It Is Decidedly So

Hi all! Julie here, with fellow 2016 debut author Darcy Woods! She’s here to share a little bit of humor and inspiration. Enjoy her post and then take time to enter our giveaway for a signed copy of her YA debut, Summer of Supernovas, a wonderful and romantic coming-of-age story. So without further ado, here’s Darcy!

darcy-woods-author-photoAs a teen, one of my closest and most trusted confidantes happened to be made by Mattel. Its black and glossy surface gleamed like my future. Within its walls floated a hypnotic icosahedron, a twenty-sided die that would determine the course of everything.

Yes. I was obsessed with my Magic 8 Ball.

And into that orb of plastic, I poured every one of my adolescent hopes and dreams. Secret crushes, wild aspirations, even my deepest fears. The answers to these burning questions were literally at my fingertips. One shake, and my fate would reveal itself.

One shake, and I would know:

Did I pass my drivers ed test even though I ran over an orange cone?

With my next breath suspended in my lungs, I waited as the triangular face buoyed up through a sea of murky blue. The die gently tapped against the window and . . .

Outlook not so good

Oh. Well, obviously the universe had made a colossal cockup because MY LIFE WILL SYSTEMATICALLY END IF I DON’T GET MY LICENSE. This, of course, shouted through a hormonally fueled tsunami of tears. There was only one reasonable explanation. The Magic 8 Ball must’ve confused my question with some other girl splayed out on her purple bedspread, wearing fingerless lace gloves while listening to Madonna. So I shook again, best out of twenty. How I made it through my adolescent years without a raging case of carpal tunnel, I will never know.

But I continued asking question after question, rattling the bejeezus out of that ball, willing it to be the answer I ached to receive.

Will I become a world famous author and move to Europe?
Does life get easier after high school?
Will my parents get divorced?

Sometimes the answers were clear, like: Signs point to yes or Don’t count on it. While others were far more ambiguous, such as the dreaded: Ask again later. Really? My Magic 8 Ball had more pressing affairs than telling me whether or not Jason would ask me to homecoming?! With my faith finally shattered, not to mention the prophetic ball’s alarming margin of error, I did the unthinkable. I chucked it in the garbage. The lid to the Dumpster banged like a gavel sentencing the 8 Ball to life in a landfill. No parole.

I had bigger metaphysical fish to fry.

Next I dabbled in palmistry, slicking my hands black with ink before imprinting them on paper for analysis. The loops, the swirls, none of it made sense. Nor did it bring me any closer to revelations about what my future held. In fact, the only thing I knew with any degree of certainty was that A) ink stains are very hard to remove from carpet. And B) I didn’t have a Murder’s Thumb (this is marked by a clubbed formation). No doubt Mom was proud she didn’t birth a serial killer.

After declaring palmistry a fail, I moved on to numerology. Then tarot cards. I also sought the guidance of every fortune cookie I ate. And ate and ate. I spent the majority of my formative years in a relentless search. Desperate for signs that my greatest wishes would one day come true. And if the Magic 8 Ball, fortune cookies, or tarot cards didn’t deliver on the promise of those dreams, I’d just keep shaking. Eating. Reshuffling decks. I. WOULD. NOT. STOP. Not until I got the affirming answer I wanted.

Which suddenly put me in the throes of a real existential pickle. What if destiny wasn’t such an unchangeable, unstoppable force? What if destiny was something you could . . . create? *cue the blowing of my mind*

Ever since that epiphany, that’s exactly what I’ve done. I set goals—big and small—with an aim and a plan to achieve them. Not always successfully. Not always gracefully. I mean, I’ve been known to trip my way across a finish line. Or roll over a few orange cones (and for the record, I DID pass drivers ed). But I get there. Eventually.

So it seems there are defining moments when everyone must choose whether they will be a passenger or driver on this cosmic bus of life. As for me? I choose to drive. But you better believe I’ll have this bumper sticker on the back of my bus:

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Because while I believe in manifesting your destiny, I will always save a place for miracles. And for magic.

Thank you so much for being our guest here today, Darcy! I appreciate anything that makes me smile and inspires me at the same time. And thank you also for offering a generous giveaway for our readers! (Scroll down for the Rafflecopter.) Good luck to all who enter (and try to resist the urge to consult your Magic 8 Ball for a prediction of the winner!)

About Summer of Supernovas:summer-of-supernovas-cover
When zodiac-obsessed teen Wilamena Carlisle discovers a planetary alignment that won’t repeat for a decade, she’s forced to tackle her greatest astrological fear: The Fifth House—relationships and love.
But when Wil falls for a sensitive guitar player hailing from the wrong side of the astrology chart, she must decide whether a cosmically doomed love is worth rejecting her dead mother’s legacy and the very system she’s faithfully followed through a lifetime of unfailing belief.

About Darcy:
Darcy Woods had three big loves in grade school: Reading, writing, and pizza day. Some things never change. She now lives in Michigan with her madly supportive husband, and two tuxedo cats who overdress for everything. Once upon a time, she was in a US Army aviation unit and threw live grenades. Now she throws words. Summer of Supernovas, a YA contemporary, is Darcy’s first novel and is published by Random House/Crown BFYR.

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27 Responses to It Is Decidedly So

  1. Mary Jane Sep 12 2016 at 9:29 am #

    I always try to believe in Magic too! Thanks for the encouragement, Darcy, and congrats on your debut!

    • Darcy Woods Sep 12 2016 at 11:58 am #

      So glad I’m in such excellent and magical company! Thank you so much, Mary Jane! 🙂

  2. Rose Sep 12 2016 at 10:07 am #

    Definitely want to add this to my TBR pile!

