My blog reader has gone all wonky again, which is great, because it showed me this post that Gretchen published back in September. I meant to address it then and life got in the way, so now I get that chance (mostly because I am home sick. Again.). In Gretchen's words, Here's a quiz, lightly adapted from The Creative Lawyer, to help you figure out your interests. Not what you WISH interested you, but what ACTUALLY interests you. I find myself sometimes thinking that I should enjoy certain things more, rather than just focusing on the things I do enjoy. This strikes me as completely absurd, and I would like to change it. So, then, this quiz.
1. What part of the newspaper do you read first? The L.A. Times used to call it the Living section; I suppose the human-interest section is what I always flip to first.
2. What are three books you've read in the past year? Invisible Cities, Twilight and The Host.
3. As a child, what did you do in your free time? Read; make collages, greeting cards, doll clothes, doll houses, other crafty things; listen to music and memorize my favorite songs, scouring liner notes for information on the artists. (Hmm. Essentially all the same fun/obsessive things I do now.)
4. What's a goal that has been on your list for a few years? Move to New Zealand.
5. What do you actually do with your free time? Daydream; doodle; visit websites for visual/creative inspiration; read; knit; sleep.
6. What types of activities energize you? Talking to people; being out in nature; traveling; reading magazines -- I guess any activity in which I can take in a lot of interesting information.
7. What famous people intrigue you? Nick Cave, Neil Finn, Ernest Shackleton, Judi Dench. I suppose the common threads are fearlessness and longevity -- both of which owe a debt to being able to look failure in the face and get on with it.
Looking over the answers, there's a lot for me to think about.
What about you? What actually interests you, and how is it different from what you think should interest you?