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Writer's Horoscope #5 - It's Written in the Stars!
Welcome back for another installment of Writer's Horoscope When reading this feature, it's important to remember that as writers, we're all professionals at making sh*t up. But this is REAL. It must be true! You read it on the interwebs!
If, however, you don't find that your entry in this horoscope seems to apply to you, it's entirely possible that your parents lied to you about your birth-date. (They may also be aliens. Or robots. Or robot aliens. Just remember next time you visit home, it wasn't our idea to cut them open and see what's inside!) Try another sign and see if it makes more sense to you. If it still doesn't seem to apply, keep in mind that they may not only have fudged the date, but the year, and possibly our earlier installments will fit you better. Find them here and here and here, and here.
Note that we've adopted the new world universal writer's astrological symbols in place of the ones you may be more familiar with.
Arial (March 21 - April 19) - Your word count is down and you're disappointed in your output. We all have our bad days, but there's no one-size-fits-all solution. The question to ask yourself is, where does your energy come from? Take the time now to figure out where that place is, then go there and recharge your batteries. It's worth doing now, even if it costs you a little time, because next time you'll know to go there immediately.
Thesaurus (April 20 - May 20) - Feeling the networking blues? You're better connected than you imagine. Don't dismiss the value of casual acquaintances, of people you wouldn't think of as having publishing connections, and remember that friends of friends can be of value as well. The key to finding these less-obvious connections is communication. Talk candidly with your friends and associates about your work, interests, and goals. They can't help you if they don't know what you need.
Galley (May 21 - June 20) - Publishing is changing too fast for you to fall comfortably back into your preconceived notions. Assume nothing. Keep your eyes and your mind open to changes and new developments. Caution and forethought will be rewarded.
Copyright (June 21 - July 22) - You'll profit from a positive environment and that positivity starts close to home. If you're spreading negativity and ill-will you're poisoning the water you swim in. Cast off the gloom and doom, break out the optimism, and give your positive support to those around you. In time, it will return ten-fold.
Litho (July 23 - August 22) - If you're excited about a project, don't put it off. If you write it down, the idea may still be there when you get back to it, but the energy may well be gone. Ultimately, the energy may be more important than the idea.
Verso (Aug 23 - September 22) - Stop staring out the window. That daydreaming is killing your productivity. Pull the drapes and get back to work. You can open them again when the job is done and the urge has passed.
Library (September 23 - Oct 22) - You're having doubts that your flavor of work fits in out there. Relax. Publishing is a big machine that needs parts it doesn't even know exist yet. Your job is to keep doing what you do, and keep looking for the unfound empty spot where it goes.
Slush (Oct 23 - November 21) - Don't spend too much time obsessing about your mistakes, missed opportunities, and fumbles. Nobody is perfect, and the best and most successful writer you can think of certainly has made their share of screw-ups. Learn what you can from those mistakes, resolve not to make the same ones again, and move on.
Sans sarif (Nov 22 - Dec 21) - Perhaps you've heard of a new opportunity, a new book line, or an editor looking for the sort of writing that you like to do, and decided that it's way out of your league. You might be wrong about that. The only way to find out is to try. You've nothing to lose, and something wonderful might just happen.
Caption (December 22 - January 19) - The only certain thing about publishing is uncertainty. In times of plenty, it's tempting to think that things will go on that way forever. Rarely is that true. Plan accordingly. Minimize your expenses, chose your luxuries carefully, and always, always, keep something in reserve. Security is the best form of living well.
Apostrophe (January 20 - February 18) - They say you are what you eat, but it's more than that. You're also the sum of your environment. Maybe its time to live some of the trappings of what's in your head. Change out how you dress, the music you listen to, the lighting in your office, anything to shore up the story developing in your head.
Pica (February 19 - March 20) - Be careful putting your heart into a project that isn't your own. That project could break your heart, and you'll have nothing to show for it. There are things worth risking heart and soul on, but they're the things that are yours to keep. Use caution. Choose wisely.
If this is your birth month: Writer's organizations can provide education, networking, and support. But they can also be quagmires of politics, battling egos, and dueling time-sinks. Maybe you've been thinking about becoming a joiner. If you think the benefits are there, go for it, but beware the pitfalls, and keep your bearings. It's too easy to slide into the traps gradually without knowing it. If you see yourself slipping, get out, and give yourself some time and distance. Don't worry that you're missing anything. Time spent writing is never wasted...
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