Friday Fuel: Friggatriskaidekaphobia and the hamsa

Friday Fuel January 13, 2012

After a holiday hiatus I’m ready to get back on track.

Here’s today’s Friday Fuel:

1. On January 13, 1910, the first radio broadcast was aired. It was a live performance of the opera Cavalleria Rusticana from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. Write a short story in which your protagonist witnesses this event. How does she feel about radio?

2. Today is Friday the 13th. Besides referring to a fabulous movie franchise, today is considered unlucky to many superstitious people. The fear of Friday the 13th is called friggatriskaidekaphobia. Does something bad happen to your protagonist on Friday the 13th? Is he superstitious at all?

The hamsa protects from harm.

…coincidentally, 13 is a lucky number for me.

3. Speaking of superstitions, many people get nervous if you open an umbrella indoors. Did you know another name for umbrella is “bumbershoot?” Write a short story in which your protagonist brings a bumbershoot into a crowded restaurant… open.

4. Your protagonist is walking down the street when a black cat crosses her path. Does she react?

5. Before entering a home, your protagonist notes the hamsa hanging beside the door. How does this change the way he views the home’s occupants?



Have a great weekend!


Tattooed writer with an attitude seeks like minded people who appreciate snark and ink. Or snarky ink.

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