Do you love to dance, sing, write, sculpt, paint, or debate? What’s your favorite way to express yourself, creatively?
Well, in case you’ve not familiarised yourself with my blog already, then you’d know that I’m all about dancing… dancing dancing dancing dancing dancing. Everything is dancing.
However… now… in order for me to answer this, I’d have to say that it’s changed to cooking (well, baking) and writing. I’m trying (read: struggling) to keep up with my daily blogging habits, however the last few weeks has seen a significant increase in activities and work, meaning no time for blogging… and rather than just throw my hands up and say it’s all too much for a white woman, I’m determined to dig myself out of this hole and answer ALL the prompts and get myself back up to date. It might take some time, but dammit, I’m going to do it!!
I love the process of baking. Given that I have quite a sweet-tooth, I find quite a lot of pleasure in baking anything and everything – 98% of the time it’s some kind of cake, and for me, the pleasure is two-fold: the joy of tasting the cake batter (I can’t explain how much I love eating cake batter!) but also the satisfaction of seeing the completed product once it’s been iced, or cooled etc. Most of what I bake is for other people – birthdays, special morning teas at work, but I always take pride in what I make, and I always make sure that what I make looks impressive. There’s something quite satisfying about making a multi-layered cake, smothering it with ganache or frosting, smoothing it out using a hot palette knife for a flawless finish, then taking it to work and seeing all your co-workers standing around marvelling at this towering delight with the constant sound of ooohhhs and aaahhhhhs during a (deliberately) slow unveiling. It’s always impressive, but when it’s finished well, it’s even more impressive.
It also helps if the taste is fantastic as well. It’s so bitterly disappointing to receive a slice of a cake that looks incredible, but tastes quite horrid, or bland. Ugh. Hence why I like to keep tasting the batter as I’m mixing (and when I’m slicing off the uneven cake tops to make ‘chefs treats’!).
Also, as I mentioned earlier, I am really enjoying writing. I do have larger plans to actually do something more grand with my writing, but that will require a significant amount of time, effort and patience… and planning, but I also acknowledge that there’s a significant amount of work that I want to achieve even before I think about starting a creative venture of such magnitude… for now, I’m writing my blog, and that’s more than enough for me right now. This is allowing me to just get words out of my head and onto a screen… but it’ll take a lot more practise before I can even consider writing a first draft of a novel. As far as I’m concerned, that’s a long way off… but something that I want to achieve.