From Michelle: It’s great to be back “in the pink,” with a special guest who’s not only one of the most well-respected, EMMY award-winning investigative journalists in American media, but a RITA-nommed author who’s entering the “Prime Time” of her career. Wednesday, you’ll score the RBTB take on the first in her Charlotte McNally series. Please welcome Hank Phillippi Ryan w/your warmest “Can we keep this off the record?” Bella buongiorno…
From Hank: Bellas!--and Bellos--we all have our little idiosyncrasies, right? But this one I just heard about is haunting me. Woody Allen says he cuts his banana into exactly seven slices each morning. What? Yup. Read what he said:
“Six slices, or eight, and something bad might happen. I know it would be total coincidence if I didn't slice it into seven pieces, and my family were killed in a fire," he says. "I understand that there could be no correlation, but, you know, the guilt would be too much for me to bear, so it's easier for me to cut the stupid banana."
If we did the banana thing at my house, there would be big trouble. That’s because it would mean there had to be a banana available every morning! I can hear my husband asking me: “Did you get the bananas yesterday, honey?” Are you kidding? But banana requirement aside. Let’s talk about superstitions.
Oh, yes, I have them. But -- and I’m somewhat afraid to bring this up because it might jinx everything -- I’m discovering that I have fewer than I used to. Would I walk under a ladder? Huh. Probably. The decision would cross my mind, though, I admit. Put shoes on a table? Yeah, if there was a reason to. Step on a crack? Do it all the time. And I have a beautiful glazed black papier-mâché raven in my living room.
Are you shocked? Or do you agree?
In looking for love, as we all have done--correct, my Bellas?--we try to figure out what the universe wants, so we can do exactly that. And as a result, good things will happen. If you don’t think about “him” for two hours, then he’ll call. If you do (or don’t?) wear the hottest underwear, he will (or won’t) send you a sizzling text message. And don’t tell me you don’t have a “good luck” outfit. I know you do.
As a TV reporter, I’ve wired myself with hidden cameras, confronted corrupt politicians and chased down criminals. Do I loft a little plea to the news-gods before embarking on a tough assignment? Do I have a hot designer power suit (or two) that seems to bring the scoop? Um, no comment.
In “Prime Time,” (the first of the Charlotte McNally novels), glam and savvy TV reporter Charlotte McNally touches wood for luck. She doesn’t write an Emmy acceptance speech because that means she’ll lose. And she does have good luck underwear. Which is very, very successful. (I’ve taught her well.)
Okay, confession. I do throw salt over my shoulder if I spill it. And I have two little carved rocks on my desk, one says ‘patience’ and one says ‘imagine’. And I recognize them every morning before I start writing. (And my first book, “Prime Time,” won the Agatha and got 2 RITA noms. And Susan Wiggs and Suzanne Brockmann say they’re big fans. So—do the rocks, um, rock?) I don’t think something bad will happen if I don’t look at the rocks. But why find out? I could write if they weren’t there.
But I sure don’t have to cut my banana, if I had one, in exactly seven slices.
Do you have superstitions? And why? And what’s your good luck outfit? (It won’t jinx it to tell!)
***Encore! Going to RWA National in DC? Check out Hank's workshop, "The Scoop!," 3.15 - 4.15pm, Saturday, 7.18. Hank'll teach you how to use investigative reporting techniques to write the novel you've always wanted. Hank's broken ground as a journalist during her career with Boston's industry-acclaimed WHDH-TV. Forget any other achievement in my career; my Boston-bred mother-in-law considers the fact that Hank's asked me to moderate her workshop the highlight of my lifetime -- it even trumps my marrying her son!
Encore due! Winner Round-Up: So cool to see how many of you checked in during my Staycation; thank you so much for your well wishes. I actually was reading along in my email and can I just say that I was dying to join in?! Our randomly chosen winner of the 12-pack of romances is dhaupt! Congratulazione!