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X - The Wheel of Fortune

August was kind of a big month for me. I had a feeling it would be.

I'm sure you won't be shocked to hear this if you've gotten a look at me, but I love tarot. Every year, on January 1st, I pull twelve cards to advise me for the year ahead. So far, each card I pulled has resonated in its respective month, but I didn't know what to make of July. For July I pulled the Wheel of Fortune.

If you don't know, the Wheel represents luck, destiny. More importantly, it represents a turning point. The card beside it was The King of Pentacles for August and so, though the Wheel can turn in any direction, I had faith that it would turn in my favor in a big way.

At the very end of July I decided, on a whim, that I would participate in the Twitter pitch contest #SFFPit. I was about to reach the six month mark of my querying journey, I had just finished some revisions I felt good about to my manuscript, and I figured it would be a good way to test the waters after closing out my first round of queries.

Thinking on it now, I think that was the moment I spun the wheel.

Of the three agents that liked my pitch, two requested full manuscripts--and both offered! This meant that I spent a large part of August hyperventilating a bit about the possibility that I'd finally reach that step so many writers dream of: signing with an agent.

When it happened, it all came together quite quickly in my memory. Though, of course, this was all happening simultaneously with my wedding which was smack dab in the middle of August as well. And though it was most definitely overwhelming in the thick of it, now that it's all starting to sink in, I'm glad that I'll always remember August 2021 as a whirlwind of good fortune and excitement.

I'm glad I chose to spin the wheel.

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