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Retrograde Hangover: Feel Good About Your Writing

Today’s Brew: I need more coffee.

by Kristen

Mercury is a dirty bitch that seems to always be in retrograde. You never hear about what the other planets are up to, it’s always that attention hog Mercury, casting a shadow over all of our plans. When Mercury is in retrograde, I automatically know things are going to be twice as hard to accomplish when that broad is having her period. I know, I know,  Mercury is technically a dude, but he acts like a woman scorned so I refer to Mercury as a she.

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My inner old person wants to bring you the Old Farmer’s Almanac definition:

Sometimes the other planets appear to be traveling backward through the zodiac; this is an illusion. We call this illusionretrograde motion.

Mercury’s retrograde periods can cause our plans to go awry. However, this is an excellent time to reflect on the past. Intuition is high during these periods, and coincidences can be extraordinary.

When Mercury is retrograde, remain flexible, allow time for extra travel, and avoid signing contracts. Review projects and plans at these times, but wait until Mercury is direct again to make any final decisions.

Miss Mercury got her shit together on February 28. Today’s the 5th and I feel like many of us still are feeling the effects of Mercury running roughshod on February. So I present to you….


  • Have you finished a book? Amazing. Do you know only 3 in 10 people who set out to do this make it to THE END? Out of those three people, one of them might snag an agent or a publisher, and will that one person actually get their work out to the world? You are one of a kind, baby.
  • Your story is yours. No one else can write it. Even if it’s fan fiction. Your imagination is a beautiful thing with no limits that can create the most beautiful things. Don’t be afraid of your imagination. Nothing belongs to you more.
  • Your book is a success if you have fallen in love with your characters, if you’ve laughed out loud while writing, if you’ve had to drop everything to scribble down an idea, if your characters have the power to take a twist you didn’t see coming.
  • Have you shared your writing with another person? That takes balls, yo. So many people are embarrassed of having passion. They don’t want people to know they’re doing something because they’re afraid it might suck. Don’t be afraid. Suck can be fixed. Zero multiplied by anything will always be zero.
  • Do you read blogs about writing, have critique partners, participate in contests, or go to conferences or writing groups? YES. You’re willing to learn. None of us know everything. There’s a reason we hate know it alls, and that’s because they’re lying sacks of shit. The bravest and smartest people are the ones who are willing to admit what they don’t know.
  • Do you read your peers’ writing? You rockstar, you. Not only are you helping someone else’s story come to life, you make yours stronger as well. I read an ARC of a book recently that struck such a chord with me it inspired me to dive head first into a new project.
  • What inspires you? Art, music, experiences? Your family, friends, enemies? If you could translate your emotions into words, it doesn’t matter what those words are, you created art and you should be proud.
  • Remember all of this shit is subjective. Think of all the popular things that you don’t like. You’re one person. For example, if I hear that song from Frozen one more time, I’m going to start removing vital organs from my body parts with my fingers. But it won an Oscar. So if one person doesn’t get you, whatever. So many more will.

We have until June until Mercury decides to stink us out with her fart smelling air once again. Think of all you have accomplished and will accomplish before then. Next time, that bitch doesn’t stand a chance.


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4 thoughts on “Retrograde Hangover: Feel Good About Your Writing

  1. This was exactly what I needed to read after a — as you say — roughshod February. It’s easy to get caught up in all the inherent disappointments of writing — good to remember why it’s awesome, and why we’re rock stars for even attempting it.

  2. Wonderful post, Kristen. Mars is in Retrograde now, that’s why most of us are still F*ed up. Aries however should be calm! I’m printing this post out (along with a long list from DEA) right now.

  3. Kristen, need a Love button for this one. Thanks!

  4. Excellent reasons to feel good about my writing. Thanks.

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