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

About 1.5 months ago, I had a kitchen accident that took off a chunk of my fingertip and put my guitar practice (at least for my left hand) on hold for several weeks. I’m now back to using both hands even though the fingertip is still a bit tender and noticeably deformed. Lesson learned: ignore the societal pressure to rush around and be busy all the time–BAD things happen when I rush.

Writing as a hobby again

I’m 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 and paint with watercolors

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. My goal: have a regular sketchbook journaling and urban sketching practice.

October 5, 2021