Sunday, July 7, 2013


AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Beth Wodzinski Note from Nayad: The series continues. This week I'll post interviews of the authors contributing to WHAT FATES IMPOSE: Tales of Divination. FYI: There is some outrageously imaginative work in this book, and I can't wait for you to see what these writers have accomplished. I hope you enjoy what they have to say in their interviews!

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In addition to being an excellent writer, Beth Wodzinski is the editor of an outstanding magazine, Shimmer. Her story in WHAT FATES IMPOSE is called "One Tiny Misstep (In Bed)." It features fortune cookies, gives the reader many choices, and demonstrates exactly how deceptive choices can be.

Here's Beth, testing out various methods of online divination to find answers to my questions! *flocks of shimmery birds take to the skies in what is clearly an omen of some kind*

To answer these questions, I turned to some (free) online oracles.

What's interesting to you about divination?

I Ching, hexagram 47. Confined.
Confined, creating success.
Constancy of a great person, good fortune.
Not a mistake.
There are words, not trusted.
Do not place too much value on words: they will not provide you with a way out – neither conversation, nor argument, nor your own reasoning and theorizing. Words alone are only circulating ideas; they lack the real, personal connection that would make them trustworthy.

Have you ever had a reading (Tarot, palm, runes, or whatever)? If so, what did you think of the experience? Was it accurate, or at least useful?

Sowelu is a strong symbol, for it represents the sun... In dark times, this rune represents clarity of sight and the victory of good over evil.

How did you get started on developing the idea for your story in What Fates Impose?
Mercury's retrograde periods can cause our plans to go awry. However, this is an excellent time to reflect on the past. Intuition is high during these periods, and coincidences can be extraordinary.
When Mercury is retrograde, remain flexible, allow time for extra travel, and avoid signing contracts. Review projects and plans at these times, but wait until Mercury is direct again to make any final decisions.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

The Fool tarot card.
Free of burdens. Free of worries. Living in the now. Fearlessly taking risks, not of bravery but of naivete. A new start, and a blank page. An open mind, and an adventurous heart.

Which subjects and themes do you write about often, and why?


What's your favorite story of all the stories you've written, and why?

The main theme of the oracle is expressed by the symbol of the Apple. It represents fertility, creativity. It answers your question saying: creativity is to be preferred before continuing the old patterns. Bring something new to your life. Don't ask others for the advice, the way for perfection is hidden in your self.

What do you like and dislike about the process of writing a story for a themed anthology?

When you least expect it your future may open new horizons.

Where can people find other published work of yours?

I have a story in the Dead North anthology, coming out shortly. My web site,, has all the info on where else to find me.

What else would you like to tell people about any subject?

Iliad, The passage 607 of 903
While he was thus in two minds, the Trojans came up to him with Hector at their head; he therefore drew back and left the body, turning about like some bearded lion who is being chased by dogs and men from a stockyard with spears and hue and cry, whereon he is daunted and slinks sulkily off--even so did Menelaus son of Atreus turn and leave the body of Patroclus. When among the body of his men, he looked around for mighty Ajax son of Telamon, and presently saw him on the extreme left of the fight, cheering on his men and exhorting them to keep on fighting, for Phoebus Apollo had spread a great panic among them. He ran up to him and said, "Ajax, my good friend, come with me at once to dead Patroclus, if so be that we may take the body to Achilles--as for his armour, Hector already has it."


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