Friday Five (7/1/2011)

When I started this blog, the posts were a mix of personal stuff and writing stuff. I reviewed books for a while. I toyed with it all, struggling with what I wanted it to be. I settled on focusing on the writing. But now I want to bring a personal touch back into everything. I want to connect with you guys, as corny as that sounds! I don't share too much about me - don't worry, I won't make it a habit! - so I decided to start up the infamous Friday Five. This way, there will be something personal every week in addition to the rambling posts on writing and publishing.

Without further ado, my first Friday Five!

1. For those of you who don't follow me on Twitter, I got a cat. Well, a kitten, really. He's half-grown. I named him Clark. My dog's name is Lewis. Get it? Get it? Anyway, Clark is the first cat I've had since I was six. Needless to say, everyone is adjusting. For all you cat people out there, will he keep crying all the time like he is now? I've done research, and it says that they'll cry if they're hungry or want a clean litter box or just want attention, and I do all three for the little guy. He just keeps bawling at the top of his lungs. It's making me feel guilty, like I'm giving him this horrible life! Sigh...

2. There's a huge downside to the Kindle that I haven't seen anyone mention. If you're thinking about buying one, I just want you to be forewarned. It's MUCH easier to spend money on these things than it is to actually drive to the bookstore and take one off of a shelf. Sometimes I'm able to talk myself out of it at the bookstore, when my credit card is waiting in my purse and I can hear it dying a slow, painful death. On the Kindle it's just one click, and, oh, you've spent $13.99 without even getting up. And then you see another book you've been wanting to read. Click. $26 bucks is nothing, right? That's what I thought until days later, when I saw my credit card amount. Uh, ouch?

3. I'm still revising. I'm beginning to think that I invented the concept of procrastination. That sounds kind of pompous, doesn't it? I'm just saying, I've developed it into a skill. Here's my thought process as soon as I get home from work: I'd better get some editing done. If I keep at it for a few hours, I might be able to finish. So I'll just go grab my laptop... Oh, what's that, Lewis? You want to go outside? Well, it would be animal abuse if I didn't take you out. (Ten minutes later.) I'm hungry. I can't work like this. Any writing I do will be utter crap if I don't get some food in my stomach. But I don't want to cook. Should I order pizza or go healthy? (One hour later.) I might as well relax and watch a little TV before knuckling down. My stomach needs to settle. Oh, I love this show! Wow, there's a marathon on! I can't miss this! I can just pull an all-nighter to get it all done. (Five hours later.) So...tired... I'm just going to go to bed. I mean, I can't write all tired like this, can I? Eh, I can just do it tomorrow.

4. These seem to be getting longer. What else, what else... Oh, duh, the fourth of July! What are your guys' plans? I've got family coming up (I live in northern Minnesota. To sum this up: mosquitoes, blizzards, wood ticks, and long o's.) My family is pretty big, and we don't get to see each other too often, so it's a big production. Every year we spend the day on the beach, and at night we get good spots in the sand to watch the fireworks. Our country is awesome, despite its flaws, and I always get a little sentimental.

5. This has been fun. My life is simple, so I don't have too much else going on. Have a great weekend, everyone! Oh, by the way, I could always use more friends on Twitter.