Friday Musings – Hit by a Tornado

Here it is, Friday, May 11.  The month started out stormy in my area on May 1.  Weather stations were saying the weather was to be worse on May 2 and for me it was!

We arrived home shortly after 5 p.m.  It was sprinkling with rain outside.  Hubby parked the car in the garage and said he was going to get his raincoat and take the dogs for a walk.  He proceeded to put on his raincoat and I went into the house to turn on the television to see what the weather person was reporting for the evening.

I turned on the TV and the weather person stated, “if you are in this area,” he pointed to the map on the screen, “take cover now.”  It wasn’t our area!

As soon as he said that our power went out and BAM we were hit by a tornado!

The sky was not dark.  It was a mixture of white, pale yellow, and light gray.  You could still see the sun shining, yet we were enveloped in this weird color mist.

Some have said that a tornado sounds like a train.  It did not sound that way to me.  It sounded like something I have never heard before mixed with howling wind and pounding rain.

I told the cats to follow me and headed to the basement.  Our basement is finished and we designated the back bedroom and closet area as the safest place in the house.

Hubby came in from the garage and said that as soon as he got a short distance from the house it hit and now he was drenched to the bone.

One of the cats, Abby, was terrified.  She sat on the stairs moaning.  Hubby picked her up and brought her into the bedroom and placed her on the bed.

Another cat, Rogue, had followed me down the stairs and was under the bed.

Our third cat, Bates, stayed upstairs.  I imagined him sitting on a stool looking out the window.  He likes to do that.

The howling wind lasted about thirty minutes.  The rain, much longer.

Once the rain let up, Hubby walked down the road to see the damage.  A power pole was down and a power line had snapped.  Trees were down on the road, lots of tree damage on our property, tin missing from the barn roof, the barn was now leaning, tin was missing from the blacksmith shop, top of the dog kennel was missing, and the chicken coop was turned over with chickens inside-all alive.

It was a miracle.  No damage to the house.

Throughout the neighborhood, we learned that no homes were damaged.  Damage was done to outbuildings and trees.  One neighbor lost their hay barn, another lost their horse barn-all horses survived, and another lost their children’s playset.

Hubby said it was like the tornado had been picky about what it wanted to hit.

It could have been worse and we are thankful that it wasn’t.

 

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Proofreading Thursday – Spelling Variations

Since I have been taking/working on this proofreading course, I find that I proofread everything I read.

When I told a friend that I found myself proofreading instead of just reading for the pleasure of it they asked if I found any mistakes in the current book I am reading.

The answer, “Yes.”  And this book was traditionally published.  I know that things get missed, they did in my book.  No one is perfect.

It is very hard to proofread your own work.

An article I read about proofreading said you really needed a good editor.  In class, we learned that proofreading is not editing.

When you are proofreading, keep in mind who wrote the work.  Where is the author from?  The United States, United Kingdom, or somewhere else.  It matters when it comes to spelling certain words.

 

Here are some examples of American spelling vs British spelling:

Checkbook/Chequebook

Colorful/Colourful 

Flavor/Flavour

Encyclopedia/Encyclopaedia

Familiarize/Familiarise

Jewelry/Jewellery

Licensing/Licencing

Mustache/Moustache

 

 

 

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The Ghostwriter Book series

Welcome to the Author Interview Series.  Today I am interviewing Douglas Debelak, author of The Ghostwriter Book series.

“The Ghostwriter’s Series is an epic tale, which purports to be the autobiography of God, or, as He insists, not God, but the Creator of our universe, a universe which is only one of many. ”

Douglas lives in western Pennsylvania.

Thank you for allowing me to interview you today, Douglas!

Q: Would you please tell us a little about yourself?

A: I’m currently writing fulltime, refusing to acknowledge the term ‘retired’, since I’m working as hard as I ever did, just doing something else – which is, unfortunately, to this point at least, far less lucrative than being a software engineer.

I have a degree in philosophy, but, prior to that, I had once intended to attend seminary and become a Presbyterian minister. But, I have always questioned everything and believed that nothing should be considered off limits. And, certainly, God, if He exists and is all powerful, has no business being threatened by a few questions. But, the more questions I asked, the more I found that enough of what I had been taught and believed was untrue that I felt the rest was ‘questionable.’ I didn’t know if any of it was true. I left the church. I’m now an agnostic – I don’t know. But, I still have questions.

