Okay, writerly writers--we haven't had a your-turn-to-chatter Friday Fricassee for a while.
Here's what I want to know: If you're a regular here, you're obviously passionate about writing. But WHAT ELSE ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT?
If for some reason, writing were no longer an option, where would you channel your creative energy?
And if you have a day job that you DON'T love, how would you direct your life's path so that you could be gainfully employed doing something that stoked you deep on the inside?
For me, that's a tricky question, because I've DONE the "other path" thing and finally came around to the First Love of writing, which manifested very early for me. My "other path" was, of course, music, which is what I have a degree in. So, yeah, I could teach piano lessons (ugh). I could teach in a classroom (I'd rather lick envelopes for a living). I could do the "indie artist" thing (I do songwrite in my occasional spare time). But music is something I've already moved away from. I am always happy to sit down with Beethoven or Schubert and while away a happy hour, but in the end it's really just a cathartic exercise for me. It's not what I want to do with the rest of my life.
I have causes about which I am passionate, and I love to scrapbook (especially things like Mr. A's and my first return to our Favorite Beach Town since our honeymoon), and local theatre auditions always make me ache for my days-gone-by onstage. (Hey, I did get a callback a year or so ago!)
But for me, there isn't an alternative plan. Writing is it. If the writing went away, I would be forced to become a cat lady on an organic farm in the middle of a commune. Or maybe raise alpaca.
Okay--your turn! What ELSE are you, other than WRITER? What do you turn to in order to keep your creative juices juicy? Where do your OTHER PASSIONS lie?