I'm not sure if it's the cooler weather or what, but I've been increasingly restless. Seems like I can't sit still long. I have to get out of the house a lot more. That's not my usual M.O., I have to say. I'm kind of a homebody most of the time. But suddenly I'm finding myself doing things like going out with friends to sing karaoke at 8p.m. on a Thursday.

Went out last night with my friend Jason Winscott and his wife, uncle and cousin. It was a pretty good night. Jay's uncle, Norman, is a phenomenal singer and even walked away from karaoke last night with fifty extra bucks in his pocket. I didn't get to sing as much as I would have liked (I know, it's hard to imagine me as a singer). For some reason I really like getting up in front of people and performing.

The first time I ever tried doing karaoke I was basically terrified. If I remember right, I didn't do so hot. I'm not sure what it was I sang, I'm pretty sure it wasn't very good. Now, though, I think I do ok. I get compliments. Heck, I've even gotten calls for encores!

I think I just like being on stage. I'm kind of a ham. I like it when the whole room is paying attention. And these days, I don't get nervous. In fact, it doesn't seem to matter what the situation is, I never seem to feel nervous about it. Last night I ended up tripping as I was trying to be cool and step off stage and I just laughed and played it up as part of the act.

Anyway, I'm pretty restless. I'm having a hard time just hanging around the house all of a sudden. Maybe it's because I haven't had classes in over a month now. I've gotten so used to having to go to class every evening that now that I have the free time I don't know what to do with myself. I used to hunt for "off time" so I could write or work on other projects, now it seems like I'm hunting for busy time to take a break from "just killing time."

Well, maybe I can focus all this free time and energy to finish all those books that I've been working on for years.

I talked with my friend Mick Handloser on Wednesday and the two of has decided that we might like to collaborate on a book. I'm interested. Mick's a sharp guy and we seem to have similar senses of humor and general sensibilities.

I'll try to keep everyone updated on any progress we make!



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Kevin Tumlinson is the author of numerous novels, novellas, and non-fiction books, and the host of the Wordslinger Podcast. Try three of his best books for free when you download his starter library at kevintumlinson.com/starterlibrary.
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