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Happy Leap Day!

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I was going to dig up some interesting factoids and myths about Leap Day, but I didn’t find anything super interesting.

Such as, even though the Egyptians figured out that the Earth takes a little more than a calendar year for its solar round trip, the Romans added the 29th to February, and Pope Gregory XIII tweaked that formula so we only get that evasive Feb 29th every four years.

And I learned that people who are actually born on February 29 can’t use that birthdate; computers really don’t like it, so they have to pick the 28th or March 1st. Oh, and women are supposed to propose to men on that day. It’s an interesting story involving St. Brigid and St. Patrick.

And then I asked, why does February get short-changed on days, hmm? That apparently is what we get when we let ancient Romans create a calendar. Or rather, when the Romans let superstition get the better of them. Who knew having even-numbered months or worse, an even-numbered year, was bad luck? So some guy named Numa came up with a calendar that made sure the year had an odd number of days. In order to do that, one lucky month had to have an even number of days.

Guess who got the short straw. Yup. Poor February. Even when Julius Caeser decided to fix Numa’s whacked calendar, February got gyped.

Then again, if February has fewer days, it means we get to March faster. And that means we get to Spring faster! The equinox is in a few weeks. Yippee!

I’ll be starting my seeds this weekend. This year hubs and I decided to try out special grow lights. We’ve been using shop lights with flourescent bulbs, but the bulbs lose some umph every year. The last time I had seedlings they didn’t grow all that well. The ones we’re getting are LED lights, so our electricity bill shouldn’t change too much. We’ll see how things go.

One more day to work on my rural MN WIP, then I’ll be diving into Book 2 revisions. Aaand, we’ll leave it at that for now. The first 100 pages or so I’m not so worried about because I worked on them with my writing teacher for a class. It’s the remaining 200 pages that worry me.

At least I have something to revise (after eight freaking tries to get a first draft completed. Sheesh!).

Have a great writing weekend!

Author: Julie Holmes, author

A fiction writer since elementary school (many years ago), and NaNoWriMo annual participant for over a decade, I have been published in small press magazines such as "Fighting Chance" and "The Galactic Citizen". I write adult mystery with a touch of romance, mystery with extrasensory elements, contemporary fantasy, and epic fantasy, and I'm represented by the fabulous Cynthia Zigmund of Second City Publishing Services. My debut novel, "Murder in Plane Sight", has been released by Camel Press (an imprint of Coffeetown Press/Epicenter Press). In real life, I am a technical writer and empty-nester with a wonderful hubby, one cat (what writer doesn't have cats??), two dogs, six chickens, and more chipmunks, squirrels, and rabbits than any garden should have to deal with. My garden, our hobby farm, and Nature's annual seasons are some of my muses.

18 thoughts on “Happy Leap Day!

  1. It is interesting to learn all of those little factoids about February, Julie. I have to admit, I’m glad I don’t have a 29 February birthday. Either one has a birthday every four years, or one chooses another birthday – the rest of us don’t have to make that decision. Here’s to a warm spring and a good garden for you!

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  2. Some interesting information about February, Julie. I should know as I am a February baby, but I didn’t. Happy writing, it sounds like you are making great progress.

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  3. This is an interesting post, Julie. I never wondered by February was so short!

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  4. Interesting about the calendar stuff. Thank you for those fun facts! Great on the writing!
    I feel like Zoey is staring at me, saying, “You haven’t written to me in a long time. What’s that all about? Is there a new cat in your life?” I only have eyes for you, Zoe-Zoe!

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  5. You taught me something new about February. I had no idea superstition and even/odd numbers played a role in February’s 28 days. Interesting.

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  6. I am so excited that the sunlight has been hanging around longer. I can’t wait until we “spring ahead” in a week!
    The calendar is an interesting creature, especially considering all those who have tweaked it.
    Happy Leap Year/Leap Day and end of February. Here’s looking forward to March and to spring!

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  7. Happy Leap Day, Julie! Interesting to think about coming up with a calendar and how we make up for its imperfections:) Happy revisions!

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    • It’s almost mind-boggling. There was a story about these two scientists on a news hour show who want to revamp the calendar again so we never have to have a leap year again. Somehow, I’m not sure that would fly; there are so many things dependent on our calendar these days. Back when Caesar and even Pope Gregory monkeyed with the calendar, there weren’t computer systems everywhere to change.

      Have a wonderful week, Denise!

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      • I’d rather have leap years, keeps things interesting. Yes, I can’t imagine having to change computers if they made that change! Thank you, hope your week goes well.

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  8. Julie, you’re wrong, these were super interesting factoids all about February! I’ve always believed it was the shortest month so we can quickly arrive at Spring!šŸ˜€ Enjoy your planting and I hope the seedlings appreciate their new lighting system … look forward to watching your garden grow through the months! Hope your revisions are going well and Happy Writing! xx

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    • I’m looking forward to see how the plants do with the new lights. It’ll be a learning experience! Life’s been crazy the past week, and this month it’ll be a whirlwind. Trying to get butt in chair will be a challenge, but I have to do it!

      It’s almost Spring! Enjoy your weekend, Annika!

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