Invent A Holiday

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 Pat Rice here:

Since tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, it seemed obvious for a romance writer to write about love, but the wenches covered the entire day front to back very nicely a few years ago.  Here’s the link if you want your holiday fix: http://wordwenches.typepad.com/word_wenches/2007/02/index.html
Some incredibly yummy info in there—enjoy.

So I, perverse critter (and lover of paranormal) that I am, decided to expound upon Friday the 13th. If you didn’t realize that’s what today is, wake up!  Over 21 million people live in terror of today.  Scientific studies have been done showing millions of people stay home, disrupting workforces and reducing traffic on any given Friday the 13th. And why?  Probably because a fiction writer in 1907 expounded
upon some ancient superstitions and named his book FRIDAY THE Fri13book
THIRTEENTH (that's the cover on the right), thus popularizing the theory that the rare juxtaposition
of unlucky 13 and unlucky Friday make the day doubly unfortunate.

Ah, the power of the pen! If you want more information on the history behind the superstition, check out my post from 2007: http://wordwenches.typepad.com/word_wenches/2007/02/index.html

Today, I’d rather use the power of my keyboard to invent a new superstition—my suggestion would be that a Friday the 13th prior to Valentines Day should cancel the bad luck and mean love will come your way this year!  (I’ll refrain from calling it St Pat’s Day, though. “G”)  Anyone else have a better suggestion?

Freya
The history of both days gives you a wealth of material with which to work:  The Nordic goddess of love, Freya, for whom Friday was named became a 13th member of the traditional witch’s coven of 12; thirteen was revered in matriarchal goddess-worshipping societies for the thirteen menstrual cycles in a year (take that ye patriarchs!); and St Valentine was probably a (male) Christian cover-up to add morality to the Roman Lupercalia, when the dawn of spring and fertility rites were celebrated. (Did pagans celebrate anything besides fertility?) Go ahead, invent your own holiday!

And while you’re thinking, take a look at my new cover!  MYSTIC WARRIOR is theMystic warrior
last of the trilogy and will be out in July, but it’s a nice bright Valentine red, so I thought readers might appreciate it.  And I’m in the process of updating the website at www.patriciarice.com, so you should be able to check out an excerpt, if Friday the 13th doesn’t cast its shadow!

55 thoughts on “Invent A Holiday”

  1. I decided I wanted a holiday for my favorite birds – ducks.
    National Duck Day! Have a Fowl Day!
    What a life–paddling around, quacking, eating weeds. I love ducks. They’re pretty birds, they’re large enough to see easily, and some will come up to you–if you’re dispensing food. They also stay in the pond where I don’t have to clean up after them. And there are times in life when paddling around, quacking and eating weeds sounds pretty good. **grins**
    July? I have to wait until July for Mystic Warrior? I’ll just have to reread the other two Mystic books until then.

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  2. I decided I wanted a holiday for my favorite birds – ducks.
    National Duck Day! Have a Fowl Day!
    What a life–paddling around, quacking, eating weeds. I love ducks. They’re pretty birds, they’re large enough to see easily, and some will come up to you–if you’re dispensing food. They also stay in the pond where I don’t have to clean up after them. And there are times in life when paddling around, quacking and eating weeds sounds pretty good. **grins**
    July? I have to wait until July for Mystic Warrior? I’ll just have to reread the other two Mystic books until then.

    Reply
  3. I decided I wanted a holiday for my favorite birds – ducks.
    National Duck Day! Have a Fowl Day!
    What a life–paddling around, quacking, eating weeds. I love ducks. They’re pretty birds, they’re large enough to see easily, and some will come up to you–if you’re dispensing food. They also stay in the pond where I don’t have to clean up after them. And there are times in life when paddling around, quacking and eating weeds sounds pretty good. **grins**
    July? I have to wait until July for Mystic Warrior? I’ll just have to reread the other two Mystic books until then.

    Reply
  4. I decided I wanted a holiday for my favorite birds – ducks.
    National Duck Day! Have a Fowl Day!
    What a life–paddling around, quacking, eating weeds. I love ducks. They’re pretty birds, they’re large enough to see easily, and some will come up to you–if you’re dispensing food. They also stay in the pond where I don’t have to clean up after them. And there are times in life when paddling around, quacking and eating weeds sounds pretty good. **grins**
    July? I have to wait until July for Mystic Warrior? I’ll just have to reread the other two Mystic books until then.

