log for 2012
Minor word synchro: "tactically," in ledger at breakfast and
then in "The Lunar Cycle" soon after, maybe ten minutes? Same
for "expedient," which I Noticed. Also, "buffoon," in ledger
and then "Bright Shiny Morning" at lunch, and I Noticed this
A neat thought synchro. I was just thinking of how a state of
no-stress relaxation is so fundamentally refreshing, when I
checked my Hotmail and got the word of the day, "ataraxia,"
which means a state free from emotional disturbance and
While driving dad's truck today, I Noticed it's little red
anti-theft light blinking in the instrument panel. Then, while
reading "Bright Shiny Morning" this afternoon, it mentioned
cars with little red anti-theft lights blinking in their
Minor one. While reading "The Revelation," it mentioned CAT,
the tractor company, and I Noticed it. That was over the last
two days. Then, this evening, I was reading an email from [my
friend] and one of the Google ads was for CAT tractor parts.
Now, I'd mentioned "cat" in my last email to her, so I can see
how that would have triggered it, but the thing is, we've had
a million "cats" in our email exchanges, and I can't remember
it ever appearing before. Hmm.
Minor word synchro: "distemper," in ledger this morning and I
Noticed it, and then while editing "Jammed," about an hour
later (as "distempered," but whatever).
Couple cool ones this morning. First, while on the way to the
grocery store, I was thinking, on an entirely unrelated chain
of thought, about termites (how we allow bugs, termites
specifically, to do their thing unless it suites us
otherwise), and just as I thought this, in that synchronistic
way, I saw a sign for termite extermination. Then, after I got
home, I was thinking, again on an unrelated train of thought,
about donating large amounts of money to charity, and right as
I thought this, I was drawn to the bottom of my Ingles
receipt, which said how Ingles had contributed over $10
million dollars to charity. Also, had a lot of small, random
synchronicities over the course of the morning.
"Apollo," first when I, completely by chance, scrolled down
the Dictionary.com homepage, which I never do, and saw an
article about Apollo. Then, about 10 minutes later, I started
reading "The Club Dumas," and it mentioned Apollo a couple
pages in, when I can't remember the last I heard of Apollo.
Then, "outre," first while I was cutting grass today and I had
the very clear, very defined thought of "outre," and then it
was in "The Club Dumas" tonight, when I can't remember seeing
that word anywhere for years.
Thought synchro: "sit down." It happened in the gym, while
listening to a Genesis song. I was about to sit on a bench,
but there was someone working next to it, so I moved to
another bench, requiring an extra few seconds to get my
weights and reposition, thus my sit-down synchronized
perfectly with the "sit down" in the song I was listening to.
Also, I noticed that I was exposed to three 7-11s today.
First, this morning, in the "Ace of Spades" song by Motorhead,
which [my friend] had mentioned in her email and I felt
Compelled to listen to. Then, this afternoon, when I went to
Food Lion, which has a big sign on the door saying that
they're open from 7-11 (I felt Compelled to go to Food Lion
instead of Ingles). Then, tonight, the phone rang, and when it
did, I looked at the clock at it was 7:10. In the split second
it took me to pick up the phone, I saw on the caller ID it was
7:11, and my clock had changed to that too. Hmm.
Cool one: at the end of "The Club Dumas," it had listed "The
Crossing" by Cormac McCarthy. I'd been planning on re-reading
this book for months, have had it in my stack and everything,
but I'd always gotten a No when going to read it. Well, today,
after seeing that listing, I got a Yes, so I started reading
it tonight. In the first part of the book, it is about hunting
a wolf; when I'd last checked my Hotmail tonight, the latest
email was about hunting wolves.
Cool thought synchro: was driving down the road, and just as a
random chain of thought ended with the planet Saturn, my eyes
fell on a car, after which I realized it was a Saturn. Again,
it happened in that distinctly synchronistic way, when I'd
been following the chain of thought for a long time before
(also, I'd felt Compelled to go down King Street instead of
taking the shorter way, since I had time, and otherwise I
wouldn't have passed this car).
Also, this morning in bed, I had a stray but distinctive
thought of having a beehive in my head. Then, when I read [my
friend]'s email a few hours later, she'd mentioned, offhand,
having a hive in my head.
A couple cool ones today. First, I felt Compelled to go to
Goodwill (again), and while looking through the books, I
thought, very distinctly, how I would really really like to
find "The Road" there (because I'd seen it there once, and
passed it up). Well, it was there (on the other half of the
book area, so I couldn't have seen it subconsciously when I
thought about it).
