Luck. So much of life relies on luck, and that certainly includes the query trenches. So I was wondering what sort of superstitions do people rely on to bring them luck.
I will admit to being superstitious when it comes to sports. I've resorted to sitting in the same seat for each game, wearing the same clothes, and even eating the same food. Back when the Cubs were in the playoff--yes it did happen--I sat on the same spot on the floor for each game, listening to the game on the radio, while watching it on TV with the sound turned off. (Those national TV announcers just weren't the same. Much too fair-minded, give both sides equal time. Who needs that?)
As far as querying, I might have had a trick up my sleeve. A little something my son brought me back from his trip to Japan in June.
This is no ordinary strange white fox. It's a lucky fox spirit. This spirit called Kitsune, or Japanese for fox, is able to henge or shapeshift. Besides being the messenger of the harvest spirit, Oinari, and known for luring the opposite sex when in it's human form, Kitsune is also considered by some to be lucky.
I may or may not have plunked my Kitsune down on my nightstand and given him a pet each night. I may or may not have wished my lucky fox would bring me an agent.
But I do know that two months later, that wish came true.
So do I still pet Kitsune each night now that I'm on submission? What do you think?
Time for your confession. What lengths do you go to to secure your luck? What tricks have worked for you?