I guess on the one hand, I should be pleased with myself. I have no desire to toss my money away on expensive jewelry, designer clothing, or fancy cars. However, there are quite a few things I buy even though I don’t need them and even though I’m running out of room to put them.
- Books. You probably could have guessed this one. You might share this obsession as well. I have bookcases in nearly every room in my house, and they’re all full. In fact, most of them, like this one, are double-stacked.
- Office supplies. I’m pretty much banned from Staples because I cannot resist. Yet nevertheless I accumulate pens, papers, clips, folders…. Here’s one drawer as an example (the broken phone belonged to one of my daughters. Sigh.). I have many more drawers and shelves full of stuff.
- Yarn. I used to knit a lot. I haven’t had time for it over the past few years, yet my yarn collection remains. Sometimes I visit it and pet it. At least I haven’t bought more yarn in a while.
- Footwear. I have a particular love for boots, even though I live in a climate where I don’t often need them. Here you can see a mess representing part of my collection.
- Toys. I especially like Spike action figures, but as you can see, Spike has accumulated friends from Buffy and elsewhere. One Spike travels with me—he’s been to 17 countries. The others stay home.
- Art. Not expensive stuff, because I can’t afford it. But when I travel, I like to pick up little bits of original work, often from street artists. They make great souvenirs and they’re easy to transport. You can see a few examples near Spike and his pals; those pieces are from San Francisco, Warsaw, and Zagreb.
Now it’s time for you to share. What’s something you just can’t resist buying, even though you don’t really need it?
Kim Fielding is the bestselling author of numerous m/m romance novels, novellas, and short stories. Like Kim herself, her work is eclectic, spanning genres such as contemporary, fantasy, paranormal, and historical. Her stories are set in alternate worlds, in 15th century Bosnia, in modern-day Oregon. Her heroes are hipster architect werewolves, housekeepers, maimed giants, and conflicted graduate students. They’re usually flawed, they often encounter terrible obstacles, but they always find love.
After having migrated back and forth across the western two-thirds of the United States, Kim calls the boring part of California home. She lives there with her husband, her two daughters, and her day job as a university professor, but escapes as often as possible via car, train, plane, or boat. This may explain why her characters often seem to be in transit as well. She dreams of traveling and writing full-time.
A complete list of Kim’s books: http://www.kfieldingwrites.com/kim-fieldings-books/