Why do we have Leap Year? I’ve been online checking it out, and the scientific reasons are pretty boring. Sun. Earth’s orbit. Seasons. Suffice it to say that we need this extra day once every four years so that the Universe evens out. Pity it also happens in an election year. That means one more day of listening to those god-awful TV commercials.
There are plenty of traditions associated with Leap Day. One from Ireland says that this is the day women are allowed to propose to men. Another from Scotland says that being born this day is bad luck.
A few years ago, there was an episode of Frasier about Leap Day in which Frasier encouraged people to use this gift of an extra day to do something different, to literally take a leap. Of course on the TV show, things went horribly and hilariously wrong.
But what about in real life?
Are you going to take a leap today? If so, what are you going to do? Whether it’s driving a new way to or from work, trying a new food or picking up a book from an author you’ve never read, today seems like the perfect opportunity. Me? I’ll be finishing up the edits on the book that was due to my editor three weeks ago. I’m very grateful for the extra day!
Last Monday, had the opportunity to appear on a panel at Case Western Reserve University on creating alternate worlds in fiction. Here I am (that's me in the middle) with fellow panelists Mara Purnhagen (who writes nice and spooky YA horror) and Mark Sumerak (who writes comic books). Thanks, CWRU! Great panel, good audience participation, great questions!