Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Shhh. Here's the Secret About Why I Haven't Blogged

I haven't blogged in a long long time. I've been busy writing. Here's the cover for my next book. The amazing art was done by John Hendrix. I truly love this cover. That's the Jersey Devil on the sign up there pouring pancake syrup. Check out all those lovely details.

If you look, you'll see that the boy in the cover is holding a microphone. He's a famous musical prodigy, who froze on stage during a televised talent contest and he's hiding out from the paparazzi in the Pinelands of New Jersey. But it's a small town. And so it's very possible that people will find out.

So here's my question:
If you knew that a famous superstar entertainer was hiding out in your town, would you tell?
Would you whisper it to your best friend?
Shout it out to the cool kids?
Tell your boyfriend?
Your teacher?
Your sister?
Your neighbor?
Or would you help the famous boy hide out?

Statistically, most people would tell someone. While I was writing, I did some research on secrets and here's what I learned. Most of us are not good are keeping them.
One study reported that its participants kept a secret for an average of 72 hours before they spilled the beans.  That's a mere three days. Heck, I can keep a chocolate bar for longer than that.
Another study found that having a secret takes a toll on us physically. Researchers divided the participants into two groups. They asked the first group to recall a big secret. Then they pointed the participants to a hill and asked them how steep they thought it was. They did the same thing to the next group, except they asked that group to remember a smaller secret. The group with the big secrets had big problems. They thought the hill was steeper and harder to climb. That same group also had a harder time judging distance. The researchers concluded that the group with the big secrets were "physically encumbered."
It seems that old adage about feeling burdened with a secret is true.

By the way, thanks to my writing buddy C Lee McKenzie and her RAOK blitz for getting me back into blogging. Sometimes you need a push from your friends.



Miriam Forster said...

That's fascination about secrets! I know keeping secrets is easier if I'm allowed to tell my husband. (I always ask first.) Then we can keep the secret together, and it seems lighter.

Congrats on your RAOK mention!

Miriam Forster said...

* fascinating :)

nanmarino said...

Thanks for stopping by Miriam. Funny that you used the word "lighter". There does seem to be a heaviness associated with secrets.

cleemckenzie said...

Shhh! It's a secret. I'm so glad you posted this.

nanmarino said...

Thanks for the nudge, Lee :) And thanks for your post and the RAOK.

Christina Lee said...

Over from Lee's. *waves* That cover is cool!

nanmarino said...

Thanks Christina. *waves back*