Friday Five

1. List five things you’d like to accomplish by the end of the year.

The end of the year, as in, in six weeks? Jesus Christ.

1. I’d like to get to my laundry pile — all 12 loads of it

2. Write out holiday cards

3. Plan a party (with no money, of course)

4. Return phone calls/e-mails from friends (I’m horrible at this)

5. Not commit suicide over finances and other worries

2. List five people you’ve lost contact with that you’d like to hear from again.

1. Melissa Vogel (ego-surf, woman! Where are you in this world?!?), my old friend from Pittsburgh — we worked together at Kaufmann’s in the Jones New York section.

2. Howard and Nancy — I worked with Howard at Easter Seals, and he and Nancy were always up for a good happy hour, especially at their homes. God, we had fun!

3. Kristine Habun — we went to Point Park College together and graduated together with journalism degrees, when what we both really wanted was to be novelists. I loved talking with her and reviewing each other’s short stories. (Another one I hope who ego-surfs and finds this!)

4. My old friends Kristin and Steve (I put them together because we were such a unit). Sure, we all exchange the occasional e-mail, but it’s not the same. It never will be.

5. Shan (even though I haven’t lost her). I just got my best girlfriend back, and she’s leaving me. She’s going to move back to Oregon in the next couple of months (financial reasons), and of course little Alex will be going with her. She just told me five minutes ago. I can’t stop crying and I want to die. I miss her already, and I’m falling apart as I type this.

3. List five things you’d like to learn how to do.

1. Make money

2. Run a business

3. Create art, whether it be paintings, sculpture, photography or whatever else inspires me

4. Publish my books

5. Become a writing coach or instructor — I’m a good editor, but I’d like to take it a step further and not just re-write people’s stories, but teach them how to do it right the first time.

4. List five things you’d do if you won the lottery (no limit).

1. I’d buy my mom a house

2. I’d buy myself a house and pay off my car/credit cards/medical bills/defaulted student loan

3. I’d quit my day job and freelance when/if the mood strikes

4. I’d give Shan money to stay here in Virginia; I’d help out all of my family and friends who are working so hard and accomplishing so little due to financial restraints

5. I would shop like a madwoman and buy a new Mac G5 and every damn other thing I’ve been coveting but know I will never have

5. List five things you do that help you relax.

1. Mediate/try to regulate my breathing

2. Blog/write about the stress/do a quick poem about the event

3. Eat (this would explain a lot!)

4. Daydream about a better time, past or present

5. Curl up in a ball and want to die.

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