log for 2013
A neat book synchro-ish one today, or one that involved a book
at least. Yesterday, I was waiting in line at the bank
drive-in to cash a check for an abnormally long time, and
during this wait, my mind wandered to check fraud and how I
might protect myself from it. So last night I did some
research, which led me to learning of several forms of check
fraud, including "check kiting," a term I'd heard before but
never really knew what it meant. Then, today, I started
reading the book 'Clean Sweep,' and damned if it didn't start
out with a detailed description of a con man's check-kiting
scheme. This was reasonably notable, since I don't know when
I'd last read about check kiting, and it was so near to the
research last night and so entirely random that I would even
be doing that research in the first place -- all of which fits
the classic recurrence pattern perfectly. But also, there was
a lot of random, minor synchro preceeding the check-kiting
one, all involving the book and random things that have
happened or I've thought of in the last day, enough to make me
Minor recurrence today: "nectar." It started this morning,
when I encountered the first part of 'Other' which referenced
the "nectar," a future beer substitute which gives alcohol's
effect without stressing the liver and causing a hangover.
Then, this evening, while at the Mellow Mushroom, I happened
to notice a beer for sale, called Nectar. Maybe nothing, but
the timing and relevance (same context, involving beer) were
An interesting kind of recurrence today. Lately, I'd been
thinking, randomly and distantly, about Japan, including
strange, specific thoughts of how one might go there and get
"lost" in the country, to disappear. Then today, I went to the
library for a new book, and I was led directly to a certain
case and shelf and book -- a book which happened to be about
someone going to Japan and disappearing (a true story,
reportedly). I saw only the book's spine before picking it
out, and there was nothing in its name ('People Who Eat
Darkness') to even begin to suggest Japan or anything related.
Minor word synchro today: "recalcitrant." It was first in the
'Other' book while editing it today, in the "Recalcitrant
Heart" part of it (the only section of that sub-thread in
which I used "recalcitrant" outside of the title,
interestingly). Then it was in the book on Japan this evening,
some hours later. Notable for both the timing, the
uncommonness of the word, and the other, subtler qualities
A classic thought synchro. While working out, I realized I was
staring into a bright light on the ceiling and that it was
burning my eyes. A split second after, the song I was
listening to said "the light was burning my eyes" -- again in
that perfectly synchronoous way.
Also, lots of minor word synchronicities, now between the last
leg of 'Other,' which I edited this morning, and the first few
pages of the 'A Rose for Her Grave' book that I started
reading at lunch. They were all really minor, with the most
notable being "the new had worn off," but there were enough
that I had to take note, the way these minor-word-synchro
onslaughts often do.
Minor word synchro: "apropos." Read it in the 'People Who Eat
Darkness' book last night, and I noticed it passingly, because
it was the first I'd read it in a while. Then, the next
morning, while editing "The Imaginal," (also for the first
time in a while, over a year) there was "apropos." Maybe
nothing, but they were pretty close together, and in that
usual pattern. Then, a little later, the same with
"rapproachment." And "hothouse" ...
Then, this afternoon, I read a book of weird laws/statutes
etc, and there were a lot of minor, otherwise unnotable
synchronicities in it, mainly of words. There was one,
however, that was a little more distinct and notable: in one
of the stories I edited this morning, "The Minutes," a bus's
brakes go out and it collides with a car, and then, in the
laws book, it quoted in part of it an incident in which a
bus's brakes had gone out and it collided with a car. Out of
context of the rest of it, I wouldn't think much of it, even
with the timing and the correlation, just because it's not
hugely uncommon; however, in the context of the rest of it, I
find it somewhat notable.
Also, a recurrence: I started reading the book 'Spook Country'
this evening, and in it it featured augmented reality -- which
is something featured in my book 'Other,' which I just
self-published not a week ago, after having written it over
three years ago. Furthermore, the 'Spook Country' part
mentioned how augmented reality would someday be internalized,
using a neural interface, when that's exactly what my
depiction of it in 'Other' was like. Notable, because it's
such a reasonably uncommon subject and because of the timing.
Also, another involving 'Spook Country': it mentioned,
randomly, how you can release tension by opening your jaw wide
in a certain way, when I just so happened to have done this
just last night, when I was in intense pain and I found myself
opening my jaw wide in that exact same way and noting,
distinctly, that exact same effect. Neat.
Minor recurrence: Hydrox cookies. I'd never been aware of
these cookies in my life until I read that Wacky Laws book a
few days ago, in which it mentioned a lawsuit between the
makers of the these cookies and with Pillsbury, over their
mascots. Then today, in the 'Everything Will Be Great' book,
it too mentioned Hydrox cookies. Not hugely notable, but
notable because of how relatively close together these two
mentions, and because of their fitting the usual recurrence
Classic book synchro, two words: "ficus tree" and "kangaroo
court." I read both of these in two recent books, for the
first time, one of which was 'Spook Country' and the other I
can't remember which, but both occurred in the last week.
Then, tonight, I read both those words in the book 'Bangkok
8.' The timing wasn't too close, but still close enough to be
notable, and it fits the pattern, etc.
A neat word synchro this morning: "borborygmus." I first saw
it when I was going through a bunch of my old short stories
earlier, to prepare a collection (the stories were years old,
and I'd been planning on doing this for about six months but
just now got to it). One of the stories was titled
"Borborygmus." Then, about thirty minutes after I came across
the "Borborygmus" story, I checked my email and found that
"borborygmus" was the Dictionary.com Word of the Day. Very
notable, both because of the timing and the exquisite rarity
of the word.
A couple word/book synchros today. First, "hundredweight,"
which was in 'The Long Walk' a few times over the last couple
days, and I noticed it, either because it was the first I've
seen it used or the first I've seen it in a long time. Then,
today, it was in 'The Kings of Cocaine' book, the very next
sequential book I read after 'The Long Walk.' Also, "prelate,"
which was in the story I edited today, "Plane Crash," the only
time I've ever used that word, and then it turned up in 'The
Kings of Cocaine' just after I sat down to read after
finishing editing the story, less than a half-hour later.
Notable, considering the word's rarity and the express timing.