Friday, 13 June 2008

Good luck Friday…

It is bad luck to fall out of a thirteenth story window on Friday --Unknown

I had a massive sinus attack today. I feel much better now other than feeling like I have been punched repeatedly in the face. I know many of you are now nodding your heads and saying uh huh ‘cause you know exactly what I am talking about. I have, what I call sinus biffo attacks, where I get to a point where I am so run down that my body likes to remind me I am not Wonder Woman. Hmmmhow disappointing…mind you I could not fit into that costume anyway. Well I could but things would be – shall we say – busting out all over. Did you know an Aussie – Megan Gale – is going to play Wonder Woman? I look a bit like her but for the weight and height and body and hair thing. Aussie women such as Megan and myself are amazing. No, really, would I lie? My editor and cover artist Lyn Taylor (Aussies) are now nodding their heads as they know this is a fact. Anyway, where was I? Yes – so I slept for part of today – I never nap. Bizarro world. Don’t you hate it when your body sends you a lesson? It’s usually a damn good one. A quick slap to the head would work just as well of course. Anyway, I am good to go now and ready to burn that candle at both ends once more.

I sent out the call today amongst some writers, due to my pukeable state, to see if anyone wanted to write a blog for me or send in some excerpts for people to read. No response. Not a sausage. Writers are terribly timid people. No really, we are. So, being the sort of woman that can talk under water with a mouth full of marbles while tap dancing and eating an apple…so begins my latest ramble…

Friday the 13th

I'm superstitious... but not like wear the same underwear for two weeks superstitious-- Kate Hudson

Triskaidekaphobia (from Greek tris=three, kai=and, deka=ten) is a
fear of the number 13. It is a superstition. A specific fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia or friggatriskaidekaphobia

Well – you all needed to know that didn’t you? I use the word 'frig’ or ‘frigging’a lot so now I am going to use frigg - atriskaidekaphobia to really confuse people. I may have the heroine say it in the next book.

friggatriskaidekaphobia, get out of my way. I don’t need you.”


friggatriskaidekaphobia, if you keep doing that with your tongue I will scream my lungs out.”

Yeah, okay…I’ll work on it. I sense a big eye roll from my editor. I am almost positive it will pass FLEs (Final line edits)

Thirteen – why is it unlucky? Stuffed if I know. I was born on the 13th of a month. I naturally consider this a fabulous number. And yes sure, there are a bunch of people who will tell you all the superstitions about 13 but I think if we all just remember I was born on that day and I consider it lucky then everyone will be okay. Problem solved. That’s what we do on the Amarinda blog – make ‘em or solve ‘em…usually the former of course.

Like a quiz? Go and take a squiz at this Superstition trivia quiz. Click

Now, I’m not saying I’m not superstitious. I don’t open umbrellas inside, put shoes on the table or walk under ladders…I did actually walk under a ladder once when I was renovating at home and the paint scraper with the razor blade in it…yeah, do you know where I’m going…fell off the top of the ladder platform as I bumped the side and speared into my scalp. There are lessons everywhere in life aren’t there? It would be nice to have a break occasionally though wouldn’t it? Anyway, I remember reading this quote once – can’t remember who by – but I liked the philosophy of it – it went something like this, “I don’t believe in superstitions but what does it hurt to knock on wood?” So let’s all take a moment to knock on wood shall we?

Friday the 13th and why it's good for you…

-if you are reading this you are still breathing - excellent - if not, take a breath and reassess.
- any Friday is a good Friday
- it’s a good day to buy a lotto ticket because it’s reverse psychology and the universe seems to want to work that way
- the Three Wicked Writers Blog launches today - click
here to check those shelias out
- some fantastic books are released on Friday the 13th at
Ellora’s Cave
- It’s payday for Amarinda – okay, so that one is only good for me
- tomorrow is Saturday the 14th – the weekend - excellent.

So there…your Friday 13 will be lucky because I have faith it will. And please remember if you buy a lotto ticket and win beaucoup bucks – remember whose wise words suggested you do so.
Go ahead: Live with abandon. Be outrageous at any age. What are you saving your best self for?


Anny Cook said...

Excellent blog. I'll have to make note of those words... two of us using them for FLEssss.

Sandra Cox said...

Using Amarinda's personal vocab for FLEsss, you two women are bad..... I love it:)

Katie Reus said...

Any Friday is a good day IMHO, especially around 4:30. I'm seeing M. Night Shyamalan's new movie tonight. The man is a genius and I have a crush on his imagination (is that possible??) and I have a huge crush on the the main actor in The Happening. Okay, I'm rambling, but I agree, Friday's are good, no matter the date ;)

Regina Carlysle said...

Dang. I'm sooo superstitous it's not EVEN funny. I've gotten in the habit of reading this particular on-line horoscope bunch and they told me to WATCH MY BIG FAT MOUTH next week. Nope, they didn't mention just one day...they mentioned several. Now I'm parsing my words and worrying that I'll offend someone. CRAP. I hate when that happens.

Hope you start feeling better soon, AJ. It sucks to be sick on the weekend.

Molly Daniels said...

Take some Sudafed, three Advil, and go to bed. You'll feel better, hopefully! About two weeks ago, the sinuses acted up every day at the same time for a week! Hope you feel better!

barbara huffert said...

...picking through my current WIP to see where I can slip in a few Amarindaisms...

Jacquéline Roth said...

I'll have to add the friggatriskaidekaphobia to my Latin and Greek stems lessons. That and it goes well with my other non-obscenities used when speaking teacherese. Crudpuppies. Crapmonkeys. Fudge and Marshmallows. All elicit the same odd stares.