    • Darcy Woods Sep 12 2016 at 12:01 pm #

      Why thank you, Rose! Hope you enjoy Wil’s star-fueled adventure!!!

  3. KM Sep 12 2016 at 12:04 pm #

    What was the hardest thing about writing this novel?

    • Darcy Woods Sep 12 2016 at 12:51 pm #

      Hey, great question and thanks for asking! For me the biggest challenge was in how to incorporate something as complex as astrology, while still keeping it accessible to those who know zilch about the zodiac. Striking that balance between accessibility and character authenticity was definitely no easy feat!

  4. Sandra Owens Sep 12 2016 at 2:40 pm #

    OMG, the Magic 8 Ball… I forgot all about those. I did lose interest in mine pretty fast when it didn’t give me the answers I wanted. But magic? Yes! I’ll always believe in magic. For example, creating a story like SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS is magic. <3

    • Darcy Woods Sep 12 2016 at 4:34 pm #

      Sakes alive, Sandy, you sure know how to level a girl with a compliment! Thank you so much, my talented friend! And cheers to magic!!! <3

  5. Sharon Wray Sep 12 2016 at 3:38 pm #

    Adorable post, Darcy! I wasn’t allowed to have a Magic 8 ball when I was a kid, but now I wish I had!

    • Darcy Woods Sep 12 2016 at 4:37 pm #

      Despite having a childhood deprived of Magic 8 balls, I’d say things turned out QUITE magically for you, Sharon! Thanks for stopping by today! <3

  6. Bonnie Staring Sep 12 2016 at 3:59 pm #

    Great post, Darcy! I’m massively impressed by your ability to toss your 8-ball away!

    i must admit that I too used the Magic 8-ball way too often in high school. (I still have mine!) For some reason, back then I thought every decision I ever made would have to be permanent and last for an eternity. Now? I change my mind every ten minutes or so. But I have to say that I didn’t need a mystical globe to tell me how much I’d love your book!

    • Darcy Woods Sep 12 2016 at 4:39 pm #

      OMG, Bonnie! I LOVE that you still have your 8 Ball!!! When can I come over and play with it?! Also, you are the sweeeeetest. Thank you for the book love! <3

  7. Julie
    Julie Sep 12 2016 at 5:00 pm #

    I love this post so much Darcy! I too have always had an affection for the Magic 8 Ball. For years I kept one on my desk at work (in HR) and when people asked me about it I said it was how I made hiring decisions. I was teasing, of course, but that was just about the only thing I didn’t consult it for! 😉

    • Darcy Woods Sep 12 2016 at 7:43 pm #

      Ahaha! I would’ve given anything to see you shake that Magic 8 before an employee evaluation, though! 😉 Thank you so much for having me today, Julie! It’s been a total delight!!! <3

  8. Gail Hart Sep 12 2016 at 5:06 pm #

    Great post, Darcy, and “icosahedron” is a great word. Congrats on the success ofl Summer of Supernovas.

    • Darcy Woods Sep 12 2016 at 7:44 pm #

      Long and tongue twisty words are the greatest! And thanks a million for stopping by, Gail! <3

  9. AE Jones Sep 12 2016 at 5:28 pm #

    Darcy –

    I need that bumper sticker! And I love this…

    “Because while I believe in manifesting your destiny, I will always save a place for miracles. And for magic.”

    Thank you for sharing this with us. I needed to smile today!

    AE

    • Darcy Woods Sep 12 2016 at 7:47 pm #

      Well, that just makes ME smile, AE! Always happy to lighten your Monday…or any day for that matter! You’re the bees knees, my amazing friend! 😉 xo

  10. Amy DeLuca/Amy Patrick Sep 12 2016 at 6:11 pm #

    Great post!! I also believe in planning AND magic. We need some of each in life, I think. Love the words, and the girl. 😉

    • Darcy Woods Sep 12 2016 at 7:48 pm #

      Love you too, birthday girl! 😀 And your words have given me a magical boost more than a time or two, so thank YOU! xo

  11. India Powers Sep 12 2016 at 8:39 pm #

    Great post, Darcy! So fun reading about your obsession with the Magic 8 ball. I never had one, but I did read every astrology book I could find. . .

    • Darcy Woods Sep 13 2016 at 11:18 am #

      Ah, so you’re a kindred spirit, India. 😉 Because there’s astrology aplenty in SUPERNOVAS star-dusted pages! Thanks so much for swinging by, dear friend!

  12. Miranda Liasson Sep 13 2016 at 11:37 am #

    Darcy–loved reading about your teenage quest to ask the universe for answers and how you took fate into your own hands. Loved how you made Wilamena full of spunk, too! Summer of Supernovas is an awesome book!

    • Darcy Woods Sep 13 2016 at 12:42 pm #

      This is such high praise from an author I so adore & respect! *swooons* Thank you to the MOON, Miranda! <3

  13. Jacqui Nelson Sep 13 2016 at 3:46 pm #

    I have a sudden craving for a fortune cookie. See how influential your words are, Darcy?! Loved this post. Keep setting goals. We need more words (lots more words) from your fabulous voice, Darcy.

    • Darcy Woods Sep 13 2016 at 5:26 pm #

      Oh, you darling dear, THANK YOU! You are such a fountain of inspiration! I continue to be in awe of your talent & general awesomeness! <3

  14. Bube Sep 22 2016 at 6:40 pm #

    Thank you for the wonderful post Darcy,I enjoyed reading 🙂

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