For you mystery writers out there, doesn’t Dark Moon sound more sinister than Blue Moon?
“Once in a blue moon–” happens only when there is a second full moon in the same calendar month. Do you remember that charming song from decades ago, Blue Moon?
But dark moon? Until I received this link from that comet/asteroid hunting brother of mine, Graham Bell, I had never heard of a dark moon. He’s becoming a great resource for my writing, and he doesn’t even know it.
Since there actually is a lunar event called a Dark Moon, isn’t that good news for your mystery-writing muse? An astronomical description of the dark moon says dark moons occur mid-point after the full moon (when the moon isn’t visible because of the background of the sun) and when the first sliver of the moon reappears. Early maritime records claimed the dark moon as the new moon–before it becomes that little slice of silver crescent. There are some arguments about the definition of Dark Moon, but this one is good enough for me. (If I messed this up, my brother will set me straight.)
I become excited–almost uncontrollable–when I learn something new like this. My mind lunges ahead, devoid of reason, obsessed with possibilities that wait for me in my writing world.
Does something like this start your mind plotting and the scenes simmering? Did you know about this? Aha! Is your creative, nefarious minds doing in your next victim during a Dark Moon.
Now let’s not saturate the market (wink-wink)with Dark Moon mysteries, but if you comment below (you have to scroll down), I’d love to know what triggers some of your creative ideas.
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