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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Anniversary Blogfest: Janie Emaus


Summer In Retrograde
Janie Emaus

If your life was bit upside down for a few weeks during this past summer, it’s most likely because the planet Mercury was in Retrograde. For those of you unfamiliar with this phenomenon, it appears as if Mercury is going backwards in the sky. It happens three to four times a year and lasts for approximately three weeks.

This past summer it started on July 14th and ended on August 8th. Every summer, Mercury Retrograde occurs during a different time period but there is no getting away from it.

Since Mercury rules communication, during it’s retro period all sorts of things go haywire. For instance, important mail can get lost, never reaching its destination. Appliances may stop working. Computers will crash. Cars may breakdown. Your boyfriend and you may argue over such insignificant things that when your fighting has ceased, you can’t even remember what started it in the first place.

According to fifteen-year-old astrologer, Emma Seigel, the protagonist of my young adult novel, MERCURY IN RETRO LOVE, “Mercury in retrograde is like an astrological PMS.” Definitely not a good time to start a new relationship.

Unfortunately, Emma sees a boyfriend alert in her forecast and must act quickly to land the boy of her dreams before the retro period starts. Her plan backfires and she is soon faced with breaking up with her “not so perfect star-match.”

Like Emma, every summer, I check the calendar and although, I can’t burrow into a hole during retrograde, I try not to schedule anything too important during that time.

But it can’t always be avoided. And I certainly couldn’t stop writing for three whole weeks.

I can’t tell you how many times during retrograde that Emma seemed to take control of our story. I would be in the middle of a scene, nearing the climax and she would step in, steering the action into a completely different direction.

Not that I didn’t like where she was taking me. But hey, I’m the author here. Right?

But I listened to her and in the end, we were both happy with the finished product.

Happy is the key word here. Summer is carefree time. A time of running barefoot in the sand. Eating late dinners as the sun sets behind the ocean. Taking vacations to places you’ve never been before.

It doesn’t hurt to keep Mercury in Retrograde in mind. But don’t let it rule your life.

Do you have any Mercury in Retrograde stories to share?

About the Author:
I write fiction and non-fiction for adults and children. I am both serious and fantastical.

As a little girl I would read newspaper articles out loud to my family and friends, incorporating them into the stories. By the time I was in junior high, I was creating plots and characters of my own. And I have been a prolific writer ever since, writing everything from poetry to educational videos.

I have written several books for Parachute Press, the book packager for the Goosebumps and Fear Street series. I have been also a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times Kids’ Reading Room Page. My stories for adults have appeared in True Confessions, Woman’s World, Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and The Book Breeze.

I am a typical Taurus and excited about my debut Young Adult novel, Mercury In Retro Love.

I currently live in Los Angeles with my wonderful husband who prepares gourmet meals for me while I write.

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  1. I love when things technological get messed up by things outside our control. For all we know there is so much more we do not know.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  2. I enjoyed your fun post.

  3. Thank so much for having me on this Blog Fest. Since Mercury is NOT retrograde, it should be a good day.

  4. Fun blog post! I've got a whole bunch of mishaps I'd like to blame on mercury being in retrograde, but glad to hear that today is "clear sailing!"

  5. Great post! Now I know why all those strange things happened to me! Where was Emma when I needed her? :))

  6. Well, at least now I have something to blame for never receiving a box of books from a Paperback Swap trading partner. She mailed it on 7-27 and it still hasn't arrived! I wanted those books too!

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  7. Hi Janie! I love the premise for this book. Good luck with this!

  8. Karen H - Did your books ever show up?

  9. My relationship took a stumble, as it pertains to communication on July 12th. Then honestly on August 8th, looked as if it was going to be restored. That is so weird how Mercury in retrograde can cause such havoc. I really like the character of Emma and would have listened closely if she told me what Mercury was up to and when it was going into Retrograde. Boy, did I learn something this summer :)