Friggatriskaidekaphobia is…

…the fear of Friday the 13th. One of the most popular myths in science and is also known as Paraskavedekatriahobia. But it’s no fear of mine. My sister and I were both born on a Friday the 13th, Linda in May, me in December, so superstitions are not a worry for us. We like to worry about really important things, like whether Carl on Coronation Street is going to get away with murder.

Triskaidekaphobia is fear of the number 13. Just an interesting detail I thought I’d throw in.

Apparently bikers are not superstitious, either. Every Friday the 13th, bikers from all over Canada and United States congregate at Port Dover, Ontario, and enjoy each other’s company. And probably a beer or two. Here’s a live feed,

One day Frank and I might participate in these festivities, but driving 493 miles for 7.5 hours, on a 1200 Sporty, is not all that comfortable. She’s nimble, and a lot of fun, (kind of like myself), but compared to an Ultra Glide, or a Gold Wing, our little Harley is sadly lacking in the comfort area. At least for the passenger.

So for now my Friday the 13th is spent getting a novella ready for self-publishing while I await word from Divertir Publishing about whether they feel Mabel is ready to meet the public or not. Could take three months so lots of time to work on other projects, like my NEW JOB! Yes, I start on the 23rd as an Administrative Assistant at Investors Group (thank you, Barb, for helping with my resume!). This job is tailor made for me; great people, part-time so I’ll have free time to write, and great hours. I don’t start until 9 a.m. I won’t even have to set the alarm.

Therefore, so far, so good. Hopefully I’m a long way from popping my clogs but as of yet, Friday the 13th hasn’t hurt me at all. Touch wood. Okay, a tiny bit superstitious.

How’s my sister doing, you ask? Right now she’s cruising the rivers in Europe on one of those Viking Cruise lines. So seems to be doing just fine, thank you for asking.




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14 Responses to Friggatriskaidekaphobia is…

  1. Danielle says:

    I didn’t realize yesterday was Friday the 13, until someone at work mentioned it. Speaking of work, congrats on the new job! That’s always a reason to celebrate.

    Good luck with Divertir Publishing. I hope you hear something good! :-)

    What’s the novella about?

    • ajcap says:

      Thanks, Danielle, I’m really looking forward to work again. Never thought I’d say that, but I think I’ll like part-time.

      It’s a cozy, a mystery with a touch of paranormal. More along the lines of “All’s Well” (short story under my published works). Nothing like “A Bother of Bodies” and it was written almost ten years ago so there’s a lot of editing to do. I wrote it before I took the Long Ridge course, before I turned serious about my writing. Started out as a story for a writers group I belonged to and they kept pestering me for more and before I knew it, I’d written my first complete book.

      What you think about giving away free eBooks? Do you think it helps an author’s platform?

  2. Danielle says:

    From what I’ve read, giving away free books works well for some authors, but only if they have a series. They give away the first one, then if people like it they’ll buy the others. I read a YA Fantasy that was free over the summer and went on to read three more in the series. I had to stop there because I needed to get back to my WIP. By the way, this author is self-published and writes a book a month.

    I’m hoping to start book #2 in my series in November. I also want to write at least one novella with the same characters. I was thinking that maybe giving the novella away could introduce people to the characters. People need to find me and the novellas/novels first though. That could be the tricky part.

    Are you planning on giving away ebooks?

    • ajcap says:

      I like your idea of writing a novella introducing the characters in the series, and giving away that ebook. I took out a whole lot of back story during rewrites so I could probably knock off a novella in no time. My series is set in the first person, but maybe I could do the novella in third? What do you think? Seems like it would be more fun, interesting, that way. Except you lose the intimacy of the mc’s voice.

      How about we do an exchange of novellas? I’d be happy to be a beta reader for you, if you didn’t mind doing the same for me?

  3. Danielle says:

    I’d be happy to read your novella! Yes, let’s exchange. :-) I don’t know when I’ll have one ready to send to you though. I’m going to try to do nanowrimo. That may end up as a novella, but I think it’s too big for a novella. You can certainly send my yours when you’re ready.

    I’ve thought about writing in third person too. You mentioned the loss of intimacy when going form first to third person, and I agree. Do you think if it’s written in third person, you could keep the main character’s voice from getting lost too much?

    • ajcap says:

      That’s the risk, Danielle. Mabel’s voice is a big part of the book and using third person could make the novella appear more of a tell instead of a show. I’ll see what Mary says. I’m going to finish the novella I’m working on now before I start Mabel’s novella. I’ll send the former to Mary for editing and ask her about Mabel’s novella then.

      But most certainly we should exchange. We’ll discuss again after nanowrimo and set a target date. Probably after Christmas some time, I would think. And we don’t have to wait until it’s done…send me a chapter, or a first page and we’ll go from there. I’ve already got my first line;

      It was a bad idea. Mabel knew it was a bad idea. But… if it’s third person, or,

      It was a bad idea. I knew it was a bad idea. But…

  4. Danielle says:

    Oh my goodness. The typos in that post are staring me in the fast. How did I miss them? lol

  5. Danielle says:

    Oh boy! Yes, let’s do the Novella trade after the holidays.

    I like the first person first line better. I’m already wondering what that bad idea could be!

    • ajcap says:

      I agree, the first three lines (:))in the first person is the best one. And I won’t keep you waiting, I’ll send the bad idea to you soon as I get it done. Thanks for the input, and I look forward to reading your first lines, pages, novella. 2014..time to get things done!

  6. Valerie Phillips says:

    Hi Amanda. Funny you talking about Port Dover. We are in the next Village. You are always welcome to stay here. We have plenty of room for, the two of you. Yes Port Dover rocks even when it is not the 13th.


    • ajcap says:

      I didn’t know you were that close to Port Dover, Val. Now I’ll fee guilty when I do visit because you’ll think I’m only coming down to visit with the bikers instead of visiting with my own family. What a horrible person I am. But…I’ll get over it.

      I would love to visit but, unlike yourself, I so hate to travel. Love visiting, hate highways.

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