log for 2012
Word synchro: "Grecian" and "vast"; both were in "Storms" this
morning, which I almost didn't do, but did, and then in ledger
at lunch. Grecian was a pretty good hit, since it was so close
and I've used it so rarely, and "vast," though common, was a
good hit because I had Noticed it while editing the novel, and
ended up deleting its phrase, as I do so many of these.
Then, while reading "Damned" this evening, there were tons of
synchros, either from my ledger or "Storms", many of them
precise and unlikely, like "erudite". Were so many, I can't
Also, last night, just before bed, I had an idea for a google
search, "sexual energy transfer". I forgot it by morning, but,
perhaps demonstrating that if I'm supposed to remember
something, I will, I remembered it, improbably, after I worked
out, and then looked it up tonight. Well, the second google
hit brought up this great, informative, long article about sex
and sexual energy, and there were tons of synchronicities in
it. For example, it had a paragraph on self abuse and how it
seemed to release energy tension from the skin, as well as
release certain hormones (which I've noticed from my own
experience with this, among other things), when I had just
read earlier today, in Damned, a passage involve
self-multilation and cutting using razor blades (also
mentioned in the article). I can't remember the last time I've
read about this phenomenon. There were several word synchros
too, like "perineum," which was in "Storms" this morning. The
coolest thing, though, was the mentioning of the "Inner
Smile," which encourages you to smile, using your third eye,
at everything, which was something that I just realized this
afternoon, me "smiling" at things using my third eye. I've
been doing this off and on for years, but today it really
clicked and I realized it, then I just saw it echoed
(confirmed?) in this article. Neat.
And the kicker: earlier today, I talked to Tim and he
mentioned, in his arbitrary way, a biblical book I'd never
heard of, what I remember as "Epiphanes" or something similar.
At the end of the sexual energy article I mentioned, it
mentioned a gnostic text from Ephiphenes. I can't be sure if
it was the same that Tim mentioned to me, but it was damn
close, and wouldn't surprise me at all if it was. (As it turns
out, it was Ephesians, as I learned today, so no
Word synchro: "matriculation" and "pageboy", both in ledger at
lunch. "Pageboy" was straightforward, being in "Damned"
yesterday, then in the ledger this morning, the first time I'd
seen the word for a long time, back to back. "Matriculation"
wasn't a word synchro, per se, but it simply corresponding to
me enrolling in the motorcycle safety course last night, after
I'd been putting it off for weeks, its definition
corresponding to enrollment.
The next came this afternoon. This morning, while editing
"Storms", I did the part where Johnny's Birkenstock sandals
are mentioned, I think the one single time I've referenced
Birkenstocks in my writing. Well, this afternoon, I was
sitting in my dining room, and I noticed a pair of shoes my
dad had brought home last night (they were too big). Well,
when I saw them then, I noticed a logo on one of them, but the
shoe was turned away, obscuring the logo; however, it kept
nagging at me -- Nagging, you could say, like I really needed
to see that logo, though I knew, consciously, I didn't -- so I
went and turned the shoe and it was a Birkenstock. 1) I didn't
know Birkenstock made anything but sandals. 2) I hadn't seen
that name since I don't know when, maybe years outside of
Word synchro: "pirouette", in "Damned" this afternoon when it
was in "Storms" this morning, first I'd seen that word in a
Then, another: there is a line in "Storms" that I ripped off
from a Frank Black song -- "his heart in his throat but still
it beats" in "Storms", and something similiar in the song.
Well, I edited that part of "Storms" this morning, and then,
while choosing my workout music this afternoon, I chose the
album with that song on it. This may have been subconscious
fixation, but who knows.
More word synchro: "restored" (verb) and "que sera". Both were
in ledger (que sera definitely today, but restored might have
been yesterday, I can't remember), and then in "Storms"
tonight. Then, "nehru", in "Storms", and then an auction for a
motorcycle jacket I just Happened To click on (I can't
remember the last time I've seen nehru).
I finished "Damned" today and so I had to select a new novel.
