Monday, September 28, 2015

Total Eclipse of the...almost went there

Do you remember that time I got all thoughtful looking up at the stars?  (See post here :) Well maybe   the night sky is my muse because PEOPLE!!! I know what I'm going to attempt to write for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this year, and I thank the moon for that!

Let's back up a moment though...lunar eclipses are unbelievably beautiful.  They are slow moving, silent, and, I don't know, a bit majestic.  Especially when the moon seemingly turns red!  (Look, I know it's science, and that's fine.  But sometimes science feels magical!  And it often confirms my belief in a wonderfully made universe put together with love and care by a benevolent Creator.)

Sitting outside in my backyard, I heard my neighborhood come to life.  Neighbors talking, families oohing and awing at the heavens in all of their glory.  Then my favorite moment, right around 10pm, when the eclipse was almost complete but the right side of the moon continued to glow.

And then it was as if someone flipped the switch and turned off the moon.

But!  Oh!  Then the moon looked like it was a balloon floating in the air, close enough to touch.  So.  Cool.

I hope you took the time to watch it.  I hope you took the time to ooh and awe with your neighbors.  I hope you were inspired and excited and totally mesmerized.

Man, I wish I had taken some kind of an astronomy class in school.  Maybe it's not too late?

As for of my favorite adult fiction authors, Sarah Addison Allen, posts a short story based on a picture each Sunday.  Yesterday's story was about a mysterious library that appears in a field, and when the new library card holder stepped inside she saw a flurry of book characters milling about.

So there I was, looking up at the moon and reading this tiny little story, and then the flood gates opened, and the plot ideas flowed, and I'm so excited to start planning.  They say to survive writing 50,000 words in 30 days you should write what you love.  You had me at library, Sarah Addison Allen, you had me at library.

Young Raylene fidgeted as she filled out the form for her library card in the town's mysterious new library tent, which...
Posted by Sarah Addison Allen on Sunday, September 27, 2015

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