Friday 20 November 2015

The Z Files: Julie Haiselden ~ Pisces

Astrology ~ a bit of fun, a load of rubbish, or something to take seriously?

I invited around 70 writers/bloggers to write a piece about how typical they are of their sign, and how its traits affect their writing life ~ if at all...

Has your favourite writer been featured yet?  Links to all previous posts at the end of this one :)

Pisces was, initially, one of the two signs from which I had the least response for this feature... maybe because they're all swimming about in their own little world?  Today, I'm delighted to introduce Julie Haiselden, who I first 'met' on Twitter when I read her blog post (have a look at it if you care about such things!) The Use of Language ~ do we dare to care?  Julie has recently published her debut novel, a thriller set in the Lake District, Long Shadows 

Float into my corner of cyberspace, Julie, and tell us about being a Pisces writer...

Picture is from a WW2 am-dram production (very Piscean, acting, of course!)

"Pisces is the twelfth house of the zodiac and it’s said that those of us born under this star sign internalise traits from the other eleven houses.  I suspect this may be true as I’m a mass of contradictions.

This is probably why my approach to writing is a little haphazardSometimes I’m enthusiastic and excited and write into the night.  Other times I find every excuse under the sun to avoid going anywhere near my manuscript.

"If procrastination became an Olympic event, I’d be up there on the podium.  I blame Twitter and Facebook and can use up a whole day doing little else; it could be argued this displacement activity is attributable to the negative Piscean traits of laziness and being weak-willed, so actually it’s not my fault. 

Our star sign is two fish swimming in opposite directions; we can be as dangerous as a shark and as harmless as a herring.  Lizzie Tennyson, the main character in my novel ‘Long Shadows’ is the personification of this.  Subconsciously I’ve given her some of my own traits (albeit somewhat exaggerated).  She can be considerate, intuitive and altruistic, as can I.  She can also be pessimistic and over-sensitive, as can I."

"I went into a state of abject misery after receiving a three star review.  Forget the five star and four star reviews, all that mattered for days was Mrs Three Stars. 

As a cathartic exercise I wrote a blog looking at ways of coping with negative reviews.  I’ve had lots of very positive feedback and my suggested coping mechanism sounded so convincing that I almost believed it myself.  Heaven knows what will happen if I get any one or two star reviews.  I need to look towards the other eleven houses for strength and determination to accept and deal with criticism.  After all, the only alternative is to be a writer who never publishes anything."

"Arguably my strongest Piscean trait is being a dreamer.  I walk regularly, in Devon, Cornwall, Scotland and the Lake District.  As I walk, I plan and plot.  My imaginary world, populated by my imaginary friends, takes over and I come home brimming with ideas.  Some make it to full manuscript others bite the dust on the way. 

I find inspiration in everyday events and I’m slightly embarrassed to admit I had a great idea at a funeral.  My long suffering partner will attest to the fact that I scribble on anything; napkins during formal dinners, drinks mats in pubs and even on one occasion his handkerchief (serves him right for not using tissues like the rest of us).

Neptune is our key planet and depicts the dissolution of reality.  Sometimes we rely on escapism and imagination to help us through the tough times; nothing wrong with that but it does help if you’re married to a confident and enthusiastic Arien!"  

If she was any more Piscean she'd have scales and gills....!
You can swim along with Julie on Twitter and Facebook  

I've chosen two famous fish to wave fins at Julie across the ocean depths ~

... author of the amazingly successful Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn

.... and a fascinating lady indeed, the charismatic and multi-faceted Anais Nin

Up Next ~ fellow mutable sign, Gemini

Previous Posts:
Leo and Aries: Terry Tyler and Proofreader Julia
LeoAnne Goodwin, Rose Edmunds, Alex Johnson
AriesTrisha Ashley, Cynthia Harrison
GeminiNorah Colvin, Jerome Dumont, John Privilege, Shelley Wilson,
Aquarius and Capricorn: Nicky Black
AquariusCathy Ryan, Lynda Renham
CapricornAnnie Lyons, Steffany R
SagittariusRachel Amphlett, Wendy J Lennox, Katrina Mountfort,
CancerSarah Boucher, Katie Oliver, Mark Barry
VirgoLouise Marley, Elizabeth Ducie, Barb Taub,
PiscesMaria Savva, Sacha Black
ScorpioGemma Lawrence, Robert Leigh, Catherine Hokin, Jenny Twist, 
TaurusValerie-Anne Baglietto, Valerie Poore,
LibraTom Hocknell, Jen Ammoscato, Joanne B


  1. It's interesting that writers are spread about the 12 astrological signs.

    1. Yes ~ but when I looked for the famous ones to add, there were far more of some signs that others :)

  2. Wonderful post, Julie! As a Piscean, I can relate to all of that, the good and the bad! It can be quite hard work being a Pisces!:) x

  3. Hi Maria - so glad you enjoyed the interview. I'm indebted to the wonderful Terry Tyler for facilitating it. Good to be in touch with a fellow Piscean!

  4. I enjoyed this so much, Julie. I think I haven't missed one of these posts and it's so interesting to see how these star sign characteristics really are a common thread. I love the idea that you wrote on your partner's wonderful! I hope you've kept it!

  5. Yes indeed, until I used the notes I made. Then I had to resort to stain-remover to get the ballpoint pen out!

  6. Lovely to meet you Julie and I loved the fact your coping mechanism nearly convinced you - haha!

  7. Good to meet you, Julie. Love the image of you scribbling on napkins at a formal dinner!