I was pondering some of the courses I have done over the years and how these might impact my writing.
Scarf tying – I took along a triangular silver mesh scarf and was told it would be best used in the bedroom with nothing else on!!! Maybe this will appear in an erotic scene at some point.
Tassel making – Boy did I get some comments about this one. It was actually to learn how to make curtain tie back tassels. Having said that the comments might come in useful again for erotic material.
Hypnotherapy – This was for two years and became my last career. I have noticed that most of my work is influenced by it, either in the obvious way of including a hypnosis scene or past life regression, or in more subtle ways with hypnotic language and reasoning techniques.
Family History – A thirty year plus hobby and such a rich source of ideas for stories. I am considering writing a non-fiction book on fiction from your family tree. What do you think about this? Would it appeal?
Bodhran (Irish drumming) – Not sure where this will come in to my novels yet, but I’m sure I’ll get it in there somewhere. It was a lovely weekend in the Cotswolds taking me right out of my comfort zone, but such fun.
Earth Energies – Inspiring for elemental beings, ghosts, standing stones, wells, ley lines, dowsing, archetypes and subtle energies.
Tuina – This is an acupressure massage technique. I actually won all £1000 worth of the course. Back to the erotic again, as one of my books will have to have a massage couch seduction (blushes over memory!)
I’m enjoying this and maybe I’ll continue it another time. Not sure where Victorian cards, ribbon weaving and rag rug making come in. I’ve also got a hankering to go on a barista course.
What strange course have you been on and how can you use it in your writing?