When I got home from town, I thought about which one to pick
out, since I had a lot to choose from right now, and went
undecided. While I was taking a shower, I had a big chain of
thought which ended up with the subject of "indignation," very
distinct, me having a sort of one-sided conversation with a
part of myself that was indignant. After the shower, I chose
to read "A Dark Matter" by Peter Straub, and on the very first
page, it mentioned indignation. Perhaps a coincidence, but it
was interesting, because my indecision about which book to
read got me thinking on the nature of decisions, can I make
the wrong one, etc.
Yesterday, I remember encountering a bunch of words that were
all in "Everything's Connected," as well as some other stray
thoughts that Just Happened to coincide with the story, and I
remember thinking, "I bet I'll hear back about that submission
sometime soon," as this always seems to happen, the kind of
psychic bleedthrough that occurs when a story of mine is being
read. Sure enough, I got the rejection today, sent at 12:03.
Word synchro: "kowtow" and "discursive", both in ledger and
then "A Dark matter". Then, later: "dark horse" and "teeth in
his breath", both in "Storms" this morning and then ledger at
lunch. Also, "myrtle," in ledger at lunch and "A Dark Matter"
later, when I'd Noticed myrtle. And, similarly, "grid iron".
Then, "curvet", in ledger this afternoon, then "Storms"
This one is neat. Earlier this year, while editing "Storms", I
heard a storm-warning on the radio the very day I edited the
part where Annie hears a storm-warning on the radio (cool
because I was at the gym, listening to headphones at the time,
and I heard the EEEKs in between a song change). Well, this
morning I woke up to those storm-warning EEEKs (at right
around the time I wanted to get up anyway, like an alarm
clock), and it struck me, because I at once remembered that
synchronicity from before, and then remembered how I would
most likely be editing that very same part tonight, if I kept
to my forecast editing schedule. Well, I edited what I needed
to, and did it tonight.
Another thing which bears mentioning: two other notable
synchronicities were the ones involving hearing No Doubt's
"Just A Girl" on the radio, and getting "The Great Gatsby" at
Goodwill and having a name from one of my stories (which I'd
been thinking about just that day) inside the front cover.
Well, while I was at Goodwill today, I noticed that they had
"The Great Gatsby" and that "Just a Girl" was playing on the
radio. There was nothing really synchronistic about this,
except that I had the storm-warning synchronicity almost
repeat itself, so it was almost like a reprise of those three
things (note: I had no intention of going to Goodwill today,
having just been there about a week ago, but last night I
thought I should go looking for some shoes and/or a motorcycle
Had a weird word synchro, something I've been noticing
recently. Came across "the join of the curtains" in the ledger
this morning, the operative term being "the join of," and
then, within the first few pages of editing "Storms", I came
across something referencing "the join of the door." I've
noticed these lately, where the synchro -- assuming it is one
-- references the main, operative idea I'd noted or seen or
whatever, and that translates to its corresponding element.
Hmm. Then, a couple paragraphs later, a more direct hit:
"walnut gunstock," in ledger and then in "Storms". (Noticed
"blind alley" in my ledger while confirming this, which was in
"Storms" last night, though a more common term so not as
Word synchro: "topper hat"; this one was interesting because
while fixing lunch, a song came into my head, "Dope Hat" by
Marilyn Manson, along with its video, which featured the lead
singer in a top hat, and I identified it as one of those that
come for a reason, or seem to, and just after I wondered what
the reason was, I opened the ledger and on the first page came
to "topper hat." Then, "sunburst" and "corrected", both of
which were in the "Storms" part I edited this morning and then
in ledger at lunch.
Also, sometime this morning, I felt Compelled to look up
psychological trauma, in search of a quote for the start of
"Storms", and ended up skimming the Wikipedia page for such.
Well, I didn't find a suitable quote, but when I read "A Dark
Matter" after lunch, it started with the guys going to a
psychiatric hospital, where psychological trauma was
discussed, including a couple of the same terms I'd read on
the Wikipedia page (though these were common, such as
"hysteria" and such). I don't know what to make of this, but
it was notable, all the same.
Then, when I read more of "A Dark Matter," later this
afternoon, I came across several word synchros from "Storms"
and other recent sources of reading, all in there, many of
them unlikely and notable, too many to list.
Another word: "compulsion"; was in "A Dark Matter" this
afternoon, and I noticed it, because I'd just used "compulsed"
in "Storms", but then tonight, compulsion was in "Storms."
