So, I went to see a psychic…

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.


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  1. twilight_seeker3

    It does neither you nor us your loyal fan any good if you do not take dare of YOU! I am sorry this has beed such a difficult year and hope this improve on all fronts for you. Thank you for all the wonderful things you have shared with us over the years. I look forward to your next work and am willing to wait until such time as you are ready to share.

    gentle journey,

  2. twilight_seeker3

    Why is it I always see the errors just as I push submit? I swear this thing has auto correct. :unsure:

  3. Xanthe

    Thank you so much, hon! I really appreciate that. I just wish I had something ready to share NOW but hopefully when it’s all done it’ll be worth the wait! Hugs!

  4. Popkin16

    I feel like most people who claim to be psychics aren’t real, but that there *are* real ones out there. It’s cool that you may have found a genuine one. I’m sad your series will not be released this year – I am SO looking forward to it – but it’s completely understandable why not. I will wait patiently :)

  5. Xanthe

    I feel the exact same thing about psychics. And I’m sad my series won’t be released this year too :-(. I am so excited about it but then real life just exploded and got in the way. I hope I can get back on track soon!

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