Posts Tagged ‘lunar eclipse’

Thursday Round-up

Things have been a bit slow this week.  I suspect everyone’s eaten too many cookies.

NASA’s New Idea on Cheap, Easy Launches
Discovery is returned to the VAB in an attempt to figure out external tank issues
Time lapse video of the lunar eclipse for those who missed it

Win a Phin and an ARC of A Brush of Darkness
Tor brings you the Twelve Doctors of Christmas

Misc Books
The Library at Pooh Corner

Does Your Writing Pass These 10 Tests?
10 Ways to Tighten up Your Writing

Just so everyone knows, the likelihood of there being blog posts next week are extremely slim.  So I wish everyone cheer and joy this holiday season, and I shall see you in 2011!


Of Lunar Eclipses and Inspiration

So how awesome was the eclipse the other night?  So awesome.

My new house has this random landing at the top of the stairs.  It’s tiny and useless, but it turns out to be the perfect size for three people to lie on their backs and watch lunar eclipses out the skylight while they chat about books and movies and the state of the world.

As a fantasy writer/reader, I found this eclipse fascinating.  First full eclipse in years, and, not only that, on the winter solstice.  (First time since 1378!) 

Some of my very favorite stories include real mythologies, and the double whammy of a lunar eclipse (traditionally a portent of great evil – and is said to give a greater weight to all your actions) and the winter solstice (almost all cultures have some sort of holiday associated with the solstice – oftentimes something to bring the light and spring back into the world) appeals to me greatly.

If you add in the full moon (technically, all lunar eclipses happen during full moons – when the moon is not full part of the Earth is already between it and the sun) the symbolism gets almost palpable. 

Anyone else get shivers just thinking about it?