The Rooster in the Year of the Dog

I love Lainy Gossip’s annual Chinese zodiac outlooks. This is cross-posted from her blog for my reference.

Luck operates on rhythm; it rises and it falls. No sign will be lucky all the time. Some signs will be luckier than others. Good luck doesn’t necessarily mean you’re the sh-t and can you do anything you want. Bad luck isn’t necessarily bad, sometimes it just means good luck is taking her time to arrive, waiting to see if you deserve it. If you’re running a good luck streak, you have to be just as careful as you would if you’re on a bad luck streak. Because luck is fragile, fleeting, and fickle. You must always respect and protect it.

A note to everyone before we begin though, particularly for this year. We are about to begin a Fire year. Through all the years that we’ve been doing this, ma has tried to simplify her zodiac readings as much as possible because it can get to be quite a science. For this year, however, since the strength of the Fire could potentially be quite strong, she wanted me to try to explain the Five Elements because they have an impact on the advisories. Traditional Chinese culture is governed by Five Elements: Fire, Earth, Metal, Wood, and Water. Each of us belongs to one of the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac. And we also all have our corresponding elements. The elements can work together or they can work against each other. This is the relationship between the elements:

Earth helps Metal
Metal helps Water
Water helps Wood
Wood helps Fire
Fire helps Earth

Earth hinders Water
Water hinders Fire
Fire hinders Metal
Metal hinders Wood
Wood hinders Earth

Here’s where it can get kind of confusing though: the elements and the Chinese zodiac don’t always have to match up. For example, this year itself will be a Fire year. But a child born this year, after February 16, during the Year of the Dog, will be a Wood Dog, not a Fire Dog. This is some sophisticated feng shui/astrology sh-t that we don’t have to examine that too closely right now. Ma says all we need to know is that Fire is the element that will be felt much more strongly than others this year. Fire is not calming. Fire can hurt and burn – our relationships, our careers, our finances. So we all need to hydrate, no matter our sign, no matter the element, but certain people born to and of certain signs and elements have to be extra careful. Like if you have a summer birthday, whatever your sign and element, you want to stay cool.

Ready? The 12 Days of Chinese New Year begins now, with the Rooster.

Those born under the sign of the Rooster will have a sunny star shining on them during this Year of the Dog. The sunny star could bring career glory. But do not rush your luck. And be careful who you trust. Those in the sun will always attract jealousy. Which means that betrayal is never far away. Also, because you’re in the sun, you have to watch your heat levels, as previously noted, the heat is on this year because of the energy from the element of Fire. Stay healthy. Be vigilant about injuries.

Roosters may have some major decisions to make this year, decisions that could have an impact for many, many years to come. Be ready for them and take them seriously. 

1945 Water Rooster – since water hinders fire, Roosters born this year might have some night luck: money that comes in when the sun is down, like from gambling or the lottery.

1957 Fire Rooster – it’s going to be busy for Roosters born this year, a lot of work could run you down, and since you are of fire during a year of Fire, you should take time to relax, don’t go beyond your limits, and make sure to get lots of rest.

1969 Earth Rooster – you may benefit from the attention of a generous benefactor this year who will help you to great success at work. Don’t forget to be thankful.

1981 Wood Rooster – you will be an inspiration this year to people who look to you as a model for achievement. 

1993 Metal Rooster – there may be successful entrepreneurial opportunities for Roosters born this year and you could see solid gains in business.

2005 Water Rooster – this young Rooster may be vulnerable to distractions this year. If you have one in your life or if you are the parent of one, watch over them closely, pay attention, and try not to miss any signs.

Love should be smooth for all Roosters during the Year of the Dog if you can avoid the Fire and maintain chill. If you are a single Rooster, be open to romance and “go for it”, ma says. If you are a coupled Rooster, celebrate your anniversary, go on holiday. That said, remember the sunny star that’s shining on you this year. You don’t want to get too hot on holiday. Travel and have fun but manage your risks. Don’t let any hasty, silly lapses in judgement bring down your shine.

All Roosters should be attentive to health changes this year. See the doctor as soon as the Lunar New Year begins for a full checkup with full blood work. Be particularly cautious about your bones.

 Between March 5 to April 4, watch your investments. Don’t be greedy or it will cost you everything. And mind your step, like actually. Don’t trip.

May and June mark the beginning of Fire season. Manage your moods. Stay calm if there are relationship conflicts. Do not let small arguments get out of control. If you’re able to mitigate the heat or avoid it, you may get away with a small cut. If not, you risk a bigger cut. Cuts can be figurative and literal.

In July and August, there’s a swindle alert. Do not trust too easily.

In September and October, you should approach decisions and dilemmas without drama, calmly. There may be many around you offering opinions, wanting to have their say. Clear your head, block out the noise, and do what is best for you, not them.

