Flake-out Friday the 13th! * EEEP!!!! *

The fear of Friday the 13th is called friggatriskaidekaphobia.

But what makes Friday the 13th so bad?

In numerology, 12 is considered a complete number (12 months, 12 hours on the clock, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 Gods on Mount Olympus), while 13 is considered unlucky because it ruins the completeness of 12. Based on the Last Supper, some believe having 13 people at dinner is unlucky and will result in the death of one of the diners.

But what about Friday? Don’t we always say TGIF?

Well, some believe Jesus was crucified on a Friday. It was also popular belief to avoid starting projects or journeys on a Friday (thanks to The Canterbury Tales).

Other countries may not agree about the Friday thing, though. In Spanish-speaking countries and Greece, Tuesday the 13th is the culprit. Mars tends to rule Tuesday, Constantinople to the Ottomans fell on a Tuesday, and in Greek, the word for Tuesday is “Third Day,” and don’t we know, bad things come in threes.

What’s the big deal?

Well, Friday the 13th costs a lot of money!

Seriously.

People are so afraid of the day, that they call in to work, take the day off, and just avoid all activity whatsoever.

Go figure.

(Thanks to Wikipedia for all the fun facts!)

Is it safe to come out now?

Flake-out Friday–Revising!

Ok, since you’ve all been good writers and left your NaNo manuscript in a drawer for a month (you have, haven’t you???), I’m going to focus this month on REVISING TIPS and BETA/CRITTING!

Aren’t y’all exCITed! I know I am!

To kick things off on a humorous note, consider this video, keeping revising in mind. 😉

You can see how setting (playing cops and robbers in the park VS playing cops and robbers in a bank), plot points, character interactions (kissing a loved one VS kissing a stranger)–whatever you choose–can make a big difference!

Erm, grammar can also make a difference.

Ex. Throwing a penny into a fountain to make a wish VS Throwing your cousin Penny into a fountain to make a wish.

Of course, the same words can also have different meanings.

Ex. Playing ball with your grandfather VS playing ball WITH your grandfather (as the ball).

Happy writing!

Flake-out Friday–December

As I surfed Amazon a few days ago, I discovered a YA novel (due out in May 2011) with the title ENDURE.

MY title.

Grrrr!

I’d named my YA dystopian ENDURE and now it belongs to someone else. * stomps foot *

What’s a girl to do?

I could come up with another title, I guess, but I really suck at it, LOL!

Man, I wish I could come up with this uber-awesome, totally symbolic, captures-the-entire-book-in-one-word title.

Or maybe I should just use some random word for the title. You know, something that has nothing to do with the book.

Sort of like the song December by Collective Soul.

I like this song, but what the hell does it have to do with December?!?!?!

Whatever.

Mental Health Monday–Respite

Hey gang!

I titled this post “Respite” because it’s important to remember to take breaks now and again. The holidays are coming up and there’s much “real life” stuff to do, so I’ll be taking the rest of the week off from blogging.

Be sure to send me your mental health questions (writing related only, please!) and I’ll address them as they come in.

Those of you working on your Nano novel–WOOT WOOT! We’re coming into the home stretch. Don’t forget to stay hydrated (I prefer Dunkin Donuts iced coffee) and fed (M&Ms are awesome!) and rested (sleep is my favorite hobby after writing and reading, yo!).

I hope everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving. This year, the fam is coming to my house (this’ll be the First Annual Thanksgiving At the Fixer Upper Mansion).

If you’re masochistic, then you’re probably heading out on Black Friday. I’m not. Nothing gets me up in the morning…NOTHING. So while I’m sleeping in, I hope y’all get some uber fabulous sales.

Okay. That’s about it. See ya’s all next week! 😉

Thanksgiving Song by Adam Sandler

Flake-Out Friday–How Stephen King Does NaNo

Hi gang! * waves *

Well, 18 days of Nano is down, and there’s 12 to go. How’s everybody’s word counts? I’ve seen some pretty great numbers out there.

Gotta say, though I’m not Nanoing this year, I am having a great time being a cheerleader for you guys and gals!

Anyway, I find it interesting to see how each person approaches a challenge. Here’s how Stephen King does NaNo (he bases his story on life events and, boy, does he make it look easy!):

(This is a cartoon and therefore not true. However, there are some people who will believe anything, so I’m adding this disclaimer.)

Mental Health Monday–Rough and Tumble

Michael Offutt asks:

Why do boys or men seem to like dark, grisly things?

Great question, Michael!

The reason guys like grisly things is multifactorial.

Biological:

Testosterone (more predominant in men than in women) leads not only to a different body habitus (muscles, strength, facial hair, etc…I don’t need to go on, do I? 😉 ), but also influences brain development, including aggression (though aggression studies are inconclusive, meaning, some studies show increased aggression with increased testosterone and some studies show increased aggression with decreased testosterone. *sigh* It’s the way science is, sorry. *shrugs*).

Social:

Gender role theory states that boys and girls learn gender appropriate behavior from their family and culture. That means boys liking physical play and getting dirty and girls learning how to use their easy bake ovens is due to socialization. 

Interestingly, early adaptive strategies led to men being the hunter/gatherers (because of their stronger physique) and women being the child-rearers and food preparers.

Personal preference: 

Don’t forget, a person’s masculinity and femininity falls on a spectrum. Some women cane be, well, masculine and some men, ahem, can be feminine.

For example, I preferred car toys and trucks over dolls and dresses growing up, but I am, most decidedly, a woman. 😉

(This last dude is Eddie Izzard, by the way. Very funny comic…and EXECUTIVE Transvestite. 😉 )

Now, check out Sarah Fine’s The Strangest Situation and Lydia Kang’s The Word is My Oyster (Lydia’s got a VERY special post today!!!!!)