Day 9: Tuesday, November 9
Just a warning, this is the point at which I usually start verring off the path as far as what I post daily is concerned. I've been posting nice inspirational stuff for about a month now including the countdown, and now I'm getting a little slap happy. I'd imagine that some of you are getting that way also. So without further ado.
Theatre Superstitions and Saints
Just in case you feel as though you are not getting the work done that you would like to get done, here's a few things you can do to help yourself, if you are in the supersitious vein.
- Don't have the following things in your play, because if you have them on stage, apparently it will be bad luck: peacock feathers, real flowers, The Bible, mirrors, and anything blue, yellow or green. Apparently there have been several instances of a show being 'MacBethed' by these items. So just avoid them.
- Don't use the word 'MacBeth' in your play. We all know about the supersitions regarding 'The Scottish play'. It's best just to avoid it
- Don't write stage directions where an actor is required to clap or whistle backstage. This can cause a cue to be misheard and could cause whole parts of the scenes to come crashing down.
- Be sure to invest in a black cat. They are supposed to be extremely lucky for a theatre to have within. Best bet--be sure to have a whole litter of black kittens born on stage. That will ensure the best luck.
- Invoke St. Genesius and St. Vitus. Of course, you may want to invoke St. Drogo, the patron saint of coffee, and possibly any of the saints listed here, including the patron saints of serial killers, alcoholics, those falsely accused of being cannibals, bachelors and the really ugly. You can get even MORE specific by going here to an alphabetic list of patron saints and customize your shrine accordingly.
- Tell us how you've done on the 9th day of NaPlWriMo!
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