Flood Moon

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In my fantasy world, the month of the Flood Moon slides into fullness as winter wanes. The snow begins to melt, gorging streams and unleashing ice floes in swollen rivers.  The cold isn’t over and the snow still falls between sheeting rains, but as the days grow longer, bulbs thrust their green fingers from the loam in a sunny corner.

If the sky is clear, the full Flood Moon will shine tonight.

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Excerpt from Flood Moon, Eye of Blind

Gallard and Percy joined brothers Hywel and Malven at the Crow’s Nest tavern. The flaxen-haired pair from Glanmor had sailed with the Seabourne for four years with nothing to show for it except callouses. Coin dripped through their fingers like seawater. The two crewmen sat half in the cask already and Percy downed his first ale, intent on catching up. Gallard ordered a slab of beef, buttered potato mash and a stinky mushroom soup. He’d swig a tankard on the backside to wash it down.

“Woulda been here afore,” Percy complained, scratching his cow-licked head. “But Gallard makin’ me tramp up and down the hill like a grounder.”

“Lookin’ for Meriel still?” the older brother, Hywel, asked.

“She’s disappeared,” Gallard replied, unsure of his next step.

“She’ll find the Seabourne if she can,” Malven said. The brothers were hard to tell apart, except where Hywel boasted the start of a thick beard, Malven’s chin refused to grow a single pale whisker. “We’re here every week. Don’t seem like she’d miss us.”

“That’s what worries me.” Gallard’s food arrived, and he swatted away Percy’s finger that scooped at his potatoes.

“Shame puttin’ her in the locks.” Percy slugged down his ale and ordered more for the table. “Too old fer me but pretty elsewise.”

The brothers guffawed, slopping their ale, and Gallard frowned as the brew doused his supper.

Tears in his eyes, Hywel patted Percy’s shoulder. “She wouldn’t give you a wink, Perce, even if she were an old sea hag with green teeth. You’re no looker.”

“My teeth isn’t green.” Percy scowled. “They’re barely near yellow.”

Hywel and Malven bent over laughing, and Gallard pushed his supper away. “You need another drink, Percy. The teasing won’t hurt so bad.” He filled Percy’s tankard and poured one for himself. Percy swallowed it down and Gallard poured him another.

The Crow’s Nest filled as the day lengthened, crewmen and yardsmen finding seats on sturdy benches. Voices rose, ale spilled across the tables and floor, and there remained enough good-natured tolerance for stumbling drunkards to keep the peace. Gallard figured Percy was already sloshed beyond the borders of hope, and Hywel and Malven made sloppy drunks, reminiscing about the old days in Glanmor when they stole crabs from  traps and steamed them on the rocky shore. Gallard remained mildly sober, enough to get them back to the ship without drowning.

**

Today I head home to the rainy Northwest, timely with the start of the Flood Moon – Hawaii’s forecast predicts high seas and, well, flooding of beaches and low-lying roads. I’ll be winging over the Pacific for much of the day, losing time as my planetary destination spins away from me. I’ve been remiss in keeping up my blogging duties, but I’ll catch up quickly tomorrow. Enjoy the full moon tonight!

83 thoughts on “Flood Moon

  1. This is ethereal beauty. Your words have added all the more charm to gorgeous moonlight. Thank you for sharing such a lovely post. Nights will never be the same again. 🙂
    Here’s hoping you’ll check out my blog too. 🙂

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  2. olganm says:

    Very atmospheric and vivid, Diana. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Ali Isaac says:

    Enjoyed the excerpt, Diana! 😊

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  4. Sacha Black says:

    Love seeing your excerpts and this world you are constructing. The moon is so beautiful and awe inspiring I see why you’re using it

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    • Thanks for visiting, Sacha. The moon is part of that “light” thing I have apparently. I didn’t pay all that much attention to it until I started writing about a world without electric lights 🙂 Thanks for the visit and have a great week!

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  5. This was lovely, Diana. You made it so real for me that I had to step back to prevent the ale from splashing on my shoes 😀 Mega hugs.

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  6. blondieaka says:

    I love moons also and last nights sitting here on the beach was a beauty. Love your excerpt about the Flood Moon conjured up memories from my colourful youth of scrumpy cider….great descriptors 🙂 I love how you weave such magical fantasy 🙂

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  7. ” losing time as my planetary destination spins away from me.” Great description.
    Nothing like a night sky to find out who you really are.
    Cool story!

