The Verdant Moon

Claude Monet

Claude Monet

In my fantasy worlds, the Verdant Moon heralds the high heat of summer. On the sea, winter’s iron clouds have long blown west and the island’s white bluffs are alive with nesting fishers and heckling gulls. The village shores idle, embraced by calmer waters, and small single-masted fishing boats rest on the beach, keels cutting long grooves in the sand.

No one lingers inside their narrow harbor homes when the markets brim with crabs’ legs and smoked redfish, squid with coiling tentacles, and the slimy innards of crusty shells. Summer brings more familiar fare from the dark-loamed farms: honeyed cakes and salty bread, ripe fruits, and bouquets of greens. Few go hungry during the Verdant Moon.

The Verdant Moon shines on the world tomorrow night, July 19th.

Vernal Moon

Excerpt from the Vernal Moon, Eye of Sun
The Dragon Soul Quartet

Treasach made the decision to sail the Seabourne onto the rocky shore of Anghard, and Morgen didn’t question the choice. The Rogue would impale her or drive her into the Narrows. The beautiful Seabourne would be lost regardless, so Treasach saved her crew.

He roared his orders with such force even Percy shut his gaping mouth and listened. In mere seconds, the men lashed themselves to the ship. Morgen swung a line around himself and the captain, tying them loosely to the helm. Arful stood at the bow, barking inanely at the gulls, and Morgen was helpless to save him.

Treasach spun the wheel and Morgen held on. The Seabourne plunged through the waves, her sails taut with wind when she slammed into the rocks that littered the shallows. The deafening impact ripped Morgen from the wheel and flung him under the line against the gunwales. Wood splintered and shrieked as the ship broke free and spun, the maw of the Narrows yawning open.

“Make for shore!” Treasach bellowed over the crush of fracturing wood, wind, and waves. The crew scrambled out of their bindings, and Morgen attempted to stand. The Seabourne smashed into the underwater shelf that would mark its grave, and the ship lurched, sending him sliding across the deck toward the sea. He caught a standing line and held on. Arful yelped and slipped over the edge as the ship groaned, cracked, and began to list.

“To shore,” Treasach yelled. For a heartbeat, the Seabourne stuttered, wedged on the rocks, but their chance of escape narrowed as she started to spin back into the current. Men scuttled down the slanted deck and dropped into the sea.

“Watch for rocks,” Morgen shouted. The water between the ship and Anghard’s shore wasn’t deep but treacherous, and the Seabourne offered small protection from the tide’s pull. He caught sight of Arful sweeping toward the Narrows and paddling for shore.

As men scrambled to safety Morgen counted them, and when satisfied, he slid from the ship into waist deep water. “Now, Captain!” he yelled for Treasach. The captain climbed over the gunwale, and before Morgen could shout a warning, he let go, falling onto a slick black rock. Treasach nearly drowned before Morgen grabbed him and hauled him ashore.

(Coming in August)

**Images from pixabay.

95 thoughts on “The Verdant Moon

  1. Nice collection of words… interesting and impressive

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  2. K'lee L. says:

    I sure wish I knew how you do it; this perfect marriage of words and visuals. This is stunning, Diana on all levels.

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  3. Your writing is so beautiful and captivating, Diana! I’m a fan 🙂

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  4. Sean P Carlin says:

    I love a good shipwreck, Diana! My last screenplay, in fact, was called Shipwreck, and I may yet turn it into a novel!

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    • Awesome, Sean. This is the last part of a much bigger battle at sea. I spent some time on a tall ship in preparation for the book – we even shot off cannons 🙂 You can definitely turn your screenplay into a novel…it works both ways! Thanks for the visit and have a peaceful weekend.

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  5. Antonia says:

    I love your world and your writing 😀

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  6. inesephoto says:

    I used to live near the sea – your description of the storm makes me feel the breeze 🙂

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  7. I love your world, Diana. So much nicer than mine. But apparently it’s got something to do with paying tax and I have to stay here.

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  8. Great excerpt, Diana, as always! So vivid! Thank you for sharing. And the moon tidbits are always fun to read. Have a great week!

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  9. Always an amazing read, vivid and full of imagery! Love this!

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  10. Anonymous says:

    Awesome! That’s an excerpt worth reading. Looking forward to the book!

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    • Thank you! The 4 books run the gamut with dragon flying, skimmers, sailors, warriors and greedy politicians 😀 If you get around to reading it, I hope it doesn’t disappoint! Have a great day.

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  11. Such vivid imagery! I slept right through the full moon last night, I was so tired.

