Another in my series of inspirations behind the stories.
The inspiration behind Destiny According to Doris, which can been found in this month's Fiction Feast, came from a memory I had of a day many years ago now. My children were around 6 and 10 at the time and we had popped into our little town's community centre as they were holding a 'holistics fair'. I only went in because I'd pulled a muscle in my neck and the sign outside mentioned a Reiki head massage which I thought might help (actually it was excruciating and made it much worse!).
While I was in there, I noticed a sign for a tarot reading at the back of the hall. I've always been fascinated by anything psychic, not because I believe in it (far from it) but because I love trying to work out how it's done.
For the first time ever, I decided to have a reading - just for a laugh. I had visions of a mysterious woman dressed in a gauzy headscarf with jingling coins around the edge - not sure where the image came from... the book of clichés I expect. When I sat down though, I have to say I was immensely disappointed: The psychic turned out to be rather ordinary looking and dressed as though she'd just come back from a morning at Tescos.
If you're a susceptible sort, she was very convincing. The reading was taped and for a small sum you could buy a copy to take home. This I did and when I got home I enjoyed going through all her comments and working out how she had come to each one.
I found the tape the other day at the back of a drawer and I would like to be able to tell you that what she said was:
- One day you will write for magazines
- You will inherit a very bad dog called Bonnie
- You will marry a very handsome inventor of a story timeline
- I see someone in your future (obviously noticed the ringless finger)
- You will have some problems to overcome (obviously noticed the children rampaging round the hall)
- Any money worries will improve (obviously noticed my empty purse as I paid her)