The moon (well, three of them actually) feature heavily in my fantasy novella, Wolf Moon. Here are some facts about moon related stuff which fuelled the inspiration behind my story…
All kinds of writing require some investment in research, even fantasy. Without a bit of delving and reading, where would our inspiration come from? I’ve been fascinated with the moon since I was a little girl looking longingly out of my bedroom window after lights out. I also believe that the moon is quite powerful, in terms of it’s effect on our every day life…
“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
The Moonstone (also know as Wolf’s Eye)
It is said that the ancient Roman’s believed that this precious gem was formed from solidified moonrays and therefore captured the very essence of the Moon. It is a very sacred stone in India where it is considered to enable the bearer to see into the future. And as I have a wolf that features in my story way before I found out this fact, it’s very apt.
The Moon Flower
Who would have known there was a moon flower? You may also know it as Morning Glory, a very popular vine.
Triple Moon Goddess
I have an obsession with gods and goddesses and all things pagan, which feature somewhere in the background of my inspiration. The Triple Moon Goddess is said to represent the three stages of life which girls and women go through, Maiden, Mother and Crone – I’m not too sure about the crone phase! These stages are represented by a waxing and a waning crescent moon either side of a full one. And this image features as a tattoo on one of my characters. You’ll have to read the book to find out who!
“Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.”
And some random facts about the moon:
- The Moon is 27% the size of the Earth
- There are 2 -5 lunar eclipses every year
- About 40% of the Moon is never visible from Earth. This is known as the Dark Side of the Moon, even though it isn’t dark.
- Sometimes it’s possible to see the moon rabbit or the face of the Man in the Moon which is created by lunar maria
- You would weigh 1/16th of your Earth weight on the Moon
- The light reflecting of Earth and onto the Moon is called ‘Earthlight’ or ‘Earthshine’
What kind of research gets you all excited? Do share your comments, I’d love to hear from you!