Bridge to Terabithia and 3D Printed Dice
What does the Young Adult classic Bridge to Terabithia have in common with amazing 3D printed dice? Both of their creators really knew how to capitalize on their brain’s downtime. They were still challenging their brains even if they were roped into menial or repetitive tasks. Since I’m a working mother of two little boys, I am definitely familiar with limited free time. As a result, I found these two quick quotes to be particularly inspiring.
Katherine Paterson, the author of Bridge to Terabithia, on writing with small children.
And then, of course, you can’t be a writer unless you actually write, and it doesn’t take as much time as people think. You know, the number of people who say, well, I’m going to write a book when I have time, they’re never going to have the time. And I started writing seriously when I had four tiny children. Well, I mean I had one tiny child, two tiny children, three tiny children, four tiny children in just over four years, and that’s when I began to write seriously. And I figured out that a lot is going on in your head when you’re changing diapers and washing clothes and doing all those things that have to be done. And if you’ve got 10, 15 minutes a day to sit down and write, you’d have a book by the end of the year.
Chuck Stover, the force behind Made By Wombat 3D printed tabletop RPG acccessories, on his former factory job
It gave me a lot of time to think about design during the day because of the repetitive nature of the work. Kind of put half of my brain thinking about design questions and the other half to work. Then I would come home after work and get onto Sketch-Up and work on designs until I passed out.