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PISCES: September 24-30 Wednesday, September 24
For a long time, Illinois writer ArLynn Leiber Presser didn’t go out much. She had 325 Facebook friends and was content to get social needs met in the virtual realm. Then she embarked on a year-long project, seeking face-to-face meetings with all of her online buddies.
AQUARIUS: September 24-30 Wednesday, September 24
Alan Moore, the British author who wrote the graphic novels Watchmen and V for Vendetta, is nearing completion of Jerusalem, a novel he’s been writing for six years. It’ll be more than a million words, almost twice that of Tolstoy’s War and Peace, and 200,000 words more than the Bible. “Any editor worth their salt would tell me to cut two-thirds of this book,” Moore told the New Statesman, “but that’s not going to happen.”
WORD UP Wednesday, September 24
Whether you’re a published author or think it’s time to finally expand on that 3,000-page Veronica Mars fanfic opus gathering dust in the closet, you can always use some pointers from experienced …
CAPRICORN: September 24-30 Wednesday, September 24
Congratulations. Your current dilemmas are more useful and interesting than any you’ve had for a long time. If you can even partially solve them, the changes set in motion will improve your entire life, not just the circumstances they immediately affect.
SAGITTARIUS: September 24-30 Wednesday, September 24
“You can exert no influence if you are not susceptible to influence,” said psychologist Carl Jung. Extrapolating from that, we can hypothesize the more willing and able you are to be influenced, the greater your influence might be.
SCORPIO: September 24-30 Wednesday, September 24
The English verb “cicurate” is defined as “to tame or domesticate” or “to make mild or innocuous.” It once had an additional sense: “to reclaim from wildness.” It was derived from the Latin word cicurare, which meant “to bring back from madness, to draw out of the wilderness.” Make cicurate your theme now, concentrating on these definitions: “to reclaim from wildness, to bring back from madness, to draw out of the wilderness.”
LIBRA: September 24-30 Wednesday, September 24
“I am a seed about to break,” wrote Sylvia Plath in her poem “Three Women.” That’s how I see you. You’re teeming with buoyant energy that throbs when a seed’s ready to sprout. You’ve been biding your time, gathering nourishment, waiting for the right circumstances to burst open with your new flavor. That nervous, hopeful, ecstatic moment is about to arrive. Be brave!
VIRGO: September 24-30 Wednesday, September 24
As the makeup artist for Dallas Buyers Club, Robin Mathews had a daunting task. During 23 days of shooting, she had to constantly transform lead actors Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto so they appeared either deathly ill or relatively healthy. Sometimes she had to switch them back and forth five times a day. She was so skillful, she won the Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling. Her budget? A meager $250.
HEALTHY DAY Wednesday, September 24
Get off your duff, stretch your legs, and head to Riverside Arts Market this Saturday for Family Health & Fitness Day, an expo featuring local nonprofits promoting preventive healthcare services and …
LEO: September 24-30 Wednesday, September 24
With expert execution, musician Ben Lee can play 15 notes per second on his violin. Superstar eater Pete Czerwinski takes just 34 seconds to devour a 12-inch pizza. When Jerry Miculek holds his rifle, he can get off eight crack shots at four targets in a little more than one second. While upside-down, Aichi Ono can do 135 perfect head spins in a minute.
 
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