Research for My Next Book

Ok, now I’m having too much fun.

I finally broke whatever mental log jam I was experiencing, and I’ve been writing with higher daily word counts this past week. My apartment has a patio out back, and I’ve been sitting there to write during the day. I don’t feel as confined as I did on our deck, and I love it out there. Check out the view:

Yep. Loads of heavy-duty machinery while workers tear up the road behind my apartment. The noise is all day long, and sometimes everything around me shakes like an earthquake. Why I can write with all this commotion around me is a wonder, but I can!

I called a couple of the guys knuckleheads when they accidentally cut the television cable in the ground, and I lost my internet connection and my music. But I smiled when I said it, and they laughed. They knew they were knuckleheads. They also took down the mailboxes for our complex. I don’t mind. It gives me a reason to ride my bike to the post office every day to collect my mail.

I’m still going strong with riding. I’ve only been “almost” hit twice, but I was in control, and I’m now more careful when running stop signs in the alleys. My chain slipped off yesterday. That was quite a jolt to realize I had no brakes once the chain was hanging loose (forgot about that tidbit). I think I’m up to about ten miles per day now.

On to my research!

A while back, ladysighs posted some creative poetry and information revolving around Tarot cards. (Her High Priestess and Empress cards were so cute!) This reminded me of a time long ago in my early twenties. All the girls from work decided to go out to dinner and then have “fortune teller” readings.

My reading was interesting. Nothing really outstanding, but later that evening, I wrote down the things I was told. As the next few years unfolded, I was amazed and even shocked at times that just about everything I was told came true – right down to a job I would have, what it would entail, and the initials of two of my bosses. When I took that particular job, I had no knowledge of any of those things at this particular business to influence me. To eventually see her words in front of me amazed me.

After reading more of Ladysighs tarot poetry, the idea for my next book fell into my head. Plopped right in there with a thud.

I love the Mama in my Murder books. She’s eccentric and causes a ruckus everywhere she goes. I’m going to have Mama watching online tarot readings and deciding she can do readings, too. Mama will torture Jo (her daughter; my main character), telling her what she sees in the cards for her every time she sees her. Jo will be annoyed, but this will ultimately affect how she handles her cases.

I’ve been watching online tarot readings to gather information to write for Mama. Oh my gosh! I’ve never giggled so much in my life. I am NOT a giggler, but I sure have been lately. According to these online readers, I am going to be wealthy! More than a million dollars! I am going to have new love come in and sweep me off my feet! I am going to have past love come in and sweep me off my feet! I am going to have alien love come in and sweep me off my feet! I am going to be famous! Think of any over-the-top good thing that could (or could not) happen in your life, and these online readers will tell you it’s coming in fast!

However, all this entertainment is wonderful fodder for writing Mama’s antics in my next book. I can’t wait to get started! I’ll still need a murder (maybe Mama will see a murder in the cards), and I’ll need a good murder title. I’m sure those will plop into my head soon, too.

There is one thing I won’t share. The fortune teller from my twenties told me something that never came true. I am in a position in my life for this to happen now, and I’ve recently had a partial glimpse of this. I’m looking forward to seeing the rest! If it comes to fruition, I’ll tell you then.

Have you ever had your fortune told? If you have, tell me about it!

23 thoughts on “Research for My Next Book

  1. Never had my fortune read or told (I prefer making my own).

    I’ve had workers doing the roof this weekend, and now others doing my gutters. I had thought I would be OK with them here and I could just write (since I can’t work on the yard) but not only is it noisy, but because I was worried about them hurting the A/C unit, I ended up covering it . . . during 90° weather.

    We’re somewhat used to living with it being hot inside (still cooler than outside) but it does affect my desire to do anything but read or watch videos (I caught up on some animes I’ve been wanting to watch). So, alas, no posts or writing for a few days now (current posts were previously scheduled).

    As for Tarot cards . . . there was a writing prompt I participated in (once) regarding Tarot cards. I wrote a flash piece for it. It’s at THIS LINK but all the way near the bottom (if you’ve not noticed, many of my posts are not short).

    Anyway, good luck on writing, researching, and becoming a millionaire.

    • Thank you! I can’t wait to become a millionaire! (One lottery ticket could do it! 🙂 )

      I’m going to try to get by without my AC as long as possible. Keeping the apartment closed up and a couple of fans running keeps it cool in here through the hottest part of the day. Hope your workers are done soon and you can get back to concentrating.

      Thanks for the link to your tarot flash fiction. I’ll definitely read it. I think having this subject as an underlying theme in the next book will be fun.

  2. First things first: Your post about your house/surroundings etc seems really upbeat! Seems you are settling in nicely!

