Harmonics, Synchronicity, Coincidence

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teeree66

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IMG_598724901327825.jpeg 20131130_191732_edited.jpg Dearest Mr. King,

I am currently reading 11/22/63 and enjoying it very much. I have been particularly drawn to the theme of harmonics that runs through the narrative. You have been the author of my life, if there is such a thing, as I have read every published word you have written that I could get my hands on. You have told me more stories than i could count. Today while reading something very curious happened ... so curious that I felt the need for the first time ever to write to you and tell YOU a story.

You see, while reading today I briefly put my book down to check my Facebook (being very much a slave to the more sinister aspects of the 21st century - I find it hard to go more than a few hours without visiting one of my social network sites).

One of the first statuses that I saw was a picture post. A friend was working from home and posted a photo of her cat sitting next to what appeared to be some work papers and chewing on a pen. Her cat is a small calico with black and orange markings on her face. To be specific the left side of her face is black and the right side of her face is orange. She is also a rather small cat for her age. There were already some comments on the photo regarding the size of the cat.

I recalled that I had a very recently taken a picture of my own cat chewing on a pair of glasses next to the book that I'm reading (your book 11/22/63). I decided to share that picture with her since there were so many similarities. Along with the photo I left the following comment: "My Jojo likes glasses. She's also a little pipsqueak."

Jojo also happens to be a calico with black and orange markings on her face. Specifically the left side of her face is black and the right side is orange. The rest of their markings, while not obviously viewable in the photos, are also quite similar.

I cannot tell you the last time I used the word pipsqueak to describe anything. In fact, while leaving the comment it occurred to me that I was not quite sure if this was one word or two. I hesitated, thought about using a different word, thought about googling it, and finally decided that for once I would be lazy and go with what looked right ... p i p s q u e a k.

After posting the picture I immediately put my phone down and picked up my book and continued reading. I turned a single page and found myself on page 588, where I read the following sentence:

"Because de Mohrenschildt would never in his wildest dreams have believed a pipsqueak like Ozzie Rabbit was the shooter last Wednesday night ..."

It appears I just experienced a small dose of your harmonics, Mr. King. I have attached the two photos for your enjoyment. I do have to say, this book has been simply spellbinding and i have lost myself completely in it. Just crawling out long enough to share my crazy experience of the day.
Thank you for reading, if you have managed to get to the end of this tale. I hope I was able to convey the odd sense of harmony or synchronicity or just plain coincidence in a way that expressed my own awe.

Sincerely,
Teresa Rushka
 

91rewoT

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Welcome Teresa! That was a fabulous first post! I look forward to reading more from you! When I first looked at the pictures I actually thought they were of the same cat. There are so many coincidences in life, aren't there? I too, loved this book. Recently got it on my Nook, so will do a reread on it soon. Enjoy looking around the board and please post more!
 

danie

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Welcome, Teresa!
Of course, being me, I would say that maybe your eyes saw the word earlier (I know you turned the page, but...) and your brain simply forgot the previous seeing, and put it in your comment. Or any number of things. When these things happen, I never think there's anything weird or coincidental going on. It's a huge world, and these types of things are just bound to happen eventually. Nothing to be in awe of, IMHO.
 

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A minute ago in Morbid Fletch someone asked for a "fling" and I chose a pic of a guy throwing a Frisbee. As I was posting the image an TV announcer who was talking about things people do on a Thai beach mentioned playing Frisbee. I heard the word "Frisbee" exactly when I clicked to post. This kind of thing happens a spooky lot.
 
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Owenk

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............ "My Jojo likes glasses. She's also a little pipsqueak."

Jojo also happens to be a calico with black and orange markings on her face. Specifically the left side of her face is black and the right side is orange. The rest of their markings, while not obviously viewable in the photos, are also quite similar.

I cannot tell you the last time I used the word pipsqueak to describe anything. In fact, while leaving the comment it occurred to me that I was not quite sure if this was one word or two. I hesitated, thought about using a different word, thought about googling it, and finally decided that for once I would be lazy and go with what looked right ... p i p s q u e a k.

After posting the picture I immediately put my phone down and picked up my book and continued reading. I turned a single page and found myself on page 588, where I read the following sentence:

"Because de Mohrenschildt would never in his wildest dreams have believed a pipsqueak like Ozzie Rabbit was the shooter last Wednesday night ..."
Ha I was just looking for an existing thread to post about this book and I chanced across this one. Our boat is called Pipsqueak:



I also had my mind on synchronicity when I was looking for this thread, as I was wishing I could enquire of authors how they pick their character names. I am just reading 11/22/63 and noticed this morning that one of the characters shares a rather unusual north African/Italian name with my son's partner's family. I notice yesterday that the barman is called Toomey, which is the main charater from Earthly Powers which is probably my favourite ever novel and I was wondering if there was any link. Probably not just good old synchronicity again!
 

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Ha I was just looking for an existing thread to post about this book and I chanced across this one. Our boat is called Pipsqueak:



I also had my mind on synchronicity when I was looking for this thread, as I was wishing I could enquire of authors how they pick their character names. I am just reading 11/22/63 and noticed this morning that one of the characters shares a rather unusual north African/Italian name with my son's partner's family. I notice yesterday that the barman is called Toomey, which is the main charater from Earthly Powers which is probably my favourite ever novel and I was wondering if there was any link. Probably not just good old synchronicity again!
Steve gets names from several sources including baby name books, people he knows or has heard of where he lives, and ones he's seen in news or magazine articles. He'd already used the name Toomey for a character in at least one other story--Craig Toomey, but it wasn't taken from Earthly Powers.
 
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