August 29th, 2012 • Kate

I’m always curious about my readers, but today I’m curious about what other things you do or hobbies you have besides reading and writing. For instance, I’ve lately been really exploring the world of photography, and working to improve at it. What about you? What do you do? And why? Is there a reason behind it? How did you get started?


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20 Responses to “Polltime!”

  1. Rebecca Petruck Says:

    I play at paper art when I need a break from the computer. I'm learning "The Elements of Pop Up" and have cobbled together mini-cityscapes with rolled up manuscript pages. Last year was all about folding–1,000 cranes, and book bursts. Lately I've begun to collect old books and sharp knives, thinking book carving will be my next project.

    Also, roller skating. Naturally.

  2. DaphneUn Says:

    That is SO cool. Would love to see what you're working on!

  3. @inksstainedhand Says:

    I love calligraphy. (Technically, this is writing…) My grandma was a calligraphy professor for a long time, so she's the one who got me started. It's an art that I think is very important to keep alive, especially since we live in a world where a growing number of people can't read or write cursive.

  4. @mfumarolo Says:

    I'm all about needlework! My grandma taught me how to knit, crochet, and cross stitch when I was still in elementary school and I still enjoy it today in my mid-20s. Last weekend I knit an awesome beret and I've made more than my fair share of sweaters and scarves, too.

  5. Maribeth Says:

    I am a craps dealer/pit boss at a casino. Some days I deal, some days I stand in the pit in a suit. It's a fun day job and provides me with tons of character inspiratiion.

  6. Robin Says:

    I've been into knitting for a while. Lately, I've gotten into quilting and embroidery… and dogs. I'm obsessed with pit bulls… 😉

  7. K Callard Says:

    I'm into cake decorating. I started taking classes just before my daughter's first birthday, and I find it's a great creative outlet. Plus I get to eat all my projects…. 😀

  8. deliamoran Says:

    I quilt. It's artistic, exacting, and you have something beautiful and useful when you're done. Plus, you get to collect pretty fabric. 🙂

  9. Brandi Says:

    Singing–mostly at a local karaoke bar. I find it's a great outlet for emotions and it's creative. I've started writing my own lyrics and melodies, and want to buy a guitar and learn chord progression as well. It's a lot harder than it seems, but I recently was able to hit the high note in Unchained Melody (the Leann Rimes version) and was pretty excited about that!

  10. Lorelie Brown Says:

    Couponing. Yup, I'm one of those women with the giant binder & an overflowing pantry.

    All the cutting is oddly soothing & the organization is just brain-using enough that I forget about all my work/writing thoughts. It's the only time I zen.

  11. Ruth Stearns Says:

    I play story-based video games like the Sims and Mass Effect and get my social kicks in Star Wars: The Old Republic, a game I can play with my friends across the country. My dad got me started with games on our Apple II E back in the 80's. I was never into sports and he didn't see the appeal of My Little Ponies, so gaming was the first activity we both enjoyed!

  12. DaphneUn Says:

    Wooohooo! Love Mass Effect! And I used to have regular date nights with the Wed Monkey playing an MMORPG when we lived across the country from each other.

  13. Rachel Thompson Says:

    I'm another gamer (I worked in the video game industry for years), mostly massively multiplayer games with my husband and a small group of friends. But I also sew (mostly crafty things, like seatback organizers for the car) and I love making jewelry. Bead and wire, strung beads, wire wrapping, and a lot of those wrap bracelets that are popular now. There's something very zen about stringing beads.

  14. Kendall Says:

    I really like cooking. Writing is such a nebulous activity–there's always a way to make it better, you can always spend more time with it, and it's so subjective. But with cooking, it's pretty much always the same. If you have a good recipe and good ingredients and pay attention, you'll have a satisfying result. Especially after a long day of writing, I find cooking really satisfying and relaxing.

  15. Rachael Says:

    I love riding horses, though I haven't in a few years. English is my favorite (jumping in particular) but I also ride western. Nowadays, I like nature photography and hiking.

  16. Susan Adrian Says:

    I've really been getting into cooking the past couple of years–I have regular recipe blogs I follow, and usually try at least one new one a week. Most work. 🙂 Other than that, I enjoy the brain-stretchingness of learning a new language, and the brain-restingness of watching movies and TV series with my hubby.

  17. Carrie Harris Says:

    I game (both electronic and paper), crochet odd creatures, and collect ridiculous sentences in foreign languages. If you ever need to learn how to say, "The car is full of potato salad" in German, I am your girl. I've also gotten into weight lifting recently, which I find really surreal.

  18. Sharon Kirk Clifton Says:

    I've been a pro raconteur for a quarter of a century. Wow! That makes me sound ancient. My stories, especially the historicals, spark my novels. I also love sewing and beating my grandchildren at the game of Othello or Mancala–when they let me. Thanks for asking.

  19. M. Ziegler Says:

    You mean before children? If I actually get down time I love to sew, make candles, scrap book, embroider, and any other craft I can get my hands on. I learned sewing and embroidery from my aunt. Someday I am going to master knitting. I guess if we think chasing a toddler is a hobby then I do that too. I am taking my first children's photography course this fall so that I might end up with some photo's of my kids that don't look like little blurry aliens-maybe I should start selling to the tabloids.

  20. Edi Says:

    I'm terribly late getting to this but better late than never, right? That's what I'm telling myself, anyway. So my hobbies:

    First, I've done pencil sketches — sometimes colored, sometimes not — most of my life. I'm not the best artist ever but I've done some stuff here and there that I'm pretty proud of. If I'm not actively doing something else with my hands, I'm probably sketching or, at the very least, doodling something.

    Second, my parents started me swimming when I was little and I've loved it ever since. I like being active but HATE sweating so swimming is perfect for me. I'm also obsessed with water in almost any form so that plays a part too. I'd seriously live in a pool if I could.