Sunday, October 2, 2011

Superstition....or rules?

I know a lot of people tell me they don't believe in superstition. And if I ask you, you might say, "no, I don't believe in superstition." But are you telling me the truth?

Are you telling me that you have NEVER encountered a ladder and decided to go around it? Or did you walk under it? Do you know someone who has broken a mirror? Or have you broken a mirror?
What about a black cat? I don't even have to tell you the superstition on a black cat...I bet you know it.

Growing up my granny told me a lot of superstition. As I got older, I just assumed they were rules, rules that EVERYONE lived by. I'll never forget the time I was at a new friends house eating dinner and the salt shaker was knocked over. Immediately I grabbed it and began to toss the salt over my shoulder. I'll never forget the look on my friend's family faces. They had no clue what I was doing.

Another time, at that same friend's house, I crawled into her window really late at night so her parents wouldn't see me. In fact, it was two am...Unfortunately her parents caught me and asked me to leave. I reopened the window to crawl back out. Her mom insisted I got out the front door like most normal people. I refused. After all granny told me to always leave a house the way you came in.

As I got even older, like college, my friends really thought I was a little too freaky. Doesn't everyone eat an apple at midnight on Christmas Eve/ Christmas morning for good luck?

Of course I have instilled all these RULES in my four teenage boys, and now their friends think they are a little freaky. (LOVE MY LITTLE FREAKS) And I thought about all the situations I could put one of my characters in if I made every chapter a different superstition and she encountered that superstition. Wouldn't that be funny??

NEVER TELL YOUR DREAMS BEFORE BREAKFAST will be out in spring 2012. It's the third book in The Grandberry Falls series. And I'm so excited to be writing this book right now!

I know there is a little bit of superstition in each and every one of you! What are some of them? I might use them in my novel!

OH....remember, never tell your dreams before breakfast!!!


  1. Tonya, I really enjoyed your blog. For some reason I was unable to post a comment there however. I think you covered most of the superstitions I knew, and one I didn't (thank you). How about picking up a penny from the ground bringing good luck. Then there is finding a feather bringing you good luck, especially if it is white. And lastly, I remember when I was a kid my mother taking me to a cemetary to put flowers on someone's grave and she told me to NEVER step on someone's grave because that was very bad luck. That about covers them for me. I look forward to reading Never Tell Your Dreams Before Breakfast. Gerri Brousseau

  2. My sisters and I would hold our breath driving past a cemetery. Never look in a mirror in a dark room until after you turn on the light, or you will see a ghost/what age you'll die at. We burned a Yule log with ribbons tied around it on New Year's to make our resolution stronger. Don't step on a crack.

  3. When I was a kid we were told that you had to lift your feet and cross your fingers when you drove over a bridge ... or you'd lose your girlfriend.
    And, of course, the whole thing about stepping on cracks in the sidewalk ...

  4. I was barely off the boat Polish so we had many old country superstitions when I was little. Never take the garbage out after dark or bad things would happen. (my sister says she just thinks our mom didn't feel like it). If you are bad the gypsies would come and take you. Never put shoes on the table or bed because it was bad luck. If you dreamt about dogs or babies something bad would happen.
    (Monica VB)

  5. Oh, Elizabeth, my cousin and I held our breath too. WE lived near a cemetery and would run through holding our breath...very careful NOT to step on a grave:))
    The yule log also had to die out before the end of the night is what we believed. Thanks for stopping by. If you remember more, let me know!

  6. Jeff, we lift our feet and cross our fingers over railroad tracks and make a wish:)) LOVE THESE!

  7. LOL, Monika! That is so funny about your mom. I might use that at my house!!
    Also, if a bird flies into your house it means death.....

  8. That is so cute! I've never been superstitious. In fact, I went out of my way to flaunt those things, as a kid. As an adult, I don't even think about them.

  9. How about knocking on wood, especially oak, to bring out the good spirits!
    Tonya, my family is from KY, too, so a lot of yours sound so familiar!

  10. Love that title - fab!

    And oh yes. I am very superstitious. I try not to indulge it too much, because living in such an old city like London, it can get a bit out of hand!

  11. Thanks, Linda!! I've had a GREAT FUN TIME writing this novel!!

  12. Michele! Where in KY? We especially don't sweep the broom over anyone's feet;)

  13. Oh, Talli! You are after my own heart!! I'd love to see all those cool superstition in London!