Though I’ve admired her blog for a long time now, I’ve only recently started chatting with Amanda of Letter Inside Out. In my move from Blogger to WP, Amanda was so wonderful in helping me understand more about what exactly RSS is and how to best use it with her informative post: RSS – What is it and how do I use it? She also runs an online book club called Geeks Who Read Book Club that sounds super fun. Intrigued by her smarts and appreciative for her help, I knew I just had to get her over here to share about her life away from reading.
Is there ANY time I spend not reading? Not really. I’m the one who is always within reach of a book. If I’m watching TV, I’m probably reading. On the computer? Book in hand. I’ve jokingly said I’ve read at the movie theater, but it’s not so much a joke. It’s happened.
The number one place to look for me when I’m not reading is to see if I’m at the computer. I’m definitely a computer nerd. Blogging aside most of my “work” is done at the computer. But we don’t want work, we want fun. So, I’m pretty much on Skype during my waking hours taking to my blogging friends. We do discuss books and blog-related things, but we also come up with the CRAZIEST conversations. (Sometimes they also move to Twitter, if you’ve ever seen me tweet something really random, that’s why!) I often make them little presents – like the day I made April of My Shelf Confessions into a cannibalistic pony.
Another of my computer-related time sucks – Second Life. If you’ve never heard of it, think “The Sims” only real. If you have heard of it, I promise I’m not as crazy as some of the players! Basically, you can be anything and do anything. My avatar, Alice, has RPed as a vampire Queen, run from zombies, visited places like Forks and Hogwarts, shot at things, and made tons of friends. It’s a book lover’s dream! People create entire “worlds” for different books and movies and you can EXPLORE!
When I’m not on the computer, I’m typically not home. I live in a very small town in Western Kentucky, we are known for having lakes, “taters” aka potatoes, a national quilt show, and the fact we have a Wal-Mart. (I kid you not, the Wal-Mart thing was listed in an Bloomsberg report about our town. We don’t even have a book store!) I sometimes drive a few towns over and go shopping (30-45 minutes) and spend time with friends. When the weather is nice, I’ll venture to the lakes and tourist attractions. I mostly explore when I can drag my friends or family along, but there is always something new to see! This picture is from an area not far from my house that I sometimes go to sit and read/write, have a picnic, or just walk around and watch the animals.
In the past few months I’ve also added guitar playing as a hobby. My brother was self-taught and really good, he always would try to teach me how to play but I’d get frustrated. He passed away earlier this year, so now I want to learn to play. I’ve only been trying for the past couple of months, I’m getting better but no where near “good”. Also on that same vein, I’m a writer! I’ve written since I was a child – I have published poetry over the years and attempted several novels, but I am just now getting started on a new project. That is taking up a lot of my time.
Last, but not least…I have a knack for finding “lost” animals. Most of which end up coming home with me. Nearest and dearest to my heart is Summer, she was found by a cute elderly lady who didn’t want a pets. I brought her home with me and she takes up A LOT of my time, mostly because she likes to “talk” to alert me of ANYTHING that happens outside and she won’t stop until I come see. Usually it’s a fallen leaf, a bug, or a bird in a tree.
Thanks again, Missie, for asking me to join you this week!
Amanda, please accept my condolences for your brother. I bet he is pretty darn proud of the fact that you’ve taken up guitar playing in his honor.
Funny about the Wal-mart thing. I’m from a small town too, so I know what it’s like to not have a bookstore nearby. How is your local library? Oh, I remember when I was addicted to the Sims, and everyone kept tell me to try SL, but I never did. You’ve now got me curious. It must be loads of fun to explore those other worlds. Good luck with your writing and your new project. Can’t wait to see what you come up with.