My name is Carrie, I’m 34 years old and I don’t have a hobby. In fact, I don’t believe I’ve ever had a hobby unless you count reading as one. That’s what I did for most of my life, besides watching television, doing schoolwork and playing outside when I was younger. That unfortunate fact has led me to be pretty bored and probably pretty boring now that I’m fully into my adulthood. My husband and his friend think this is a girl thing. Before any of you might start calling them sexist, I tend to agree with them. They say young girls tend to play with things that are more geared toward an emotional aesthetic or activities that are leading us toward being a wife and mother. Certainly not everyone, of course, but it makes sense, especially in my case. I played with a cardboard kitchen, used a blackboard to teach imaginary people or my stuffed animals, and “cooked” with an Easy Bake oven to make tasty treats. As an adult, I’m a wife but I’m not a mother and I don’t plan to be one. So, I need to find ways to fill my time since it won’t be taken up with everything and anything related to children.
Anyway, I’ve been searching awhile now for something to grab my attention and become a passion, something that I burn to do when I get home and can spend hours doing rather than just lying slug-like on the living room furniture watching DVDs until it’s time to go to bed. I’ve been hopping from thing to thing, not really delving into anything and certainly not sticking with any of them. At times, it has felt like I’ve had the attention span of a 5 year old, and it’s been extremely frustrating since I had no idea what I might want to do. At this point, everything seemed interesting but I wanted to be in the middle of it, already have some of the skills I would have learned and developed if I had started 5 or 10 years ago, so I could be one of the creative people, one of the “important” people, part of that special, enviable group.
Lucky for me, and hopefully lucky for some of you, I may have finally found it. Last year, my husband and I went to Wizard World Chicago where he was offering a print version of his website, Branded in the 80s, for the first time ever. We met up with some friends we’ve gotten to know online, Jerzy Drozd, Anne Drozd and Mark Rudolph (all three of Tiny Astronaut), and as always happens if you’re not selling a lot of things you get bored. Me in particular since this was my husband’s project, so even if a sale was made the people were talking to him not that chick standing next to him. So, at one point I started doodling these creatures with bat wings….a frog, an ice cream cone with fangs, a balloon, etc. I do not draw nor do I know how, but it was something to pass the time for at least a few minutes. I drew a few more after we got back home, but then I moved onto the next “thing” and didn’t think of them again. Until recently that is, but more on that in the next entry.