Writers and Retrogrades

From Mary Jo:

Jo’s Wednesday post got eaten by Typepad for much of the day, Susan King delayed her Thursday post to give Jo’s post more top-of-the-column time after it was recovered—so in that spirit, I’ll post this later on Friday than I usually post.  Since I can’t think of anything to say on historical romances and accuracy that hasn’t already been said beautifully, I’m going for something completely different: Mercury Retrograde.

Some people believe in astrology, some don’t. Birdflutrailer_park  But even those who don’t will often believe in Mercury retrograde.  For those of you unfamiliar with the term, a planet is considered retrograde when it is on the opposite side of the sun from Earth.  Since the planet is moving “backwards” in respect to Earth, its motion is called retrograde, and the energies associated with that planet don’t flow freely.  (I don’t really have any good retrograde pictures, but I thought those flamingos looked pretty retrograde.)

Mercury is the planet in our system that is closest to the sun and which moves the fastest, so it becomes retrograde three times a year for about three weeks each time. What does that mean for those of us here on earth?  Chaos and confusion!  Mercury rules everyday life, business, and communications.  This means a lot of things can go wrong. As our intrepid site manager and resident dominatrix, Sherrie Holmes, says, “It’s liked global PMS. Duck!” 

Internet lists explode into flame wars, people miscommunicate about times or dates, one person shows up late for a meeting while another schedules two events for the same time.  Contracts arranged under a retrograde need to be checked extra carefully.  I once had a retrograde book contract that had to go back to the publisher several times because of errors—and when it came to me for what should have been the last time, it turned out that the year was wrong and no one had noticed!  I also suspect that Mercury retrograde would be prominent in the history of Boston’s Big Dig, which has a been a disaster of extended time, costs, and problems, and is now manifesting a new set of disasters. 

It’s not great to buy a car on a retrograde if you can avoid it—the only vehicular lemon I ever bought turned out to be a retrograde car.  (A whited sepulcher of a Datsun wagon.)  And if you go to settlement on a house, double check everything—there might well be mistakes on fees and interest rates.  (More than the usual number of mistakes, that is!)

But even though retrogrades are usually regarded with the same enthusiasm as a patch of poison ivy, they can have their good points.  They are often good for REsearch and REvisions and REestructuring and REthinking.  In fact, I’m doing that last now because I realized that my current story needed something added.  Maybe if an author delivers a book on a retrograde, it will be REprinted or REissued.  (Okay, it may need REvisions, too, but most books do no matter when you send them in!)  It can also be good for REsolving problems that manifested under an earlier retrograde. 

Delays are often associated with retrogrades, and justly so, but even more, a retrograde means REscheduling.  About ten days ago, a friend of mine ordered a popular new hybrid car, and was told they’d have it in no later than the end of September.  Then the dealership swapped with another dealer and she had received it in a week.  This was a REscheduling that worked for her, and very nice the car is, too.  <g> 

It is, frankly, very convenient to blame screw-ups on Mercury retrograde, especially if one is an absent-minded author on deadline.  Like everything in life, a retrograde has pluses and minuses.  Some things are just meant to be done the hard way, and often we end up having to do them on retrogrades.  My philosophy on a retrograde is to lie low, not be uptight about small stuff, and triple check everything that’s critical.  The retrograde doesn’t really cause the problems—it’s more a symbol of the energy involved, and it’s hard to fight Mother Nature.

There is one positive use of a retrograde, though I haven’t tried it myself.  I’m told it’s a good time to break up with a boyfriend if you want him to come back later. <g> 

In the miscellaneous category: Happy Bastille Day!  My late sweet Pandora Cat, the tabby with thumbs who lasted till age 20 ½, was born on Bastille Day.

Stolen_magic_cover_3 And lastly, in the spirit of the retrograde, in last week’s blog about the paperback publication of Stolen Magic, I was so busy talking about the book that I forgot to give a copy away.  So—contest!  Anyone who is signed up for the Wench newsletter by midnight EDT on Saturday, July 15th, is eligible to get a free signed copy of Stolen Magic.

