Some days I crave ritual, other days I can’t wait to start something new. Thanksgiving dinner, I want the familiar dishes (creamed pearl onions, date nut bread) but then I plead with friends to bring over something I’ve never had before.
Yesterday Deb Joanne spoke of writing traditions. Allow me to cut to chase and call my writing traditions what they really are: superstitions.
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Now on the whole, I think most writers are superstitious.
Okay, let me rephrase that: I am a writer and I am superstitious.
I may like to mix it up when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner but don’t even think about leaving the volume on the stereo on level 13. Or on any odd number for that matter.
Oh, but it gets worse.
I write at our dining table and I have to have my computer in the same corner for the whole book. I keep my mug on the same side as my mouse. (Yeah, that makes sense.) I even have a pair of fat woolly socks I wear. Year-round.
So I started thinking about what other professions are renowned for having their superstitions and a few came to mind.
There’s, of course, acting. Even those who have never been in a single theater production know of the superstitions that go with that territory. I may not be in the theater anymore, but I still can’t bring myself to utter, er type, the unlucky play name that must never be uttered backstage. Deb Linda will back me up on this one, I’m sure.
But when it comes to traditions and rituals, one profession seemed to dominate all others.
So to make myself feel better prove that writers aren’t the only ones who enjoy their superstitions/pre-game rituals, I found this clip.
Gentlemen, I thank you.
We are not alone.
Okay, so now that I’ve let all the spaz out of my bag, you can all feel free to chime in with your own equally embarrassing superstitions. Feel free to make some up to make me feel better. Really. I’ll respect you tremendously for it.
(Just try not to use 1313 characters in your comment if you can help it.)
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