I'm addicted to morning coffee, but not because I like coffee so much. It's because hipster coffee shops are the places where I like to go each morning to work on writing projects.
I like to cook, but that's probably because I like to eat and due to my coffee addiction I can't afford to eat out.
I'm a Chicago sports fan. Despite the Cubs in 2015, I am best described as longsuffering. After all, I grew up a White Sox fan.
I like to read, but I spend much more time reading about trifling Chicago sports teams on internet news sites than I do reading books. That's not really true, especially considering the manuscripts I always have in front of me from other writers, but after spending years reading and teaching literature for a living I think I've earned the right to spend time reading about Bears quarterback controversies and the Bulls lack of a quality small forward.
I grew up reading comic books--early Marvel because DC in those days was much too corny and none of the characters who inhabited places like Smallville, Metropolis, and Gotham looked anything like the people of the world I inhabited.
I love to take long car trips on American highways, especially in the South and West because America the beautiful along Interstate 55 in Mississippi or Interstate 25 in New Mexico and Colorado is full of captivating landscapes. I also like to venture into small towns and take photographs in an effort to get a better sense of Americana. But I am now hesitant to make those little side trips away from which ever interstate I'm on to drive along state highways like I did a few weeks ago in Kansas, because there is always the possibility of running into a row of houses with Confederate flags on proud display.