Horoscopes: The Plot Edition
Pisces (2/19 – 3/20): There's a problem with my manuscript, which is the same problem I have with my life: there is no plot. I wander around each day from thing to thing without some of the key bits, namely rising action, climax, resolution. On a good day, I set the timer, write for 15 minutes, ding ding ding, go wander around in the woods, and take a nap before yoga. If we want a plot to our lives, we need a plot to our days, Pisces. I think Annie Dillard said that. So good news -- we're all getting plots this week! And you, my lucky ones, get "hero goes on a journey." Make it worthy of you, and send me a postcard!
Taurus (4/20 – 5/20): I think if I had a goal, it would be easier to have a plot, so I thought about goals today. It turns out that my goal is to have a plot. So I've been researching plots on the internet, and two of the big ones are: man on hill, and man in hole. So many questions, Taurus. How did man get into hole? Was he pushed? Did he crawl there? Does man in hole ever meet man on hill? What if man thinks he's on hill, but it turns out to be an ant hill or something, at the bottom of the hole? Can there be a mid-plot correction from man on hill to man in hole? Taurus, why don't you try rags to riches this week. Enough about the hole.
Gemini (5/21 - 6/21): This week, wake up and think of the tenderest, sweetest thing you can imagine. Even if it's just a sip of perfectly clear sweet water. And let the plot be metamorphosis! Yes, my dear ones, you get to descend into a cocoon, become watery slurry, and emerge as a butterfly! Flap your little wings as you go by.
Cancer (6/22 – 7/21): Here's something. The other day, I saw a woman walking down the street with a baby on her back, holding hands with a toddler. They were moving at the achingly slow pace set by the toddler, whose legs were about one fourth the size of an adult leg. The mom didn't seem in a hurry, she was just walking that slowly. I don't know what your plot is for sure, Cancer, but take it slow, enjoy every possible moment.
Leo (7/23 – 8/22): I went to Seattle the other night to feed some homeless teenagers; a few adults and I took a few homed (is that a word? What's the opposite of homeless?) teens; we made a bunch of food and it could have been super fun but it wasn't as fun as it could have been, mostly because of one person who values rules before kindness, which will probably be a whole blog post one of these days. I think his plot might be vengeance, which I am not for. But meanwhile, Leo, see if you can do something plot-ly with identical twins. Haven't we always wanted a twin?
Virgo (8/23 – 9/22): I went to the Senior Center for dinner the other night with some lovely friends -- it was the annual steak dinner and cake auction. We like to think our being there was funny/ironic, but it's really more like foreshadowing. The way life is flying by, I will be elderly in about 5 minutes. (Possibly before I finish this blog post, because it's taking me forever. Did you see that squirrel? Ding ding ding, nap time!) The dinner was the sort that's rare these days because it involved overcooked vegetables from a can and steak that was probably treated badly as a cow. The only conversation was the auctioneer, taking about cake. The whole thing makes me look forward to catching the bus to that very senior center one day to play dominoes (that happens every Friday @ 12:45). Virgo, your plot is aging gracefully. Keep it up!
Libra (9/23 – 10/22): The plot for you, Libra, is Stranger Comes to Town. I believe there are only two plots, hero goes on a journey, and stranger comes to town, which is actually the same plot from different points of view. But I'm outnumbered by the internet, which lists so very many plots. But be on the lookout for the stranger. Sure, take the candy from him, get in the car. Do what you must so that something will happen. Why not?
Scorpio (10/23 – 11/21): The weird thing is that I've been sitting here thinking about plot, and it's almost been too noisy to think. Then I was like, wait a second. . . why is it so loud around here, in the middle of the quiet quiet country where I live? And it was because of gunfire. Right? I'm looking for a plot when a shot rings out? Multiple shots, in fact? Of course! Your plot: Use everything that's on the mantel on Monday for good, not evil. Just to move the story along.
Sagittarius (11/22 – 12/21): Then I realized, why is it always a gun on the mantle? Couldn't it be a chocolate cake, or a man in a hole who thinks he's man on a hill? Here's the plan, Sag: Put some cool stuff on the mantle in scene one, and then just go for it! Enjoy.
Capricorn (12/22 - 1/19): Alas, you get the Type C literary plot:
Type C: The Literary Plot It doesn’t matter what decision the hero makes (to sacrifice or not to sacrifice); he or she is led inextricably by fate toward a (likely tragic) end, i.e. a conclusion that leaves the reader feeling as though life has no meaning/we have no control over our actions/the gods are toying with us like rubber duckies in lukewarm bathwater. Source: WriteWorld.orgBut, Cap, don't live the rest of your life in a lukewarm bath! See if you can live a simple plot with a happy ending. Happy happy happy! Smiley Face! Enjoy the ride. Why not? At the very least, add hot water in the tub.