Tuesday, October 8, 2013
What do you do?
While I researched this hobby, I found gorgeous photographs of underground caves that were as beautiful as anything I've seen above ground, with stunning rock and crystal formations, things I would love to see. But actually going into one of those caves myself? It would give me a massive case of claustrophobia. I like wide-open spaces and plenty of room to roam. On the other hand, if I had to go underground to save someone I love, I would do it in a heartbeat!
I also found out there are microscopic insects who live in caves, which makes my skin a little itchy. Silly, I know, considering how many insects there are around us in our daily lives.
While writing my stories, I look for something a little bit different. I don't want my characters to always be doing the same things from book to book. In IN FROM THE COLD and HOME TO LAURA, the father of my three hero brothers was a mountain climber and actually climbed to the summit of Mt. Everest. Researching that was interesting!
There are so many things people do that fascinate me, so many unusual careers and unique hobbies. I don't know how people find some of these past times. Do they research to find what's out there, or do they fall into these things by happenstance?
Years ago, when I was a darkroom printer, I was the first woman hired in one of the professional labs in which I worked. This was a little different because women's career choices were more limited back then than they are now. Thank goodness, things have changed and there are innumerable choices available to us now.
These days, my hobbies are very tame...reading(!), knitting, cooking, learning to dance. I absolutely adore swing dancing. The music is joyful and fun, and fills me with energy.
I'd like to give away a copy of BECAUSE OF AUDREY to someone who comments today. Check back on the weekend to see whether you've won!
What are your hobbies? Or...what career did you choose for yourself? What keeps you engaged and active?