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Cartwheelies in My Mind

I achieved the impossible today. Drumroll, please:

I finally recovered all my old WordPress posts, going all the way back to 2007. It took switching hosting companies again (something I had to do regardless) and a few other details, but any way you call it, I’m glad to finally have all my crap back. It’s still crap, but it’s my crap, dammit.

Speaking of my crap, I handed off my latest novel to my first-line editor. I plan to use at least a few of ’em, whoever I can con into… er, that is, wheedle… oh who am I kidding? I was right the first time, ha! This book is sort of a romance, but I don’t do romance. I’m shitty at romance even in reality, so I’m atrocious at writing it. I fully expect my editor to kick it back to me with a swift kick to the keister, telling me I need to rewrite probably 85 to 90% of it. But thank God, when she does, she’ll also point out what’s wrong, which will hopefully jump start my brain on the project.

In the meantime, I’m writing more familiar territory, a non-fiction work based on a fistful of interviews with stone readers. No, not stoned readers, which is a whole ‘nother kind of smoking gun. I’m talking people who do crystal readings for other people. It’s an interesting concept, and the book in progress has generated a fair amount of buzz, which is a novelty for me. There’s no established status quo for the process, as with tarot or even tea leaves. I’ve talked to a handful of readers (there aren’t many willing to share), each relating different take on the phenomenon. I’m touching on them all in the book, but focusing primarily on one particular style. I chose the one I did because like tarot readings, it’s something the average person can learn.

I can’t teach the average person to pick up a rock, hold it to their forehead, and tell someone’s fortune. I won’t judge the person who mentioned doing that, but I’d call that method the most “out-there” of the bunch. It’s right up there with the gypsy who stares into a crystal ball to read the future. And yes, there really are people who say they can do so. The technical term for it is scrying.

I bet you never knew there was a technical term for using a crystal ball before, didja, huh? I sure didn’t. I do now.

Had to give a nod to new mommy April the Giraffe. Given they’re now an endangered species, like pretty much every other animal man can use for target practice, I say, “Good job!” I normally don’t go in for all the hoopla, and didn’t sit glued to the screen over the critter’s birth, but I applaud it nonetheless.

Work has been its own challenge. Some aspects have been awesome, some disappointing. You know. Like it was a job or something. Go figure. Worked today. You want irony? We got holiday pay for Good Friday, but NOT for Easter Sunday. It’s another layer of weirdness in working for a company where the headquarters are in the UK. Wonder if we’ll get a holiday for Boxing Day?

For the record, my previous employer didn’t pay holiday pay for Easter or Good Friday. We just worked the hours and did our best to hang in there. Since things at the current job were so dead today, I got kicked out early (with pay) by a couple of hours. I was glad for it, because it wasn’t one of my better days in terms of health. I was hurting and exhausted. Very little sleep happened last night. And it’s late enough tonight I’ve got to sign off and call it a night.

Ciao. For now.



  1. Joyce Joyce April 17, 2017

    I’m glad you got your stuff back. Technology is a wonderful until it isn’t cooperating.
    The reading crystals thing is interesting… I am familiar with and have practiced many forms of divination but crystals have remained energy objects rather than windows into truths.
    I hope the ouch and lack of sleep are gone asap

  2. LA LA April 17, 2017

    My usual tools for scrying are bowls of water and mirrors. I’ve yet to find a crystal ball that speaks to me. But with all tools for divination from cards to crystals to chicken bones it’s really about the reader and the one looking for answers, if there’s a connection anything will work. Thanks for the link here from FB, my favorites list is all screwy. ~LA

    • leilani leilani Post author | April 17, 2017

      I know scrying uses any reflective surface – that’s the official definition, anyway. Most people I know also go the route of mirrors or water, but it apparently applies to crystals, as well. I know there are other ways to use stones, as well, but there’s a specific interest in how to use them for readings.

  3. Terri Tinkel Terri Tinkel April 17, 2017

    There is a psychic here in our town whom I have gone to in the past. I should check her out again and see what she comes up with. One of my sisters does the tarot cards and seems to have a real knack at it. Another sister claims she can read people by their eyes even in photographs. I don’t think I have any special abilities,sure wish I did. Your potential book sounds very interesting.

    • leilani leilani Post author | April 18, 2017

      I don’t see anything misspelled 😉

      That being said, you DO have special abilities. You’re a warm, wonderful woman. That alone puts you ahead of the pack. You’re also a prolific writer (at least compared to me!), and from what I could see, a good interior decorator. I’m terrible at all of the above, lol.

  4. Terri Tinkel Terri Tinkel April 17, 2017

    yep I knew I spelled that wrong…psychic……,.

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