That’s all for now, folks—and may the retrograde be kind to you and your electronics.

Mary Jo

51 thoughts on “Writers and Retrogrades”

  1. Thanks, MJ! Now I know what’s wrong with me… Mercury is in retrograde!
    All I’ve been able to do is REthink my main characters’ desires and determinations. Which has led to REwriting. Which always leads to REprinting and REreading and REsubmitting. (And here I thought it was just PMS.)
    When is this retrograde thing scheduled to end? I’d like to get back to work! 🙂
    — the littlest wenchling

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  2. Thanks, MJ! Now I know what’s wrong with me… Mercury is in retrograde!
    All I’ve been able to do is REthink my main characters’ desires and determinations. Which has led to REwriting. Which always leads to REprinting and REreading and REsubmitting. (And here I thought it was just PMS.)
    When is this retrograde thing scheduled to end? I’d like to get back to work! 🙂
    — the littlest wenchling

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  3. Thanks, MJ! Now I know what’s wrong with me… Mercury is in retrograde!
    All I’ve been able to do is REthink my main characters’ desires and determinations. Which has led to REwriting. Which always leads to REprinting and REreading and REsubmitting. (And here I thought it was just PMS.)
    When is this retrograde thing scheduled to end? I’d like to get back to work! 🙂
    — the littlest wenchling

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  4. From Sherrie:
    I love, love, LOVE this site! (And I’m not being paid to say that, either!)
    You never know what the Wenches are going to talk about next, but I’ll flat out guarantee it will be entertaining, educational, insightful, wise … (searching for more superlatives).
    Just about the time I start feeling comfortable rubbing shoulders with the greats of romantic fiction, I get a reality check like this and I’m reminded anew that I am treading on hallowed ground.
    And if this sounds over the top and gushy, just consider how rare it is to have available at the click of a mouse, the insight, the knowledge, and the wisdom of 7 of romantic fiction’s top authors. Every time I visit this site, I feel I should bring a basket with me in order to harvest all the goodies I find here.
    Blame the Mercury retrograde on these unabashed gushy effusions.
    Sherrie

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  5. From Sherrie:
    I love, love, LOVE this site! (And I’m not being paid to say that, either!)
    You never know what the Wenches are going to talk about next, but I’ll flat out guarantee it will be entertaining, educational, insightful, wise … (searching for more superlatives).
    Just about the time I start feeling comfortable rubbing shoulders with the greats of romantic fiction, I get a reality check like this and I’m reminded anew that I am treading on hallowed ground.
    And if this sounds over the top and gushy, just consider how rare it is to have available at the click of a mouse, the insight, the knowledge, and the wisdom of 7 of romantic fiction’s top authors. Every time I visit this site, I feel I should bring a basket with me in order to harvest all the goodies I find here.
    Blame the Mercury retrograde on these unabashed gushy effusions.
    Sherrie

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  6. From Sherrie:
    I love, love, LOVE this site! (And I’m not being paid to say that, either!)
    You never know what the Wenches are going to talk about next, but I’ll flat out guarantee it will be entertaining, educational, insightful, wise … (searching for more superlatives).
    Just about the time I start feeling comfortable rubbing shoulders with the greats of romantic fiction, I get a reality check like this and I’m reminded anew that I am treading on hallowed ground.
    And if this sounds over the top and gushy, just consider how rare it is to have available at the click of a mouse, the insight, the knowledge, and the wisdom of 7 of romantic fiction’s top authors. Every time I visit this site, I feel I should bring a basket with me in order to harvest all the goodies I find here.
    Blame the Mercury retrograde on these unabashed gushy effusions.
    Sherrie