There are romantic possibilities between December 7 and January 5, 2019. This is a great time to meet new people, to get out and socialise, go on holiday. You’ll have a great time during this period, all the way until February 3, 2019, but don’t get out of hand with the partying and do not lower your defences. Remember that luck does not enjoy arrogance and doesn’t reward the irresponsible.

Cover Reveal: Magic Rebel

Earlier in the month, I asked if you could guess the title of Book 3 in the Magic Runes series.

Here it is! Isn’t the cover fantastic? Andrei Bat did an outstanding job as usual designing this cover. I’m loving the swirls of purple around Carmen and I’m so excited for this book! I’m excited for all my books but this one has a special place in my heart. It might be because Magic Rebel is the last book in the Carmen Rebello series…or is it? You’ll have to read it to find out!

 

Scheduled release date is 30 March 2018. Pre-order Magic Rebel now on Amazon!

 

Facebook Shenanigans

If you’re friends with me on Facebook you may have noticed that I’ve disappeared from the social media platform.

Facebook randomly sent me a Security Check and asked me to input the code it sent me via SMS. Problem is, I didn’t received a SMS. For some time I thought it was my phone’s fault but when I asked Facebook to send me an SMS to reset my password I got the verification code just fine. Right now, I’m not sure when/if I’ll be able to restore access.

There are a lot of horror stories online of people who went through the same thing and most of them don’t have a HEA ending.

My main concern is that I won’t be able to participate in the boxed set groups I’m in. Thankfully the first one launches in March so there’s still some time to sort this out.

If you need to get in touch, send me an email or leave me a comment below.

Are you a fan of Boxed Sets?

Are you a fan of multi-author boxed sets? I am!

I enjoy picking up boxed sets and anthologies because they allow me to sample a variety of new authors for a low price, since most boxed sets seem to be priced at around $0.99-$2.99.

Last year, I had a really positive experience with the Fall of Magic urban fantasy anthology. So much so that this year I’m participating in FIVE different boxed sets. Here’s a little about each one of them:

  1. The first is paranormal romance boxed set and will contain a story from the world of Magic Runes.
  2. The next one is a fantasy boxed set that will feature a short story from my fantasy pen name.
  3. An urban fantasy boxed set by the same organizer as the above set.
  4. A fantasy charity anthology with the funds being donated to charity. I’m going to include an urban fantasy short for this project.
  5. The last one of the year will be another urban fantasy boxed set with a fun theme.

You’ll be hearing about the first boxed set very soon and I’ll update the status of each project as the year passes.

A Pretty Big Decision

I made a Pretty Big Decision yesterday. I can’t really talk about it but it has the potential to really change my writing career. Okay, scratch that, it will change my writing career.

It’s funny how the universe puts things in our path. I had finally locked down my writing schedule only to have it turned upside down again by an opportunity I couldn’t let pass by. It was something I had wished for but thought was too early for me to gain at this point in my self-publishing journey.

I was wrong.

It’s been one day and already I’ve realized how much value I’ve gained by making the Pretty Big Decision. I know this experience will be instrumental in how I manage my writing career moving forward.

2018 is the year of seizing opportunities and experimenting. I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me over the next few months but I’m excited to start this journey. It’s going to be epic!

Writing: Dragons in Barcelona

If you get my newsletter you know that I’m currently working on my upcoming book, Supernatural Slayer. Originally my big alpha guy was part of the Supernatural Bureau of Investigation but I’ve already done that in Magic Runes. I didn’t want to give readers the same story.

I played around with various shifters and wondered if a dragon shifter would work for my novel since it was set in Barcelona. I decided to do some research. Boy, was I in for a surprise!

So apparently dragons are HUGE in Barcelona. Color me surprised. I had no idea. They even have dragon tours.

It allegedly started with the legend of St. George and the Dragon. I had never heard one of the “most famous legends of Catalonia“.  Short version: St. George (Sant Jordi) saves princess from dragon.

I’ve seen dragons depicted around the city but I saw other creatures as well so the dragons didn’t stand out for me. I’ve even taken several tours of Casa Batlló I must have forgotten the part about it representing the famous legend. I’m embarrassed by how little I knew and how much I learned researching.

Naturally, this newfound knowledge works perfectly for my novel. So expect lot of interesting details to crop up in Supernatural SlayerI highly recommend clicking on the sources below to see some cool examples of how dragons permeate the city of Barcelona. I may have to schedule a trip back to Barcelona to take my own photos 😉


Sources:

  1. http://www.barcelonacheckin.com/en/r/barcelona_tourism_guide/articles/dragons-barcelona
  2. https://www.shbarcelona.com/blog/en/dragons-in-barcelona/
  3. https://www.casabatllo.es/en/news/barcelona-mother-city-for-dragons/
  4. https://www.spain-holiday.com/Barcelona-province/articles/the-mysterious-side-of-barcelona-dragons-death-and-mythology
  5. https://www.timeout.com/barcelona/things-to-do/dragons-in-barcelona-and-where-to-find-them
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