My friend Katie Gray loves non-conformity, psychology, and NPR. She told me recently that people who work regularly with their hands have less occurrence of depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders. I’m not sure the exact statistics, but I’m willing to believe her.
When it comes to the writing life, I discovered early-on that I can only sit at my desk and work for so long before I have to get up and do something. Writing is all in-my-head. I took up step aerobics. But that wasn’t enough. I needed an creative outlet that was tactile and immediate. I needed the satisfaction of finishing projects in a short time. [...]