Got to get ready for the retreat today. I'm making a pumpkin pie for the pitch-in tonight, but from the list of other goodies we'll be having, I'm not sure anyone will have room for dessert!
At the retreat, I have to read a two page scene from a book (one of my own, I presume) where love is revealed.
I just realized that today is Friday the 13th. I'm not superstitious about that one, but I am about other things. Just ask any ICU nurse and they will tell you: NEVER MAKE A BED ON YOUR UNIT AFTER THE PATIENT HAS MOVED OUT AND THE ROOM HAS BEEN CLEANED UNTIL THE END OF YOUR SHIFT. This is carved in stone, people! If you make that bed, it will be filled by the end of the shift. Unless, of course, the unit is completely empty and you WANT patients just to relieve the boredom.
Which brings me to another nursing no-no. NEVER, under any circumstances admit that you are BORED!!! This will bring the crazies out of the woodwork and you will be sorry for the rest of the night!
Full moons. This is not a superstition: This is FACT! Things go wild on the night of the full moon. The last full moon was on Halloween. It was also the night that the time changed from Daylight Savings Time, and, since we had to work for 13 hours, we decided to have a pitch-in. FATAL MISTAKE!!!! The shit hit the fan from word go, and by morning the unit was full. We really should have known better!
I haven't run up against many writer's superstitions, but I haven't been a writer for nearly as long as I have been a nurse, but I'm sure I will develop a few of my own if the writing career continues, like, Never turn off your computer until the last second before you go to bed, (or leave the house, or get in the shower, etc), because you will instantly think of something you need to add the moment you hit the off key. Another one might be turning around three times before emailing a manuscript to your editor, but I haven't tried that one yet, so I don't know if it will make her like it better or not.
But enough of my ramblings. Let's hear it from you. What are you superstitious about?