Friday Five (12/27/13)

1. So the fall semester is  officially over. Remember all that whining I did, both on the blog and Twitter? Well, it actually paid off. The work, I mean, not the whining of it. Although that probably helped me stay sane. The proof (which is quite historic, I must say):

2. How was your Christmas? Mine was interesting, to say the least. I was nearly to my grandparents' house when my car broke down. Since all the shops were closed, I had to wait to find out what had gone wrong. The prognosis? She may or may not be permanently dead. Thankfully I have an amazing family who helped me out, which is probably why I keep dedicating my books to them. Anyway, here's to hoping that my old Buick still has some miles in her!
3. So I've had the new puppy for a month and a half now, and I don't know why I thought it would be as easy as raising Lewis. Every dog is different, and somehow I forgot that. Dawson is... a challenge, to say the least. He fights any kind of training, no matter how I reinforce it. One of my regulars at the coffee shop claims it's because of his terrier side. And he certainly is a terror. It helps that he's cute, though. Send positive thoughts our way!

4. Now that I've actually had some time for myself, I've been a writing machine. I've finished one manuscript and made great progress on another, and I really hope that you'll be able to read them someday. Only time will tell! How is your work coming along?

5. Now that graduation is drawing nearer and nearer, I keep thinking about how terrifying the future is. Where will I end up? What will I be doing? What if something goes wrong? It's something everyone experiences at one time or another, whether it's at the end of high school, college, or later in life. The fear and the struggle is what so many write about. So I've found it helps, when I'm in the middle of a panic attack, to think about all the fodder I now have for stories. What are your methods?
Have a great week, and Happy New Year!