What do I do when I’m not writing?

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Do you have hobbies?
It’s one of the questions authors get asked. What do you do when you’re not writing? And sometimes it’s a hard one to answer.
Writing, technically, started as my hobby.
I’ve turned one of my hobbies into my passion and career.
The boring answer is my hobbies are mostly writing, reading, and playing video games. I’m the perfect combination of Gen X and Gen Z. =)
But, I’m also autistic, and I have a tendency to throw myself headlong into trying new hobbies.
When I was younger and not really aware of this habit, I used to buy EVERYTHING required to try a new hobby. And frequently, I’d wind up abandoning it after a few months.
A lot of autistics I know struggle with this as well.
We go all into an interest/hobby. And when we’re done, we’re 100% finished. No looking back at all.
So, what have I tried and abandoned?
Making soap: The fragrance stared making me sneeze.
Knitting: The yarn bothered my fingers. Damned hyper-sensitivity.
Chainmail: Fun, but my fingers also began to struggle with it.
Painting: I can’t even draw a straight line. I don’t know what I was thinking. Seriously.
Scrapbooking: Just. No.
 
What about hobbies that have stuck around?
Photography: I adore photography. I really want in 2020 to get back into doing macro photography. Maybe I’ll do one of those 365 challenges again.
Video Games: It counts.
Reading: Lifelong hobby that I’ll never give up.
Planning: A more useful version of scrap-booking, in my humble opinion.
 
What about you?
Do you have any hobbies?
 

Obsessions.

Aspies tend to have special interests.  I dislike that particular phrasing immensely, so I call them obsessions.  Some Aspies have lifelong interests, others hop from one to the other.

They are our way of dealing with the overwhelming stress that comes with being neuroAtypical in a neurotypical world and can range from actual hobbies to TV shows to movies to books–anything and everything really.

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I have regular hobbies which aren’t the same sort of thing.  I make chain maille for example, but not for the same reasons.

Almost all of my actual obsessions are mostly TV shows, As Time Goes By & The Tudors are my main ones.  I watch all nine seasons of As Time Goes By at least once a month.  I watch episodes of it every weekend.  We go out the most on Saturdays & Sundays, and if I don’t hide away afterward to recharge my social batteries, I get blinding migraines.

I have favourite episodes I skip to at times.  Something about the rhythm of the episode and knowing exactly what’s going to happen, it lulls the stress from my mind.  I love my obsessions.  I’ve even spent a lot of time hunting for coffee mugs similar to the ones they use on ATGB.  I now own three of them and usually use them for tea when I’m watching.   My hubby is remarkably patient with this and usually just heads downstairs to our second TV to play Xbox.

Do you have any hobbies that help you relax?