Thai food cooking
Hot gluing used coffee filters to the tops of glass jars and stamping them with Amish-style stamp designs
Hot gluing cotton balls to the tops of glass jars and then gluing fabric over the cotton balls to make the lids puffy and then filling the jars with candy
Wreath-making from vines I cut from random bushes on the side of the road
Cutting hearts out of the pages of old books and Mod Podging them to glass jars and putting candles inside
Mod Podging magazine pictures and pictures of the Virgin of Guadalupe onto bathroom tiles from the hardware store and then shellacking the shit out of them
Mod Podging bookish quotes onto pieces of construction paper and tying ribbons to the top to make bookmarks
Hot gluing wooden buttons to construction paper and tying ribbons to the top to make bookmarks
Blowing the insides of my chickens’ eggs into bowls and painting the eggs with spiritual symbols i.e. the Eye of Horus, the Tree of Life, and the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Finding sticks in my backyard and hot gluing them to jars and putting candles inside
Gluing paper to empty boxes and filling them with homemade candy
Candy making (meringues, nut brittles, truffles, peanut butter chocolate balls)
Making sugar cookies from scratch, cutting them into the shapes of dozens of sharks and decorating them with peace signs and fancy sayings such as “bite me”
Bingeing on Netflix
Mod Podging pictures of jazz musicians and Frida Kahlo onto notebooks and covering them with packing tape to make journals
Cutting pictures of fashions I liked out of magazines and collecting them in binders organized by category
Making personalized decks of Guidance cards complete with little notebooks filled with hidden meanings
Mixing perfume and oils and food coloring into Epsom salts to make custom bath salts
Performing West African dance onstage at Fairy Tale Town
I can’t get a single minute of writing time back from my hobby years. Some of those things I made were pretty and made nice gifts that maybe people even liked. During some of those years I was writing too, on the side, in between the minutes I spent being busy, so busy.
If we are serious about writing, we focus our precious time and energy to writing. If we aren’t serious, then we glue sticks to old Marinara sauce jars. One activity is not better than the other unless we are yearning to write and wielding a glue gun instead of words because we are afraid.
Put down the gun. Just write.