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How to Jinx Your Publication Date

(Originally Posted on November 9, 2021)

It has been brought to my attention that my blog is not going to write itself… so I guess I’d better do it.

Today I learned that it may be bad luck to carve your book title and publication date in a jack o’lantern – no matter how cool it looks,

To be fair, it’s probably not the poor pumpkin’s fault that my publication date was moved. It did nothing but sit on my porch and, I assume, confuse the trick or treaters who wondered what in the world “Gemini Divided 01/11/22” meant. I considered myself lucky when I was able to carve the name and original publication date of my book into it without any of the connecting pieces breaking off – it’s not as though you can glue it back on!

No, I can’t blame the pumpkin for the fact that I talked to my publisher today for the first time in a couple months, or for the fact that all the steps happening on their side of things have been running a little behind.

If I was superstitious, I might say I jinxed myself – but I doubt it. That pumpkin was too awesome to cause problems.

Still, I’m glad Halloween is over, so there’s no temptation to carve my NEW publication date (January 20, 2022) into any other pumpkin.

You just can’t be too careful.

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