    Reply
  5. I decided I wanted a holiday for my favorite birds – ducks.
    National Duck Day! Have a Fowl Day!
    What a life–paddling around, quacking, eating weeds. I love ducks. They’re pretty birds, they’re large enough to see easily, and some will come up to you–if you’re dispensing food. They also stay in the pond where I don’t have to clean up after them. And there are times in life when paddling around, quacking and eating weeds sounds pretty good. **grins**
    July? I have to wait until July for Mystic Warrior? I’ll just have to reread the other two Mystic books until then.

    Reply
  6. I think I have a solution for the Friday the 13th/Valentine’s dilemma–eat 13 dark chocolate truffles. 🙂
    National Duck Day sounds pretty good, too!
    Mary Jo, who could also get into National Go Back To Bed Day

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  7. I think I have a solution for the Friday the 13th/Valentine’s dilemma–eat 13 dark chocolate truffles. 🙂
    National Duck Day sounds pretty good, too!
    Mary Jo, who could also get into National Go Back To Bed Day

    Reply
  8. I think I have a solution for the Friday the 13th/Valentine’s dilemma–eat 13 dark chocolate truffles. 🙂
    National Duck Day sounds pretty good, too!
    Mary Jo, who could also get into National Go Back To Bed Day

    Reply
  9. I think I have a solution for the Friday the 13th/Valentine’s dilemma–eat 13 dark chocolate truffles. 🙂
    National Duck Day sounds pretty good, too!
    Mary Jo, who could also get into National Go Back To Bed Day

    Reply
  10. I think I have a solution for the Friday the 13th/Valentine’s dilemma–eat 13 dark chocolate truffles. 🙂
    National Duck Day sounds pretty good, too!
    Mary Jo, who could also get into National Go Back To Bed Day

    Reply
  11. I would like to have a “No Acid Reflux” day, thank you very much.
    If I can’t have that, then a “No Bad Knees” day would do. *g*
    Love your cover, Pat! Red is the universal “look at me” color. If people don’t snap up your book by author name, then surely they’ll do so for the Look at Me cover!

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  12. I would like to have a “No Acid Reflux” day, thank you very much.
    If I can’t have that, then a “No Bad Knees” day would do. *g*
    Love your cover, Pat! Red is the universal “look at me” color. If people don’t snap up your book by author name, then surely they’ll do so for the Look at Me cover!

    Reply
  13. I would like to have a “No Acid Reflux” day, thank you very much.
    If I can’t have that, then a “No Bad Knees” day would do. *g*
    Love your cover, Pat! Red is the universal “look at me” color. If people don’t snap up your book by author name, then surely they’ll do so for the Look at Me cover!

    Reply
  14. I would like to have a “No Acid Reflux” day, thank you very much.
    If I can’t have that, then a “No Bad Knees” day would do. *g*
    Love your cover, Pat! Red is the universal “look at me” color. If people don’t snap up your book by author name, then surely they’ll do so for the Look at Me cover!

    Reply
  15. I would like to have a “No Acid Reflux” day, thank you very much.
    If I can’t have that, then a “No Bad Knees” day would do. *g*
    Love your cover, Pat! Red is the universal “look at me” color. If people don’t snap up your book by author name, then surely they’ll do so for the Look at Me cover!

    Reply
  16. Have a Fowl Day! I think I just had one, thank you. I’m not particularly superstitious about Fridays or 13s but I don’t think anything I did all morning went right the first time. A Retrograde Holiday!
    13 truffles, yes, I need that RIGHT NOW!
    Thank you, dear wenches, for making me feel better when my brain has rattled out of my head. Our Warrior is pretty, isn’t he?

    Reply
  17. Have a Fowl Day! I think I just had one, thank you. I’m not particularly superstitious about Fridays or 13s but I don’t think anything I did all morning went right the first time. A Retrograde Holiday!
    13 truffles, yes, I need that RIGHT NOW!
    Thank you, dear wenches, for making me feel better when my brain has rattled out of my head. Our Warrior is pretty, isn’t he?

    Reply
  18. Have a Fowl Day! I think I just had one, thank you. I’m not particularly superstitious about Fridays or 13s but I don’t think anything I did all morning went right the first time. A Retrograde Holiday!
    13 truffles, yes, I need that RIGHT NOW!
    Thank you, dear wenches, for making me feel better when my brain has rattled out of my head. Our Warrior is pretty, isn’t he?

