I like making things. Trained as an engineer, worked as a lawyer, recovering from both. Perpetual novice. Enjoying my obscurity. What I’m up to now (with a nod to Derek Sivers for the idea):

Learning classical guitar

Yikes, this is by far the hardest instrument I’ve ever tried. I’m taking private lessons and practicing a ton just to keep up with the material. I have no idea where all this effort will lead, if anywhere, but it’s satisfying work.

Writing as a hobby again

A few months ago, I decided to get off the query/submission-go-round. What a relief! I wasted too many years listening to writing advice that sucked all the joy out of writing. At this stage in my life, finding a publisher is like applying for a job I don’t even want. I’m back to writing primarily for my own enjoyment and the challenge of getting better, the same reasons why I study music and drawing. Thank goodness self-publishing is so easy now. It’ll be a great way for me to mark a project as “done.”

Learning how to draw

A friend introduced me to Sketchbook Skool and it’s something I didn’t know I needed until I dove in. I’m currently learning the basics–it’s a lovely balance to the intensity of my music and writing practices. It feels like I’m using a looser, freer part of my brain, even as I focus on improving my drawing skills. I eventually want to get into urban sketching, which is a fancy term for drawing what’s around you. But first things first, I still need to learn how to draw something recognizable.

September 10, 2021