I currently live in a beautiful old historic house, in a wonderful historic neighborhood, with my wife.

Q: When and what made you decide you wanted to be a writer?

A: I decided to become a writer shortly after leaving a Ph. D. program in philosophy, when I realized I had no interest in a career in academia. Writing seemed the best choice for asking questions and discussing ideas. I spent several years, writing stories and working on a novel, but when I needed to find a job to support a family, I taught myself to write software. I promised myself, when I could, I would return to writing, and now I have.

Q: Which writers inspire you?

A: Many writers inspire me, but I generally consider Steinbeck my favorite author, and East of Eden and Of Mice and Men my favorite works. Although I love Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea and have read it many times over the years. And, there are so many more.

Q: What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

A: I try to write every day in the morning. I pushed through the first three books, working eight or more hours a day. Now, I’m writing four to five hours, but spending additional hours trying to figure out how to promote my books and writing reviews for a group where there is a pool for other writers review mine. So, it is a full-time job.

Q: Where do you get your ideas for your book(s)?

A: I feel more as if I discover my ideas rather than create them. Writing The Ghostwriter Series was often like watching a movie showing on the inside of my skull.

Q: What do your family and friends think of your writing?

A: Since my writing is personal, edgy, and often explicit, I think my family and friends are a bit taken aback. I tried to warn them.

Q: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book(s)?

A: That is was easier to write a book than to get the interest of readers.

Q: What do you hate most about the writing process?

A: Figuring out how to use social media to promote my books. I’d rather just write. There isn’t much about the writing process that I don’t like.

Q: What do you think makes a good story?

A: Something that speaks to me and provides insights from a different perspective. Things that catch me off guard and make me laugh. Suspense. Struggles against adversity.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

A: Don’t be afraid to write what is meaningful to you.

Q: Who designed the cover art for your book(s)?  Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?

A: Michelle Arzu who works through Fiverr has designed my covers, although for the second two I spent many hours looking through stock images and chose the artwork myself and in both instances, she turned them into something far better. I wanted covers that would catch someone’s eye walking past a bookstore window or scrolling through Amazon.

Q: What book are you reading at present?

A: I’m currently reading At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being and Apricot Cocktails. Every once in awhile I get an itch to read philosophy again. Then, with enough wine, that itch goes away again.

Q: What do you like to do when you are not writing?

A: I read, a lot and I hang out on my porch and drink wine with my friends. I keep telling myself I need to start playing my guitar again. I had a kitchen injury, which is no longer an excuse. It’s just inertia and procrastination.

Q: How do you select the names of your characters?  Have you ever regretted choosing a particular name?  Why?

A: Mostly I stick to simple names, except for those characters who I’ve decided not to give a name. I haven’t regretted any names. My characters quickly spit them back at me, if they don’t like them. If not, that’s on them.

Q: What is the hardest type of scene to write?

A: I’ve found most types of scenes easy enough to write, just not to get right. I re-write until I don’t feel the need to say anything differently.

Q: How did you come up with the title(s) of your book(s)?

A: The names of my books went through quite a process. The books spit their names back too and were more particular than my characters. When I finally came up with The Involuntary Ghostwriter for the first, the book was happy and so was I. The following two went through a process and the rejection of many titles as well, but everything fell into place once I decided to work with the ghostwriter theme.

Q: Give us a fun fact, or a few, about your book/series.

A: The central narrative thread of my series was in response to the song, One of Us, which was recorded by Joan Osborne in the 90s. “What if God was one of us?” So, I wrote an autobiography of God, as though He was one of us, i.e. “In the beginning… I was born.” But, as has been the case in the past, He used a ghostwriter and gave him no more of a choice than any who’d preceded him.

Q: What can readers who enjoy your book(s) do to help make it/them successful?

A: Buy them, obviously, then write reviews. Honest reviews. And, tell friends.

Q: How can readers learn more about you and connect with you (twitter, facebook, website, etc.)?  Where can your book(s) be purchased?