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  7. Excellent post, Mary Jo! Thanks so much for making some sense out of Mercury retrograde. I’ve run into it enough times myself to have learned real respect for it.
    And as you point out, it’s not a bad thing at all, since it has its good side too. I’ve found that good Merc-retrograd activities are REsearch, REvision, REview, REthinking…as well as cleaning out drawers, closets, garages, taking things to charity or to the dump…REstore, REfinish, REfurbish, even REfinance is sometimes okay, if you do the actual contract signing on a decent day.
    If you get the hang of this regular Mercury spinning backwards thing, and figure out how to use that energy, when it finally goes direct, you could have a cleaner house, a revised manuscript, and all your ducks lined up to start something new!
    …Just as long as Venus retrograde isn’t retrograde…or Mars…or Saturn… and so on.
    But hey, this is exactly why we writerly types need good astrologers! 😉
    Susan

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  8. Excellent post, Mary Jo! Thanks so much for making some sense out of Mercury retrograde. I’ve run into it enough times myself to have learned real respect for it.
    And as you point out, it’s not a bad thing at all, since it has its good side too. I’ve found that good Merc-retrograd activities are REsearch, REvision, REview, REthinking…as well as cleaning out drawers, closets, garages, taking things to charity or to the dump…REstore, REfinish, REfurbish, even REfinance is sometimes okay, if you do the actual contract signing on a decent day.
    If you get the hang of this regular Mercury spinning backwards thing, and figure out how to use that energy, when it finally goes direct, you could have a cleaner house, a revised manuscript, and all your ducks lined up to start something new!
    …Just as long as Venus retrograde isn’t retrograde…or Mars…or Saturn… and so on.
    But hey, this is exactly why we writerly types need good astrologers! 😉
    Susan

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  9. Excellent post, Mary Jo! Thanks so much for making some sense out of Mercury retrograde. I’ve run into it enough times myself to have learned real respect for it.
    And as you point out, it’s not a bad thing at all, since it has its good side too. I’ve found that good Merc-retrograd activities are REsearch, REvision, REview, REthinking…as well as cleaning out drawers, closets, garages, taking things to charity or to the dump…REstore, REfinish, REfurbish, even REfinance is sometimes okay, if you do the actual contract signing on a decent day.
    If you get the hang of this regular Mercury spinning backwards thing, and figure out how to use that energy, when it finally goes direct, you could have a cleaner house, a revised manuscript, and all your ducks lined up to start something new!
    …Just as long as Venus retrograde isn’t retrograde…or Mars…or Saturn… and so on.
    But hey, this is exactly why we writerly types need good astrologers! 😉
    Susan

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  10. Hi Mary Jo! Love the post. 🙂 I just have to say…some Mercury Retrogrades are easier than others. This one has hardly begun, and it’s been a bear. I’ve uploaded files for my new bookmarks three times now (the vendor is having problems with the files); I’ve mysteriously lost sound on my computer; Typepad was down for an entire day and I lost access to my blog; Citibank has no record of a payment I made…I won’t go on, because this list is growing as I type. 🙂 BUT—appropriately—I’m working on revisions and catching up with old friends, who invariably pop up when the retrogrades hit. 🙂 I’ve also learned it’s REALLY not a good idea to sign a contract during a Mercury Retrograde. God, I hope I never have to explain that to a publisher!! LOL.
    I’m telling you, folks, it’s an all-too-real phenomenon. A sense of humor and a go-with-the-glow attitude are pretty much the only way to get through it. Thanks for the post! :)….Julie Anne Long

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  11. Hi Mary Jo! Love the post. 🙂 I just have to say…some Mercury Retrogrades are easier than others. This one has hardly begun, and it’s been a bear. I’ve uploaded files for my new bookmarks three times now (the vendor is having problems with the files); I’ve mysteriously lost sound on my computer; Typepad was down for an entire day and I lost access to my blog; Citibank has no record of a payment I made…I won’t go on, because this list is growing as I type. 🙂 BUT—appropriately—I’m working on revisions and catching up with old friends, who invariably pop up when the retrogrades hit. 🙂 I’ve also learned it’s REALLY not a good idea to sign a contract during a Mercury Retrograde. God, I hope I never have to explain that to a publisher!! LOL.
    I’m telling you, folks, it’s an all-too-real phenomenon. A sense of humor and a go-with-the-glow attitude are pretty much the only way to get through it. Thanks for the post! :)….Julie Anne Long

