I love holidays, and there’s no reason for us to think that the holidays are over, just because we’ve celebrated Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s, that we’re finished for a while. We celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday on Monday, January 19th, but we’ve missed one – National Nothing Day. That was this past Friday, January 16th. It’s an easy one to celebrate. You just do nothing. Yup. All day long, you do nothing. Harold Pullman Coffin gave birth to the low-impact holiday in 1973. Seems appropriate that a guy named Coffin would come up with it. Anyway, mark your calendars for January 16th, 2016.
Fortunately, we’re just in time for today’s holiday, Penguin Awareness Day. Always on January 20th, this is a perfect day to learn about penguins, hug a penguin, or tell all the actors who’ve played The Penguin know what a good job they’ve done, including and especially Robin Lord Taylor as The Penguin in the TV series Gotham. He does a fantastic job in the role.
So, I started thinking, what holidays are there for writers? Well…
Coming up on January 23rd, there’s National Handwriting Day. When’s the last time, other than scribbling a note in your note pad (and I’m assuming here that you use a note pad, not an i-whatever for keeping track of stuff), that you actually wrote something using pen (or pencil) and paper? I do keep a journal, an actual paper-type journal, but mostly I’m on a keyboard. I know it’s been a long time since I’ve sent someone a handwritten letter, or written anything longer than a journal entry. The folks at WIMA (Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association – I had no idea there was such a group, but isn’t that cool?) started the holiday to revive the tradition of handwriting. I know one thing for certain. My penmanship is awful these days. There’s an art form that will be lost to us soon, and it’s something I need to work on. Think I’ll sit down and write a letter to an old friend or two or one of my relatives I haven’t seen in a while. Handwritten letters are something that shouldn’t go away.
International Children’s Book Day is April 2nd. Read a book to a child, or write a children’s book, or, heck, read one even and especially if you’re an adult. It’s good for you. Sometimes the simplest ideas are the most powerful. I’m a big fan of Dr. Seuss.
National Columnists Day arrives on April 18th. It was organized by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists in honor of Ernie Pyle, the Pulitzer Prize winning columnist from the World War II era. Be sure to read a column on that day or drop one of your favorite columnists a note, just to let them know you read their work.
On May 3rd, we have World Press Freedom Day. Here’s our opportunity to become more aware of, and to strive for, freedom of the press everywhere.
Here’s one near and dear to my own heart – National Comic Book Day, on September 25th. I grew up on them, and still love ‘em. Comic books have had it rough at various times, but are still hanging in there. So, read a comic book on that day, or trade a comic, or draw a comic. Comic books are good for you.
These are just a few I found out on the ‘Net. If you’re so inclined, create your own writing-based holiday. Spread it around. Get creative.
‘til next time…Adios.