I was poking around on Twitter today and someone had remarked how January 23, 2012 starts the Year of the Dragon in Chinese Astrology and I immediately perked up. You see, I was born in the Year of the Dragon (no I’m not going to tell you what year), so I have a soft spot for those years.
If you’re not familiar, the Chinese zodiac consists of 12 animal signs that represent 12 different types of personality. Each sign is associated with a full year, and represent what others perceive you as being or how you present yourself. Those qualities can determine how a year goes for people.
So what’s the Dragon like?
The Dragon is a creature of myth and legend. A symbol of good fortune and sign of intense power, the Oriental Dragon is regarded as a divine beast – the reverse of the malicious monster that Westerners felt necessary to find and slay. In Eastern philosophy, the Dragon is said to be a deliverer of good fortune and a master of authority. Therefore, those people born in Dragon years are to be honored and respected.
But the thing that made me really chuckle is that I’m just starting to query my YA Novel, Time Bound. And you guessed it…it’s about a DRAGON!
- I’m querying a story about a dragon,
- During the Year of the Dragon,
- Written by someone who was born in another Year of the Dragon…
- (Edited to add:) And critiqued (many, many times) by my fab crit partner who was also born in the Year of the Dragon!!! (I had no idea!!)
Interesting coincidence, don’t you think? I’m hoping this means good things for me and my little manuscript.