A:  I have a website: www.douglasdebelak.com

And, I have all the social media accounts, but I’m only active on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGhostwriterSeries/

The books can be purchased on Amazon, in paperback and Kindle editions, and are also available through Kindle Unlimited. They are also available through a local bookstore, City Books on the Northside of Pittsburgh.

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The Involuntary Ghostwriter, Book One  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ghostwriter’s Wife, Book Two

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ghostwriter’s Legacy, Book Three

 

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The Writing Lesson – a guest post by C. Hope Clark

The Writing Lesson

By C. Hope Clark

 

“Use the senses in every single scene,” I emphasized to the adult writing class, only for a rebound of clueless stares to bounce back at me.

A middle-aged, bottled-brunette lady who I’d heard had two self-published books to her name already, asked, “In every scene?”

I smiled and nodded. “In every scene. You understand show don’t tell, right?”

In rote union, the class nodded, but I could almost smell the insecurity.

“Get rid of passive voice and you’ve halfway mastered show don’t tell, right?” Don’t plead, I reminded myself. They’re trying to learn.

Half the people in the class had self-published books yet didn’t understand what I was trying to instill into their eager, storytelling brains. They looked to their left and right, seeking validation from seat mates, confirmation that others weren’t understanding either.

We sat in a library meeting room, the accordion doors opened to accommodate tables for 35 students. Nobody chatted amongst themselves, meaning I had their attention, unfortunately accompanied by their confusion.

No point in advancing to the next topic if this one hadn’t sunk in. Not a person to enjoy presentations, much less adlibbing on the fly, my pulse quickened. I scrambled for an alternative, a new angle, anything that could give these students an AHA moment.

A deep breath, or was it a sigh? I should’ve brought more examples. Maybe vetted the students somehow.

Feet moved. One chair scratched the floor as someone shifted. The librarian sat in the back, scrutinizing, sending another jolt of adrenaline into my system as our eyes met, hers querying, They’re waiting, before shifting uncomfortably off me.

A seed of a half-thought took root. “Everyone pick up your pen.”

They did, anxious to be proactive and not so lost. The librarian didn’t, but she watched with interest.

Impromptu on anyone’s part snares interest. Most of us can’t do it. I wasn’t so sure I had it in me, either, but what did I have to lose other than my credibility? I reminded myself what I always did when speaking to groups, a mantra that I didn’t readily tell other about. If this doesn’t go well, remember you’ll never see these people again.

“Write down five things you see,” I said. “Remember, you’re a creative person so don’t just say tables, chairs, walls, and people.”

To show how united I was with their effort, I grabbed a pad and wrote as well. Once done, I waited until half had returned their attention back to me.

“Now, list five things you can touch and how they feel.”

Eyebrows raised on that one, and they began stroking anything within reach. They saw where I was going, and the body language told me some clearly accepted the challenge.

Heads up again.

“List five things you hear.”

The room went silent. I had to laugh. Pens went to paper when I did.

“List five things you smell.”

Frowns all around. I closed my eyes and inhaled. Coffee, cologne, body odor. Was that paper? I recalled the air freshener in the bathroom next door and cheated, listing it. When I peeked out from my own reverie, others still had their eyes closed, sensing, too.

“Finally,” I said, “let’s do taste.”

Lips smacked, and I had to chuckle again. A laugh rippled across the tables. “List five tastes you had today.”

“Ahhh,” came the relief as pens met paper.

As people came back to life, I realized how much more relaxed I was. “Do y’all feel better?”

Nods and yeahs from around the room.

Shrugging shoulders for show, I sucked in a deep breath. “Wow, that was rather soothing.”

More nods. The librarian was practically tranquil.

And in that moment, I had a revelation.

As a nature aficionado, how many times had I sat at the lake and just chilled? Closed my eyes and attempted to count the types of bird calls? Told my four-year-old grandson to take in the smells, sounds, and feel of nature? Weeded my garden and taken the time to smell the dirt, the rotted leaves, the honeysuckle on the fence.

“What we just did,” I soothingly said to myself as much as them, “is a writer’s version of meditating. Take a moment to settle into a sense of nothingness when you’re writing, then fill it in with the senses, taking note of each one.”

