10 things I like that begin with the letter "P":
1) Pirates - I've been working on a pirate story since 1994 and have finally decided it's time to quit playing around trying to sell it as a comic and turn it into a novel. I'm rather fond of my crew and their captain and it's time others go to know them.
2) Pets - Crookshanks is staring at me by my feet, his sister, Marmalade, is sleeping on wishweaver's desk, and I'm certain Jimmy and Sam are in my bedroom wondering what the hell I'm still doing up at this time of night.
3) Pasta - I admit it, I'm a huge fan of Italian food (I could cheat and use Penne as one of my ten but that would be cheesy.)
4) Plotting - In some ways, the world building and outlining is almost more fun than actually writing the story. Also, plotting comes in handy when working on my scheme for world domination . . . oh, I'm sorry, was that my outdoor voice?
5) Paintings - as a horribly frustrated artist, I can lose myself for hours in a museum, art gallery or the art show at conventions. Seeing the Whistler exhibit at the University of Glasgow in 2003 was one of the highlights of the visit to the UK.
6) Popcorn - one of the ultimate comfort foods. When I was a kid, we'd have a big Sunday lunch after church and then Dad and I used to sit around watching the Sunday afternoon football games/Wonderful World of Disney and the Sunday evening movies while munching on two cake pans full of popcorn. That was our usual Sunday night dinner. Those are some good memories there.
7) Pizza - What college student hasn't started his morning with snagging a piece or two of last night's pizza out of the mini-fridge the campus was renting? Besides, if four out of four Mutant Turtles recommend it, who am I to argue?
8) Pick-ups - My old 1991 Toyota pick-up is still hanging in there. It's not the prettiest and it's not the fastest vehicle out there, but it's been damn dependable considering all the road trips I've taken it on going to conventions.
9) Promotions - Not that I've gotten many at my current job, but when I was in the Army, I made E-6 in 5 years, E-7 in 9 years and if I had stayed in, it was very probable I would have made E-8 in 16. Not to brag, but that is definitely ahead of Army standards.
10) Parents - both mine and my in-laws. May not always see eye to eye with them, but it's amazing how often I hear them when I'm talking to my daughter. I know somewhere, Mom's laughing every time.
(Toyota - old SCA herald shorthand for an unattractive coat of arms the person insisted on getting. Hey, "you asked for it, you got it." So, I can't complain that Keith gave me a letter like P. I could be worse I guess, he could have given me "q" or "x".)