Love in Retrograde
For the past few weeks, my life has been upside down.
The money I expected to directly deposit into my bank account was three days late. It appears that someone completely forgot to send the payment. Which of course, caused me to purposely forget to pay the bills which I knew needed to be paid.
At work, I asked my friend to get me a small iced coffee, leaving room for cream. She came back with a large hot coffee wondering why I wanted a hot drink when it was ninety degrees outside.
Yesterday, my mom locked herself out of her house and I was unable to get to her as I was watching my thirteen month old grandson who wouldn't stop crying.
During ordinary times, I would chalk these incidents up to the "shit happens" category. But it's not an ordinary time. Mercury is in Retrograde.
And according to Emma Seigel, the fifteen-year-old protagonist of my young adult novel, Mercury In Retro Love, we all know what that means. "It's like an astrological PMS."
Mercury rules communication. During it's retro period, when it appears to be going backward in the sky, anything and everything involving writing, texting, wiring, talking goes haywire.
Thus, my financial woes, my coffee fiasco and my mom's dilemma.
In fact, I was quite aware of how the planets lined up while working on this book. It took many retrogrades to get through the process. To reach those golden words "The End." And during each one, Emma seemed to take control. I would be in the middle of a scene, nearing the climax (not that kind) and she would take over and steer the action into a completely different direction.
Not that I didn't like where she was taking me. But hey, I'm the author here. Right?
I tried to get her to stay with the perfect guy for her, according to her astrological theories, but it just didn't work out. And I didn't like the fact that she lied to her father because I knew she would be sorry for her actions. Which, of course, she was.
But I listened to her and in the end, we were both quite happy with the finished product.
With Mercury in retrograde for another few weeks, I'm hoping that nothing else goes wrong.
Of course, now I am obsessing over my sales numbers. Checking my Amazon rankings every night. My finger hovers over the enter button. Yes, press it. No, I don't want to know. Yes. I do. No. But I'm trying to keep that under control.
As Emma says in her astrological journal:
Fact: Mercury in Retrograde doesn't last forever
Theory: Positive thinking really does make a difference.
Proof: I persevered through the good times and the bad and now actually have a published book, a book that I love, to obsess over.