The sun is in the astrological sign of Gemini, the twins.  Ruling planet, Mercury, element, Air.

When I needed to write high school papers I never really quite knew how to go about it.  I had an editor in the house, so it made things convenient if and when I played my cards right.

A technique which I perfected through the years started with me yelling out my bedroom door, “How do you spell ‘such and such’?”  The reply coming from across the house, “Look it up!” would repeat for the first couple of spellings.  As I continued to call out for grammar help, if the pattern held up, I knew eventually she would have to dive into my paper.  She couldn’t contain herself.

She is Gemini.  Her craft, words.  Quickly arranging, expressing, thinking.

Like clockwork when she had had enough calling from room to room, the entire house would shake with her stomping across the kitchen floor toward my room, “Oh Gawd, let me look at that!” ripping the paper out of my hands, she went to town on it.  Either by doing an edit, or sometimes, if I was lucky she would rewrite the entire thing as in the case of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan.  That report was great….thanks Mom!

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  1. Teal Rowe
    Teal Rowe says:

    She wouldn’t settle for anything less. She is obsessed with correct spelling, grammar, layout, of any word, thought, or idea. The back lash of it is that I am now working out my word phobia…how do I pronounce it, write it, spell it, and get up the nerve to do so- Hence, that language that I know you understand, when I make up words to fit certain places. AND…Thank YOU Christine Brennan for the intro to the blogging world…..though it did take TEN YEARS…… It is my exercise to overcome the block that I created for myself by my manipulating my mom and her obsession with words to whip out my reports.


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