log for 2013
Minor word synchro: "penultimate." I encountered it in a story
I was editing either this morning or last night, I can't
remember; in any case, I first Noticed it, because it was the
first I'd seen it in a while but also in that distinct,
illogical way, and then, second, I edited it out, like so many
of these little word synchros. Then, this afternoon in the
'Kings of Cocaine' book, the word was used. Easily a
coincdidence, but the deletion/Noticing pattern and the timing
make it mildly notable.
The last few days has been another onslaught of small,
individually unnotable synchronicities, mostly of the word-
variety, all of them amassing until I had to take note of them
today. Most notable were "Toqueville," which I was introduced
to in the 'Popes and Bankers' book and then read again, for
the second time ever, in the next sequential book I read,
'Under the Banner of Heaven.' Then, "nee," which I saw in
"Jammed" while editing it this morning, for the first time in
quite a while, and then was in 'Under the Banner of Heaven'
this evening, some hours later. Also, another "penultimate,"
which was also in "Jammed" and I Noticed it very distinctly,
which made me think back to the recent recurrence of it and
think, I bet I'll be seeing that again soon -- and sure
enough, it too was in 'Under' a few hours later. Notable,
since it's a relatively rare word. Though, there's been an
endless string of minor word recurrences like this, between
the books I've been reading and what I've been writing or
editing or even vaguer things, as well as the usual mix of
minor thought synchros, etc.
Minor word synchro: "dyad." This turned up in "Holy War" this
morning, in a part I ended up having to edit a little, and
then, a couple hours later, was in the 'Small Giants' book.
Mildly notable for two reasons: 1) it's not a wholly common
word, and 2) the timing was reasonably close. Also, it's been
a while since I've last seen it used. It's also worth
mentioning that I originally wasn't going to put "Holy War"
into the humor collection, but I felt Compelled and outright
nagged to do it, for days now, until I finally capitulated
this morning; had I not edited that story, I wouldn't have
Also, a classic thought synchro: "prizefighter." It came at
the end of a short, random chain of thought about the order of
the stories in the humor collection, which ended with "The
Prizefighter." A split second later, I read "prizefighter" in
the 'Small Giants' book. Though the first one did arise as a
result of a seemingly independent thought process, I can't say
for sure that it wasn't triggered by subconscious reading
ahead. In any case, worth mentioning.
Cool recurrence today. This morning, I went to Kobo to see if
the latest book had been published yet, but their publishing
website wasn't working again, so I went to their main page and
did a search for "A.A. Garrison" to see if my book was up. It
wasn't, but the search brought up all kinds of other books,
and one in particular stood out, a distinct Noticing: a book
by an author named Garrison Keillor, who I'd never seen
before. I Noticed this book strongly enough to give pause, for
no logical reason. Then, about three hours later, while in
Goodwill, I went to the books section and the very first book
my eyes fell on was from Garrison Keillor. Notable for several
reasons: the timing, the fact that I'd never seen this author
before and then was exposed to him twice within the course of
hours (would be more notable if this author is obscure and not
well-known, but I don't know how well-known he is), and also
because of the classic factor that I didn't plan on going to
Goodwill today, it being just a spur-of-the-moment thing.
There's also the randomness and obscurity of my Just Happening
to do that Kobo search today so that I could see the initial
reference (I've searched for my pseudonym on Kobo.com before
and it has not turned up anything from Garrison Keillor).
A cool word synchro today: "indented," as an adjective. I
encountered this while editing "Chinked" this morning, and it
stood out because it was somewhat awkward as an adjective, not
really functioning to describe the object in question; like so
many of these recurring words, I ended up deleting it during
my edit. Also, it stood out because I don't think I've ever
seen or used "indented" as an adjective except for in that one
story. Then, just several hours later, this afternoon, I came
across the word in 'Thank You and OK!,' used in that exact
same context and tense, as an adjective (and just as awkward
and dysfunctional). Really cool and notable, but also cooler
is that I'm editing "Chinked" to be republished in a short
story collection of mine, so it's been sitting in my
"accepted" folder for the past couple years, since it was
published in an anthology -- and I Just Happened to edit it
Also, an inordinate amount of repeat numbers today, mainly 37,
137, etc, and their variants -- tons, enough to take note, and
always in the most subtle and unexpected of ways, as well as
in objective fashion. For instance, while watching a
basketball game with my parents, I checked the game clock and
I thought it read 37 seconds, but then looked harder and saw
that it was 57 seconds. Then, a second later, my mom said,
"What's that clock say, 37 seconds?" Heh.
Had another "Toqueville" recurrence, now in 'American Nomads.'
I read a couple books between it and the 'Under the Banner of
Heaven' book it last recurred it, but I still find this
trifecta pretty highly notable, since the first two *were*
back-to-back, after never seeing it before in my life, and
then this last was, though not sequential, was still close, as
well as being soon after (it's been about about ten days since
I finished the 'Banner of Heaven' book). Cool.
A couple cool word synchros: first, Yosemite park. It was in
the 'American Nomads' book yesterday, and then in the
'Interpreter's Handbook' today. I only found this notable 1)
because of the timing (mildly), and then 2) because this
"interpreter's" handbook, I thought, should have had no
mention of Yosemite park, except that the "interpretation" it
referred to was in regard to being a park ranger or tour guide
(I bought the book thinking it referred to a language
interpreter, not knowing otherwise until I started reading it
yesterday evening). Even then, not really too notable.
However, the other word, "anti-venin," I did find somewhat
notable, because I'd just learned this a few days ago when
reading that first-aid book, the second sequential book before
the interpreter's book, so it was notable timing-wise, but
also because I could have had no way of knowing that the
interpreter's book (which I thought to regard language) would
ever mention something like anti-venin.
