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Hobbies Are Good

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Hobbies Are Good
By Mark Askew • Issue #13 • View online
Happy Monday!
When things get busy, it is easy to retreat to a passive activity that allows us to “veg” out such as binging Netflix or YouTube. As such, we need a hobby and I am thankful I have not tried to monetize or side-hustle my hobbies.
In a previous newsletter, I referenced how the busy week(s) with work and my course saw me binge read comics. I don’t regret that time as it helped me unwind after a stressful day. This past week, I engaged with a different activity: lettering art.
Drawing is a skill I am trying to learn and grow. My Instagram account reflects that. This week, I pulled up some of my favorite lettering artists and grabbed a few of my lettering books for inspiration. After each tough work day, I pulled out the iPad and drew. My focus: attempting “paper art.”
Having this creative outlet allows me to feel less anxious about not having written new short stories, poetry, or essays. Though there is a looming deadline and some editing I must complete, the hobby is a great way to keep me calm.
I think tonight I will practice my lettering art some more. What a great way to spend my evening on a “self-care” day.

Lettering art by Mark (me)
Lettering art by Mark (me)
From the Blog
From my personal collection, get a brief look at the book The Canterbury Tales; a Folio Society limited edition.
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer - Limited Edition Facsimile - Folio Society
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer - Limited Edition Facsimile - Folio Society
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I am reading The Relentless Moon.* This is book three in The Lady Astronaut Series. 
I am also reading Invincible comic book and The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey.
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