Follow Your Intuition

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Follow Your Intuition

Everyone needs a lucky charm, a mascot, an amulet, don’t they? Well, potentially every aspiring writer.

So when you feel like you are on the right path, but you’re just not so sure, you’re listening to your intuition and she’s telling you to visit the Mart Collective on Lincoln Blvd, because you really need another planter for all the yet to be planted succulents in your garden.

16,000 sq ft of all things vintage, antique and modern. Blown away by the incredible and vast selection of new and used collectibles and antique offerings, where do you even begin? Not a planter in sight, a serious lack of potential vessels. Truly baffling. Not once have I ever entered this incredible abyss and left empty handed. So why should today be any different I asked myself as I tirelessly explored aisle after aisle, stall after stall.

Moments before I felt truly beaten and needing to make my escape, I turned into the very far end of the space. I could hardly believe my eyes.

The most incredible sight, a vintage ‘seafoam green’ typewriter, just sitting there twinkling its magical keys at me. In the words of Kylie Minogue (one of my faves), it really was ’Love at First Sight’.

As an aspiring writer, author, lover of all things vintage and unique and most notably an enormous believer in fate and everything happening for a reason, it of course made perfect sense to arrive looking for a planter but to be leaving with a typewriter.

After a tad of negotiation and a lot of angelic luck, the seller offered me an incredible deal, too good to refuse. It was meant to be.

No sooner had I arrived home and placed the typewriter on my desk in my office, it really did come to life.

‘Dickens’ was the name that came, and why not? I mean, after all, every writer needs a little Dickens in their life.

Get the name right and the character will appear.
Jessica Headey Gandolfi

Jessica Headey Gandolfi is a children’s author, born and raised in England, now living in Venice, California. Jessica studied creative writing at UCLA and is a member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators). She is currently pursuing her passions of writing, education, and love.

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