I’m in full-on hermit mode for the next few days. Kris is out of town — on a road-trip with friends — and I’m devoting every waking hour to my book. (Well, I’ll walk the marathon on Sunday, but aside from that…) It’s actually kind of fun to dedicate myself to a single project for a prolonged period of time. Makes me feel like a real writer.

Speaking of real writers, here are some recent articles I’ve liked elsewhere on the web:

Many people ask me, “Should I invest while still in debt?” There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question; as with most decisions, you must do what works for you. Still, Matt at Debt-Free Adventure has taken a stab at exploring the pros and cons of each option. If you’re in debt and thinking about investing, take a look at his suggestions.

Though I still haven’t finished reading The Paradox of Choice, the book has had a tremendous influence on my life. I believe author Barry Schwartz has hit upon an important problem with modern life: Some choice is great, but too much choice is paralyzing. Over at The Art of Manliness, Brett and Kate have writtten a nice article on how limiting your choices can cure your restlessness. I agree. With fewer options, most people find they’re happier.

One of my goals is to create a completely paperless personal finance system. I’ve made great strides in the two years I’ve been working toward this, but my money isn’t fully automatic yet. I’m always looking for new tips. Last week, Jonathan at My Money Blog posted his own strategy for creating a completely automated financial household.

Finally, here’s a list of the money carnivals GRS has participated in recently:

Now it’s back to writing — and to being a hermit. But although I am being anti-social, you folks should go spend time with your friends and families.