The Magic 8 ball was one of my favorite toys as a child and as an adult. What could be better than getting immediate answers to life’s tough questions? Does Johnny/ Janie love me? Should I take that new job? Will the trip be fun? While I don’t advise anyone to live their life by the Magic 8 ball, I do believe in signs.*
*Side note – this particular post isn’t concerned with Who gives the signs.
It could be a timely advertisement for a tourist destination you’ve always wanted to visit. Perhaps, a co-worker mentions a friend getting a new position thus leaving an opening for you. You might even stumble over old dreams while looking for a pen in the junk drawer. Are these signs?
I like to think so. Even writing this post included a sign. Have you ever played this game – if blank is true then I’ll do blank? In this case, if my Kindle keyboard is still in my luggage then I’ll jot down these random late night thoughts so I don’t forget them. Thus, this blog post was born.**
**Side note 2 – I’ve never believed that signs mean you don’t have to put in the work to make things happen. Don’t forget the old adage ‘anything worth having is worth fighting for’.
Here’s a bigger example of signs from my personal life. I’ve been writing regularly for five years – fanfic, short stories, novellas, and novels of various genres. I had an uneventful past experience with self-publishing and publishing with a small press. My books weren’t ready – I wasn’t ready [see this Blog if you want to know more]. I ranted and raved about the misfortune, but I also researched and revised. However, actually re-releasing the books in their new forms was a final step I couldn’t seem to take. I couldn’t let go of the fear of failure and move on.
Then, I received a sign.
The moon plays a big role in my fantasy series, The Rahki Chronicles. In particular, the Harvest Moon is important in Books 1-2. The Harvest Moon falls on September 25th this year. September 25th was my parents’ anniversary – we lost Dad years before I started writing and I always wonder what he would’ve thought about it. On September 25, 2018, I am releasing Book 1 of The Rahki Chronicles.
What sign are you waiting on? Is this your sign??