So anyways, my copy edit came back from the editor last Friday. This meant that the hours that I didn’t spend commuting or at the partition job, I spent editing. 98,000 words…that’s a lot of editing to do in a week.
It’s done now- which means I move onto proof reading. It’s times like these that I wish I were a little more in touch with my Virgo opposite!
It’s all going well though, and my editor was happy with the changes I’d made, and the way the book is shaping up.
I’m getting closer to publication date, so from here it’s lots of little bits and pieces. If you want to keep up with it all, I’m blogging it over at Tracey Hamill. I’ll be starting to introduce the characters over the next couple of weeks.
In case you missed it, my cover is below.
Even though this is pure escapist fiction- and absolutely nothing to do with astrology- I’ve been asked a lot lately whether my characters have charts. They do…it’s one of the first things I do when I start a new draft. It’s also the only piece of planning I do in the process. I’ll share those charts here over the next few weeks too.
To the skies.
We have a bit of a Mercurial week coming up. Mercury is in Aries, so wants his opinion to be heard. Mercury in Aries can also be a little….challenged….shall we say, when it comes to perspective. As a result, Tuesdays square-off with Pluto could be a tad challenging.
But, I’m getting ahead of myself…
Later today Mercury trines Jupiter and the Sun joins forces with Uranus.
I’m supposed to be proofreading, but I’m using that Mercury and Jupiter trine to plan some creative meals for lime week, and preschedule some posts. Yes, I am taking the easy way out- proof reading is not something I’ve been looking forward to- but that’s sort of part of this transit anyway.
It’s a great aspect for future planning, big picture thinking- which is perfect for the Sun- Uranus conjunction later tonight.
Sun is ego, and Uranus is surprising, rebellious, unexpected, impulsive, rash, future thinking…you get the idea.
The message for most of us is one of not being surprised by surprises…or don’t be surprised if you’re seeking release from something- or someone. It could be something as simple as a habit, or as complex as a job or a relationship. It could be something you’re actively going after, or something that subconsciously you’re being prompted to do.
If you have personal planets or chart points within a couple of degrees of 16 Aries, Cancer, Capricorn or Libra, this could trigger something a little more lively. Uranus transits should come with heavy machinery warnings, so if this is you, and you’re feeling particularly anxious or jittery, avoid anything that could result in a mishap…at least for the day.
My bestie has this one in his solar return…I’m predicting an interesting year!
On Tuesday, Mercury squares off against Pluto and joins forces with Uranus to do so. I don’t know about you, but that one has mischief written all over it.
Let’s break it down.
Mercury is communication, messages, the way we think, and the things we think about. Pluto is intense, compulsive, sometimes obsessive, and deep. Both Aries and Capricorn are ambitious and competitive signs- in their own ways. Put this all together and you could get power plays. You could also get compulsive thinking, and someone trying to force their opinion onto you…or vice versa.
As with all squares, there is huge potential to do good rather than harm. It does require discipline, honesty, and a preparedness to look within.
While Capricorn can tend to dwell on the way things have always been done- the tried and true methods of success, Uranus wants to change the world…or at least, in this case, the way you think.
You don’t need to completely give in, but looking forward rather than back can open your eyes to new possibilities. You’ll need to be quick though, as the thoughts and concepts could be flying around faster than you can catch them.
In the early hours of Wednesday morning, Jupiter stations direct. For anyone with their Sun, Moon, Ascendant in Pisces or Sagittarius, this will be a breath of fresh air. Bring out the dancing girls. Here’s a link to a little something that I wrote a couple of years ago about Jupiter direct.
We finish the working week with the Sun and Mercury conjunct. Somehow it seems appropriate after their being involved in pretty well everything all week.
At it’s simplest level, this is one of those aspects where the words somehow seem to flow. It’s happening in Aries, so there could be some competition to be heard, or some impulse to be first…but on the whole, it’s a good day for getting your message across, starting a new project, or taking in new ideas and experiences.
The only warning? Don’t get too self involved and maintain your sense of humour. You really don’t want to miss out on what others have to say- especially since you don’t know how what they have to say could potentially help you…
Have a great week!