They listened.

“This is also how you can overcome the pressure of deadlines, writer’s block, and the discomfort of whatever scene you’re writing that won’t unfold to your liking. It’s also how you can challenge your sensory perception. Wherever you are, the mall, the kitchen, the job. . . take five minutes and meditate, for no reason other than to define your senses. All five of them.”

Palms out, I lowered them gently. “In each scene, step back and insert yourself into the setting. Do the exercise we just did. Because by you becoming the character in all this sensory detail, you write such that the reader can become the character. The reader smells, sees, hears, touches, and tastes. And with the least little attention also to passive voice, you–” and I paused.

“Show don’t tell,” whispered several people.

“Some kid would call that virtual reality,” said a man in the front.

What a keen observation. And I thought he hadn’t been listening. “And why can’t we do that as people, too? When we aren’t writing. When we need to settle into a scene and out of whatever road block or irritation it is we need to depart from as people?”

The class went on, and I wrapped up the lesson on constructing a scene. Time quickly expired, and before long I was shaking hands from thankful students.

“Best writing class ever.”

“I get showing now.”

“I’m going home and telling my teenager about this.”

Once everyone left, the librarian commended me, saying she’d be inviting me back.

I almost cried.

Then alone, the lights flipping off around the library, I exited to my car parked in the corner of the lot under a streetlight, stepping gently, not wanting to break the specialness of the evening.

Rather than telling the reader what’s going on, my students could now make the reader experience what the character does, when the character does it, tallying the stimuli in an attempt to reach some sort of summation about that point in the story.

But in delivering that lesson, I’d realized I could choose to fall out of any negative in any part of my world, and step into the scene of my choosing via the practice of a writing exercise. Not only could I write like this, but I could live like this.

And I’d just helped 35 other people learn to love life more, too.

And a librarian.

 

BIO: C. Hope Clark’s newest release is Newberry Sin, set in an idyllic small Southern town where blackmail and sex are hush-hush until they become murder. The fourth in the Carolina Slade Mysteries. Hope speaks to conferences, libraries, and book clubs across the country, is a regular podcaster for Writer’s Digest, and adores connecting with others. She is also founder of FundsforWriters.com, an award-winning site and newsletter service for writers.  She lives on the banks of Lake Murray in central South Carolina with her federal agent husband where they never tire of spinning mysteries. www.chopeclark.com

 

 

 

 

Book Blurb:

Beneath an idyllic veneer of Southern country charm, the town of Newberry hides secrets that may have led to murder.

When a local landowner’s body, with pants down, is found near Tarleton’s Tea Table Rock – a notorious rendezvous spot, federal investigator Carolina Slade senses a chance to get back into the field again.  Just as she discovers what might be a nasty pattern of fraud and blackmail, her petty boss reassigns her fledgling case to her close friend and least qualified person in their office.

Forces to coach an investigation from the sidelines, Slade struggles with the twin demons of professional jealousy and unplanned pregnancy.  Something is rotten in Newberry.  Her personal life is spiraling out of control.  She can’t protect her co-worker.  And Wayne Largo complicates everything when the feds step in after it become clear that Slade is right.

One wrong move, and Slade may lose everything.  Yet it’s practically out of her hands…unless she finds a way to take this case back without getting killed

 

Be sure to check out all of C. Hope Clark’s book on her website www.chopeclark.com

Sign up for C. Hope Clark’s FREE newsletter FundsforWriters and get writing tips, lists of contests, and so much more!

 

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To hyphenate or not to hyphenate

Proofreading is necessary for any published work.  A question that I am always asking myself as I proofread is “should this be hyphenated or not?”

My go-to source is the Chicago Manual of Style.

Here are some samples of when to hyphenate and when not to hyphenate.