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  12. Beautifully written! I hope all the men (and the dog) make it safely to the shore. Love the images.

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  13. dgkaye says:

    Wonderful, captivating writing Diana. And I love the verdant moon. 🙂

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  14. hsampson says:

    Just Beautiful D! Thank you very much! I really enjoyed reading it!

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  15. That is a great term and I like the sound of “verdant moon!”

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  16. Nurse Kelly says:

    Beautiful, Diana. It’s such a joy to read your words. Will look for the Verdant moon tonight and think of you as I have with all the others! (Prefer your name over The Full Buck Moon any day!) 🙂

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  17. Annika Perry says:

    Fantastic drama; an exciting excerpt, Diana. Whilst reading it I felt as if I was watching the scene unfold – and after many visits to the magnificent rocky shores of Cornwall I imagined it there.

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  18. Ali Isaac says:

    Love the description of the Verdant Moon, Diana! This sounds like an action packed adventure. 😀

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  19. jlfatgcs says:

    Wow! Gripping story and so well written.

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  20. Steven Baird says:

    Wonderful, beautiful writing, Diana.

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  21. reocochran says:

    This was lovely and I wild like fresh fruit and honeyed cakes. . .
    Your story shows Morgen’s and Treasach’s character and nature’s. I like the rugged story with all the men and even dog making it to this island, Diane. I held my breath as he counted heads, then they disembarked and ouch, I bet he suffered a concussion. Glad Morgen is strong enough to pull T. to shore. . .

    I usually post about the moon, used to write whole month of special days and poems for each one. It was so time consuming!
    I already have tomorrow’s moon post but it is more of an adventure with the grandies over the weekend using flashlights and the moon to find “treasures” and also play at a nearby church playground.

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  22. I’m a moon witch, or at least that’s what I tell myself. I’m in love with the moon and watching it wax and wane and deliver its nighttime glow. Never knew what the ‘verdant’ moon meant, though. It should shine brightly here tomorrow, when we’re expecting a cloudless day and night. Can’t wait! As far as your scene here – riveting and action-packed. I learn from you every time I read your writing.

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  23. Wonderful, rich writing, Diana. And thanks for the full moon warning !! Which came first….your story concept or the info on the verdant moon ? Just curious. 💖

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    • They came about the same time, Van. I used the moons to separate the sections of the book as I was writing in order to keep all the different tracks running parallel. It’s sort of two stories that collide, so the structure of the moons also adds some cohesion at the beginning when the reader is going back and forth from one story to the other. 🙂 Thanks for reading my little shipwreck! Have a great week. ❤

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  24. Reblogged this on AUTHOR and commented:
    Thanks for this piece. Descriptive action and beauty.

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  25. Reblogged this on Richard M. Ankers and commented:
    Wondeful writer writing wonderfully. Please read.

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  26. Wow! Roll on August. 🙂

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  27. An amazing story so beautifully expressed. A pleasure to read.

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  28. Morgan says:

    I love the description your writing is perfection

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  29. amreade says:

    Your descriptions of the seashore under a verdant moon are just beautiful. I will be on the watch for it tomorrow night. Thank you!

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  30. Morgan says:

    Moonlight always beguiles me, so you had me with the title, but I love this post, giving a bit of back history into your stories and providing a teaser, too 🙂

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  31. balroop2013 says:

    Never hear of the ‘verdant’ moon…would like to look at it! It must be more fascinating when it stands on the ocean! Thanks for sharing your fantastic excerpt, looking forward to more! 🙂

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  32. What a beautiful story that leaeves me wanting to read more.

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  33. Heartafire says:

    Such lovely and graceful writing D. A beautiful read and painting by Monet. I shall be gazing at the verdant moon ! <3. Have a lovely day!

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  34. The V Pub says:

    I shall be moon gazing on the 19th! Your excerpt is like your others – it puts me in another world. In this case, the moments after a shipwreck. From the moaning of the ship to the slick black rocks – it brings back powerful reminders of when when I used to live near the coast.

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    • Thanks so much for reading, Rob. I’ve lived on the east and west coasts now and the rocky seashores are my favorite. Sensory opulence for sure (though I wouldn’t want to crash a ship there!). Have a wonderful, peaceful week, my friend. 🙂

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      • The V Pub says:

        I used to love sailing out of Newport. Once the harbor was cleared, the sounds of the ocean would take over. From the screech of the gulls, to the waves colliding with the hull, it was wonderful. Sans the ship wreck, your piece brought me back. Thanks, Diana, and have a great week!

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