I’m not just a fantasy author. That’s my favorite thing and my lifelong dream, and even when I’m not writing, I do spend a lot of time thinking about writing, reading books about writing as well as fiction, and talking about my books to anyone who will listen. But I have some hobbies that I enjoy and I thought I would share some other things about me.
I collect dolls, stuffed animals, and other toys. Some of these, I’ve had since I was a kid, preserving my childhood favorites. But I also continue to buy them for myself as an adult. I never grew out of loving toys and my family is supportive of my collection (even if they admit that sometimes it’s creepy to have so many things looking at them).
I used to be embarrassed about being an adult collector and try to hide it. But I don’t think it hurts anyone, so what’s wrong with it? I do have to be careful about making sure I have the space to store things and don’t spend too much money on things I can’t afford. Anyone should be able to spend their money on things that make them happy. Having my toys makes me happy and I’m still a responsible adult in other ways, so I won’t be ashamed anymore. No doubt some people will make fun of me, but I don’t care about their opinions.
You can probably guess some of my favorites or you may have seen them before. As a lover of fantasy, of course I have my share of dragons, unicorns, and fairies. I have pirate stuff and Disney stuff, especially The Little Mermaid. Sharks and other ocean animals, horses, and cats. And of course, my dolls.
My favorite dolls are 18” like American Girl, although I have some smaller ones as well. I enjoy taking pictures of these dolls and setting up scenes like a story. Sometimes I take them out in public and even on vacation for photos in fun locations. I do get weird looks and the occasional comment, but I’ve never regretted bringing a doll with me and I always smile when I see the pictures. My family gets tired of me taking too many pictures of them, but I can put a doll in any pose and take as many pictures as I want!
Here’s a picture of some of my doll shelves to give you an idea:
If you want to see more pictures, I have a doll and craft blog (Sailor Ariel’s Dolls) and a separate Instagram account (@minimouseears). That way only the people who are interested can see my dolls. Check it out if you’re curious (but not if you just want to criticize me).
I’ve also been making a smaller felt doll which is lighter and easier to carry around for photos. I’m calling her Witchling. You may see her pop up in more of my writing photos soon. She doesn’t represent a specific character, she’s sort of a cross between Rosamunde and Riwenne but also her own person. She’s waiting for more clothes.