Have you ever wondered what writers get up to when not penning or tapping away in the late hours at their laptop? Reading a multitude of writers’ websites and blogs I’ve found that almost all have another interest which they channel some of their energies into. The list is vast and diverse and quite shocking considering some of their ages! Now I’m not going to divulge just who collects Hollywood film stars’ discarded underwear, or who likes to cross-dress when busy with a WIP as I might just be sued for slander! But what I can tell you is the the type of pastime they engage in and how many do participate in it:
Base jumping (1) jump from a fixed building with a parachute, Body boarding (5) akin to wave surfing, Cliff Jumping (4), Cycling (12), BMX (2), Dirt Jumping (2), Downhill (4),Unicycling (2), Extreme Motorsport (3), Football Freestyle (2), Kite surfing (8), Motor Cross (2), Paragliding (5), Parkour (2), Rock climbing (5), Roller skating (6), Sandboarding (4), Skateboarding (4),Skiing (18), Snowboarding (16), Snowmobile (5), Surfing (17), Canyoning (7), Horse-riding (15), Running(20), Sailing(14). Amazing?
Of course other writers have many alternative pastimes; diving with/without sharks, bull running, rodeo, etc.etc. And I haven’t even mentioned the more sedate hobbies such as cooking, reading, tapestry, shell collecting, walking and restoring antiques.
Which brings me to my own and other great passion in life, ‘treading the boards’ or acting.
Many of you will know that I’ve been a member of various theatre groups since leaving school, and during that time I’ve had great fun playing roles in many diverse plays, one-acts and musical shows. I’m currently appearing in Romeo and Juliet, which we’re performing at the ancient Roman site of Curium amphitheatre in Cyprus. Can you imagine how exciting it is to stand on that aged stage in front of an audience of over a thousand people to deliver your lines?! Simply fantastic!
We’ve got two more performances tonight and tomorrow (25th and 26th June), so if you’re in the vicinity we’d love to see you!
I’ve always been interested in Shakespeare, and R & J is the most beautiful and tragic of love stories ever written. Next year we’re performing Macbeth and yes, I’ll be up there for a role in that most favourite of mine of plays. It’s no coincidence that in my latest novel, The Assassins’ Village, I quote Macbeth at the beginning of every chapter. His words are so beautiful and fit each chapter perfectly – oops! Sorry I said I wasn’t going to mention books for a change, didn’t I? I crave forgiveness!
June is fast coming to an end. Just where has the month flown? Soon July will be heralded in; the time for holidays and adventure, with hopefully some relaxing times to sit in the shade and indulge in a quieter pastime - reading.
Have a great weekend and a rewarding week ahead.