February 16, 2009

If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no

book at all! Well, that's not exactly true. I just have in my head this crazy little ditty from Hee Haw, a show I used to watch as a kid.

The Jinx is about Rick Braswell having the worst luck of his life, and it all seems to tie in with a woman named Ellen. I had lots of fun coming up with horrible things to happen to Rick, but it all works out happily by the last page.

Speaking of bad luck, here are a few bad-luck-bringers I've been thinking about lately in honor of The Jinx.

It's bad luck if:

*A black cat crosses your path. Boy, ain't that the truth. We have a black cat named Midnight Rose. I have nearly killed myself getting up and going to the bathroom at night because I've tripped over her. You just can't see the dumb cat in the dark, and she's too stuck on herself to think she might actually need to get out of the way.

* You walk under a ladder. If you've ever seen Laurel and Hardy, you should be able to attest to this. Guy, walks under a ladder, bucket of paint falls and covers him with paint before bonking him on the head. However, it's great Slapstick. So, if you need a good cheap laugh, just get you a ladder, an open can of paint, and an idiot to walk under the ladder.

* You break a mirror. I've heard this is because mirrors used to cost a lot. And maybe it would take you seven years of bad hair days and smeared make-up before you could save up to buy a new one. After a little investigating, it seems that the Romans believed a little piece of your soul stayed in the mirror so if you broke it, your soul was also a little broken. They believed the rejuvenation period of the soul was seven years so there you go!

Rick and Ellen try to ward off Rick's bad luck by borrowing a rabbit named Hasenpfeffer (because four rabbit's feet should be four times luckier than one, right?)

Come check out The Jinx at my website! Click HERE to pop over there.

Are you superstitious? What do you consider to bring you good luck or bad luck?

May you have fabulously good luck today!
Jennifer Johnson


LuAnn said...

I suppose I would think a four-leaf clover would bring good luck if I had ever found one! Seriously, I'm not a superstitious type of person, but I do get a little tingle when I see a falling star!

Emma Lai said...

I used to spend all recess looking for four leaf clovers. I've only ever found one, and it didn't bring me any luck. However, I have my own Irish man, and he seems to bring me all the goodness that I need! :) Looking forward to reading "The Jinx"!

J K Maze said...

I am not superstitious. Really, I'm not.

Having said that, some time ago I was walking down Michigan Avenue in Chicago with a friend, saw a workmen's ladder, and claimed I didn't believe in that superstition. To prove it, I walked under the ladder - and broke the 3 inch heel of my shoe

Joan Maze

Jennifer Johnson said...

Joan, I laughed out loud! Wow! Actually, I'm not really superstitious. I believe you make your own luck, but that story might make one waver. I will say I do eat greens and black eyed peas on New Year's Day. Mainly, because I will hear about all year from my mom if I don't. "I told you you'd have financial difficulties if you didn't eat greens and peas." And I like them so...

Emma Lai,
I did find one five-leafed clover and plucked a leaf off. Does that count for lucky?

Anonymous said...

I don't believe in superstitions at all my Ouija board says no such thing as bad luck!!So there.