It’s not reading, but it’s something.

11 Mar

Bleak House, by Ravensblight

I am still mired in the world’s longest and most desolate reading slump, but something in my brain has clicked, and I’m now in the midst of a slightly manic crafting/making spree.

I am simultaneously making a library diorama in a ridiculously small scale (it fits inside an Altoids tin, to give you an idea), and a 1:12 scale acoustic guitar, for two different people, while building a doll’s house doll house (also known as 1:144 scale). I am also planning the end of year tokens for my co-workers–which obviously didn’t happen last year because pandemic, working from home, and general exhaustion.

Interestingly, what jumpstarted this most welcome return to doing something other than obsessively reading twitter or doing puzzles online was watching a video on youtube of someone making paper houses. I don’t know why or how printing a paper model and putting it together as an impulse flicked the switch in my brain, but it did, and I’m so very grateful.

Now, if I could only start reading new stuff consistently…

11 Responses to “It’s not reading, but it’s something.”

  1. shallowreader 11/03/2021 at 8:08 AM #

    Any kind of focus is a win!

    • azteclady 11/03/2021 at 8:34 AM #

      Oh my goodness, yes! And just feeling *motivated* is such a welcome change.

  2. twooldfartstalkingromance 11/03/2021 at 9:02 AM #

    That is so amazing. I hate the reading slump but love the crafting.

    • azteclady 11/03/2021 at 9:49 AM #

      I’m cautiously uptimistic about this, and oh my gog, it feels amazing to be thinking about things *other* than the hell that is the world.

  3. Art Kaufmann 11/03/2021 at 4:58 PM #

    Cool projects even if you aren’t reading.

  4. Miss Bates 12/03/2021 at 8:19 AM #

    I hear you! Reading, for this uber-reader like you, is at a minimum, but baking and cooking is at all-time high. Do what gives you respite, that’s the most important thing.

    • azteclady 12/03/2021 at 9:57 AM #

      Yes, it is! (and I’m so sorry you too are finding reading, if not hard, less of a pleasure, right now)

  5. willaful 12/03/2021 at 6:23 PM #

    I’m really happy for you! And I have to get started on my craft library. I’m just terrified I’ll mess it up…

    (I’ve been avoiding my main twitter feed… it’s been awesome! I have so much free time. 😉 )


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