 

Hyphenate before but not after a noun.

emerald-green tie

snow-white dress

tight-lipped person

open-ended question

his tie is emerald green

the clouds are snow white

 

When writing about money, for amounts spelled-out units, hyphenate before a noun but not after noun.  Where units are expressed as symbols, leave open in all positions, except between number ranges.

a five-cent raise

sixty-four-million-dollar question

a deal worth thirty million dollars

$30 million loan

A $50-$60 million loss

a 30-40 percent increase

 

Numbers that are spelled out – hyphenate twenty-one through ninety-nine, all others not hyphenated.

twenty-eight

nineteen forty-five

three hundred

 

An adverb ending in “ly” plus a participle or adjective is not hyphenated before or after a noun.

a highly paid ragpicker

a fully open society

he was mildly amusing

 

An adverb not ending in “ly” plus a participle or adjective is hyphenated before but not after a noun.  Certain compounds, including those with more, most, less, least, and very, are usually not hyphenated, but other times they are.

a much-needed addition

a too-easy answer

the best-known author

a very much needed addition

a more thorough exam

a less prolific artist

most efficient method

the most-skilled workers (most in numbers)

the most-skilled workers (most in skill)

 

There are many other times when a writer will hyphenate or not hyphenate.  It all depends on the words.

 

 

 

 

 

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Interview with author Karl Bourdiec

Thank you, Karl, for stopping by today!

 Karl Bourdiec states that he is “an author, photographer, and local hermit.”  He lives in South Shields, United Kingdom, a coastal town at the mouth of River Tyne in the northeast part of the country.

Enjoy the interview!

Q: Karl, when did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
A: I sort of fell into, I started as a scriptwriter. A failing one which is really the only type of scriptwriter there is. Turning a TV script into a book isn’t too hard to do. Making a book better than a script is easy.

Q: How long does it typically take you to write a book?
A: Recently I’ve been really hitting the writing hard.  I try to have a book ready every four months. When I have an idea I have to really run with it.

Q: What is your work schedule like when you are writing?
A: It’s hard, but when the book falls into your lap it’s very easy to work on. Time-wise, the first week I plan the book. For three weeks I get every idea down, preferably in order, really just tell myself the story. Then I start from scratch and rewrite the whole thing again.

Q: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
A: I’m a satire writer, my writing is the quirk. A lot of my ADHD ends up in my books.

Q: How are your books published?
A: I was self-published. Sort of still am but I’m in the middle of creating a bit of a group for satire writers. We don’t really have a voice in the book world.

(Here that Satire writers.  If you would like to visit with Karl about a Satire Writers Group, please contact him.)

Q: Where do you get your ideas for your books?
A: I listen to a lot of podcasts. Every so often an idea sort of lands in your lap.

Q: If you don’t mind sharing, when did you write your first book?
A: 2013.  It was a book I’ve rewritten a few times now, I was finally happy enough to release it last year.

Q: What do you like to do when you are not writing?
A: I’ve started to play a lot of pc games. they are kind of addictive, aren’t they?

Q: What is your favorite book?
A: I have a book I’ll always go back to because it was one of the books which made me a writer.  The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

Q: What do your family and friends think of your writing?
A: They have always known me as the guy who tells stories.  I think they knew what I was before I did.

Q: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
A: It’s less about creating books and more about books sales in general. There is a lot of rude books out there, more erotica than I could ever consider.

Q: What do you hate most about the writing process?
A: The fear that I’ll get stuck on the next book; that I’ll run out of ideas.

Q: How many books have you written? 
A:  Four.  I’m working on book Five but its book three of a series.

Q: Do you have any suggestions to help us become better writers? If so, what are they?
A:  Never stop writing, and rewrite everything.

Q: Do you get feedback from your readers much? 
A: Just reviews on Amazon, which is amazing to see and more than I’d ask for.

Q: What is your preferred reading audience?
A: Anybody who is okay with reading books which sort of bend the rules of storytelling.

Q: What do you think makes a good story?
A: That one thing which keeps you reading. In my books, it’s the ridiculousness of the story.

Q: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
A: I’m one of those people who didn’t know until they were twenty.

Q: Where can we find/purchase your books?
A: All of my books are here http://author.to/Kb or you can get a free sample of A Well Time Death  here  http://_freebook.karlbourdiec.co.uk/AWTDB 

Q: Will you give us an excerpt from one of your favorite works?
A: I used to have an answer to this but now its all a blur.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to say to those reading this post?
A: Keep reading.

