Photography – A couple years ago, I got a Nikon D70. I had never owned a camera that wasn’t a point & shoot camera before, and hadn’t really been into photography anyway. This camera was different. I loved learning about exposure and learning that the light meter is a lying bastard and how you adjust for that. I loved learning to look at things differently – I joke about “opening my third eye,” but it really is kinda like that. I think I love it because it engages multiple parts of my brain at the same time, the creative part and the mechanical part among them, and that kind of activity is the kind of thing that really satisfies me.
Making jewelry (I don't remember you posting about this recently at all) – I haven’t posted about this recently. I learned to do wire wrap several years ago when I became interested in the rosary (Roman and Episcopalian) as a method of centering prayer, and began to make my own. That branched out into making more than just rosaries, which I attempted to sell at a few Norwescon art shows. I think jewelry making satisfies me in a similar way to photography – engaging multiple areas of the brain at the same time. However, I haven’t done much in the last few years. The creative urge has sort of left me – I don’t wear what I make, as the jewelry I wear is all things that have a particular meaning. I don’t use jewelry as accessories, and I just don’t have the time to work on selling what I make. I also don’t get as much pleasure from it as I used to, as the drugs I take for depression have left me with a slight tremor in my hands, so wire work isn’t as much fun as it used to be.
Lesbian community in Seattle – I think I may be a bit of a disappointment to you on the whole gay/lesbian thing. I don’t believe that I’ve ever really been involved in the “lesbian community in Seattle.” It’s not that I have anything against it, I just want to live my life the way I want to, where I want to live it. I think there is a great contribution to be made just by being an out gay woman who doesn’t live on Capital Hill and doesn’t spend all her spare time hanging out with gay friends being involved in gay causes. I’m not knocking people who do that, don’t get me wrong, but I have found myself in situations where I was the only out gay person that somebody in the workplace knew. The fact that the things I did after work and on the weekends, and the things I talked about at work were the same things they did and talked about goes a long way towards dispelling the myth of the “gay hive-mind” or the “homosexual agenda.”
Comics – I started reading comics when I was around 13 years old. I had read a few issues of X-Men at the local library, and found a great character to identify with, another 13-year-old girl – Kitty Pryde. I started collecting comics while on a family vacation, and Uncanny X-Men #150 was the first issue I ever purchased. I was pretty much a fan of the X-titles from that first foray into comics until I stopped buying them around 1995 or so (with a brief side-trip into the Spider-Woman of Chris Claremont and Ann Nocenti – the first female character to be written regularly by a female writer). I stopped buying comics because I was burned out on all the crossovers and “special” crap, and because I just didn’t have the money for it any more. I started back up a few years later, with Terry Moore’s wonderful Strangers in Paradise – the man is the greatest storyteller I’ve ever encountered. I even dipped my toes back into the X-Universe, with Joss Whedon’s run on Astonishing X-Men, though that was a bit upsetting when my favorite character in the entire comics universe “got Jossed.”
Games – I play both RPGs and board/card games. Lately, I’ve not been as interested in RPGs as I used to be, for some reason. I liked the group I was part of, but didn’t like the chosen timeslot for the game. However, L and I have decided most weeks that our regular “date night” is board game night, and I regularly get to show off my tactical genius at Memoir ’44, a deceptively simple WWII simulation. I also play MMOs, having cut my teeth on Everquest, moved on through Dark Age of Camelot to Star Wars Galaxies, to City of Heroes and World of Warcraft, on to my current stint in Lord of the Rings Online. There have been brief dalliances with games such as Age of Conan and Warhammer Online, but I always come back to LOTRO. I love the rich lore in that game, and the way that it makes the PCs feel like Big Damn Heroes even though we’re not involved in the major events of the Ringbearer’s quest. If SWG had done this, or if BioWare’s upcoming Old Republic-era Star Wars MMO can do this, I may find a new online “home.”