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  12. Hi Mary Jo! Love the post. 🙂 I just have to say…some Mercury Retrogrades are easier than others. This one has hardly begun, and it’s been a bear. I’ve uploaded files for my new bookmarks three times now (the vendor is having problems with the files); I’ve mysteriously lost sound on my computer; Typepad was down for an entire day and I lost access to my blog; Citibank has no record of a payment I made…I won’t go on, because this list is growing as I type. 🙂 BUT—appropriately—I’m working on revisions and catching up with old friends, who invariably pop up when the retrogrades hit. 🙂 I’ve also learned it’s REALLY not a good idea to sign a contract during a Mercury Retrograde. God, I hope I never have to explain that to a publisher!! LOL.
    I’m telling you, folks, it’s an all-too-real phenomenon. A sense of humor and a go-with-the-glow attitude are pretty much the only way to get through it. Thanks for the post! :)….Julie Anne Long

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  13. Oooh. Pink flamingos. I love pink flamingoes. Yes, I know all the Wenches are surprised to hear this. I have two in the yard, which my husband moves around to amuse me.
    Re Mercury the Retrograded. Typepad fainted. So, after working beautifully for one day, did my fabulous new anti-virus software. Only half of an order I placed online was delivered. A flurry of bouncing email and other computer ailments. Well, the list goes on but everyone knows how it goes by now. And naturally, halfway through my WIP, I discover a Problem. So yes, I’m REvising, REsearching, etc. Sigh.

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  14. Oooh. Pink flamingos. I love pink flamingoes. Yes, I know all the Wenches are surprised to hear this. I have two in the yard, which my husband moves around to amuse me.
    Re Mercury the Retrograded. Typepad fainted. So, after working beautifully for one day, did my fabulous new anti-virus software. Only half of an order I placed online was delivered. A flurry of bouncing email and other computer ailments. Well, the list goes on but everyone knows how it goes by now. And naturally, halfway through my WIP, I discover a Problem. So yes, I’m REvising, REsearching, etc. Sigh.

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  15. Oooh. Pink flamingos. I love pink flamingoes. Yes, I know all the Wenches are surprised to hear this. I have two in the yard, which my husband moves around to amuse me.
    Re Mercury the Retrograded. Typepad fainted. So, after working beautifully for one day, did my fabulous new anti-virus software. Only half of an order I placed online was delivered. A flurry of bouncing email and other computer ailments. Well, the list goes on but everyone knows how it goes by now. And naturally, halfway through my WIP, I discover a Problem. So yes, I’m REvising, REsearching, etc. Sigh.

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  16. From MJP:
    Pat–RElaxation would be great, if
    I had the time!
    Nina, this retrograde started on July 4th and will end on July 28th at 8:40 pm, EDT. YOu’ve survived many in your life–in some ways, it’s worse to know about them. 🙂
    And, indeed, we do not pay Sherrie to say nice things! She does it all on her own because she’s nice. Glad you enjoyed today’s change of pace, Sherrie.
    Julie, you’re right that some retrogrades hit us harder than others. To some extent it involves how Mercury is aspecting planets in your personal chart, but a personal observation of mine is that the retrograde that falls closest to my birthday is the one I’ll notice most.
    Susan/Sarah, you’re right that learning to work with the energy makes it much more productive. ‘Tis better to adapt than to merely kick the furniture.
    Loretta–the pink flamingos were just for you. 🙂
    Mary Jo

