Oracle of the Day: 7 of Diamonds | 6 of Spades

Proceed with caution! Photo Credit: Meli Halstead Cards: Dragon Back Playing Cards

Proceed with caution!
Photo Credit: Meli Halstead
Cards: Dragon Back Playing Cards

Positive Affirmation of the Day:

I am centered in the present moment.

Central Theme of Your Writing Piece for the Day:

Seven of Diamonds coupled with Six of Spades signals that you’re about to make an unwise action based on wishful thinking.

What does that mean for your character?

Writing Focus:

Years after I moved away from New Orleans, feelings of nostalgia crept in.  The city called for me like a siren’s song.  The pull intensified with each passing day and I announced to my family that I was moving back to the Big Easy.

My friends were delighted.  We talked about the places I could live and where my kiddos were going to attend school.  I visualized myself running along the streetcar line in the early mornings.  The memories of sipping hot chocolate and nibbling on … okay.. gorging on beignets lightly dusted with powdered sugar made me restless.

Then the dreams filled with warning came.  They weren’t the run of the mill warnings.  They were scary.  I tried to dismiss them, but they came.  I tried to skimp on sleep in hopes of bypassing the messages, but they came.  Signs popped up all around me — warning me that moving back down to the Big Easy was not a good idea.

I tried to bargain with my spirit guide and listed a million reasons why the move was a good one.  My spirit guide counted with a million and three reasons why it was not a good idea. I conceded — but I was trying to come up with solid reasons to end the nightmares.

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I can plot….  :: wicked laughter ::

Then three months later Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans.  The city was devastated.  I did not see any devastation in my dreams, just roadblocks.  A million and three road blocks. Every scenario I imagined, a huge roadblock or detour sign popped up in my head.  I’m sparing you the details of the scary warnings.

I now remain forever humbled and no longer push my spirit to abide by my “wishful thinking” when I have been sent warning signs.  I now concede.

What about your character?  Does your character have any moments where the fantasy does not match the reality?  Why?

Some great plots exist centered around this Seven of Diamonds and Six of Spades combination.

Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare is an excellent example of how two lovers create a fantasy of being together and it does not match the reality around them.  Their families were mortal enemies.

I Dare You To Take Action:

Think about a character you have written about in your story or create a new character.  Create a scene in which your character fantasizes about an event and then paint the reality.

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Here are some questions to help get you started:

Your character might be dwelling on a situation or decision and the outcome might result in a troublesome spot.

What is your character wishing for?  Why? What does this look like?

What is the reality for your character?

What happens if your character heeds the warning of not to move forward?  What happens when your character ignores the warnings and moves ahead?

Can your character recover from the ill-fated decision?

Write all of these down and have fun!

SignatureHappy Writing.

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Meli Halstead is a kickass teacher who helps writers get their stories written using a variety of oracles.  She has held several workshops to help writers get their thoughts into book form.  Her goal for the 2014 – 2015 year is to help 1300 writers write their book.  She has written and published several short stories in her life time.  She also gives a voice to those who are trapped in the cruel world of human trafficking.

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