On Leap Year and Red Petticoats

february-29“In many European countries, especially in the upper classes of society, tradition dictates that a woman may propose to a man on February 29th. If he refuses, he has to buy her 12 pairs of gloves. The intention is that the woman can wear the gloves to hide the embarrassment of not having an engagement ring.”  timeanddate.com


mittensOn Leap Year Day in Scotland, a woman can propose to the man she wishes to marry, but to be successful she must wear a red petticoat and allow a bit of it to show!  Queen Margaret of Scotland passed a law that made any man who declined this invitation award the woman who asked a kiss and a silk dress.

medieval dressSo, though this is not about romance, just an update: I pushed the button again…the query letter send button. One agent last week, another one week later.  By Friday, I will be working on my third try!  No requests for a date yet…but my chapters are here, ready and waiting.

As for me, just wanted you to know, I’m wearing my red dress…doing a Polka…showing my petticoats and crossing my fingers. Here’s hoping that a request for some chapters and a date with an agent is in my near future.

Confused….please read last week’s post! I am querying my novel and think it’s a lot like on-line dating.

Ok, friends out there…thinking about getting an agent?  Come on! Take a leap with me…shouldn’t we all leap in leap year?  …heck, I’ll even loan you my petticoat!


About joanneeddy

Writer living in North Carolina. Originally from upstate New York. I love my family, my community, and my friends, and embrace 'living deliberately' in the world, trying to make a difference. I have written an as yet unpublished book, The Call, an epic fantasy with historical fiction and folklore elements. My blog is for other writers, for those who love a good read, and for all who, like me, are looking to find and live their call.
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4 Responses to On Leap Year and Red Petticoats

  1. I just finished a mystery book -the first in a series and am thinking about searching for an agent????? I self published my first book – 10 interconnected stories which comprised a children’s book and really enjoyed the experience and keeping the rights to my book.. But the marketing is tough! Best of luck in your quest. Clare

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  2. annj49 says:

    I actually DID ask a man to marry me this year!
    It was a little “tongue in cheek” since I already knew the answer was no, an impossibility 😉 I guess I should have worn my red petticoat since I do hail from Scotland. I must tell him he owes me…what? A kiss and a silk dress?
    Hehe ❤

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