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19 days and counting . . .

I got an email this morning from my webmaster that I should post something to my blog. I spent a full hour prowling the Internet, trying to come up with something to write about, reading other author's blogs to see if I could just copy them with different content. I got nothing.

Then I was reminded of the last time I had blogging block. It was in early 2002 when my friend Biz Stone had a page for me on his website as a guest blogger. I was blogging about the upcoming screening of Plan B, scheduled for the end of January. Because we thought the project was cursed, there were some rituals the director, Greg Yaitanes, insisted I perform on the day of the screening. He gave me paper bag with a bundle of sage in it and a Star Trek novel. The significance had something to do with the Kobayashi Maru. He told me to burn the sage and the book before the screening. I burned the sage, but only managed to singe the corner of the book. I'm kind of afraid of flames—and ovens, certain types of heaters (heat sources in general)—so I couldn't bring myself to burn the book. I rationalized my refusal to do the ritual imagining the irony of performing the ritual to expunge bad fortune and the ritual resulting in bad fortune.

Anyway, I'm toying with the idea of responsibly burning something the night before the publication of my first book. Any suggestions are welcome. . . .

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