log for 2012
Another action synchro, a burp this time. Just as I read the
line, "Jesus coughed more, and burped without apology," a burp
started welling up in my throat, coming out right when I read
"burped without apology," in that distinctly synchronous way.
Tonight, I remembered to check my page for "woman in the
Window," for comments to reply to. There weren't any, but when
I went to watch a movie on Netflix, just about 30 minutes
later, because I felt Compelled to do so, I went through their
classic movies and there was "The woman in the Window."
Notable, since I felt so Compelled to do both.
Saw some reference to LEGO three times today (Noticed it on a
poster in the videogame store, then in a book interview, and
then in [my friend]'s email). Also, "Haynes," on a license
plate of a guy in front of me today, and I Noticed it, and
then on a page [my friend] linked me today.
Word synchro: "middle of nowhere"; in "The Surrogate" this
morning, and I noticed it since I had to edit it some, and
then in "The Ivory Coast" this afternoon, a couple hours
later. Notable since it was so close, and I noticed it.
A weird one: I went around to submit Jack Cruz for review to a
few places, and of course this got me thinking of how, going
on appearances, it's damn near impossible to get any attention
for my book. Then, almost immediately, I felt Compelled to go
to Darkmarkets.com, and the first entry was a write-up about
exactly what I was thinking: how hard it is to get
attention/readers for a new author's first novel. Cool, yet
In reference to the story "The Puzzle," and [my friend]'s
response to it (what I wrote back to her):
"Now, your getting the puzzle piece at the grocery store ...
really damn remarkable. I mean, I just have to wonder: 1) what
are the chances that I would write a story about a woman
getting a mysterious puzzle piece in the change at the grocery
store, 2) what are the chances that I would meet a woman who
had something remarkably similar happen, and 3) that I would,
off-hand, mention said story to her."
Word synchro: "uncomplicated," in ledger this morning, then "I
Come to Teach" tonight. Not very notable.
Word synchro: "enlist," in ledger this morning and I Noticed
it, and then in "Faith" a couple hours later. Came across
"uncomplicated" again, too, but probably nothing. Also,
"gauge" (verb), in ledger this morning and Noticed it, then in
(I think) "The Ivory Coast."
A couple weird ones today, both involving going to see
"Prometheus," which I've felt Compelled to do for the last
month. The first was before I went into the theater, when I
went looking through my truck for a rubber band to put my hair
back. I didn't find a rubber band, but I did find two
quarters, stashed in my glovebox, and I have no idea how they
got there, but I used them in the theater (movie cost $13.50).
Probably nothing, but I just had to note it, since it was so
unlikely that the 50 cents would be there at all, but then
that I would find it. Then, during the previews for the movie,
it showed one for "Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter," when just
yesterday morning, I'd come across a novel called "Abraham
Lincoln vs Zombies" -- notable, since they both involved
Lincoln, and shared the same absurd nature. I don't know what
to make of it.
Another thought/action synchro, as transcribed in my email to
"I laughed because I pictures you and your mom at 20
paces. "Answer the phone...." "No" "Answer
the phone...." "No" "draw....""
Just as I read this -- the very split second I did -- the
phone rang (and yes, another telemarketer). This is another
kind of synchronicity, what I've classified as "thought
synchro" or "action synchro." I have a whole gaggle of them in
my log. (They used to be spooky; now, I just go right to
This morning, I read a bike ad where they guy mentioned he was
"culling the herd," and I Noticed this. Then, not 30 minutes
later, in an email from [my friend], there it is again,
"culling the herd."
A cool one: yesterday, I started the book "Deadwood," which is
set in the old west. Yesterday afternoon, I felt Compelled to
watch a movie I'd Noticed on Netflix, "Dead Man," and I ended
up watching it last night. The first thing that struck me was
how much it resembled the book "Deadwood," but then this
afternoon, when I started reading again where I'd left off, on
the very next page, it described a man having a bullet ball
being taken out of him with a hunting knife -- precisely what
happened in "Dead Man." This is interesting, since it suggests
that the synchronicity wasn't just a mechanical symptom, since
I was Compelled to watch the movie, rather than doing so
simply by "chance" -- though, I suppose the two could've
reflected one another. Hmm. Confusing.
Cool word synchros today. "Couchant" and "disorder" (noun),
both of which in the ledger this morning, and Noticed, and
then in "The Kid" tonight, when I felt Compelled to edit it
tonight (just pulled "The Kid" out of non-reply-submission
purgatory, where it had been for over six months).
Another cool one: "Motor City." I wrote a story last night and
this morning, in which I called someone, arbitrarily, the
Motor City Madman, the first I've thought of "Motor City" in I
don't know how long. Then, tonight, my mom wanted me to help
her look for PT Cruisers to buy -- which she and my dad
decided on very suddenly -- and while at the website, there
was an ad mentioning "Motor City."
