So, it’s Friday the 13th. So far all’s well. *knocks on wood*
I’m…passively superstitious? I don’t consciously live my life aware of superstitions, but I don’t walk under ladders and I try not to break mirrors and I will freak out if you rock an empty rocking chair in my presence.
But I can’t write without my hackeysack.
Needless to say it’s a bit of a hinderance if I’m actually writing writing, because I don’t type for crap one-handed. But when I’m thinking, plotting, problem-solving, it’s in my hand. I can squeeze it, toss it from hand to hand. It gives me the physical outlet for the writing energy. When it’s going really well and the scene’s exciting me, I have to move. I have to pace to keep it processing in my head.
Needless to say, getting up and walking away from the computer is not exactly conducive to getting the scene down. The hackeysack accidently helped cure that little problem. I can grab it up, work off some of that energy with my hands, toss it back and forth from hand to hand, then get back to work.
Having the laptop has been a wonder for me. I love being at my kitchen counter. I read there, I eat there…almost everything can be done leaning against the kitchen counter. (Well, not that. The husband’s shorter than I am, and I have nosy neighbors to boot.) But writing while standing works for me. I can move move my feet, pace just a little, without stepping totally away.
But I still have to have my hackeysack at hand. I’ve lost it a couple of time (let’s blame the children, shall we?) and panic doesn’t even begin to describe the aftermath. I’m screaming, the muse is screaming, characters are screaming. It was the End of Days at the Stacey house, let me tell you.
So that’s it. That’s my thing…my lucky charm. My talisman. (And SOMEbody just told me it’s not only Friday the 13th, but a full moon, and now I’m setting my rocking chairs on fire.)
So what’s yours? Do you have a writing superstitition or talisman? How ’bout a reading one, like a book thong with a special charm that’s for your favorite books?