Also, a cool word synchro: "holly." This was in the editor's
draft of "The Hand of God" this morning, mispelled "holy," so
I noticed it. Then, it was in "The Crossing" this evening.
Possibly nothing, but I don't think so, since it fits these
word synchros where I'll have to edit or delete something in a
story, and the word pops up.
Also, "career" (verb), in ledger this morning (or maybe it was
yesterday morning), and I Noticed it, very distinctly. Then it
was in "Underbelly" tonight, same tense, I think the only time
I've ever used it.
A cool one, or a scary one, depending on how you look at it.
This morning, while writing "A Blender, A Neurotoxin," I used
a simile "as if a big truck had passed," to describe someone's
reaction to a loud noise/cushion of wind. Well, about 1.5
hours afterward, I was cutting grass along the road when I was
hit by the air cushion of a passing truck, which was quite
big. This hasn't happened in years.
A really cool one. Spent the day with [my friend], and for
lunch we went to the Coyote Kitchen. Well, when evening rolled
around and it was time for dinner, we at first went to the
Italian place at the mall, for gluten-free pizza, but they
were closed, so we went, on a whim, to the Mellow Mushroom.
Well, when we got there, [my friend] got excited at once,
because she recognized a woman from the Coyote Kitchen there
at the restaurant, thanks to her distinctive hair. The chances
of this have to be exceedingly small, and reek of
synchronicity. Also, that morning, I'd thought, randomly but
distinctly, of how I'd like to get some more humor novels,
preferably Tom Robbins; well, when [my friend] and I hit the
thrift stores, I found a Tom Robbins novel in the Hebron
Also, while in Goodwill, I encountered two more playing cards,
strewn loose on a shelf: the Ace and 3 of Clubs. Whether they
were meant for me or not, like the last two, I don't know, but
I have them. [Note: Ace purportedly symbolizes a new
beginning, financial gain, or general success. The Three of
Clubs seems to symbolize being envied for your success,
perhaps going hand-in-hand with the success hinted at from the
Ace of Clubs? Hmm.]
Word synchro: "adios." It was the KMFDM album I bought
yesterday, and this morning, I Noticed the title, enough to do
a double-take and see how it was spelled. Then, I felt
Compelled to edit "Alcoholism and Bad Sex," in which was
written "adios," I believe the one single time I've ever used
This morning, I was awaken by a clicking noise from my living
room. I tried to get back to sleep, but it kept bothering me,
and I kept fearing that it was something bad wrong, so I got
up and checked it out. It was a mouse in either the wall or
the ceiling, and it stopped when it heard me arrive. Anyway,
when I checked my email a couple hours later, after getting
up, there was one from Marina, Montag's transmedia lady, in
which she mentioned, totally arbitrarily, that she has mice in
her walls and they're driving her nuts.
A cool one this afternoon. On the way back from Shane and
Mallory's, I entered into a long chain of thought about
motorcycles and learning to ride one. As I was doing so, I
noticed a big parking lot and thought, absently, that that
would be a good one to learn a motorcycle on. Immediately
after I thought that, in that synchronicitic way, I saw a sign
at the parking lot: "Bikers Welcome." It was a parking lot for
a kind of church.
Then, while cutting the sevenplex, I found two more playing
cards in the lawn: the 6 of Spades and the 9 of Hearts. Hmm.
Really cool one today. While leaving the gym, I noticed that
that '70s Honda CB360 motorcycle they'd had in the window of
the auto parts place was gone, a dirt bike in its place. Then,
while I was on the way home, on an indirect route, I saw a
motorcycle which I think was a Honda CB of a similar vintage,
but its color was different, so I knew it wasn't the one from
the store. However, just down the road, I encountered another
Honda CB, and stopped beside it at a light. It was a CB360, of
the same approximate year of that in the store, had the same
approximate rusting, and was of the same color. If it wasn't
the bike from the store, which I'd just thought of minutes
earlier, I'd be very surprised.
Very cool word synchro today: "flues." This was first in "The
Briefcase" this morning, as a plural of "flu." I noticed it
because of this, since I debated changing it -- perhaps even
Noticed it. Then, it was in "The Road" at lunch today, on the
first couple pages, in its proper term, the plural of flue
(just started the book today ...). But the really cool part
was that I started out reading "The House of the Scorpion" at
lunch, but after a few pages, I was so turned off by the
unrealistic and two-dimensional characters, and just the
whole, absurd energy of the book, that I had to give up on it.