Heh. Later: "slouch hat", in ledger and then "Storms", one of
two times I've used slouch hat in my writing, I think ...
Word synchro: "Terre Haute"; was in "A Dark Matter" yesterday,
then ledger today, from where I'd looked it up.
Also, on the way to work out, I Noticed a truck parked at a
house I pass every day, For No Particular reason. Then, over
an hour later, after leaving the gym and starting to the dump,
I saw what was either the very same truck or one almost
exactly like it (it was a small, blue, early-nineties Ford
with a camper top), turning away from me. When I went home,
the truck was gone from the house, so it very well could've
been the same. What this means, I have no idea. (I almost
didn't mention it, didn't write it down in fact, but felt
Compelled to while writing the Terre Haute synchro.)
Word synchro: "tumbledown", "said darkly", and "nib", all of
which were in ledger at lunch, and then in "A Dark Matter"
immediately after. Then, "chiaroscuro" and "hedgerow", which
were in ledger yesterday, then "A Dark Matter" this afternoon,
close together. "slide rule"; in ledger at lunch and then in
"Freakonomics" this evening.
Also, this morning, I watched a David Wilcock video, entirely
By Chance, where he mentioned how time goes sideways as well
as forward and back, which I'd just read in "A Dark Matter" a
couple days ago, and Noticed. Then, "A Dark Matter" mentioned
Bass Weejun shoes, when "Damned", read immediately before it,
had Bass Weejuns as a prominent part of the story, when it was
the first I'd read (that I remember) of such shoes.
I went to Earthfare today, to buy more oatmeal, feeling
Compelled (I almost put off going, even though I'd run out of
oatmeal, because I feel so bad today and didn't want to
inflict myself on the cashier). When I went in, I noticed a
pamphlet or picture depicting chakras, on a bench outside, and
felt Compelled to pick it up. I didn't, but when I went in the
store, the thing nagged me so I decided I'd get it if it was
still there when I went out. It was, and it turned out to be a
card, made out to a "Susan" from a "Ruth." The name Susan
stood out to me, in the way these things do, but I didn't
really think anything of it (though I felt the card surely
meant something, the way I'd found it). Well, nothing amazing
happened, but I have, afterward, heard "Susan" twice since
then, at the end of "A Dark Matter" (Peter Straub's wife, him
thanking her in the end note), and a woman I bought a jacket
from on ebay. The jacket thing is funny, because I meant to
bid on it today but forgot. I almost just let it go, but felt
compelled to email the seller and see if they would be
interested in selling it at the minimum-bid price, and they
got back to me and did, and I bought it. When the seller
replied to tell me about it, her name was Susan (if I'd
remembered to have bid, I wouldn't have seen her name). If a
"Ruth" pops up in the next couple days, I'll be shocked (well,
not really ...).
Here's another thing that bears mentioning. As I mentioned, I
watched a David Wilcock video earlier today, out of the blue,
even though I had no real desire to but just felt like I
should. Well, I watched the video and agreed with a few
things, but generally was struck by the video's air of
programming (there were choice tones played throughout it,
randomly) and its conclusions reached via obvious assumptions
and/or vague evidence. It threw me off, the way these things
do, and I spent the day digesting it, and eventually felt like
I needed to say something about it. So, I drew up something
that would thank Mr. Wilcock while warning the viewers about
assumptions, etc., in a way I thought appropriate, but when I
went to post this reply to the Youtube video, the weirdest
thing happened. First, the video didn't start at the
beginning, but partially in (which it shouldn't do -- I'd
viewed the video earlier today, but regardless of if you've
watched it, Youtube videos have always, for me, played right
from the start, even if you just refresh the page or go back
and forth). I immediately paused the video, after it'd been
playing no more than a second, and I immediately noticed the
indicator's position: 11 minutes, 22 seconds -- reading as
11:22, that number I've been seeing so much of over the last
(And, btw, this phenomenon, like the 11:11, and seeing 11, 22,
32, 33, 37, and 52, has not abated, only grown, so regularly
and consistently that I've stopped noting it.)
