My Career Tarot Reading

February 25, 2011 in Misc, On Writing, Paranormal

I’ve always been terrified of tarot cards.  I mean, come on, in every TV show or movie that features tarot cards, things never turn out well.  People always get ‘The Devil’ or ‘The Hangman’, or something ominous.  And then they die a gruesome death.

Nevertheless, I tried a tarot reading for the first time last year after borrowing a set from a friend and former colleague.  I was at that point in my life where I had already decided on a career change, but was terrified of the unknown and what lay ahead of me.

Thanks to the booklet accompanying the deck, I learned a lot about tarot cards and got quite addicted to them, conducting several ‘readings’ for friends during office hours (we either used the meeting rooms or went down to the cafeteria).

As it turned out, they are not as frightening as Hollywood has made them out to be, though I still get scared every time I do a reading for myself.  Cards can be interpeted differently, and your future is supposedly subject to change all the time.  As they like to say in the movies, your destiny is in your own hands.

Anyway, I returned the deck and stayed away from tarot cards until last week, when I downloaded a tarot app called ‘Tarot Holic’ on my iPad.  It’s apparently the #1 top paid lifestyle app in South Korea!

The app has several types of readings, and the first one I went for was an ‘In-depth Career Spread’ with 5 cards.  What that meant exactly I wasn’t sure, but I was ready to find out.  It has almost been a year since I left the legal profession and took the plunge to become a ‘writer’.  So far I am still a student, but I’m slowly making progress, even if it’s not as much as I have hoped for.

So, I selected 5 cards by concentrating on my questions and tapping on a spread out deck.  And the results were very interesting…

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Can we ever really ‘enjoy’ our jobs?

June 2, 2010 in On Writing, Social/Political Commentary

This is something I’ve been thinking about a lot as I approach the halfway mark of my writing course.  I have been really enjoying everything as a student, reading and writing, learning from those who are in the same boat and from those who have already succeeded to varying degrees.  But when it comes time to do this for a living, will I be able to enjoy it as much?

The answer I’ve always had in my mind has been a resounding “YES”, or else I would not have gone down this path in the first place.  But like everyone else when they think about a career change or just a change of scenery, I do have my doubts.  We always expect the grass to be greener on the other side, but is it, really?  Is it actually, genuinely “good”, or just, relatively speaking, “better”?

There is hardly a single person I have spoken to in recent months that is not either: (a) complaining about their job; (b) looking for a new job; (c) looking for a new career; (d) looking to go overseas; (e) about to start a new job; or (f) thinking about resigning from their current job.

Here are some case studies featuring some friends of mine:

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Update: Discipline is hard to come by

March 3, 2010 in Blogging, Novel, On Writing

I’ve been disappointed with myself lately.

A few weeks ago, when my time at work was winding down, I had all these brilliant ideas brewing in my mind.  I’m going to work on this, finish that, get this done, enjoy my time off, apply for some writing gigs, recommence work on my novel, start exercising regularly again, etc etc.

But when the free time rolled around at last, I found myself lacking in motivation.  Well, perhaps not.  Perhaps I had the motivation but just not the discipline.  Rather than do something productive, I end up doing something lazy like watch TV, or watch a movie, or play video games.  The weird thing is, I wanted to do all those things I had planned, but was almost afraid to start them because I knew it would take up time and it would take effort.  It was easier to just put things off for another hour, another day.

So my free week rolled by, and while I did do a few things, such as get the alarm system upgraded, write to movie studios for free invite passes (got one response!), get a dental check-up (unbeknown to me I had chipped a tooth and needed drilling and filling without anesthetic (hurt like a mother), AND had to get a mouth guard made to stop me from grinding my front teeth into calcium powder during sleep), catch up with a couple of friends, read the sale contract my neighbour got me to review, and finish the books I borrowed, etc, I didn’t get to do everything I had planned.

The day just goes by so freaking quickly when you don’t have “real” work.  I do a couple of blog posts here and there and suddenly, the day’s almost over.  How is that even possible?  And if you waste time – any time – it just makes you feel insanely guilty.

I don’t know how these professional writers/novelists manage to work from home.  There are too many distractions, too many temptations, and no one to keep an eye on you.  It’s just so easy to get sidetracked, and the less disciplined you become, the worse it gets.

So today I put my foot down and forced myself to be productive.  So far, so good.  I haven’t bludged one bit yet.  I have finally finished my Taiwan Adventure posts (and created an Index to go with it on the front page), got up-to-date with my book and movie reviews (apart from the movies I watched in the last couple of days at home), and completed my first Bleacher Report National Assignment (yes, I accepted the task from the guys at BR to write on a topic they give me every week which will get a lot of exposure) on the Top 10 Most-Compelling First Round Possibilities for the 2010 NBA Playoffs.  These sports posts are so time consuming because you need to put in pictures and do a lot of research and statistical analysis.  But it’s fun and it’s rewarding, so I’ll keep doing them for as long as I can.

Anyway, I’ll see how I go over the next week or so.  If I can replicate today’s performance I’ll be fine.  Otherwise I may have to force myself out of the house to the university library or someplace else where I can focus on writing.  I really need to get back on track with my novel and the new book idea, and get into the right frame of mind.  I’ve been very lucky to already have a few contacts in the industry that have been terrific and willing to help me kick things off – I just need to take advantage of the opportunities, and remind myself what it is I want to do.