Friday, January 13, 2012

Upside down and backwards!

Have you ever woken up on a seemingly suspicious day like Friday the 13th to find that everything really is...The Opposite?

When Nate woke up in the morning, The Opposite was standing on his ceiling staring down at him. From that moment on, Nate's day turned upside down in the most extraordinary way!

When Nate poured milk on his cereal—something he is usually good at—The Opposite happened. Milk splashed everywhere and made a big mess. When started to draw a very good picture of an elephant at school, the Opposite happened. Paint went everywhere, except on his paper!

All seems lost until Nate cleverly devises a plan to get rid of The Opposite forever!

From where exactly does the supersition of Friday the 13th originate? There are lots of legends supporting the myth of this most unlucky day of the year, some dating back to primitive eras when man was first learning to count! The ancient Egyptians had a theory and so did the Greeks and early pagan Romans, the early Catholic Church and just about everyone else, including recent world leaders (Theodore Roosevelt was a member of the superstitious Thirteen Club)! Even today, most buildings don't have a 13th floor.

If you're superstitious, I'm sure you're reading this post from the safety of your home, away from all ladders, mirrors and spillable salt. If you're braving the outside world on this Friday the 13th, be careful out there! And maybe swing by your local indie bookstore to check out The Opposite!

Happy reading, everyone!

And now...a GIVEAWAY!

Do you have any superstitions or lucky habits? Tell us about them in a comment here (please include an email address or some other way for me to contact you) or email me at for a chance to win a copy of The Opposite! I'll pick a winner on Monday, Jan. 16 so have your entries in by Sunday night!

*Contest ends Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012 at 11:59 p.m.
**U.S. residents only, please

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  1. Being a life-long Red Sox fan, I harbored perhaps more than the average person's superstition. Fear of doing anything differently during a Red Sox games, and feeling wholly responsible for the resulting defeat, was agonizing. This went on for decades until, in game 4 of the 2004 playoff series against the Yankees, with the Sox down three games to none, I decided to NOT wear my hat backwards, as was the custom in order to facilitate a come-back. I was tired of feeling like Atlas, shrugging beneath the weight of Red Sox Nation. And whadaya know, Dave Roberts went on to steal second base anyway. And then Sox went on to score off, and then beat the unbeatable Mariano Rivera. They won that game and then the next three, first team ever to come back from a 3-0 deficit in the ALCS. Despite the fact that I didn't turn my hat around, they went to the World Series, and won that, too. The Red Sox were champions for the first time in 86 years. The Curse of the Bambino was lifted. And I was free. Today, I just may walk under a ladder, because I know I can. :)

  2. The Opposite looks like a great book! No superstitions here, its just business as usual today.

  3. Oops, forgot my email address...
    teresasreadingcorner at gmail dot com

  4. My superstition is saving pennies that I find in one big mason jar of good luck!
    writer grad at gmail dot com

  5. Thanks for your entries, everyone! Picking the winner now with my random number generator! :)


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