12—12—12… Are You Lucky or Unlucky?

People have been talking about this day long before they began the Armageddon discussion for the 21st. Some people plan to get married today because they feel it’s a lucky day. Others plan to be extra careful because they don’t feel hopeful.

There is so much hype about the end of the world and the year 2012. I have to admit that I’ve fallen victim to its lure. The National Geographic channel has done nothing to curb it with their Doomsday Preppers and Apocalypse shows.

But this blog is really about luck and whether we have the good or the bad kind and how we react to situations that seem lucky or unlucky.

Take for instance you write a story about a girl who breaks her leg during a solitary hiking adventure. That’s bad luck, sure. But what if fifty feet away she finds a discarded perfectly good walking stick that helps her return to civilization? In that story, it’s all in the way somebody looks at the situation. Some people will say that she was lucky to have found the stick while others would argue that she wouldn’t have needed the stick at all if she hadn’t broken her leg.

It’s PR, pure and simple. Companies have Public Relations departments. So do politicians and celebrities. I say it’s time we became our own PR firm. It’s all in how we spin our lives and the lives of our characters.

As writers, we put our characters through the wringer. We place unbelievable obstacles in their way. We make them work hard for their Happily Ever After, but we make sure they get it.

Let’s pretend that the end of the world as we know it is in sight either for our characters or for ourselves. How do we prepare? That tells a lot about your character and how you feel about the world. Are you stockpiling water or wine? Freeze dried vegetables and seeds or chocolate and caffeine?

What are some of the things we can do as writers to prepare for a different world?
1. Stockpile sharpened pencils and plenty of paper.
2. Back up your words on CDs and print out a hard copy in case the electrical grid crashes.
3. Keep on hand any of your favorite writing tools—post its, index cards, three-fold boards, red pens…
4. Grind your coffee in case there’s no electricity.

As I’ve just climbed aboard the Crazy Train, I’m a little behind. I’ve always been a procrastinator, and this doesn’t prove any different when preparing for the end of the world. I do have alcohol. I do have plenty of writing supplies. And I have chocolate that I’ve hidden in select locations in my house so that I can share with my kids occasionally. Very occasionally.

I, for one, think today will be lucky. I’ve always loved numbers. I use to make a wish when cool numbers came up on the clock in our car. If it was 1:23, that was so neat. 12:34? Even better! But the time I always loved was 12:12. So, today at 12:12 in the afternoon, I’ll be making a big wish! My daughter stayed up late last night so that she could watch her clock turn to 12:12 on 12-12-12. She hasn’t fallen far from my crazy tree. ☺

Spin your life today to make yourself lucky! If you’re running late, think of the accident you might have avoided. Be the spinner of your own life!

I’ll leave you with the immortal words of Clint Eastwood long before he was talking to empty chairs:
“You have to ask yourself one question. Do I feel lucky? Well, do you, punk?”

What about you? Do you feel lucky or unlucky today? Do you put any stock in the hypes of 12-12-12 and 12-21-12? And if you had to stock your shelves for the end of the world, what would be on your must-have list?