    Reply
  19. Have a Fowl Day! I think I just had one, thank you. I’m not particularly superstitious about Fridays or 13s but I don’t think anything I did all morning went right the first time. A Retrograde Holiday!
    13 truffles, yes, I need that RIGHT NOW!
    Thank you, dear wenches, for making me feel better when my brain has rattled out of my head. Our Warrior is pretty, isn’t he?

    Reply
  20. Have a Fowl Day! I think I just had one, thank you. I’m not particularly superstitious about Fridays or 13s but I don’t think anything I did all morning went right the first time. A Retrograde Holiday!
    13 truffles, yes, I need that RIGHT NOW!
    Thank you, dear wenches, for making me feel better when my brain has rattled out of my head. Our Warrior is pretty, isn’t he?

    Reply
  21. Like your new cover.
    I’m also with you re: Friday 13th before Valentines day. That should negate any problems with the 13th.
    Valentines Day is a favorite of mine….proposedto my DW on that day, 60 years ago!

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  22. Like your new cover.
    I’m also with you re: Friday 13th before Valentines day. That should negate any problems with the 13th.
    Valentines Day is a favorite of mine….proposedto my DW on that day, 60 years ago!

    Reply
  23. Like your new cover.
    I’m also with you re: Friday 13th before Valentines day. That should negate any problems with the 13th.
    Valentines Day is a favorite of mine….proposedto my DW on that day, 60 years ago!

    Reply
  24. Like your new cover.
    I’m also with you re: Friday 13th before Valentines day. That should negate any problems with the 13th.
    Valentines Day is a favorite of mine….proposedto my DW on that day, 60 years ago!

    Reply
  25. Like your new cover.
    I’m also with you re: Friday 13th before Valentines day. That should negate any problems with the 13th.
    Valentines Day is a favorite of mine….proposedto my DW on that day, 60 years ago!

    Reply
  26. I would certainly benefit from a No Drama Day (for the mothers of teenage girls) or a No Whining Day (for the mothers of pre-teen girls).
    I could also find many ways to celebrate National Valium Day!

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  27. I would certainly benefit from a No Drama Day (for the mothers of teenage girls) or a No Whining Day (for the mothers of pre-teen girls).
    I could also find many ways to celebrate National Valium Day!

    Reply
  28. I would certainly benefit from a No Drama Day (for the mothers of teenage girls) or a No Whining Day (for the mothers of pre-teen girls).
    I could also find many ways to celebrate National Valium Day!

    Reply
  29. I would certainly benefit from a No Drama Day (for the mothers of teenage girls) or a No Whining Day (for the mothers of pre-teen girls).
    I could also find many ways to celebrate National Valium Day!

    Reply
  30. I would certainly benefit from a No Drama Day (for the mothers of teenage girls) or a No Whining Day (for the mothers of pre-teen girls).
    I could also find many ways to celebrate National Valium Day!

    Reply
  31. Oooh! OOoh!! No Drama Day! memememe
    Even though my youngest is 20, she’s still a drama queen.
    Personally, I think every day should be Truffle day! 😀
    I would like National Exercise Day. Wait! Before you all groan!
    It would be a day where your body was magically transformed into the svelte figure you’ve always wanted without any effort on your part. 🙂 See? It’s the day that would change you, you wouldn’t have to do a thing! And it would never go back to the way it was.
    *sigh* Well, it was a thought…

    Reply
  32. Oooh! OOoh!! No Drama Day! memememe
    Even though my youngest is 20, she’s still a drama queen.
    Personally, I think every day should be Truffle day! 😀
    I would like National Exercise Day. Wait! Before you all groan!
    It would be a day where your body was magically transformed into the svelte figure you’ve always wanted without any effort on your part. 🙂 See? It’s the day that would change you, you wouldn’t have to do a thing! And it would never go back to the way it was.
    *sigh* Well, it was a thought…

    Reply
  33. Oooh! OOoh!! No Drama Day! memememe
    Even though my youngest is 20, she’s still a drama queen.
    Personally, I think every day should be Truffle day! 😀
    I would like National Exercise Day. Wait! Before you all groan!
    It would be a day where your body was magically transformed into the svelte figure you’ve always wanted without any effort on your part. 🙂 See? It’s the day that would change you, you wouldn’t have to do a thing! And it would never go back to the way it was.
    *sigh* Well, it was a thought…