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  17. From MJP:
    Pat–RElaxation would be great, if
    I had the time!
    Nina, this retrograde started on July 4th and will end on July 28th at 8:40 pm, EDT. YOu’ve survived many in your life–in some ways, it’s worse to know about them. 🙂
    And, indeed, we do not pay Sherrie to say nice things! She does it all on her own because she’s nice. Glad you enjoyed today’s change of pace, Sherrie.
    Julie, you’re right that some retrogrades hit us harder than others. To some extent it involves how Mercury is aspecting planets in your personal chart, but a personal observation of mine is that the retrograde that falls closest to my birthday is the one I’ll notice most.
    Susan/Sarah, you’re right that learning to work with the energy makes it much more productive. ‘Tis better to adapt than to merely kick the furniture.
    Loretta–the pink flamingos were just for you. 🙂
    Mary Jo

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  18. From MJP:
    Pat–RElaxation would be great, if
    I had the time!
    Nina, this retrograde started on July 4th and will end on July 28th at 8:40 pm, EDT. YOu’ve survived many in your life–in some ways, it’s worse to know about them. 🙂
    And, indeed, we do not pay Sherrie to say nice things! She does it all on her own because she’s nice. Glad you enjoyed today’s change of pace, Sherrie.
    Julie, you’re right that some retrogrades hit us harder than others. To some extent it involves how Mercury is aspecting planets in your personal chart, but a personal observation of mine is that the retrograde that falls closest to my birthday is the one I’ll notice most.
    Susan/Sarah, you’re right that learning to work with the energy makes it much more productive. ‘Tis better to adapt than to merely kick the furniture.
    Loretta–the pink flamingos were just for you. 🙂
    Mary Jo

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  19. Mary Jo, from your post I see what this Mercury Retrograde has done to me. “They are often good for REsearch and REvisions and REestructuring and REthinking. ”
    I can’t write new stuff, but I’m currently researching, revising, restructuring, and rethinking three, possibly four MIPs, buzzing like a busy bee between them. It’s nuts, but fun.
    It does occur to me, however, that nearly 2,000 romance writers are going to be flying into Atlanta while MercR is still ongoing. Rescheduling? Let’s hope not.
    Jo 🙂

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  20. Mary Jo, from your post I see what this Mercury Retrograde has done to me. “They are often good for REsearch and REvisions and REestructuring and REthinking. ”
    I can’t write new stuff, but I’m currently researching, revising, restructuring, and rethinking three, possibly four MIPs, buzzing like a busy bee between them. It’s nuts, but fun.
    It does occur to me, however, that nearly 2,000 romance writers are going to be flying into Atlanta while MercR is still ongoing. Rescheduling? Let’s hope not.
    Jo 🙂

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  21. Mary Jo, from your post I see what this Mercury Retrograde has done to me. “They are often good for REsearch and REvisions and REestructuring and REthinking. ”
    I can’t write new stuff, but I’m currently researching, revising, restructuring, and rethinking three, possibly four MIPs, buzzing like a busy bee between them. It’s nuts, but fun.
    It does occur to me, however, that nearly 2,000 romance writers are going to be flying into Atlanta while MercR is still ongoing. Rescheduling? Let’s hope not.
    Jo 🙂

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  22. Ha! I was just about to post a note about how my friend Julie Anne Long is always warning me about Mercury Retrogrades, but I see she beat me to it! Can one of you who knows about this stuff tell me when this one is supposed to end? I’m at the tail end of the Bathroom Renovation Project From Hell and the last item, the final thing to make this darned bathroom functional, has been lost in transit for a week. I’d like to know when you think I can expect the !@#$%& thing to show up.
    And Sherrie, I love this blog too! But I think the Wenches really ought to give you a day now and then when you could post one of your hilarious little day-in-the-life-of-Sherrie blogs. I still have a collection of classic Sherrie posts from years on the Regency Loop. No one makes me laugh as hard!

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  23. Ha! I was just about to post a note about how my friend Julie Anne Long is always warning me about Mercury Retrogrades, but I see she beat me to it! Can one of you who knows about this stuff tell me when this one is supposed to end? I’m at the tail end of the Bathroom Renovation Project From Hell and the last item, the final thing to make this darned bathroom functional, has been lost in transit for a week. I’d like to know when you think I can expect the !@#$%& thing to show up.
    And Sherrie, I love this blog too! But I think the Wenches really ought to give you a day now and then when you could post one of your hilarious little day-in-the-life-of-Sherrie blogs. I still have a collection of classic Sherrie posts from years on the Regency Loop. No one makes me laugh as hard!

