log for 2011
Word synchro: "unmolested"; turned up in my ledger this
morning, at the top of a page, but I felt Compelled to close
it up before I finished the page and moved on, so I threw my
bookmark there, even though I wasn't finished eating
breakfast. Therefore, I saw it again, at lunch, and then,
right after, I read some of the "Houdini Gut Punch" book that
I was Compelled to start reading yesterday (had planned on
reading an entirely different book, but ended up reading this
one, For No Particular Reason). I open it up after lunch, and
a page in, I come across "unmolested." It was, I think, the
only time I've seen that used apart from when I originally
came across it and wrote it down, probably a couple years ago.
Reading the "Houdini Gut Punch" anthology, and came across a
story by Matt Nord, who, as it turns out, is editing an
anthology I am to appear in (just got an email concerning it a
couple days ago, in fact). In the guy's story, the second page
mentions a sensory deprivation tank; as it turns out, the
anthology story of mine he's publishing is about a sensory
deprivation tank, called "The Dep Tank" (which wasn't its
original name; had originally involved a dep tank, but I only
changed the title at the last minute).
Picked up "regency period" today while reading something
random, and was Compelled to write it down and get the
definition for it. Looked it up, with some difficulty (wasn't
in the dictionary, directly) and ended up learning that a
regency is when a state is run by a council, etc, because the
king or whatever is too young. Just a couple days ago, I'd
watched the Rick Steve's travel show, an episode where he was
going over the history of some country, and he mentioned a
"regent", during which I found it notable, thinking it
"reagant," and how odd that was.
A word synchro, also: "swale"; popped up today in my ledger,
when I encountered the word last night, in "Additive Free", a
story I haven't edited in over a year, and probably the only
one I've ever used that word in ...
Word synchro: "increate"; just like "swale" from yesterday,
edited a story for the first time in a year, noted "increate"
in particular, then came across it in the ledger this morning.
Also, while reading the Cassiopean transcriptions today, I saw
the Basques mentioned, when I had just days ago been
introduced to the Basques in a Rick Steve's travel show, after
never hearing of them in my life (or not noting them if I
Word synchro: "nonverbal"; this one was a little different. I
was reading my ledger, and as I was working my way down, I was
thinking of a part of "Additive Free", in which it mentioned
someone's nonverbals. Just as I thought that, I came across
the entry. This could have foreseeably been a part of that
peripheral-vision-reading phenomenon I've read about, where I
read "nonverbal" in my peripheral vision, subconsciously, and
it subconsciously triggered the thoughts of "Additive Free",
though it might not have been that at all. Hard to say.
Interesting, none the less.
Another: "lyrical"; this one was a more traditional hit, read
"lyrical" in a story I was editing last night, then had it pop
up in the ledger this morning, after not see the word for I
don't know how long.
Word synchro: "apotheosis"; read it in "The Imaginal" last
night, noticed it For No Particular Reason, then had it pop up
in the ledger this morning.
Another: "knowing" (noun); had it in the other half of "The
Imaginal", this morning, seeing "knowing" as a noun, and then,
a couple hours later, had it turn up in the transcriptions.
That's pretty significant, considering. Then, later, while
editing "Hoodoo", it popped up *again*. Wow.
And a third: "clicked his tongue"; showed up in ledger at
lunch, on the first page, me noting it For No Particular
Reason, then in "Hoodoo" tonight.
Word synchro: "staple" (basic food, necessity, etc.); saw it
in ledger this morning and took special note, then it turned
up in "The Gardener" that night, in the proper tense.
That night, when I went to backup my files via the FTP
program, I was thinking, distantly, about how I used to
overwrite so much. No sooner had the thought crossed my mind
than the FTP program prompted me on whether I wanted to
"overwrite" my old backup file.
Word synchro: "incunabular"; was in ledger this morning, and I
noted it For No Particular Reason, then it turned up in the
transcriptions. Interesting, since I really didn't feel like
continuing with the transcriptions, being so burnt on on them,
and had actually planned on reading a novel instead, but I
read them anyway, and the word turned up, about the only time
I've seen it anywhere, ever.
Also, "rill"; was also in the transcriptions, woman mentioned
how she'd never heard the word before, even defined it, and it
turned up in "Withdrawer's Dream", hours after, again the
first I'd heard that word in a very long time, perhaps since I
Been seeing 32, 33, 37, and, especially, 52 recently. Then,
today, when reading the transcriptions, I came across a part
where a question was asked for general help, and the answer
was a string of numbers, 52 included, and last. The guy who'd
asked the question remarked, vaguely, that he couldn't believe
52 was included there, as if suspicious? Regardless, was a
striking parallel to the numbers I've been getting. The other
thing was, I had theorized, vaguely, and probably wishfully,
that the four numbers were lottery numbers, and when the guy
in the transcripts asked, he theorized that they, too, were
lottery numbers. Hmmmm.
