, but I want to get back to experimenting with recipes and walking more as well as walking the dogs - but I can't see it happening for a while, so at the moment its all on my future list along with getting back to writing!

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    1. Hi Teresa,
      I've decided just this week that I'm going to cut back on trying out new recipes to just one or two a month. It will give me more time to get on with my writing!

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  9. I enjoy gardening, volunteer for a social enterprise making jams and chutneys, the seaside and visiting new places. I can always make time for these but find it difficult to sit down and write!

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