N Needed a New Topic Thanks to L

Diana Beebe's Blog, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasyA few weeks ago, I sent out  a flare to get help to find a topic that I could use for the A to Z Challenge for the letter L. You guys rocked the ideas. I had so many that I couldn’t choose, but I had to settle on one-ish.

And then Kristin Nador invited me to join the Writing Process Blog Hop, which happened to fall on the day for the letter L, which meant that the topic I had originally planned for L is now gonna have to be for the letter N.

Huh.

Originally, is was going to be all things lunar: looney, la lune, lunar eclipse. Not exactly material for the letter N, but you’ll have to use your noggin and imagine with me as I add a few N things to the post.

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The cover for the single

New Moon on Monday” is a Duran Duran song from the 1980s. Loved that song.

For as long as I can remember knowing that my name was also the name for the Roman Goddess of the moon, I’ve always been fascinated with all things lunar.

OK. Wait. Even before I knew that fact about my name, I remember seeing a lunar eclipse when I was a toddler (one of my earliest memories!). The blood red moon grabbed my imagination and didn’t let go.

The other night, we had one of those red lunar eclipses! The timing was quite nice for this post.

Diana Beebe's Blog, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasyFor Hunter Moon, I researched lunar cycles and phases. Then, because I was quite a bit off on a few nascent points (three moons in the sky can make anybody looney), one of my beta readers gave me an astronomy lesson that helped me see the lunar cycles of my created world by observing our own world beyond a mind-numbing chart.

If you ever notice when the moon is high and waxing gibbous (past quarter, not quite full) in the middle of the day (say, noon), look to see where the sun is in the sky. It’s neat to see where the sun is in relation to the moon whenever they are both up and about.

Perhaps I’m just looney nutty (hahaha), but looking at the real deal is more fun than studying a chart that says something like, “… the moon travels around the Earth, which puts the moon in a different position in relation to the sun to give us the phases blah blah blah.”

Did you stay up late last night (depending on your time zone) to watch the eclipse? Did you feel sorry for the letter N for losing it’s topic?

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