You’ll feel lucky after reading this. We’re celebrating Friday the 13th with black cat luck and sharing a big, dark secret.
On the last Friday the 13th, in May 2016, we announced our upcoming Black Cats Tell All project. Someone might say it was unlucky to do so given what happened. A hell of a lot of awful things happened last year and I don’t mean the election. Most of which I have not blogged about, but not once did I think black cats were to blame. If anything, I feel blessed by a small but hugely supportive pocket of the black cat community and my own black Cat Clyde in ways that make every obstacle surmountable and holy Bast, it has not been easy.
Nothing could have prepared me for the toughest year of my life.
I doubt I’d have launched the Black Cat project if I knew in advance what a mammoth job it would be to complete two grueling crowdfunding campaigns last summer. Then to orchestrate the production of a book and calendar, maintaining two blog and social media schedule with three email accounts, three Instagram, three Facebook, two Twitter, one Pinterest, G+ accounts and partridge in a pear, while battling a serious illness. Not to mention making radical lifestyle and dietary changes while learning how to get blood samples daily from a diabetic black cat. It’s felt like herding cats on acid; wrangling over 80 amazing cats and their photos or stories, daily troubleshooting tech and other issues, but not once did I consider myself unlucky.
- The Black Cats Tell calendar is almost sold out (VERY last chance to enter our giveaway or snag one here)
- We donated a bunch for a fundraiser and one very generous contributor purchased another bunch. Other sales dribbled in slower than anticipated but it’s okay.
- I’m back on track to complete the book and just saw the preliminary layout. The designer did such a stunning job; I’d cry but I’m too exhausted.
- I refuse to make any more promises but the book will be beautiful and published sooner than later.
- After some promotion, the book will have a life of its own to succeed or fail.
- I’m very fatalistic these days. Unattached and Zen because I’m ready for my new life. I don’t know what it looks like yet but it will be very different from this one.
- It’s coming full circle. I began blogging in 2008 to build a platform as writer. Along the way I’ve helped many writers see their books published while mine sat in my head or drawer. I’ve enjoyed wonderful achievements but I lost my way and original purpose. It’s taken a layer cake of loss on top of loss, death and near death for me to wake up.
- Thank you to everyone who has helped in any way during this journey. Thank you to everyone who didn’t help. It’s all karma and guiding me to where I need to go next. For someone who likes to know the future ( I am a tarot reader) I don’t like not knowing the precise coordinates of direction but I’m cracked wide open. Much hinges on my health. I might need to disappear and retire, take a very long break or if I feel stronger, I might start a new business, do more advocacy, write a memoir, dust off a novel, who knows? I won’t know until after Black Cats Tell All: True Tales and Inspiring Images is published. Anything is possible and until then, I’m listening for signs, dipping my baby toe into new waters and waiting for rebirth in spring.
- .I rarely share my problems on Facebook because it’s time-consuming to field questions and thank people for their concern, be annoyed by platitudes or the ones leaving a comment just because it’s PC and worry if I”liked” every comment and wonder if I have the energy to return the favor. My close friends know how I am. Why does something bad have to happen to bring people out of the woodwork? Where are the friendly comments when things are really good or so so? The only place I do spend time on Facebook are in private groups learning or mentoring and my own under-nourished Black Cats Tell All community.
- That’s it for the personal stuff and now on to regular blogging.
Have a very lucky and happy Friday the 13th. If you already have a black cat, you already know you’re lucky 🙂
We’re doing a fun experiment with bibliomancy (telling the future with sentences from books) on @BlackCatofIG Join us there for further instructions or leave us a comment here. If you don’t have any books at arm’s length, pick one up at random from a book shelf. They can be on any topic but cat books are on point. This is a bad screenshot but good enough to play and forget all about Friday the 13th!
From our Friday The 13th post on May 13, 2016 which started it all.
I got so fed up with the negative Friday the 13th and other superstition about black cats, why not do a 180 and turn black to white, a negative to a positive? Most people don’t even know the origins surrounding the number 13 anyway. Some think it stems from the betrayal of Judas the 13th disciple of Jesus but long before Christianity, Norse mythology had a similar dinner guest, the Norse god Loki. If you want to explore the negative and positive qualities of the number, enjoy 13 is also a mystical and magical number in mythology, the occult, mysteries and ancient history.
It goes to show there is no end to sources of superstitions so I say, let’s turn Friday the 13th into Lucky Black Cat Day. Black shelter cats who get adopted today will feel very lucky indeed.