The Reluctant Fortune-Teller’s main character, Norbert Zelenka, is a kindly, retired man who has trouble making ends meet, when three strong-willed seniors stage an intervention at his little white bungalow. They insist that he solve his financial woes by becoming a fortune-teller—just try it for the tourist season, they say. Their lakeside town, Gibbons Corner, N.Y., needs a card reader, and Norbert has been observing people all his life. The forceful ladies, known as “Carlotta’s Club,” will show him the ropes, and his story goes from there.
I hope you will enjoy reading about Norbert’s transformation as much as I enjoyed writing about it.
In a conversation with Benjamin Ludwig, the author of Ginny Moon, Ben suggested that Norbert might read his cards!
Please check out Norbert’s predictions, and tell us what you think!
Benjamin Ludwig shuffled his cards in New Hampshire and sent off a list of his seven cards to Norbert in the fictional town of Gibbons Corner, New York. The question he concentrated on as he shuffled was this: “Should I keep writing full-time, or write while I teach at a university?”
Below, you will find Norbert’s answer.
You have drawn the Eight of Diamonds, Two of Spades, Two of Clubs, Five of Hearts, Three of Diamonds, Two of Diamonds, and the Jack of Hearts.
You have a gift that is at the center of your question. This is your gift for writing; it may also be your gift for teaching. I see a minor delay here, in the Two of Spades, just a bit of momentary discomfort before a decision is made.
Be on the lookout for a social invitation, as shown by the Two of Clubs. This social gathering will bring you an opportunity that you might not expect.
The Five of Hearts shows a possible rift between friends or else a separation from loved ones, but have no worries there. Everything is unfolding for the best.
I see here a legal contract in the Three of Diamonds. It may be a teaching contract or a book contract. Whatever it is, it will be very good for you. Other people trust you quite naturally, because you are sincere.
Your spread ends on a very happy note, with the Jack of Hearts, signifying good times, celebration, and a fun spirit.
In regards to your question: really, you cannot go wrong. With these two options, both aligning with your heart, you will be fulfilled with either one. I would suggest you go with combining writing with teaching. It will give you the balance, the contrast, that will feed you both as a writer and a teacher.
How did Norbert do, on his first virtual reading?