Happy Ostara / Vernal Equinox!
I did my observance last night. The actual Equinox point was 1:37am local daylight time this morning, and I always do my observance on the “waxing” or approaching side. The Tarot reading for the octave was somewhat better than the last few have been–really, the last several readings have made me wonder why I bother. Maybe that’s because I’m actually working on The Longer the Fall now, and therefore the temporal tendrils are pointing in a more constructive direction. Or it could be because the phone rang when I was just starting the reading, and was an automated spam call cheerfully announcing that I was eligible for a $1500 loan. “Yeah, right, $1500, wouldn’t that be nice,” I thought while I shuffled the cards. So the Outcome card was the 10 of Pentacles. *heh* (Don’t worry, I got my usual chewing-out. My Tarot Muse is very stern.)
The ritual went fine, anyway. The work on The Longer the Fall is going well, too. I’m completely ripping apart and redoing Chapter 4 and it’s an immense improvement. Chapter 4 sets up the entire rest of the book. Of course, this is the third time I’ve completely ripped apart and redone Chapter 4 and every time I thought it was an immense improvement…*wry smile*…but it was never quite where I wanted it. Now I’ve got a finished, published novel and a projected series to tie the story into and a much clearer idea of how I want to strongly differentiate Diana and Thomas from the rest of the characters in the series. It’s “settling,” like the daemons in Philip Pullman–it’s found its real shape. That feels good…but it’s also hard work.
It’s bleak, soggy, dreary, chilly and gloomy here, and WHDH says we may “just miss” a really big storm next week. I need to drive up to my dad’s and water his house plants and check the house for him. He’s on a Caribbean cruise!