No, this is not a post about the Ikea monkey. Today, boys and girls, is:
Yes, awesomely enough, there is such a day! Wikipedia dates Monkey Day as having begun as a joke in 2000, but I know better. Here is the official 2000-version Monkey Day page, which is filled with legitimate monkey news.
Here is a video showing an annual monkey-only fruit feast in Thailand, where monkeys are divine. This has been going on since long before 2000. 😉
If you know me at all, you know I’m all about Sun Wukong, aka The Stone Monkey aka The Great Sage Equal to Heaven aka The Handsome Monkey King. I just found this super fantabulous Squidoo Lens with everything you ever need to know about Sun Wukong. Here is my Monkey God Festival post from 2011. Here is my Monkey Day post from 2011.
And, because MomGoth loves her sweet little baby angels, here is Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Mambo Swing, with lyrics, including, “King of the monkeys”.
NOW FOR THE FREEBIE!!! Just in time for Christmas, LET IT SNOW! SEASON’S READINGS FOR A SUPER-COOL YULE is free for Kindle today and tomorrow (12/14-15). Pop over and pick up a copy. It includes my latest Holly Jahangiri story, “The Pratty Who Saved Chrissmuss”, set on the same goofy planet as FORCE OF HABIT.
This story was loads of fun to write. Holly Jahangiri is a real person who won the “honor” of having a character named after her. I enjoyed the character so much, and Holly was so tickled, and both Hollys turned out to be people I wanted so thoroughly to have in my worlds, I had to write another Holly story. When I was invited to be part of this anthology, a character named Holly just seemed logical for a winter holiday story. Of course, this is another planet, peopled by non-Earth species, so they don’t celebrate Christmas. They are, however, fans of Earth literature, to the point where they have entire libraries of Earth books. A few of those libraries are of talking books — well, living books, actually, who dress in costume and recite themselves. That came in handy for Holly in this story, when her pratty wagon was hijacked by two gangsters looking for her ne’er-do-well cousin.
Did I mention the book is FREE today and tomorrow?
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Invent a holiday, with all the trimmings.