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Thank you for taking the time to read this interview and learning more about Karl Bourdiec!

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Looking for Authors to Interview

I hope those who read this blog post today will share with all your author friends.

I am looking for authors to interview in order to help them promote their books.

If you are interested, please contact me at cyannris at gmail dot com.

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2 New Books

Here are two new books I think you will enjoy.

Newberry Sin by C. Hope Clark, available now.

 

The third book in the Battle Scars series by Charlene Newcomb, that will be available tomorrow, May 1, 2018.

Follow Charlene Newcomb.

 

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Happy Arbor Day!

Today is Arbor Day!

Recently, I received an Arbor Day envelope in the mail asking for support and I am happy to send in a donation.

In this particular mailing was a flyer titled “A History of the Holiday.”  I want to share with you what the flyer said.

“On January 4, 1872, J. Sterling Morton first proposed a tree planting holiday – Arbor Day – at a meeting of Nebraska’s State Board of Agriculture.  the date was set for April 10, 1872, and it was estimated that more than one million trees were planted throughout the state on that first Arbor Day.

“In the years following, other states passed legislation to observe Arbor Day, and the tradition began in schools nationwide in 1882.  Today Arbor Day is celebrated in all 50 states and more than 40 countries around the globe.”

“Arbor Day is not like other holidays.  Each of those repose upon the past.  Arbor Day proposes for the future.” – J. Sterling Morton

 

I remember celebrating Arbor Day at school.  We always brought home pine trees to plant.

Growing up in the Appalachian Mountains, I saw many pine trees on the hills.  So, I can imagine my Dad’s face when all of us kids brought home, pine trees to plant.

Our house was on a hill and our front yard went straight down the hill, then a small jump down to the ditch before the road.  My Dad helped us kids plant pine trees at the bottom of the yard.  By the year 2000, those pine trees had grown so tall that you could no longer see the road, the flat bottom land, or the hill beyond.  They grew straight and tall.  The trees are still there today!

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Friday the 13th: Are you superstitious?

Today is Friday the 13th.  Are you superstitious?

In 1233 Pope Gregory IX announced that black cats were placed on earth to do the Devil’s work.  Prior to Pope Gregory, cats were pretty much worshipped as gods.  Guess the pagan idea didn’t sit too well with the Catholic Church.

Since then, the black feline has pretty much been seen as “bad luck.”

Did you know that black cats, even black dogs, are usually the last ones to be adopted at animal shelters?  One animal shelter worker told me black cats, and dogs, usually spend seven to ten days longer in the shelter than any other color.

The cat in the above photo is Morgan.  He is a very sweet lovable black cat with oh so very soft fur.

Here is a photo of Bates, when he was a tiny kitten.  Again, he is a very sweet boy with soft fur.  He loves to lounge in my lap and if I am laying on the sofa or bed he wants to lay on my chest.  I think he likes the rhythm of my heartbeat.

Some folks are superstitious of black cats crossing their path.  I have been told by a friend that when they are out walking and see a black cat cross in front of them, they turn and go in another direction because they believe allowing a black cat to cross in front of them will bring them bad luck.

My black cats bring me joy.

Here is my warning about black cats:    If you walk around the house at night without the lights on, you can’t see them.  I have lost count over the years how many times I have been tripped by Morgan and Bates or accidentally stepped on their paws or tails in the dark.  But, I still love them and they love me.

So, next time you want to adopt a cat, think about adopting a “Black Cat.”

Black cats aren’t the only thing people are superstitious about.

Some folks will not walk under a ladder.  Others are afraid they will jinx themselves and knock on wood.  Others carry a lucky rabbit’s foot or a lucky four leaf clover.

Here are some superstitions:

A ship should not set sail on Friday the 13th because it will sink.

Do not get a new bed on Friday the 13th for it will cause you to have bad dreams.

If a black cat turns it back on you, you will have bad luck.

Do not plant a Weeping Willow for it will bring sadness and sorrow.

Never sleep directly under a full moon as it can bring illness and death.

Never marry in May.  It is not a good month to start a marriage.

If you kill a Robin redbreast, you will have bad luck for the rest of the year.

 

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