Some pretty cool ones today. First, a weird, three-way synchro
involving the archetype of "putting a car's bucket seat all
the way back." It started Friday, when I listened to that
other Porno For Pyro's album, in which one of the song's
lyrics mentioned "putting the bucket seat all the way back,"
which I Noticed distinctly, in the usual way. Then, it's
second recurrence came yesterday, when I read in the 'Big
Machine' book where one of the character's puts his bucket
seat all the way back. I noticed this recurrence, but didn't
really think it notable then, but then this afternoon, while
waiting for my food to digest before working out, I parked
outside the gym to read. I couldn't get comfortable, so I put
the truck's bucket seat all the way back, which helped --
which I don't think I've ever done before, or not for a long
time at least. Still, maybe nothing, but I had to take notice
after the three-way recurrence.
Then, a classic book synchro: "social contract," which is a
term I don't think I've ever read until it was in the
'American Nomads' book two days ago. Then, today, it recurred
in 'Big Machine,' the next sequential book after 'American
Nomads' -- once again fitting that theme of a new or uncommon
word appearing in one randomly read book of one subject, then
again in an equally randomly read book, of a totally different
subject matter. I bought the 'American Nomads' book, which is
a non-fiction about of American nomadism and the writer's
travels, randomly at Goodwill last week, then bought 'Big
Machine,' a novel, as randomly a couple days ago (even more
randomly, actually, because the book just jumped out at me,
distinctly, even though I had no idea what it was about).
Then, a cool, classic, literal synchronicity: right as I read
"My guts groaned" in 'Big Machine,' my guts groaned, digesting
food (they'd been silent until just that precise moment).
This, too, happened in that distinctly synchronistic fashion,
the two occurring simultaneously, before I could process
either individually. Neat.
Not sure whether to call this one an intuition or a recurrence
of sorts. Earlier today, around 1, I had the distinct thought
of whether someone I know is growing pot or not. It may have
come up because I would be seeing that person shortly, but
other than that, this thought seemed totally random and
absent, yet I still had the vague desire to know, even though
it wouldn't mean much. Well, when I got a Christmas gift from
this person, I saw that it came in a box for a "Hilux Gro"
light, the kind specifically used for growing plants,
including pot. Maybe this person just happened to find a box
for this type of bulb, then used it to put a Christmas gift
in, I don't know, but I found that to be a huge coincidence
that I would just be wondering, distinctly, whether this
person was growing pot or not just hours prior and then Just
Happen to get this box, which appears every bit to be a thinly
Pretty cool word synchro today: "engineer's cap." This was
first in "William" this morning, and I distinctly Noticed it,
enough to make me think I'd be seeing it again soon, despite
its relative rarity -- and, sure enough, I did, just a few
hours later, in 'Doctor Sleep.' Notable not just for the
rarity, my distinct Noticing of it enough to absently predict
a recurrence, and the timing, but also because I just received
the 'Doctor Sleep' book from my brother yesterday, as a
A couple minor word-type synchros today, involving 'Of Mice
and Men' and 'Romeo and Juliet.' I wrote of 'Mice and Men' in
the story notes for the second shining horrific book last
night, and 'Romeo and Juliet' was mentioned in "William" when
I edited it yesterday morning, and I Noticed both these, in
that distinct way that suggested I'd be seeing them again
soon, enough to make me absently start looking for them. Sure
enough, they both turned up in 'Doctor Sleep' today, when
there's no way I could've known they'd be in there (first time
reading the book). Not hugely notable, but with the timing,
the Noticing, and their coinciding together, I think it's
worth an entry.
Cool, classic synchronicity at lunch today: my dad saying
"hot," in an unrelated conversation, precisely as I read "hot"
in a book, in that distinctly synchronistic way I've come to
identify. Also, the same thing happened with "Raindrops fell"
(might not have been the exact words, I can't remember) this
evening, when I read that precisely when the first few drops
of rain fell. Neat.
Also, a mild-but-notable recurrence tonight. While waiting for
dinner to cook, I read a AAA travel magazine that came in the
mail today, in which it mentioned how Williamsburg is a
tourist destination, which I knew but hadn't seen
advertised/mentioned in maybe years. Then, less than an hour
later, I came across a random Google ad advertising
Williamsburg as a travel destination.
Also, a 1111 crop-up that bears mentioning. Rebecca mailed me
a package, and it was delivered today at 11:11am according to
the delivery confirmation -- neat in itself, but doubly so
because my mail man has never once, that I know of, come
anytime before 12 in the months I've lived up here.
An interesting one today. Edited "The Birth of Edenborough"
for the novellas collection this afternoon and then again this
evening, in which it featured a part where the people hear
distant booms and cracks and gunshots, etc, from in town. The
whole time I was editing the story, there were distant booms
and cracks and gunshot-sounding noises from town -- people
setting off fireworks for New Year's apparently (do people
always set off fireworks for New Year's? It doesn't seem like
I can remember that happening). I found this notable both
because of its marked, distinct similarity to the events, but
also the timing, in several ways. First, I never, ever edit in
the afternoon like I did the first half of "Edenborough"
today; I only did it because I was sick in bed all morning
(and if I hadn't of done this, it wouldn't have coincided with
the start of the fireworks). Also, it was the first time in a
solid year I've edited this story, and it was sheer chance I
was editing it at all, since the idea for a novellas
collection came to me out of nowhere just a couple days ago
(not to mention that I had for novellas to choose from to edit
on this day, and I happened to choose "Edenborough"). Pretty