Sunday, 11 October 2009

I Ain't Superstitious...

Now I'm not a superstitious kind of chap really. I only count Magpies because of some strange OCD that overcomes me every now and then. And I certainly don't address single Magpies verbally so that any ill-fortune does wing itself my way. Honest!






Nor do I read horoscopes obsessively, looking for any grain of encouragement, although apparently Librans are always fascinated by their horoscopes (and themselves) and Libra cups, signs, books are always first to sell out. Russell Grant tells me that 2009 is an ideal year to indulge in creative pastimes. He said that if I wrote a book I would experience 'wild success.'



Rabbit's feet, horseshoes and four leaf clover mean nothing to me (although, come to think of it, I do have quite a clover collection pressed between the pages of various thick books around the house).



I remember a great night in a pub in a village in County Cork, Ireland. The previous weekend, I'd been to The Grand national at Aintree racecource (not too far from me). I mentioned to someone that I'd bet on every race and won (not big money, a couple of quid each time). I didn't have to buy a pint again that evening as virtually everyone in the pub bought me one 'for luck.'



Someone once told me that lucky people are those who say 'yes' to opportunities that come their way and I think I subscribe to that but I wonder if sometimes you have to put yourself in the way of those chances. I've written for years but once I decided to go for publication, I set about finding out the 'hows', 'whos' and 'wheres.' And it worked.



And now I'm working towards the 'hows, whos and wheres' of selling the book...touch wood...

Are you superstitious?

7 comments:

Sue Hyams said...

With a Welsh mother, how could I not be superstitious? So, yes I do address every single magpie I see, even blowing them kisses as well. I don't look at a new moon through glasses. If I do by accident, I turn over a silver coin in my pocket. The list is endless. But I do think you can create your own luck as well and that if you keep a positive mindset, it helps. Certainly seems to have worked for you!

DOT said...

I'm not.

We all need luck but, as you point out, it is manufactured by effort, by creating more opportunities for that fortuitous coincidence to occur.

I've got my fingers crossed I get my lucky break soon.

DOT said...

PS My fortune cookie from last night's take away says, 'You will make a sudden rise in life.'

Think it's mistaking me for someone named Lazarus.

SueG said...

Superstitious? Well, I'd rather think I like to cover all the bases, just in case....but I definitely draw the line at throwing chickens around my head. That I definitely will NOT do.

Megan said...

How could you put pictures of magpies on your post (I know there's 2, but still!)It's bad enough avoiding the ones in the tree over the road

xx

(I think i might be a teeny-weeny bit superstitious)

Tam said...

You betcha! Magpies, black cats (although they can also be caused by a glitch in the matrix) and salt over my shoulder are amongst my favourite obsessions. I even have a hagstone, to ward off any passing witches. But I think my writing success is down to flipping hard work and a blummin' great agent. (I'm still not taking any chances, mind. Where's that salt?)

DJ Kirkby said...

Not in the slightest but my husband is enough for the two of us!