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Top Ten Tuesday – Non-Bookish Hobbies

Witcher School Archery Class

It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, and for once, the prompt is not book-related.

It’s Non-Bookish Hobbies, and while I don’t think I can list 10 of them, I do have quite a few.

…And they’re all ridiculously geeky.


Yes, I enjoy dressing up as fictional characters. It’s frowned upon to be pretending to be a dragon at most workplaces, so I do it in my spare time instead.

I make most of my costumes myself, literally pouring blood, sweat and tears into them (as well as some burned skin). Every once in a while I “cheat” and raid a thrift store in order to put together an outfit, just so I will have something comfortable to wear once I get tired of people knocking into my horns at conventions.

Dungeons & Dragons

The heading says Dungeon & Dragons, but I really play a long range of tabletop RPGs. Currently, I have been roped into campaigns for D&D, Vampire: The Masquerade and Dragon Age RPG.

Of course, these terms will mean nothing to non-geek readers, so in short: I’m still pretending to be a fantasy character, but instead of flashy costumes, I’m using flashy dice.

Dungeons and Dragons Player Book and Dice


I’m seeing a theme here, considering this is yet ANOTHER hobby where I pretend to be a made-up character. But hey, at least this one gets me out in the fresh air!

And quite often beat up in a forest in Poland…

(For non-geeks: LARP stands for Live Action Roleplaying.)

Cat School Witcher School Season 4


Surprise, surprise, I also play a lot of video games. My favorites are fantasy games like World of Warcraft, The Witcher and Dragon Age, but every once in a while I’ll also exercise my God-complex in The Sims.

Demon Hunter Level 1


Not much to say here. I just like to shoot stuff.

Witcher School Archery Class


Since I couldn’t really put “I own an unruly owl” as a hobby, let’s go with ‘Falconry’. I know I have some pictures somewhere of me training various Harris Hawks, but since I can’t find them, we’ll just have to feature aforementioned unruly owl.

Owl Bite

While it bothers me not to be able to find ten things for a post titled “Top Ten Tuesday”, I simply don’t have time for anymore hobbies if I’m ever going to get any work done. So this is it!

Any of you guys share my passions? If not, tell me of your hobbies, since I so rarely get the chance to talk about things other than books in my comment sections.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book (usually) blog prompt hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. They’re a lot of fun, and it’s a great way to discover and connect with other book bloggers!

18 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Non-Bookish Hobbies

  1. My stepson and his wife are into the Society for Creative Anachronism. The love the medieval stuff.

  2. How about trying fencing or historic swordfighting?

    1. I have actually tried some of that (one of the LARPs I go to have fencing instruktors giving us lessons) and I am horrifically bad at it! 😀

  3. Wait, you have readers that aren’t geeks? I didn’t know that was even possible. It’s… it’s like trying to imagine another world.

    That is a really solid set of hobbies, and seem to be a lot of things that play off each other. The skills and inspirations you pick up in one can give you material for the other. Except maybe falconry. I’m not sure how often that would come up in the day to day. My own hobbies don’t always cross over quite so well. In high school terms, I’ve got some that would sit me firmly at the nerd table, like video games and tabletop gaming, and some that’d have me with the jocks, like weightlifting and pro wrestling. I’m pretty sure if I was the same person back then I am now, I’d be expected to be bullying myself all over the place.

    1. I’m honestly not sure if I have non-geek readers… If so, they’re probably only here for the owl photos!

      I actually got started with most of these hobbies because people I met through cosplay dragged me into them, so that’s another reason for the ongoing theme!

      My only “jock” hobby would be exercising, but I didn’t list it here, because I literally only do it to be in shape for LARPing… so it all comes back to being a geek in the end.

      And no bullying yourself, Aether. You’d need to find a teacher that moonlights as a therapist!

  4. I love how your hobbies all work so well together! I miss tabletop gaming, but I haven’t found (okay… haven’t looked for) a new group since my old group moved away from the style of D&D I prefer.

    1. That’s the hardest thing about getting into D&D… It can be so damn hard to find a group you click with!

      1. And then as people grow and change, the other players might not click anymore. Oh well, I’ll just have to start looking for a group again when it’s safe to socialize.

  5. Haha I see a theme across these hobbies. Are you looking forwards to the new Dragon Age game?

    1. So much! Especially after I read the Tevinter Nights antrology. I hope I’m not setting myself up for disappointment by being this hyped.

  6. LARPing sounds fun! I want to archery!! some day!
    Here’s my TTT

  7. I’m so bad at archery, I have terrible aim!
    My TTT:

    1. I can’t even count all the times I have accidentally stabbed myself with my own arrows…
      It can still be a hobby even if you’re terrible at it 😉

      1. Well that does make me feel slightly better! Ha ha true 🙂

  8. I’ve always wanted to get into LARPING, it seems like such a fun way to get out of the house and meet people. Also love your cosplay costumes!

    1. Thank you!
      And LARPing is really a great hobby. Not only does it get you out into the fresh air, but I have never been in as good a shape or eaten as healthy as I do now!

  9. Ooh, Falconry sounds fun.

    I’ve dabbled with D&D and liked it. I just don’t know much about it yet.

    My post.

  10. LARPing sounds like such a cool hobby.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

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