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  24. Ha! I was just about to post a note about how my friend Julie Anne Long is always warning me about Mercury Retrogrades, but I see she beat me to it! Can one of you who knows about this stuff tell me when this one is supposed to end? I’m at the tail end of the Bathroom Renovation Project From Hell and the last item, the final thing to make this darned bathroom functional, has been lost in transit for a week. I’d like to know when you think I can expect the !@#$%& thing to show up.
    And Sherrie, I love this blog too! But I think the Wenches really ought to give you a day now and then when you could post one of your hilarious little day-in-the-life-of-Sherrie blogs. I still have a collection of classic Sherrie posts from years on the Regency Loop. No one makes me laugh as hard!

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  25. Jo, if travel arrangements to Atlanta RWA end up all gnarly, it won’t be for the first time. I remember numerous past RWAs where travelers stagger into the bar telling their war stories of thunderstorms and flights delayed and general misery. (Not MY idea to always have RWA at the height of summer, usually in some hellaciously hot place!)
    Candice, this particular retrograde is over July 28th, but things don’t recover immediately. The missing part will presumably show up in its own good time. In future, if you’re scheduling major work, it sounds like you should check with Julie Anne Long first. 🙂 Here’s hoping this particular renovation-from-hell is done soon!
    Mary Jo

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  26. Jo, if travel arrangements to Atlanta RWA end up all gnarly, it won’t be for the first time. I remember numerous past RWAs where travelers stagger into the bar telling their war stories of thunderstorms and flights delayed and general misery. (Not MY idea to always have RWA at the height of summer, usually in some hellaciously hot place!)
    Candice, this particular retrograde is over July 28th, but things don’t recover immediately. The missing part will presumably show up in its own good time. In future, if you’re scheduling major work, it sounds like you should check with Julie Anne Long first. 🙂 Here’s hoping this particular renovation-from-hell is done soon!
    Mary Jo

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  27. Jo, if travel arrangements to Atlanta RWA end up all gnarly, it won’t be for the first time. I remember numerous past RWAs where travelers stagger into the bar telling their war stories of thunderstorms and flights delayed and general misery. (Not MY idea to always have RWA at the height of summer, usually in some hellaciously hot place!)
    Candice, this particular retrograde is over July 28th, but things don’t recover immediately. The missing part will presumably show up in its own good time. In future, if you’re scheduling major work, it sounds like you should check with Julie Anne Long first. 🙂 Here’s hoping this particular renovation-from-hell is done soon!
    Mary Jo

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  28. Hmm, seems like RWA often falls under a retrograde…which explains a lot, in retrospect.
    Susan, thinking now there’s a retrograde word

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  29. Hmm, seems like RWA often falls under a retrograde…which explains a lot, in retrospect.
    Susan, thinking now there’s a retrograde word

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  30. Hmm, seems like RWA often falls under a retrograde…which explains a lot, in retrospect.
    Susan, thinking now there’s a retrograde word

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  31. Loretta: The next Jenny Crusie/Bob Mayer collaboration will feature a flamingo named Cerise. She’s really into flamingos now.
    But–could it be Mercury in retrograde? She now has her own personal vultures. Check out her blog Aargh Ink….

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  32. Loretta: The next Jenny Crusie/Bob Mayer collaboration will feature a flamingo named Cerise. She’s really into flamingos now.
    But–could it be Mercury in retrograde? She now has her own personal vultures. Check out her blog Aargh Ink….

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  33. Loretta: The next Jenny Crusie/Bob Mayer collaboration will feature a flamingo named Cerise. She’s really into flamingos now.
    But–could it be Mercury in retrograde? She now has her own personal vultures. Check out her blog Aargh Ink….

