Writing is not the only creative outlet I have. I do traditional arts and crafts, although I haven’t set my hand to beads in years. I do have a couple projects that need to be done. The thing is I hate to get started because I did so much that now my fingertips crack within hours of starting work.
The beading isn’t the problem. When I have to applique the work to leather is the problem. I have devised a workaround, using pliers. A method which requires a lot more time. So, I only do work for myself at this time.
I also take photographs, mostly landscapes. I go for walks when the weather is nice or conducive to walking at any rate. Most times, it’s to fulfill my daily 10,000 steps program. Since the beginning of this year’s program, I’ve mostly averaged about 2500 steps. Luckily, we can use a half hour of dancing for 2000 steps. There is a conversion table. Pow-wow dancing is lots of steps. Exercising, gardening and other activities designed to keep us moving. Healthy lifestyle at the edges of my mind every day. ‘Cept winter.
I have quite a collection of photographs. Mostly, for my own enjoyment. And, perhaps to use for cover designs. Least til I can afford to hire it out. Ahh, not hire it out. Drats, sometimes, my father’s voice pops into my head. Hire a professional. Good thing this is written down in my grand plan for my writing career. Teehee.
I attend the arts and crafts, cultural stuff the local radio station sponsors every so often. It’s always interesting to see and hear what other creatives are doing.
The most important one, to me, is sitting quietly, watching the world around me. I notice a lot of things that I would miss when going about my everyday routine. This gives me time to think about life, enjoy the memories I have. Time to recharge.
I do a lot of coloring, the closest I can come to actually painting or drawing. I have much admiration for those who can. Colors, mixing and matching, gives me the sense that all is right with my world. It’s something fast and easy and also very noticeable errors and mistakes. I think that’s what gives me the greatest satisfaction, being able to correct any mistakes without have to think about it, without having to hunt out where I went wrong. I don’t have to analyze anything, figure out anything. All I have to do is feel the positive emotions and that is good enough for me.