    Reply
  34. Oooh! OOoh!! No Drama Day! memememe
    Even though my youngest is 20, she’s still a drama queen.
    Personally, I think every day should be Truffle day! 😀
    I would like National Exercise Day. Wait! Before you all groan!
    It would be a day where your body was magically transformed into the svelte figure you’ve always wanted without any effort on your part. 🙂 See? It’s the day that would change you, you wouldn’t have to do a thing! And it would never go back to the way it was.
    *sigh* Well, it was a thought…

    Reply
  35. Oooh! OOoh!! No Drama Day! memememe
    Even though my youngest is 20, she’s still a drama queen.
    Personally, I think every day should be Truffle day! 😀
    I would like National Exercise Day. Wait! Before you all groan!
    It would be a day where your body was magically transformed into the svelte figure you’ve always wanted without any effort on your part. 🙂 See? It’s the day that would change you, you wouldn’t have to do a thing! And it would never go back to the way it was.
    *sigh* Well, it was a thought…

    Reply
  36. No Drama Day sounds like a winner! Although my granddaughter can do drama so wickedly that it’s hard not to laugh out loud. Teenagers on the other hand… Do you think if we gave them that National Exercise Day (or should that be no exercise?), they’d be happy all day?
    And yeah, that cover heats a cold winter day, doesn’t it? It’s going to be wasted on summmer!
    And this is not only Valentines Day, but my anniversary. We started romance early. “G”

    Reply
  37. No Drama Day sounds like a winner! Although my granddaughter can do drama so wickedly that it’s hard not to laugh out loud. Teenagers on the other hand… Do you think if we gave them that National Exercise Day (or should that be no exercise?), they’d be happy all day?
    And yeah, that cover heats a cold winter day, doesn’t it? It’s going to be wasted on summmer!
    And this is not only Valentines Day, but my anniversary. We started romance early. “G”

    Reply
  38. No Drama Day sounds like a winner! Although my granddaughter can do drama so wickedly that it’s hard not to laugh out loud. Teenagers on the other hand… Do you think if we gave them that National Exercise Day (or should that be no exercise?), they’d be happy all day?
    And yeah, that cover heats a cold winter day, doesn’t it? It’s going to be wasted on summmer!
    And this is not only Valentines Day, but my anniversary. We started romance early. “G”

    Reply
  39. No Drama Day sounds like a winner! Although my granddaughter can do drama so wickedly that it’s hard not to laugh out loud. Teenagers on the other hand… Do you think if we gave them that National Exercise Day (or should that be no exercise?), they’d be happy all day?
    And yeah, that cover heats a cold winter day, doesn’t it? It’s going to be wasted on summmer!
    And this is not only Valentines Day, but my anniversary. We started romance early. “G”

    Reply
  40. No Drama Day sounds like a winner! Although my granddaughter can do drama so wickedly that it’s hard not to laugh out loud. Teenagers on the other hand… Do you think if we gave them that National Exercise Day (or should that be no exercise?), they’d be happy all day?
    And yeah, that cover heats a cold winter day, doesn’t it? It’s going to be wasted on summmer!
    And this is not only Valentines Day, but my anniversary. We started romance early. “G”

    Reply
  41. I’ve had to hide behind whatever book I’m reading on several occasions when the DD2 gets going. If she didn’t look exactly like me at that age, I’d wonder who’s kid she really is.
    And shoot!! Happy Anniversary!! Hope you have a good one 🙂

    Reply
  42. I’ve had to hide behind whatever book I’m reading on several occasions when the DD2 gets going. If she didn’t look exactly like me at that age, I’d wonder who’s kid she really is.
    And shoot!! Happy Anniversary!! Hope you have a good one 🙂

    Reply
  43. I’ve had to hide behind whatever book I’m reading on several occasions when the DD2 gets going. If she didn’t look exactly like me at that age, I’d wonder who’s kid she really is.
    And shoot!! Happy Anniversary!! Hope you have a good one 🙂

    Reply
  44. I’ve had to hide behind whatever book I’m reading on several occasions when the DD2 gets going. If she didn’t look exactly like me at that age, I’d wonder who’s kid she really is.
    And shoot!! Happy Anniversary!! Hope you have a good one 🙂

    Reply
  45. I’ve had to hide behind whatever book I’m reading on several occasions when the DD2 gets going. If she didn’t look exactly like me at that age, I’d wonder who’s kid she really is.
    And shoot!! Happy Anniversary!! Hope you have a good one 🙂

    Reply

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