Face it, we’re in an iffy business. There are too many factors out of our control. Even if we write the best mystery or thriller, one with brilliant plotting, spectacular pacing and outstanding prose – it still might never get published. Even if it does, it might tank. Critics might pan it. Or, it might never earn back the advance.
I don’t know about any of you, but sometimes I yearn for a good way to predict the future. I want to know, for a fact, that all of these late nights, worries, missed walks on gorgeous fall days, sacrificed cups of coffee with friends, the guilt . . . I want to know that they’re worth it.
Yeah, it’s impossible. But that doesn’t stop me from trying.
A long time ago, I used to go to psychics to see if my life had some greater destiny, if I’d be famous or wealthy or happy or married or if I’d save the world. After spending far too much of my meager waitressing earnings on these visits, I realized that most of what these seers told me sounded like utter bullsh*t. The final straw was the well-known psychic who told me that my soul had originated on Venus.
I’ve always been interested in astrology and as the years have passed, I’ve moved away from looking at it as predictive to a more psychological approach. Authors such as Liz Greene and Stephen Arroyo have given me many hours of excellent insights into people in general and myself in particular.
But I still want those glimpses into the future, the yes-no answers.
Will I make it in my chosen profession? Will all the sacrifices I and my family have made end with a good result?
I used to try to use Tarot like that (I love the Mythic Deck), but as I’ve grown as a person, so has my approach to that divinatory method. Liz Greene has influenced me there too – as has the wonderful Juliet Sharman-Burke.
Yet, an urge to know the unknown lingers . . .
The other day, I stumbled on a virtual magic eight ball. There’s no way I could go down my usual philosophical road with that, was there? So, I decided to give it a shot.
My very first question: “Will I become a well known and successful writer during my lifetime?”
Cool. Just what I wanted to hear. It must be true.
So, today, I invite you to share what you do to feel better about an unknown future OR go to the eight ball, ask a question, and let me know what it answered.
“Will this blog inspire an interesting discussion?”
Answer: (Really, this was the answer. Hah!)
“Signs point to yes.”