Word synchro: "hyperbolic"; turned up in ledger this
afternoon, then in "Storms" tonight. Don't see that one too
Word synchro: a ton, while editing "Jammed", from both doing
"Storms" earlier today, and reading 1984, and all kinds of
other things. Wow.
Reading 1984, and came upon a passage near the start of the
book, where it's just describing Winston's job in the Ministry
of Truth. As I was reading the start -- which was at the
bottom of a left page -- it triggered a big chain of thoughts
about its parallels to the modern-day media, though only
loosely, since it hadn't yet gone into the details of
Winston's manipulating work and all; however, the chain of
thoughts ended with me thinking about how the American media
depends on the memory hole to control the past. Two lines down
-- on the next page over, mind you -- it mentioned how one of
the tubes at Winston's disposal was nicknamed the memory hole.
I couldn't have subconsciously read down -- maybe in my
peripheral vision, which is possible, but the fact remains: I
went into the whole, almost unrelated loop of thought that
ended with me thinking of the memory hole syndrome, regardless
of whether I was peripheral-reading or not (which, though
possible, seems unlikely to me).
Lots of word synchro today while editing "Edenborough", both
from ledger and from "1984". "Gathered," "Taps", etc.
Lots of word synchro again while editing "Edenborough", from
the ledger and "1984": "swordplay", "pediment", "counterpane".
Also, Edenborough mentioned a kerosene heater, a line which I
deleted but noticed For No Particular Reason. I came across
"oilstove" in "1984" and when I went to look up the
definition, it turned out to be a kerosene heater. I can't
remember the last I've had a kerosene heater mentioned.
"Sunder", in Edenborough and The Gibbet.
Word synchro: "presiding", in ledger this morning, then "The
Phone", in the first paragraph. Also, "interminable", edited
it out of "Edenborough" yesterday, and then turned up in
"1984" today. Might have been the second time I've ever seen
it used. Then, "synovial", was in [my friend]'s email
yesterday, the first I'd ever heard the word, and then I
overheard my mom say it today. Then, finally, "epicanthic," a
trifecta, turned up in "Edenborough" and the ledger, but I
didn't bother noting it, but then it turned up in "The Kid"
the next day.
Also in "1984", it referenced a man whose dark black hair and
turned white. Just an hour earlier, I had by chance overheard
my dad talking about a man who's "dark black hair" had turned
Word synchro: "despatch." Was in 1984 and I looked it up,
turned out to be another spelling of dispatch, but it stuck
out, For No Particular Reason. Then it was in "Stranger In A
Strange Land", right at the start, the next sequential book I
read. The only time I've ever seen that spelling of dispatch,
in those two books. Interestingly, I had a whole bunch of
books at once to choose from, and I ended up reading those two
Word synchro: "bruschetta". A trifecta: first cropped up in an
episode of Rick Steves' Europe that I watched a couple days
ago, and I took notice For No Particular Reason; then again
today, on the back of a cracker box, which I again noticed
FNPR. I almost noted it then, but thought, nah, it's been a
couple days, and it's a reasonably common word. However, a few
minutes later, I happened to look at the back of a container
of cream cheese, and it too had "bruschetta" on it.
"Alpen stock" turned up in ledger today, after I'd seen a Rick
Steves' Europe episode last night in which he received an
alpen stock from someone while scaling Mount Vesuvius (though
it was not called such, I just noticed it).
Also, I thought about "Withdrawer's Dream", which I'd
submitted to Fantastique Unfettered, today, wondering what
they'd thought of it, absently, and I got the rejection notice
Word synchro: "four-poster bed"; was in the ledger this
afternoon, and I noticed it For No Particular Reason, and then
I by chance watched another Rick Steves' Europe, there was a
four-poster bed featured in it twice, the first I'd seen such
for a long time (if ever).
Word synchro: "solidarity"; turned up in ledger this
afternoon, then in "The Waiting" tonight.
Last night, I By Chance noticed that I'd submitted "A Cloud
Over The Sun" to Shock Totem, taking particular notice of it,
and then this morning I got the rejection from it. That was
interesting, since that seems to happen often, being reminded
of a submission right before it's accepted or rejected;
however, when I went to drag the story out of the "submitted"
folder, I noticed the one right below it, "A Sleeping Place",
and when I looked at another email I had in my inbox, it led
me to a page where I'd submitted "A Sleeping Place" and had it
Also, when I drew today's card, "Moon", it was the first I'd
drawn it and nothing struck me about it visually, so I went to
the book to see its meaning, and I noticed, for the first
time, on the back of the book was a print of that very card.
It happened so fast, it made me blink.
Word synchro: "phantasmagoria"; turned up in ledger this
morning and I took notice For No Particular Reason, then it
turned up in "The Garden" tonight, which was just rejected (I
wasn't going to do it, but did anyway, For Some Reason).
"Immunized"; in ledger, then in "Stranger in a Strange Land".