Romance Weekly – What do I do all day?

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This week Xio Axelrod of Romance Writers’ Weekly, wanted to know: What do you do when you’re not writing?


The answer could be presented in two forms:

1. I find inspiration for my writing in my hobbies.
2. I waste a lot of time.


Hobbies? I got ‘em in droves. And never enough time.


Number one on my hobbies list is computer gaming. I’ve been an avid gamer for years. My current addiction is a game called Minecraft. It’s an amazing ‘sandbox’ game and I could lie and say how much building castles and other world aspects helps me build my literary worlds, but the truth is, it’s just great fun. I currently spend a lot of time on a shared server with about two dozen people (kids) building and playing together in our shared world. Here’s a picture of the ‘home’ I built in my Minecraft world.

Minecraft home

Now, most of my other hobbies got packed up when we moved into our new home (the real world one) this summer, and I haven’t unpacked them yet, but with the holidays behind me and winter at my heals, I will probably start to rediscover them.


I’m a model maker, and love creating miniature structures and dioramas. Most of my stuff is still in storage but I was able to unearth a medieval shop and an Egyptian pyramid I built from my pile of boxes:


One of my upcoming projects will be a lifelong dream of mine, to run my own railroad. My new home now offers me adequate room to make that dream a reality.


I spent (misspent) much of my youth playing in bands. Guitar, bass, keyboard, and just about any other instrument I could get my hands on. I still have a few in storage. Another of my hobbies I hope to pursue once again is music.

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Festive Stocking Filled with Candycanes and Gingerbread Man

23 thoughts on “Romance Weekly – What do I do all day?

  1. I’m thinking about taking saxophone lessons. We could have a band, just like Stephen King, Dave Barry et al. The Remainders. I love that you are a model maker. Your pictures remind me of playing with my brothers Lincoln Log sets. We built some amazing things with those and their Erector sets. What fun you must have.

  2. Seriously, how much cooler can you get? My godson is obsessed with Minecraft. He hosts LAN parties and everything. I bought him a new headset for Christmas and he almost wept, lol. I used to tool around in Second Life. If you haven’t checked it out, it will blow your mind.

  3. My son used Minecraft to build a world for a project in school. Unfortunately I don’t think the teacher really understood the amount of work that went into it! As for model trains – I’ve always had a secret obsession with them.

  4. It’s cool to learn this about you, Steve!

    My 10 year-old son is obsessed with Minecraft! He wants to be a commentator, but I won’t let him have a YouTube channel until he’s thirteen. Meanwhile, he practices all the time. “Hello, everybody! It’s F for Fenix here and welcome to another Minecraft let’s play video!” 🙂 Minecraft looks like a lot of fun! I just wish they had a kinnect version where you could physically “set” the blocks. Still, with the number of formulas for making things you need to remember, it’s probably great for memory!

    Thanks for giving us a peek into your world!

    • I hesitate to mention this, but has your son seen Twitch.TV. It’s live game broadcasting as opposed to videos like Youtube. There are some young broadcasters actually making a living playing games. I’ve been playing around with it myself, but not ready to launch a channel yet.

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