A few weeks ago, I went to visit an old school-friend, and she suggested I go to see her psychic. I am a bit of a sceptic, I’ll admit, but I’m also open-minded. I’ve been to see psychics before and have never felt they were doing anything other than cold reading. However, I find it quite pleasurable to sit and swim in Lake Me for an hour <g>, so I went along, not expecting much.
I was quite surprised by the result. It was the first time I felt I was talking to someone who had a gift. It could have been lucky guesses but there were more hits than misses, and some astounding insights into my life and that of one of my closest friends that took me by surprise. Even if it was all nonsense, it felt very soothing and helpful.
The psychic identified I was a writer, and that I was currently writing a ‘set’ of books. She said I should stop editing the first two books in the Slavecatcher trilogy and get on with writing the third. This was because she felt I need to get back into that ‘flow’ of writing that has been such an important part of my life. She also said the world needed to read what I had to say in the books, which I find highly unlikely unless the world is in dire need of angsty, gay, dystopian, sexy fic with fucked-up heroes, but maybe it is *g*. Regardless, I am trying my best to take her advice and crack on with book three now. One of my problems is that because my working life has been so difficult all year it’s hard to get any momentum, which is why I’ve stuck to editing all year as it requires less of an ongoing flow.
This has been one of the worst years of my life. I won’t go into what’s going on for me in too much detail, but my working life has been stressful beyond belief and explosively busy as well. Personally, I’ve had to grapple with some difficult and upsetting issues, and it’s all taken its toll.
I spent most of 2015 editing book one of Slavecatcher. I also sent it to a professional editor and an old fandom friend for pointers and editing advice. This was enormously helpful as it turned out, and has give me a vision for how to tidy up some aspects of my writing and this work in particular that were bothering me.
As a result of the psychic’s advice I’ve now tentatively started book three. Obviously, there’s no chance of me releasing the trilogy this year. I’m sorry about that – I had no idea this time last year just how gruesome and gruelling the next 12 months were going to be. I just pray the next twelve months are easier, and I have more writing time and a ton of inspiration and writing energy to do it!
I hope you are all well. I miss my closer involvement in this world and being part of it. I hope to come roaring back one day, before too much time has passed.