Not quite sure if this is a synchronicity or not, but for the
last week or so I've felt compelled to buy a supplement called
Seriphos, which came to me in an unlikely way. Anyway, today I
finally got that "yes" feeling to go ahead and order it. I had
it bookmarked on Amazon, but felt I should look around
elsewhere and shop prices. Well, I went to pureformulas.com,
because they ship so fast, and they had it, and then I
remembered I had a sort of coupon sheet they sent with my last
order, with a 10% off code. Well, when I went and looked at
it, I noticed there was a back to the sheet, and sure enough,
there's a coupon for 15% off Seriphos. This sight has a
gazillion supplements, and I don't think Seriphos is new or
anything. And consider I felt so Compelled to try
pureformulas.com and look at their sheet, I find this notable
enough to note.
Another blatant word synchro: "booger-sugar," in ledger this
morning, then in "The Briefcase" just after, which I'd felt
Compelled to edit this morning since last night. Only time
I've used that eloquent term.
While at the gym today, was listening to a Siouxsie and the
Banshees song that said "twist," right as I saw my dad doing
bar twists, in that eerily synchronistic way that I've come to
Today when I went to the club, a scooter was parked out front,
which I'd never seen before. The moment I saw it, I thought of
Bob, who used to workout there but hasn't been there for at
least a year or more. I think I thought of him because he once
drove a motorcycle there, and the scooter for some reason
reminded me of it. Still, the thought was very clear: that's
Bob's scooter. I went inside, and sure enough, there's Bob,
and sure enough, it was his scooter. Hmm. Ruling out pure
coincidence, I'd say this was more of an intuition than a
synchronicity, but whatever.
Some cool ones today, after a week of pretty much nothing.
First, while cutting grass this morning, I saw a doughnut box
on the ground and though, arbitrarily, of how a character in
the book I'm reading right now, "The Church of Dead Girls,"
wouldn't eat doughnuts, or give them out at the meetings he
conducted. I have no idea why I thought this, but it was very
distinct. Then, about an hour later, while eating lunch and
reading the book, I came to a part where the guy, because of
an abnormality, served doughnuts at his meeting. Wow.
Also, I recently wrote a short story, "Chesterfield Drive,"
which I'd named quite randomly. Then, today while reading the
"Church" book, I saw, stamped on its pages, "Chesterfield
Library" (it had been a library discard). Now, the obvious
answer is that this was a case of subconscious absorption,
where I saw that stamp and the name popped up subconsciously
when it came time for me to name the story. However, there is
one more thing to consider: yesterday, I noticed the stamp for
the first time, when I'd written the story days ago. Again, I
can't say that I didn't absorb this subconsciously, even
without really noticing the stamp; all the same, I find it
Also, a good word synchro: "hog-tie," first in "The Lunar
Cycle" this morning, and then in the "Church" book this
afternoon, when I hadn't seen that in quite a while.
Cool word synchro: "Julius Ceasar," in "Tricked" this morning,
then in "The Church of Dead Girls" this evening. The cool
thing is, this happened when I wrote the story, on 5/13 (when
it was called "Addict").
Word synchro: "superintendant," and "affect" (verb), both of
these in ledger this morning, and Noticed, and then "Asylum,"
a new novel I started reading today. The funny thing is, 1) I
had planned on starting a different novel today, but was
Compelled to read "Asylum," and 2) both of the words were in
the first couple chapters several times. Neat.
A cool one, starting a few days ago when I had an arbitrary
thought about Bill Clinton. The thought was totally random,
and inspecific, though distinct enough to make me take note of
it. Then, the next day or so, I went to a random webpage and
saw a picture of Bill Clinton on it (though, it wasn't of him
per say, but a handshake photo of someone endorsing
something). Then, a couple days later, I had a random thought
of the Clintons' marriage, also inspecific but distinct. Then,
today, while at the market, I just happened to see a tabloid
mentioning that the Clintons are getting divorced. Hmm.
Cool word synchro: "concierge." This was in "The Storms of
Pemberton" the day before last, and I Noticed it (was sort of
misplaced where I used it), and then today, my dad told me,
randomly, this story about a house in Georgia, and in it he
mentioned it involved a concierge (made a big thing of it
because he couldn't remember the word at first). Also notable
is that I'd been putting off editing Storms for the past
month, and then reluctantly started it the day before last.
Damn cool ones: [my friend] emailed me today, and first, she
found, randomly, a bag of fortune cookies, and one of the ones
(though I got the idea it was the only one; I'll have to get
her to clarify) had the precise same fortune that I found,
entirely randomly and in a very unlikely way, in my truck when
I went to go see "Prometheus" a couple weeks ago, which I was
of course Compelled to do. Incredibly unlikely she would get
one, even if it was one in a series, especially since my
finding it went along with that model of it so much. Second,
she mentioned back patting in her email, when I'd just seconds
ago sent an email to my Montag media person where I said I
patted her back (felt Compelled to do this).
[Update, 7/3/12: [my friend] did, in fact, draw that precise
same fortune on one draw.]
Bigtime word synchro: "acronymic," in ledger this morning, and
I Noticed it very distinctly, and then in "Storms," about 1.5
hours later. Funny thing is, I should've edited this part
yesterday, but was too sick to.