When I went to get a different book, "The Road" jumped out at
A cool thought synchro, at lunch: "hissing." I was having a
detached conversation with my mom, about the cats, and just
when I went to reply to her, about one of the cat's hissing (I
was going to say, "The cat hisses a lot," or something to that
effect), I read in "The Road" the word "hissing," in the
sentence I was just starting to read when I was readying my
reply. It, too, came with that startlingly synchronistic way,
and cannot be explained by subconsciously reading down the
page, as my reply hinged on the long thread of conversation
from my mom (who wasn't reading the book ...).
Also, soon after that, a word synchro: "mummied." This one is
so cool because I saw it coming. This morning, while editing
"The General," I saw "mummied" in it, and since it was the
only time I've ever used it, it made me think of "The Road,"
where I "borrowed" it from, and I had the stray thought that I
should be coming up on where it was used in "The Road" soon.
Sure enough, there it was, today at lunch, a few hours later.
Also, a couple more minor word synchros: "retard" (in "The
General" this morning and I Noticed it, and then in "The
Road," used in the same derogatory context), "dexterous" (in
sermon at church today, a big talking point, and then in "The
And another cool one. A random person, named Kelson, emailed
me yesterday, randomly, praising me for my writing -- my first
piece of fanmail, as it were. Anyway, he told me a story about
when he'd been reading "There's Nothing Under The Stairs,"
where at several key parts he heard or saw precisely what was
described in the story, in a way (if he hasn't embellished)
that suggests synchronicity. The cool thing is that that story
was posted in my blog months after it was published, and from
what Mr. Kelson wrote, he didn't go back to past posts in my
blog, so he wouldn't have seen it had I posted it when it had
been published, and would have, hence, not experienced the
synchronicity. Very cool.
Word synchro: "bard," first in "Jitterbug Perfume" at lunch,
then in "The Crystal Vacuum Cleaner" tonight, when it was just
off rejection this morning. A lot of other similar, unnotable
word synchros, such as "curds," in "Jitterbug Perfume" at
lunch and then on a roadside sign I Just Happened to pass, all
these the first I'd heard the words in a while.
A couple cool thought synchros at lunch today. First, "scent,"
which I read in "Jitterbug Perfume" immediately as my mom took
a doughnut out of the microwave and I was hit with its
enticing smell and was thinking of it -- it all happened very
synchronistically, in that way I've come to identify. Then, a
little later, I was reading while thinking of how my allergies
and general darkness are perhaps necessary, in order to turn
the cycles, etc, so that I may learn what I need to;
immediately after thinking this, I read this sentence, "If the
earth needs night as well as day, wouldn't it follow that the
soul requires endarkment to balance enlightenment?" Then, just
after that, when I was thinking of how anxiety seems to keep
me from kicking back and reconciling to his process, I read
"anxious," in this same manner.
A couple cool thought synchros, both very close together while
reading "Jitterbug Perfume." First, "monks," which I read
right after thinking of monks in World of Warcraft, which
terminated a long chain of thought. Likewise, "energy," which
I read just as I thought about energy, also terminating
another long chain of thought.
Cool one. Was in Goodwill, after having been Compelled to go
there again, and while browsing the CDs, a couple women passed
me a few feet away, talking, and I overheard one say, very
clearly, "Barbara Streissand." Within a second afterward, in
that synchronistic way, my eyes fell on a Barbara Streissand
CD (it was the next sequential one in the row I was looking
at, which is to say, I did not "seek it out" after hearing it
-- not that I would've had time). Afterward, I had the thought
that maybe the woman had seen the CD and was referring to it,
but this I doubt, since 1) they passed at length, around a
gondola to my left, and at an angle that I think would've been
bad for seeing the CD, and 2) I believe I was standing between
them and the CD, and 3) I don't remember her saying "Barbara
Streissand CD," but rather something about Barbara Streissand
herself. In any case, definitely notable.
Cool one this afternoon. On the way home after church, I got
behind a slow-moving convertable, and noticed it, due to its
license plate, which read "Antique Car" (it was an antique
car). It was the first such license-plate notarization I'd
seen, so it stood out to me, that and it's low speed. Well,
about 3 hours later, on the way to the gym, I passed the very
same car. Notable, since so much time had elapsed, and I would
had to have gone on just such a distinct route to encounter
them again (I left a bit earlier than usual today, also).
Another: yesterday, I submitted a story to 'The American
Scholar,' randomly, very much because It Felt Right (the story
has about 0% chance of being accepted, but I couldn't resist).
I'd never heard of 'The American Scholar' until I searched on
Duotrope's and it was one of the first on the list. Then,
today, in "The Lost World," it mentioned 'The American
Scholar.' (I'd almost read this book weeks ago, but it felt
Wrong. Also, when I did start reading it, I nearly started
another book instead, but got the Right feeling when I went
for "The Lost World.")