#1
I use my pinky alot while playing, but it always seems to curl up.. So its not hovering above the strings like I want it to, I try to play with it nearer the strings but it always curls up!

Is that normal? Can I get rid of it? I feel its slowing me down some
#2
I know I'm really childish and it doesn't help at all but I always giggle when I hear talk of 'my pinky'.

Sorry.

If it helps, just keep practicing mate, it'll sort itself out, there's no miracle cure.
#3
It's totally normal. Do you do any warmup exercises? If so, try to work some stretches into your routine--that will help some. I'm not entirely sure if it ever really goes away, but I've only been playig for about 8 months, and my pinky is much more limber than it was when I started.