Had another "I thought of a story randomly" synchro today:
thought of "Cinnamon Road" earlier this morning, and then got
the rejection tonight (when it's been months since its
A big chunk of synchronicities today, all occurring in the
evening. First, some word synchros: "furze" (was in some book
I read within the last few days, I want to say "Damned", and I
noted it in my latest ledger, the first I'd seen it, and then
it was in Wheel of Darkness tonight, so close); "dharma" (in
ledger this morning, and I Noticed it, then it was in "Wheel
of Darkness", in an unlikely way); "Madison" (was in "A Dark
Matter" a couple days ago, all through the book, the town it
was centered around, and then was featured prominently in
"Freakonomics", yesterday and today, enough that I took
notice). Then, at the end of Freakonomics, it was all about
why people name their children what they do, specifically
girls' names, and then, just after, in "Wheel of Darkness" (I
segued right from that one to the next), the start of it had a
woman asked why she was named what she was, and she gave an
answer reflective of the book (because her name was popular,
etc). Then, the clincher: earlier today, I was compelled to
write a letter to Steven Levitt, one of the authors of
Freakonomics, and while penning it out, I felt Compelled to
note how his logic was "impeccable," in that precise wording,
and wrote it quickly to make sure I didn't forget it. Then, in
"Wheel of Darkness", it had the line "the logic is
And another: in "Other" this morning, I mentioned "Baby
Jesus," and I Noticed it. Then, at lunch, I Just Happened to
glance up to a part of the dining table, at just a certain,
specific way, as to note a card of some kind of my mother's,
on which said "Baby Jesus." This could be a coincidence,
except for the way that my attention was drawn to the card,
and how I noticed the words in "Other," both of which I've
come to associate with these things. It just doesn't stop.
Another word: "clownish", in ledger sometime within the last
day (I want to say this morning), and then in "Other" tonight,
when I don't think I've used this more than a couple times.
A cool one: saw "wimple" in the ledger this morning, and this
was a hit right off the bat, because I went and bought some
flax seed at Earthfare (randomly ...) and my cashier had a
wimple on (and she wasn't even my cashier at first; I was in
another line, and she emptied and called me over). Then, while
editing "Other", it turned into a triple, when it was in
there. Then, two word synchros: "incidental" (in ledger this
morning, and I Noticed it, and then it was in "The Wheel of
Darkness" this evening) and then "manicured finger", in
"Other" this morning, and Noticed (it was another phrase that
I stopped on and edited), and then in "Wheel of Darkness"
Then, "postprandial," which was first in my ledger within the
last couple days, then in "Wheel of Darkness" earlier today,
then "Other" tonight (almost noted in earlier today, but
didn't, until seeing it in "Other"). And another, this one
neat: "amphora". This was in the ledger this morning, except
that wasn't the synchro: the synchro was "amphorae", plural,
which I thought of when I saw amphora, though I couldn't
remember exactly where I'd used it (though I knew I had
somewhere). Well, it turns out it was in "Other", because as
it would happen, I edited that very passage tonight.
Word synchro: "arcaded" (was in "Wheel of Darkness" a couple
times yesterday, as well as somewhere else I can't remember --
my thoughts? another read? -- but in any case I almost noted
it then, but then it was "Other" today, and then in my ledger
at lunch); "sybarite" (in "Wheel of Darkness" yesterday, when
I haven't seen that word used in a long time, then in ledger
today); "parquet" (in ledger at lunch, then "Wheel of
Darkness" after). Then, the coolest, "proscenium", in ledger
at lunch, and I Noticed it, and then in "Wheel of Darkness"
just after lunch, cool because it's so uncommon and I Noticed
it (I chose the ledger randomly today, btw, out of three
Also had a coincidence that may not have been a synchronicity,
but was notable nonetheless. This morning at breakfast, I was
thinking, randomly, of how people tend to equate "love" with
ignoring people's faults and reality, and telling others want
they want to hear, and I thought, "That's a kind of love."
Well, I got the rejection for "A Kind of Love" today, at
Word synchro: "couture"; was in ledger at lunch, and then
"Wheels of Darkness", less than an hour afterward. Then,
later, "rictus", in "Wheel of Darkness", then "Other", a
couple hours later (it might've been in the ledger today, but
I honestly can't remember).
