2. When I decide to listen to the next of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire books, I should really take a week off and do nothing else. Or something. I thought I might listen to A Storm of Swords immediately after a Clash of Kings, but that seems like a very dangerous (or at least, highly irresponsible) thing to do.
3. The thing that encourages me the most as a writer is when I read (or listen to) something that just absolutely knocks me on my ass and leaves me with a stupid grin, wondering how the author did that. Could I ever do that? Or have that effect on someone else? (This is not directly related to note #2.)
4. Be excellent to everyone.
5. I desperately need a vacation. In one week, I'm getting one.