Monday (Jan 7): I signed up for an online writing class about plotting a novel using Tarot cards. This is something that was right up my alley! Awesome!
Tuesday (Jan 8): The critique I'd been waiting for from the Mystery Writers of America finally showed up. I ripped it open and was crushed. The guy who did the critique really knew nothing about my sub-genre or paranormal cozies, wasn't in my target audience of women 18 and older, and did the entire critique in red pen. All I saw at first was his "bleeds" all over. Didn't help that he really wasn't very helpful in his criticism, either. I decided I must be a lousy writer and was wasting my time even trying. I asked the Divine Force of the Universe to give me a sign. An UNMISTAKABLE sign, of course.
Wednesday (Jan 9): I had somewhat calmed down, although I was still awaiting that unmistakable sign. Amazingly, in my inbox I start to get the information from that course I signed up for on Monday. Assignment number one was to pick the deck you want to use for the purposes of the class. So I go on a hunt. I finally decide upon a deck (the Tarot Lenormand), and post an introduction along with my first assignment. As I continue to check my e-mail I get the daily card drawing question from another list and do the drawing that made no sense. Oh well. All will be revealed and all that, right? Moving on, I keep checking e-mails, going through the posts from the class. I get an e-mail with the subject "Off-line" or "Off class" or something of the like. The author of the e-mail wanted to know how much I'd done on my novel. Would I be interested in an online critique group for MYSTERY AUTHORS? Where at least one other (the author of the e-mail) actually wrote PARANORMAL MYSTERIES? Sweet!!! So I was given the opportunity to have an advisor on this project (the Hermit) and to share my writing with a group who's mission is to give me helpful feedback in an effort to get the book published (the 8 of Chalices movement of goods).
Like I said before, sometimes you just have to wonder at how the Universe works.