Word synchro: "spume" (was in "Wheel of Darkness" several
times yesterday, and I kept Noticing it, again and again, and
then it turned up ledger at lunch today); "tchotchke" (this
one was kind of cool, because it was in "Other" today, the
only time I've ever used it, and then when I went back to the
ledger at lunch, I knew that the tchotchke definition was in
it, and I thought about it; however, the definition wasn't
where I thought it would be, and then I remembered how the
first few pages of this ledger, a simple pad, had gotten torn
off and I'd put them in the rear, and sure enough, I went
through all the first half of the ledger, and on the very last
page I read before finishing lunch, there was tchotchke);
"eponymous" (not a word synchro, per se, because last night,
while helping mom and dad with the cable's on-demand movies, I
Noticed "Kripendorf's Tribe" in the list, and it stuck with
me; then, this afternoon, "eponymous" was in the ledger);
"feint" (saw this twice today, in "Other" and ledger, but
chalked it up to coincidence, it being so common, but then it
was in "Wheel of Darkness" this evening).
A cool one: I was listening to music in the gym, and as I
walked by a guy cleaning the mirrors in there, I noticed that
he'd dripped water all over the floor. Immediately, like the
precise moment I noticed the drips, the song I was listening
to said "drip, drip, drip." Actually, I've had more than one
of these today, with thoughts occurring precisely with
something I read or heard.
Another cool one: this morning, I went out to my truck, and
thought, "Other is at last finished, after three years." Then
I got another thought, what would, in fact, be the very last
detail to work into the novel, so I wrote it on my pad. Well,
as soon as I got it down (finished writing the note), the pen
died, and it was one I'd been using for at least 6 months, if
not a year. A kind of double-synchro.
And then, then word synchros: "toddy", "dewlap", "carbuncle",
"pince-nez", and "broach the subject", all of which were in
"other" anywhere from last night to his morning and then in
ledger, though "broach the subject" referred to "broach" used
in the novel, though broach was in the same context. Neat.
A neat one: at lunch today, my dad Just Happened to mention
how, over the weekend, a boat was run into a shole of rocks
and torn up, a disaster. Oddly, I'd just yesterday finished
"The Wheel of Darkness", where the plot fit that almost
exactly (crazy captain running it toward a shole, but is
diverted at the last minute). It wouldn't notable if not for
the fact that it is the one and only book I've ever read about
a boat being run toward a shole of rocks, and one of the few
boat-books I've read period, and I Just Happened to finish it
on the weekend this happened, and my dad Just Happened to
mention it to me.
Had a few word synchros today; most were in my letter to [my
friend] today, then in Arcane, a bunch really, though I can't
remember them. "iteration" was one. "ermine" was another, and
I can't remember where I saw it before Arcane.
Word synchro: "scored"; was in ledger this morning, and I
Noticed it, then was in EoJC tonight. Also, "Lord Buxton",
from the same sources. And a funny one: "ennui"; this was in
the ledger and Jack Cruz, but I only saw it in JC by total
chance (I was looking in the "Review" panel, when suddenly it
shot down to a comment, I have no idea how, I maybe pushed a
button and didn't realize it, but the comment it went to
caught my eye, and when I clicked on it and saw where it went,
it went to a sentence with "ennui" (which is doubly funny,
because when I saw ennui in the ledger this morning, I
immediately thought of that phrase and wondered if it was
stupid and juvenile, but the comment was my editor saying how
funny it was).
Then, another cool one: "specious"; in the ledger this
morning, and Noticed, and then it was in an article I read
tonight, completely by chance, by looking up "Sangiovese" on
Google, something entirely unrelated to the article (which
Caught My Eye).
And a really, really cool one: While editing EoJC this
morning, I changed a part about tapes into "a bone yard of
tapes", in order to harmonize it with the novel being more
contemporary now, and then, tonight, [my friend] sent me,
arbitrarily, a picture of a big stack of old tapes, what could
very easily be called a boneyard.
Word synchro: "billet" (in ledger at lunch, then Arcane
afterward), "sallow" (in EoJC this morning, then Arcane in the
afternoon), "divine intervention" (same). Also, "epicure",
though this one was only the root word; read "epicure" in
journal either this morning or at lunch, can't remember, but I
Noticed it, and after lunch, in Arcane, I read "epicurean,"
and with the word being so rare and such (I don't know if I've
read it other than when I made the ledger entry), it was too
close not to note.
