Gone Writing – Day 36
Posted on February 6, 2016
Signs. Incarnations. You believe in them or you don’t.
The other day, I told a friend some news that had me set back and she responded not only with an encouraging note but told me she’d seen a hawk that day while thinking of me – vision, power, rebirth, teamwork – and a lone goose – bravery, confidence, communication, determination. That lifted my spirits.
Another friend had some powerful stuff happening at the exact same time I had the same powerful stuff happening. It forged a close bond between us.
It happens too when I write my books. While working on my debut Deedee’s Revenge (De wraak van Deedee), a crow with an important role cropped up in the story. The next morning a crow settled on a branch in the tree outside my office. It came back every day and left when I handed in the manuscript.
Now, I’m researching the third book of my Boreas series, the middle grade adventure about the twelve-year-old who sails the seas, and in my room is a painting of a maritime signal flag. Four squares, two white and two red, representing the letter ‘U’.
Now, signal flags represent not just a letter but each one has a meaning and this one’s is: ‘You are running into danger.’ Unsettling, right? That’s what I thought, so I quickly ran downstairs to the lobby where more flags were displayed to pick one that was more to my liking. I studied the flags. Would I go for the ‘V’ (I require assistance)? Or maybe the ‘O’ (Man overboard)?
But no. I decided on the ‘J’ flag: I am on fire.