Just before Christmas I sat at my computer addressing a few Christmas cards. I got an e-mail from a friend asking for another friend’s address. It was weird, because I addressed a card to both friends not even five minutes before.
Things like that don’t happen often, but I’m running into those coincidences a lot more with my writing. Some of them are truly mystifying. I’d like to take these coincidences are a sign that I’m on the right track with my writing, even if nothing has come out of it yet.
Four times, this weird things have happened but I’ll start with the most recent.
In December, I set aside my current manuscript (ms) so that when I did my editing, I’d have fresh eyes. I then connected with someone who was looking for a beta reader for her story and I started doing that.
Just before I did this, I’d changed the name of a minor character because I had two guys whose names started with the same letter and thought it might be confusing. A few weeks later, I’m reading the other woman’s ms and one of her characters has that name too (except as a last name). She told me she’d added the last name, just before she’d sent me her ms.
We both have maybe 10-15 characters in our stories and having a name in common was a shocker. It’s not a common name and when I looked it up on the Social Security name ranking website, it doesn’t even show in the top 1000 names for the majority of the last ten years.
The second part though is even more strange. Halfway through her ms, I pick up a new book to read. To my surprise, the best friend of the main character has the SAME last name as the woman whose ms I am reading.
That stuns me. With all the millions of last names, I run into hers.
Coincidence or sign? I don’t know what it means, but I hope something good, for both of us.
I’m curious if these types of things happen to other people too.