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  34. I have a stalker. This Mercury retrograde thing is stalking me. I won’t talk about driving over a curb I didn’t see in the parking lot yesterday (noisy and very embarrassing) or the catnip mouse I mistook for a real mouse, or … well, I just won’t talk about it.
    But I do like Mary Jo’s “re” solution. Yesterday I REwarded myself and took a much-needed day off from self-employment to REgroup and REvitalize the think machine. Today I am feeling REnewed and my head is full of adjectives and exclamation points!
    Candice, how very kind of you to say such flattering things! Believe it or not, the Wenches gave me carte blanche right from the start, including posting privileges. I am free to flutter about, sprinkling fairy dust and bad jokes whenever I wish. I told myself that any time there was a slow day, I’d pop in with a post. The only problem is, there’s never been a slow day! And that is rather good news for this blog, I’d say! Those Wenches rock. I’m just happy to be in their midst.
    Sherrie

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  35. I have a stalker. This Mercury retrograde thing is stalking me. I won’t talk about driving over a curb I didn’t see in the parking lot yesterday (noisy and very embarrassing) or the catnip mouse I mistook for a real mouse, or … well, I just won’t talk about it.
    But I do like Mary Jo’s “re” solution. Yesterday I REwarded myself and took a much-needed day off from self-employment to REgroup and REvitalize the think machine. Today I am feeling REnewed and my head is full of adjectives and exclamation points!
    Candice, how very kind of you to say such flattering things! Believe it or not, the Wenches gave me carte blanche right from the start, including posting privileges. I am free to flutter about, sprinkling fairy dust and bad jokes whenever I wish. I told myself that any time there was a slow day, I’d pop in with a post. The only problem is, there’s never been a slow day! And that is rather good news for this blog, I’d say! Those Wenches rock. I’m just happy to be in their midst.
    Sherrie

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  36. I have a stalker. This Mercury retrograde thing is stalking me. I won’t talk about driving over a curb I didn’t see in the parking lot yesterday (noisy and very embarrassing) or the catnip mouse I mistook for a real mouse, or … well, I just won’t talk about it.
    But I do like Mary Jo’s “re” solution. Yesterday I REwarded myself and took a much-needed day off from self-employment to REgroup and REvitalize the think machine. Today I am feeling REnewed and my head is full of adjectives and exclamation points!
    Candice, how very kind of you to say such flattering things! Believe it or not, the Wenches gave me carte blanche right from the start, including posting privileges. I am free to flutter about, sprinkling fairy dust and bad jokes whenever I wish. I told myself that any time there was a slow day, I’d pop in with a post. The only problem is, there’s never been a slow day! And that is rather good news for this blog, I’d say! Those Wenches rock. I’m just happy to be in their midst.
    Sherrie

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  37. >>(But ermm… Can one’s life be in constant retrograde? Just askin’)<< Well--yes. A chart is a map of one's potentials and shows the energies we have to work with. Andn some people's energies can be pretty retrograde. But with time, we learn to handle whatever cards we were dealt. Yes, Sherrie is free to scatter her faery dust when she wishes! It always brightens the blog. Tal--great stalker picture! Mary Jo

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  38. >>(But ermm… Can one’s life be in constant retrograde? Just askin’)<< Well--yes. A chart is a map of one's potentials and shows the energies we have to work with. Andn some people's energies can be pretty retrograde. But with time, we learn to handle whatever cards we were dealt. Yes, Sherrie is free to scatter her faery dust when she wishes! It always brightens the blog. Tal--great stalker picture! Mary Jo

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  39. >>(But ermm… Can one’s life be in constant retrograde? Just askin’)<< Well--yes. A chart is a map of one's potentials and shows the energies we have to work with. Andn some people's energies can be pretty retrograde. But with time, we learn to handle whatever cards we were dealt. Yes, Sherrie is free to scatter her faery dust when she wishes! It always brightens the blog. Tal--great stalker picture! Mary Jo

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