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  1. Abby

    My grandma used to pick up every penny, and one time years ago she was walking out of the grocery store with the bagger kid and bent over to pick one up. He asked her why she bothered to pick up a penny, to which she replied, “You’re taking my groceries over to that new Cadillac in the first row. Does that answer your question?” Then again, I don’t think she was aware of these terms and conditions. If she was, she probably would have chewed the penny a new asshole.

    Anyway, I have also decided that writing for money doesn’t exist. Well, it does, but no one ever pays me to do it–blogging or fiction or otherwise. So I will also just continue to rant on my blog to my dozen devoted demented readers 😉 Glad you’re sticking around!

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  2. Amy Vansant

    Oh, there were never any promises of money with the literary magazines. I still jump on every opportunity to write for actual money!

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  3. basia

    I found a lucky penny last week. I dropped it into my pocket and now I can’t tell which one it was. All I remember is that it was dull and copper and made me think, “I made more money from this sidewalk than I ever will selling my words.” I cried myself to sleep. Lucky me.

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    • Amy Vansant

      I made it my goal to make $1 walking the dog. I did it in eight months. Now I can die happy.

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  4. Scargosun

    I am not super superstitious so I am just stitious? Anyway, I refuse to pick up a penny face down…actually any coin face down will send me to the other side of the road/sidewalk/bed etc. I have a problem picking up bills too since the local radio station started ‘poo dollars’. Ew. I am betting they are not running pennies up their crack so they are the safest bet…heads up…literally.

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    • Amy Vansant

      I won’t pick up pennies face down either. I’m Ego-Centrically Superstitious. I believe if I THINK something bad could happen, I can MAKE something bad happen, and picking up that penny would make me think that.

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  5. iampisspot

    I did not know that it’s bad luck to pick up a penny that is lying face down. Fuck. I’ve been doing it for years.

    I also collect playing cards that I find in the street. It has to be a single card, no decks allowed. I keep them in my car. People think I am weird. They’re probably right.

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    • Amy Vansant

      You’ve been picking up face down pennies? Yikes. We’ll, at least you know why every bit of bad luck you’ve had in your life happened.

      I like the card thing. I saw one of them the other day and have seen many in the past. It would be interesting to see if you could ever get a full deck…

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  6. Jen

    I’m glad I know the lucky penny rules now. Does it work if you just plant them for yourself to find? I’d be in to having some wishes granted.
    And, yes, everyone seems to want to get these things published but then they don’t get read. I’m so frustrated I’ve taken a bit of a sabbatical from the whole blogging thing.
    Love the new look of your blog, by the way.

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    • Amy Vansant

      You don’t get WISHES. For that you have to throw them in a well. C’mon Jen, keep the RULES STRAIGHT.

      Getting away from the “every day rambling” blogging made me appreciate it. Now I’m back with a vengeance and re-invigorated. Or drunk. One of those. Maybe both.

      Oh and thank you! Stole this theme from Manonthelam.com. I’d been eyeing it for a while and finally made the move. It’s called Arras.

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  7. Jen Has A Pen

    I can’t believe the story to be told about a penny. You dig deep- deeper than I know how, to make the life of this enchanted coin so interesting.

    I have been blog-lazy, so I apologize for not coming by more often. I always enjoy what I read here. 🙂

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    • Amy Vansant

      Actually it was all narrated to me by the penny. He’ll deny it, but he was holding a a sharpened dime to my throat the whole time.

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