Michaeline: February is a Great Month for Stories!

Doves driving an old-fashioned automobile bedecked with flowers (one dove has a letter in her mouth)

Ready? Set? Let’s fly into February! (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

I often feel like January is a recovery month – it takes 31 days to catch up on the sleep I lose on New Year’s Eve, and I’m often busy trying new resolutions to improve my diet, exercise, career, housekeeping and writing practices, which in turn, leads to recovering from too much fiber, muscle strain, brain strain, dust allergies and . . . and luckily, no adverse effects from the writing.

February is full of fun little days that have produced big stories. February 2 is Groundhog Day, the day a small mammal predicts the weather and future happiness. I’ve discussed the movie Groundhog Day a couple of times on the blog, as a metaphor for re-writing, and a meditation about how a wretched character (Phil, the weatherman) re-invents himself as a being worthy of loving and capable of love.

February 3 is Setsubun, the Japanese holiday about driving out demons called oni and generally getting rid of what doesn’t serve you. The tradition is that you throw beans while yelling, “Demons out! Good luck in!” Then you pick up all the beans, and eat as many beans as your years on earth. Side bonus: the wise demon-exorcist will vacuum all the corners of the house so the beans don’t get dusty. The wily Hokkaido pioneer will use peanuts in the shell to Continue reading

Nancy: Happy Leap Day!

Leap DayHappy Leap Day, everyone! At our house, we’re celebrating in a big way. It’s not so much that it’s leap day, though, but that it’s the one time every four years my husband gets a real birthday. So, happy birthday, Peter!

In other (non-writing-related) news, I’m moving! Days, that is. Justine has graciously agreed to share the Tuesday spotlight with me. So next week, things will be a little quiet here Monday, but I’ll be by Tuesday to share my February writing and life progress. Then Justine will be back March 15, and so on, and so on…you get the idea. And knowing this group of ladies, Mondays might not always be quiet. We might have tricks and guests and alternative plans of our sleeves, so stay tuned!

I hope you’ll be able to use the extra day this year to get in some writing. And if you get a chance and are so inclined, raise a glass to Peter and all those other poor leap-day babies (who, in my experience, still get a birthday celebration during non leap-day years – it just lasts the entire month of February). See you next Tuesday!