A Year in Ink, Vol. 10, the annual anthology published by San Diego Writers, Ink has just been released and it’s a fine one. This is the tenth anthology SDWI has published and I was honored to be invited to be editor for this edition. In the early years of the anthology, when I was Executive Director of Writers, Ink, I served as managing editor alongside the guest editors of volumes I, II and III. And way back when… I worked with the editors of several anthologies for The Writing Center, the nonprofit literary organization that preceded San Diego Writers, Ink. But this is the first time I got to be Editor—both a thrill and a challenge.
3:15 am and I’m awake in the night again. This happens each month, a cycle of two or three restless nights when I wake up in the wee hours, who can say why—no noises in the house or outside, no headache or body ache or cramp. No need to pee. No mouth dried out. No snores from anyone in the bed next to me (no one in the bed next to me). No cat, no dog, no bird, no rabbit or hamster; no neighbor, no homeless wanderer in the alley rattling his basket.
Yesterday I celebrated Indie Bookstore Day at West Grove Collective in South Park where owner Anne Mery invited me to be “soothsayer” for the day, using Bibliomancy as our oracle.
Bibliomancy is a form of divination in which insights are sought by randomly selecting a passage from a book and interpreting its message. Bibliomancy is also known as stichomancy—divination by lines of verse in books and compares with rhapsodomancy—divination from a random passage from a poem or ode.