    A Tarot Mystery Teaser! There are so many possibilities. Tons of cards to choose from. And if you combine cards together …. a whole new meaning appears. Plus turn a card upside down and PRESTO! Even more meanings. Hope this book goes well …. maybe another series?
    (and NO … I don’t believe) But do believe that things can influence what we do! And we can choose the positive or negative side.

    • I have settled in well. I love how much room I have here. I used restraint and didn’t clutter the place up. I definitely feel more creative here.

      And I think this will be so much fun to research tarot and incorporate some of the more absurd things I see into my story. I saw a reading yesterday that highlighted body snatchers! LOL! My Mama character will have a ball with this stuff. Thanks for telling me about the combined cards and upside-down cards as well. I’ll be sure to check out how that works.

      And I’m with you … I, too, believe that things can influence what we do. That’s what I’m hoping to convey in my story. Mama telling Jo what’s in the cards for her will subconsciously affect Jo’s day-to-day actions.

      Thanks for your thoughts!!

  3. I have a couple friends in the UK who run a witchcraft shop. In October, I was talking with one of them about tarot and just offhandedly said I wished I could get a reading done because my life is so screwed up. She obliged me, free of charge. It’s something she said she would only do for friends. The cards were not kind. My final card was the ten of swords. The funny thing was that none of it surprised me. The only consolation on that final card was how dawn is coming in the background, which means these struggles won’t last forever. So I’ve got that going for me, which is nice.

    • That ten of swords card is nasty for sure. How many times can a person get stabbed in the back? Well, ten apparently. But you are right, there are cycles in our life, and these struggles of yours won’t last forever. With every ending, there will be a new beginning.

      Because the woman from my twenties was so accurate, I never wanted to have another reading done. If the future truly could be foreseen, I didn’t want to know what it was. These online readers are reading for a “collective,” which could be thousands of people at one time, so nothing really feels that personal.

  4. No i haven’t had my fortune told but my daughter likes that stuff. More astrology and readings. I like the equipment in your view, makes good research. I grew up with just fans and windows, tried to do that with my kids and hubby, no go. I’m usually freezing in ac. lol Can’t wait to read your new writings.

    • When I was in my late teens, I loved astrology and numerology. The fact that everything I read about an Aries fit me to a T was remarkable to me. It’s been kind of weird lately that I’ve been seeing synchronicity numbers multiple times a day, every day. Supposedly, if I would write them down and then look them up, there would be a message there for me. But I am too busy (lazy) to mess with numbers. 🙂

      I’m used to central air, so I’m wondering how I’ll do with just this one wall unit for the entire apartment. I guess I’ll find out this weekend as our temperatures are headed into the 90s.

      And again, you are such a dear to grab the next books in the series. I hope you are entertained!

      • I love numbers in the sense that I see they make something for me. Like our address her is 1014 – I see the 1 as hubby, 0 unity circle , 1 as me, and 4 as the kids. Our address in Oberlin my home town and where we have a home a very old home is 213 , I see it as 2 for hubby and I , i for daughter and 3 for the boys. I do that alot. I love the number 3.

  5. This sounds just like me! Last week I was driving to my son’s house an the ending of the book I’m currently writing popped into my head. Driving 60 mph! Like out of nowhere! I had to pull over to the side of the road and email the idea to myself so I wouldn’t forget it. I am looking forward to “meeting” mamma!

    • Don’t you love it when that happens! You were smart to get the thought on “paper.” I’ve lost a few good ideas by not writing them down right away. Worse is when I hurriedly make a note, but it turns out to be cryptic, and I have no idea what I was thinking. 🙂

  6. I’m not a big believer in fortunetelling or things like that, but my wife is. We were in Sedona, Arizona a few years ago. Sedona is a beautiful place. Incredible hiking in every direction. And it also has a reputation as being a place where some supernatural things may occur. So, one day, we had a few hours and I suggested we get our fortunes told. I don’t remember the details anymore, but we talked a lot about my work situation and what I should do about it. Nothing happened though that turned me into a believer. 😉

    • I say I’m not a believer, but truthfully, I’m probably on the fence. I’m highly intuitive. Your wife may be the same? As I get older, I seem to feel energies more. I’ve even wondered if I could read tarot. Not that I want to. 🙂 But so much of the time, I get vibes and know what my friends and family are thinking/feeling. If nothing else, it will be fun to continue to find out more about all this while I write the book. For now, for me, that’s what it’s all about – the writing.

      • I’ve spent most of my adult life running from matters of faith and belief. In recent years, I’ve come to describe myself as non-religiously spiritual. There is a thing inside of each of us that is more than just our heart and our blood and our bones. But I can’t explain it anymore than that.

        As for the writing … we can create things in our writing. And that’s part of what makes writing so fun.

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