Wow, when I heard the topic for this round of blogs, I cringed. What the hell do I do with my free time that doesn’t revolve around reading and writing? Hmmm… Let’s see, I’m basically a child taxi service from 2:30-6:30 Mon-Fri which is more penance for having kids than hobby. And even then, plots spin through my head while I’m driving and subjecting my kids to my book playlists. Weekends revolve around my son’s club soccer schedule.
I have a slate of TV shows that I watch with my husband, although I don’t rise to fan-geekdom with any of them. Except for PBS Masterpiece Theater, I could probably give any or all of them up without crying, which speaks more to my nerdiness than a true passion. As an aside, is there a fandom for Masterpiece Theater? I enjoy superhero movies, but don’t go on opening day or wear hero-inspired clothes. Although, if the follow-up is as good as the first, Deadpool could become a mini-obsession. I loved it!
Wait! There is one thing that I am obsessed with. One thing that has me dressing the part and counting down the days…Tennessee football. *Cue Rocky Top* And, if you don’t know the Tennessee fight song, then I’ll sing it for you—all the verses—at RWA in San Diego. It is the best, most unusual, red-necky fight song in all of college football. I have spent an insane amount of money on game tickets, approached heat exhaustion, and sat through torrential downpours to watch my team with 107,000 of my closest friends. I’ve never face-painted, but I would!
I don’t know what it is about football that I love. Certainly, not the concussions or deflated balls. Maybe it’s the suspense of not knowing what’s going to happen, the joy of watching a play come together, the anxiety of not knowing whether your team is going to get a happily ever after…er, I mean, a win.
I love football for many of the same reasons I love to read and write—it’s high drama, y’all! Plus, all the screaming and shouting and stalking around the house during the game is a great stress relief after sitting in front of a computer most of the week.
And—bonus points—I managed to combine both my love of writing and football for my first contemporary series. Wait, that’s where things are vastly different, there’s no keeping score in writing and publishing. That’s another reason I love football. After a three-hour game, there’s a winner and loser. No gray areas. Not like writing where you slog through months of drafting and editing only to have to wait another 6+ months before the book releases.
My point is I need some hobbies! I’ve been meaning to try one of those adult coloring books…I’ll let you know how that goes…