Wednesday, November 4, 2015


Hobby is defined as “an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation”.

Over the years my hobbies changed often. As a child and until I graduated from college, my two main hobbies I couldn’t live without were my ballet and reading. I used to read two books a day during summer vacation, and one book per week during school year. 

Marriage, children and lack of time made me forget my ballet, and ignore books for sometimes. Instead I walked. Pushing a stroller, I walked miles and miles every day and composed my own stories in my head.

Fast forward to the time when the kids became teenagers, I tried to slim down with new hobbies, such as tennis for a few years. I gave it up when it almost caused a divorce. You see, I could never return the ball correctly during a double with my expert husband. Instead, I became addicted to the gym. At least, I was doing it on my own. No competition and no stress.

My mother taught me knitting and I dutifully knitted all my sweaters since the age of twelve, but she had to do the collar and finishing. She even managed to teach sewing and it came handy to shorten dresses and pants that always seemed too long. My mother-in-law insisted I learn to crochet. Believe it or not, I crocheted 25 afghans and a dozen of baby blankets. I forgot all the stitches now.
I always went back to reading and composing stories, until that hobby turned into a new career of romance writer. 

What is your hobby? That activity you pursue for pleasure or relaxation? 

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Single  mother, Monica Roland, is pretty enough to attract any man she wants, but to keep him is a different ballgame. The moment a serious boyfriend learns of her past or meets her adorable twins, he feels the urge to move two-thousand miles away, like Jake Carlton, a doctor who works in Alaska and is “dating” her long distance.
Until Michael kisses her…
But Michael Wheeler is a playboy who hates commitment. Fed up with the men around her, Monica moves forward with her life, putting her children and education before anything else.
Can Michael convince her that having a career doesn’t preclude love?

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  1. I used to quilt and cross-stitch. I miss hobbies where I sit like that. Now I'm either writing or walking the dog.

    1. Walking the dog makes you go out and move out of your chair!

  2. I was a big reader as a child, too. Wish I had more time for hobbies these days.

  3. I was a big reader until I started to write. Sometimes I wish I could be two people, one to read, and one to write. Now my hobby is tennis. I've played tennis for 30 years, and I still love it. I usually play 3 or 4 times a week.

    1. Keep your tennis, Merrillee. I wish I kept playing tennis, but I was never good at it.

  4. Crewel embroidery and sewing were my hobbies until I discovered I'm actually a writer. Don't really have any hobbies now, unless I count pulling weeds, which I despise.