Weekly Card, First Week of June


I thought we needed kittehs this week, so I busted out the Baroque Bohemian Cats.

HierophantSo. We have The Hierophant, holding the keys to the Kingdom, standing there in his fine robes. I can’t help but think of the ‘Impressive Clergyman’ from The Princess Bride: “Mawwiage… is what bwings us togeva… today.” Ok, no marriage in sight, but he’s pretty impressive.

He indicates rules and regulations, respecting established order and institutions, particularly religious. I always bristle at the sight of him. I dislike knuckling under and following authority, when I don’t always agree with their teachings or methods. It feels restrictive, having to conform and follow traditions. He can also indicate a need to look deeper at a situation, and find a new meaning, uncover wisdom. It’s a time to pay more attention to spiritual matters, learn more. I have been neglecting things lately, perhaps now is the time to take a little time to study more and expand my understanding.

My understanding of my vampire novel has been greatly expanded, in the best way, thanks to my beta reader. I have a lot of work to do on it, lots of work. I don’t know, at what point do you decide it’s just too much to fix and move on to something else? But, I grow as a writer, learning as I go.

Wishing you all a week of growth, but not in a painful way!

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13 thoughts on “Weekly Card, First Week of June

  1. Excellent choice of deck, may I add 🙂 I use this occasionally for readings, it’s brilliant. Funny how so many “bristle” at this card, though not as much as “The Emperor” – a deep seated dislike for patriarchy perhaps, or just not fond of rigidity I guess? I am rather fond of the Hierophant personally, as he stands for teachers and teaching in general, which one day I hope to do full-time. All the very best with your novel, what a huge undertaking! Blessings.

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    1. Thanks, Monica 🙂 The kitties are wonderfully fun, such humor in them.

      Authoritarianism in any form doesn’t sit well with me anymore. Maybe it was the 8 years I spent in the Navy that got me over the tolerance for following orders. I’ve seen too many bad leaders. Blind obedience is not in my nature anymore!

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  2. Peter Cook is hilarious! Especially, when he and Dudley Moore are together. 🙂
    http://movieclips.com/gJohD-the-princess-bride-movie-mawage/0/149.46

    Spiritual growth is a lifelong journey. It’s one that I feel I’ve hardly scratched the surface of, and it’s one that I sometimes fear because I might not be worthy of its grace.

    I’m glad that your vampire novel is opening a greater awareness for you. Having a beta reader is always a plus for an author, and I’m glad that you found one that is helping you! Don’t worry about the apparent work load for your current novel. I watched a documentary about J.K. Rowling, and she said it took her five years to write, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. So Hang In There!

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    1. You’re worthy, trust me. Just be prepared for it to be something other than you expected.

      I’m sure I’d be making more progress on the novel if I had more time to work on it. If only I could have enough success with it that I could quit the day-job and write full-time. That’s all I want, I don’t want to be the next Jo Rowling (although if it happened that way, I would graciously accept my fate 😉 )

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      1. Thank you for your encouraging words!

        And, who knows? You might become…D.D. Rowling! 😉 Here’s that wonderful documentary I mentioned. It’s from a British broadcast, and Jo is very candid about her feelings. It goes a long way to show that she’s just regular person who has had many trials and tribulations in her life. Fortunately, she proves that perseverance is the secret to overcoming adversity. That is something we all need to remember.

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  3. I thought about the priest from Princess Bride too! That is too funny! I’m glad you’ve had some time to write more lately and dig down deep to get some things accomplished.

    I’d say as long as you are in love with the story, you should do whatever is necessary to salvage it. I don’t believe that anything is ever “unfixable”.

    It is just to what extent do you wish to attempt the repairs. I don’t know if I could ever fully scrap something I wrote and start over. Especially if I had put as much time into it as you have with your work.

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    1. I love that he’s billed in the credits simply as “Impressive Clergyman” 😉

      I’m sure it’s fixable, but it’s going to take extensive rewrites. At the rate I’ve been going on this, it’s going to be a long time until it’s done. It’s just kind of daunting.

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  4. Your Baroque Bohemian Cats looks like an awesome tarot deck! Best of luck with the novel. I completely agree with what Eric said. Sometimes, the best thing to do is take a break from the book you’re working on. Do something else–write a short story or a blog post, or some poetry. Or even several of each. After you’ve been away from your WIP for a while, you’ll come back to it with fresh eyes. You might suddenly find solutions to some of the problems this way. A bit like a crossword puzzle–just when you think it’s time to give up because you’ll never get those last few clues, you put it down then come back later or the next day and…voilà! All the missing answers come to mind right away. Don’t give up! 🙂

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    1. It is a charming, humorous, luscious deck 🙂

      Well, the novel has been languishing for a long time. It’s only recently that I’ve started working on the novel again, and I don’t really want to waste any more time. I had hoped to be shopping it around to agents by now, but it’s nowhere near ready. I don’t mind doing the work on it, more than anything I’m just frustrated by the lack of time to devote to it.

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