Then, a cool one, toward evening: I was reading a story in
Arcane, and it mentioned how there was a small town sustained
by business from the highway. Interestingly, just last night,
before going to sleep, I had a long, convoluted chain of
thought which included my realizing that there were just such
towns, for the first time. It was one of those deals where
it's something obvious, yet easy to miss, and I had just never
really realized such a mechanism. The neat thing about this
and the word synchros was that I had planned on *not* reading
Arcane today, because I don't like the stories in it, but I
did anyway, because I felt like I was supposed to for some
A cool one: this morning, I was thinking, absently, about the
lead singer of the Horrorpops, who'd I'd just read recently
was named "Day", but I couldn't remember her first name, and I
kept thinking about it for some reason. Also, I kept wanting
to call her Doris Day, but I knew this wasn't right, was just
the name of someone I'd heard at some point. Well, at lunch, I
was defending my meal from the kitten, and while doing so, I
happened to Notice a card on the table: a member card for the
Doris Day Animal Help or something or other. Interestingly,
when I mentioned this to my parents, my mom mentioned how
Doris Day did the "Que Sera" song, which means "what will be,
will be," and it was relevant to something I'd been wondering
this morning (though the latter part is maybe just a
Word synchro: "riffled"; Noticed it in ledger this morning,
and doubly so since it was in EoJC and I Noticed it all
through that while I was editing it a couple days ago, since
it was a minor issue in it, its spelling. Then it was in
Arcane this afternoon, spelled as so. Also, "vanguard," and
this was kind of cool, because everytime I see it in the
ledger (which I did), I think of a mob in WoW, something or
other Vanguard. Well, I saw the word in the ledger this
afternoon, at lunch, when I'd just seen that mob that morning
in WoW, for the first time in a year or so. I didn't note it
at first, but then while playing WoW tonight, there was a
scripted segment where it mentioned "vanguard." Twice in fact.
Word synchro: "hectare"; was in ledger yesterday (or maybe the
day before, can't remember; recently, in any case), and I
Noticed it (it seems like I was thinking how I'd never seen it
used except where I'd first read it, but I can't be sure).
Anyway, it was in "Brave New World" this afternoon.
Word synchro: "lupine"; in ledger, and I Noticed it, very
distinctly, and then it was on a "random" website I went to
today, rooted in the Google search of "music of the spheres,"
which I'd written down a week or so ago and Just Got Around to
looking up (took me to an arbitrary "Stampscape" website,
eventually, where "lupine" was).
Then, at lunch, "stemwinder" was first word in ledger, when
I'd just seen a stemwinder watch randomly, on the same website
as "lupine," though this could've been a coincidence. Then,
"mime" was in ledger, and I Noticed it, distinctly, then it
was in "Brave New World," just after.
Then, while reading the novel this afternoon, I Noticed
"Delta" in it, thinking absently of how I hadn't seen that for
a while. Well, I by chance went to CVS this afternoon, to get
some batteries (almost didn't do it, then almost forgot, then
almost went somewhere else to get them, but Just Happened to
be by CVS so I went in there), and the guy I got behind in
line had on a T-shirt showing John Belushi and saying
something about Delta Chi. Not a direct hit, and possibly a
coincidence, but notable, all the same.
Word synchro: "flaxen"; this was in "Brave New World"
yesterday and I Noticed it, distinctly, and then it was in the
ledger this morning, very unlikely; "gingerly", which was in
ledger yesterday and I Noticed it, and then was in "Brave New
World" today; "juniper bush," and this one was cool, because
it was in WoW this morning, me By Chance doing a quest a felt
Compelled to do, which required me to gather juniper berries
from bushes, which I noticed very distinctly, and then
"juniper bushes" turned up in "Brave New World" today, another
very unlikely one.
Several today. First, in Warcraft this morning, I went to buy
some bracers that I almost had last night, but didn't, For
Some Reason (consciously because I thought they were too
expensive, though I renegged on this later, regretting not
buying them). Well, went I bought them this morning, there was
a another one on the AH, for 1000g less. Inconsequential, yes,
but it demonstrated my intuition to me in a real way. Then,
when I was in the gym today, I had the distinct thought,
absently, that we see and hear much more than we consciously
acknowledge. This was nothing new to me, of course, but then,
in "Brave New World" this evening, I read about this very
subject -- interesting, since it's somewhat uncommon, and I
can't remember the last I'd seen or read about it anywhere.
