I’m taking an online writing course which includes bi-weekly assignments, which, since this is only the second week, I believe, includes regular prompts for free writing. Here was the assignment for last week:
“Write a story using that phrase as your first line and include a twist at the end. Keep your story to 300 words or less. Write as tight as possible, that is, really select words with care. Trim out the extras. Add dialogue.”
Admittedly, I didn’t add much dialogue, but I like how my little story turned out. I love to read character driven apocalyptic/dystopian sci-fi but rarely get a decent idea in that genre, so I was pleased that this idea showed up. Who knows, maybe there is more here!
I just spent the weekend in New York City. Kara, one of my best friends/travel buddies, and I explored the shit outta that town. We traipsed and Lyfted our way from Spanish-Italian cafe to French bistro to Korean small plates through Central Park, to the MoMa and Guggenheim, in search of great food, beer, coffee, art, ice cream, and pizza.
What always blows my mind about travel, beyond the obvious benefit of ‘seeing the world,’ is the doors it breaks down surrounding my creativity. Which is an easier sentiment to have while listening to the Dark Side of the Moon and contemplating Hilma af Klint than sitting in my robe in my bed back home. It’s a fleeting feeling I’m constantly yearning for, yet what I learned on this trip is creativity is not actually one fleeting moment.
Phew! I am verrrry behind with my tarot studies in the Alternative Tarot Course! I was hoping that January would slow down a bit — and the first half definitely did — but the second half of January was crazy with social and work commitments. I’m happy to say that I’ve continued to pull a card a day, and have done a pretty dang good job staying committed to my at-home yoga practice. I’m feeling good! Anyway, I digress.
Part of week 2 includes analyzing the elements in the tarot. One of the exercises asks me to pick some minor arcana cards that I view as “crossover” cards, cards that I feel communicate more than their corresponding element.
The first exercise in the Alternative Tarot Course Week 2 is all about the aces.
Beth Maiden writes, “Pull out the four ace cards from your deck and lay them out in front of you. What doors might be opening here, what sort of thing might each ace be suggesting you do? How might you best take advantage of these opportunities?”
Yesterday and today’s cards are repeaters. My shuffling used to be more complicated and, in the grand scheme of things, time consumingly silly. I have settled into a simple way of selecting cards that I feel cuts down the chance of incidentally turning up a repeater for myself. Now, I simply overhand shuffle my deck nine times, fan the cards out in one hand and randomly select a card.
Since I’ve been blogging/tracking my daily cards (on December 31, 2018), I’ve had a number of repeating cards. They have all repeated one time (at this point), and below is the order in which I received the repeats.