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
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?
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 the
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!