Then, the clincher: "actuarial"; yesterday, I woke up
thinking, very clearly and distinctly, of this word, so much
that I expected a synchronicity involving it. Well, nothing
happened yesterday, then this morning I thought, "Well,
nothing happened with actuarial," until this evening, when I
read it in "Brave New World's" appendix -- for the second time
ever, I think. It seems like I have it in a ledger, though I
can't remember where I'd first read it, though I do remember
it was only once.
Also worth mentioning: in "Brave New World Revisited" (its
appendix), it was mentioned aspirin's proper name, which is
acetyl salicylic acid -- interesting, because I'd just seen
that recently while researching salicylates (seeing it for the
first time, then the second time within a week, very close
together, considering I'd never heard it before).
Also: last night, I was thinking, very absently, of the line
of "The Crystal Vacuum Cleaner" that mentioned the barbarian's
headpiece. I thought it was diadem, since that was what I'd
looked up, but that wasn't right, though I didn't really put
any thought into this, the thought was so absent. Well, this
morning I Just Happened to look down at a suitcase in my
hallway (which has been there for at least a few months ...)
and it said "TIARA", which is what I called the barbarian's
headpiece in my story. It got me thinking, and it seems that
some of these synchronicities are less synchronicities, from
an intelligent standpoint, rather than just side effects, or
symptoms of the true nature of reality (I likened them to
riding a certain railway that went through a big cow pasture;
you'd be likely to see a lot of cows on it). While writing
this, I also remembered how I almost didn't look up diadem
when I encountered it, since I had a vague idea what it was,
but I felt Compelled to and so did (because I wanted to "make
sure to note such words," consciously, but there was obviously
more to it). Another lesson in intuition? Maybe this one
wasn't so arbitrary after all. Hmm.
Lots of obscure synchros today, too many to list or remember.
For instance, I had planned on editing "Dying City" this
morning, but ended up being Compelled to do "The General," and
there was a lot of stray synchronicity in it, this from that
morning and yesterday, if I remember right (which I may not
be; memory is horrible today). This continued all through the
day, with random things I can't even remember, though I do
remember one. I tidied up my bookshelf today, with the
secondary objective of digging out some books to read, and I
Noticed this Bahamas guidebook I bought at Goodwill a while
ago on a whim. Shortly after, a coin fell down from the shelf,
which I thought was a quarter, but it ended up being a foreign
coin -- from the Bahamas, which had come in a bag of random
stuff my dad had picked up from a yard sale a long time ago (I
haven't seen the Bahamas mentioned in a while, and the two
were so close, and in such an obscure, unlikely fashion, I had
to take note). Then, tonight I was Compelled to edit "Greater
Good," for the first time in almost a year, and it had a few
obscure, random synchros, but it also had two word synchros
from "The General": Hudson cars, and "'idn't," as slang for
"didn't." These may not have been notable, except that I had
no conscious knowledge of them having these parallels (I think
they are the only stories I've mentioned Hudson cars or used
that slang in ...).
Another word synchro: "a good barometer of"; in ledger
sometime today, and I Noticed it, and then in "Greater Good,"
maybe one of three or four times I've used it.
Word synchro: another "a good barometer," as in "Greater Good"
last night and then "The Briefcase" this morning, one of the
few times I've used that, back to back (and, of course, I felt
Compelled to do "The Briefcase" this morning, of all the
stories I have to edit). Then: "trolled" (was in "Greater
Good" last night, then ledger this morning), "elope" (I can't
remember the specifics of this, but I wrote it down);
"disjointed" (was in "The Briefcase" this morning, then "The
Long Walk" this evening, when it's somewhat uncommon); and
then "what-for" ("the old what-for" was in the ledger, and it
seems like I Noticed it though I can't really remember, my
memory is so bad lately, and then it was in "The Long Walk,"
which I only By Chance was reading today, after finding it
while rearranging my bookcase yesterday). Another: "sickly,"
in "The Long Walk" a couple times today, and I Noticed it, and
then while editing "The Surrogate" tonight (I don't think I've
used that one too much ...). Again, I chose the story entirely
at Random, from a selection of about 10.