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  8. Hi D., I stopped in because I’ve nominated you for “The Blogger Appreciation Award” it comes with no obligation but please see my new post at http://www.joyindestructible.com/2016/02/25/spreading-joy-by-the-warmth-of-appreciation. I love your beautiful blog, I’m fascinated by your moons, and so appreciate your encouragement. Thank you.

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  9. reocochran says:

    I really like how you created this Full Flood Moon story. Wonderful and you are a talented fantasy story weaver, D! ♡

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  10. tedgiffin says:

    I enjoyed the snippet… Specially the hag joke on that poor fellow. I thought it cleaver that the others laughed as if a punchline with the writing itself. I laughed, and then, read, and the characters chuckled.

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  11. I love when characters use nature to mark time and more. I’m writing a novel from the deep past when that’s all people had–natural surroundings–to drive their decisions. This is quite helpful.

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    • Cool Jacqui. Most of my books are pre-technology and I have to routinely remind myself that they can’t see at night without fire (or moonlight) and have few ways to mark time, among many other challengess. It makes me appreciate light switches 🙂

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  12. inesephoto says:

    Happy for your well-spent holidays 🙂
    It is amazing that you can picture the past in such detail. Sounds like magic to me.
    I remember those night walks along the beach, the full moon, the sea of silver. No need for any additional light.

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  13. Nurse Kelly says:

    I think it would take me quite some time to transition back to reality after a trip like that! Glad to hear you are home safe and sound, and what a treat to read a magical post like this after seeing the gorgeous moon I saw in the sky last night! I enjoyed it this morning as well, with Jupiter by its side. 🙂

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  14. This is fantastic! And that yellow teeth line made me snort.

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  15. You painted an amazing picture. Everything so vivid. A pleasure to read.

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  16. Great scene, Diana! There’s nothing quite like seeing the moon rise bold and brilliant over the horizon, especially when it gets that cool orange cast from haze.

    Ah, back home. Take that first day to regroup, then back to the tasks at hand. Welcome home!

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  17. Khaya Ronkainen says:

    Brilliant story, and what a vivid scene!

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  18. Good story, Diana. You found a great picture to go with it. Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  19. Annika Perry says:

    Diana, wonderful writing and you manage to transport the reader immediately into that tavern alongside Percy and Gallard, capturing the very essence of the meal, ale. The setting is superb, the vernacular realistic. Hope you had a good flight back and that the weather is kind to you.😀 Time to load all those photos onto the computer!

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  20. Susanne says:

    What a vivid scene that was. Made me thirsty for beer!

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  21. Steven Baird says:

    Magical writing, Diana. I have a sudden taste for ale and a slab of beef. 🙂

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  22. Viewing a full moon never gets old. I love the concept of your Moon trilogy. Enjoyed the excerpt and the images you chose to go with it. Safe travels.

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  23. I’m in Kauai right now, and last night’s moon was AMAZING. Not sure I’ve ever seen it so huge. Didn’t know it’s called the Flood Moon. Yesterday during the day we had lots of wind and showers off and on. Today – warm and luscious. Happy Homecoming to you.

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  24. joannesisco says:

    I love your moons … you make them come alive.

    … and I also love the expression you used “sat half in the cask”. I’ll have to remember that one 😉

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  25. Happy travels! Hopefully you’ll get some sunshine when you get back.

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  26. davidprosser says:

    I was going to carry on reading, enjoying it as I was, but I couldn’t seem toget past a slab of beef and buttered mashed potatoes.
    I hope your winging is over and you’re safely back at home planning your next blog post.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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  27. Bernadette says:

    Beautiful moon with writing to match. Safe travels. Those blonds will be happy to see you, I bet.

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  28. Carrie Rubin says:

    Safe travels home to you. Hope you get some time to unwind from your vacation. We all need to ease back into things or it feels like we never had a vacation at all!

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  29. A new beginning to a chapter writing or unwritten? Enjoyed much!

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    • Thanks so much. These excerpts are all from my trilogy that’s sectioned by Moons. It’s published, but I haven’t really started marketing it yet, because I want to repackage it as a tetralogy with the first stand-alone book – more than you wanted to know! Ha ha.

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  30. That was a really well written scene. Sometimes I hate living in the city. The moon is the only natural light I can ever see at night. Thanks to countless streetlamps and neon signs, seeing stars has always been a rarity for me. But the moon is always there.

    (As it happens, I’m always aware of when there’s going to be a new moon or a full moon, as the moon plays an important part in my religion.)

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  31. I adore your moons. You have caused me to see the moon in a new, fun way.

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