When you’re feeling down you can escape RL in many ways. For some any physical activity will release that pent-up stress that clouds the mind. For others anything art-related can bring solace like music either you’re “just” listening to it or actually writing or playing. In the same way reading or writing a book is a great way to let yourself carried away into another world.
Music always played a really important role in my life which means I’ll always turn to music to feel better but reading was the ultimate switch. When I discovered “amateur” (read: non-professional, unpublished) authors through fanfiction my whole world opened up to not only awesome stories (learning more/better English was/is a delight!) but also to women of great value!
These women from all over the world, I’m proud to say are my friends today and now that I can express my gratitude in a “tangible” way I’m working on personalized gifts that will make them, I hope, see how much they mean to me.
One of the authors on my Top10 favorite list is Tina (writes under the penname: JP Summers). She mentioned that she was in the process of repainting/decorating her home-office so I “seized” the opportunity and interrogated her about the colors she likes and I got to work.
My first idea was to spell her name in big 3D letters for her to put on a shelf.