Do you remember Choose your own adventure books? They were my favourite! I think I would still enjoy reading them, especially if I could get my hands on more grown-up versions.
Regarding how much I adored these books, my heart skipped a beat when Sarah from the blog A Love Letter to Adventure announced her printable Adventure Generator (you can grab it on her blog for free!). Of course, I had to test it out and here are my randomly generated mini adventures. You can follow them in almost real time on Instagram (are we friends there yet?).
First, I printed out the printables, cut them, colored and sew together. You have three parts of fun prompts (an action, a modifier, and a destination), you flip through them and end up with a unique idea to do something new and different. I loved observing how other testers all came up with their own creative ways to assemble the Generator and then use it in ways I could never think of.
Adventure #1: Listen to a forgotten book. I listened to Craftlit, a podcast & audio book in one, which also happens to be my favourite podcast (Heather rocks!). I usually listen to books/radio when I’m crafting, but that day I only lay down to rest & enjoy a calming man’s voice reading Herland. This single tasking reminded me of childhood when my grandfather was reading stories to me, usually the Russian ones. Herland is a utopian novel about a country which is only populated by women. This book was forgotten for the great part of the previous century and is receiving polarized opinions to this day. Although polemic, it is a one-of-a-kind and wonderfully interesting book, exploring a very important and still relevant topic.
Adventure #2: Try a new game. I tried a few casual PC games and Runefall was the one that l actually wanted to play for the full trial period. It’s a match 3 game, but complex and unique. You also search for objects, solve puzzles, play mini-games and build a city. The graphics are gorgeous and the music is relaxing. Loved it!
Adventure #3: Delight in an old road. I have recently moved to beautiful Dolenjska and I love going on walks here, following the nearby roads. I enjoy the quiet nature, meeting shy animals and observing old buildings.
Adventure #4: Adopt a small garden. The meadows are full of snowdrops now and I “adopted” this gorgeous sunlit spot.
Adventure #5: Draw a secret recipe. I saved this for last as it is my favourite. I searched grandma’s recipe notebook and found her aunt’s recipe for a pie (she was about 90 when I was 10 years old, so it must be very old). I was thinking how fun it would be to draw a “cooking book” for myself with real simple recipes that wouldn’t need a lot of words. Now I just have to look at my phone and I have the main instructions at my fingertips. I was a bit worried how the apple pie would turn out because I have tried fancier versions before and this recipe is very minimal. But we ate it in 24 hours and my boyfriend declared it the best apple pie he had ever tried. :) I love simple recipes with as few ingredients as possible, so I will be testing more recipes from grandma’s notebook, in the spirit of Sarah’s another adventurous quest, global recipe project STIR. BTW, the cute apron I’m wearing on the photo is sewn by the same grandma. She may be a good baker, but handcrafts were her real forte.
So, have I tempted you to try a little adventure of your own? Print Adventure Generator for yourself too. :)