Sunday, January 8, 2012

2012: What Now?

The year started off a bit shaky. Migraines and sinus headaches waylaid me the first couple days. Then I got hit by an unfavorable review on the anniversary of Death Sword's release. Ouch! January 5 was the 23rd year since my mother passed away in a car accident.

January 4 saw a more positive take on the new year with the release of an interview, courtesy of Ashley Barron. You can read it here:

I wanted to see what the rest of 2012 would bring regarding writing. Since I hadn't submitted any story in 2011, one of my goals this year is to submit a minimum of two manuscripts. But what else could I learn about myself that would help or hinder my literary intentions?

I decided to read the Tarot. Specifically, I laid out a six card Simplified Celtic Cross. Now I am by no means a professional Tarot reader. What I interpret from the reading may be far different than what other Tarot readers might. But I also believe the Tarot delves into ones intuition. Perhaps this reading will show that aspect of these cards.

The Tarot deck I used was the Celtic Tarot.

1. Experience to Date: 8 of Swords
A woman bound and blindfolded, pinned and surrounded to the ground by eight swords. The card of "imprisonment." But it seems to be more one of self-confinement. How many times had I failed to finish and submit a story because I feared it would be rejected? Yeah, self-doubt does that to a person.   

2. Where You Are Now: 10 of Pentacles
This card is considered to be the passing of time. I think for me it's regret over not accomplishing anything with my writing in the past year. Not that I can do anything about it. But I also look at this as being a temporary solution, one I can change. 

3. Near Future: Empress
Is this a good sign? The focus is on "prosperity, action, beneficial influence..." I wonder if it means I'll have a manuscript ready to submit in the near future. I have an UF currently with beta readers/CPs, so maybe...  

4. You in Environment of Future: Lovers
My husband is very supportive, allowing me to focus on my writing and classes. Granted, he hasn't read much of what I've written but I'm not going to quibble over that issue. :-)

5. Best to Hope for: Chariot
Well, this card is pretty self-evident. The idea is I'm in charge of my writing career. I just need to take control of it. 

6. Outcome: Queen of Pentacles
I look at this card as being a positive one. It seems I will attain some results but perhaps not all I want regarding the writing. Still, any positive step is a good one.

Overall, I believe 2012 will be a good year writing wise. Not only because the reading indicates such but because I plan to make it so.  


LKF said...

Tarot cards are fun but scare me to death, Afraid there going to tell me I', going to have more kids. I'm 50 and already have 5. :} Good luck with 2012, I know you'll achieve everything you set out to do. I am looking forward to hearing good news from you soon.

Maeve Greyson said...

I love reading Tarot cards. I truly believe it helps me to focus my energies by making me admit to myself what obstacles I CREATE along whichever path I choose to follow. Best of luck to you in 2012. May it be filled with "PROSPEROUS" cards.


Traci Bell said...

Hi Pamela,

I,too,suffer from migraines so I feel your pain!

I have only had one experience with tarot cards about ten years ago now; however, the lady that did my reading nailed me. I've always wanted to try again.

PamelaTurner said...

Thanks, everyone, for your kind comments & insights. I thought about talking about using the Tarot for writing but already wrote that post. :-)

Anonymous said...

I've tried 3 times to write this comment, but can't quite seem to find the right words to say what I want. I know, frustrating for a writer. You see, you remind me of me. I wrote for 14 years before I was published. My biggest deterant to being pubbed was myself. I loved the fact that you took the proactive step to see what 2012 has in store, but even your questions were hesitant. It sounds corny, but success (however you measure it) will come when you are ready. If you're looking forward, then you're on the right path. Just trust yourself. You've already accomplished so much more than those who sit by and wish they could write a book. Reviews are just other people's opinions. I try not to read them unless forced. They don't really matter. Just continue to write great books and you'll succeed. Sorry for getting on the soapbox. :)

Mary Keith - Keith Publications, LLC said...

I love Tarot cards and have a wide selection or should I say collection:) We have to be positive about our path and strive to use our energy to its best, esp our writing.
Good luck and don't let a bad review hold you back.

Mary Keith

PamelaTurner said...

Hi Teagan and Mary Keith. Thanks for stopping by. :-)

Teagan: Keep writing. Exactly. Like I told my husband that's all I can do. And don't feel bad, I'm always revising my comments. LOL As for asking the Tarot questions, oh, yes, that's interesting too. Because if you don't ask the right one or in the right way... I'm still learning. :-) Also, these were questions that were part of that particular layout. Perhaps not specific as such but a good guide.

Mary, I only have two decks: the Celtic & Rider-Waite, both gifts. But I would love to add other decks. Although I'm not sure if it's true, someone I know designed her own deck. But she had also been involved with the Tarot for a long time.