Thirsty Moon

Thirsty Moon

In my fantasy world, the Thirsty Moon ushers in the last of the summer’s heat. Rain is scarce and rivulets run dry in sandy streambeds. Late season gardens thirst for a long steady shower after weeks of waterless weather.

It’s a time for pickling and  stacking wood, blackberries and swimming holes. And now and then, a morning chill slides down with the stars, promising warm pies from cider-scented orchards and hinting of autumn.

The full face of the Thirsty Moon shines tonight, August 18th.

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Excerpt from Thirsty Moon, Eye of Fire

The days ambled by, and Mirah’s garden transformed, weeds pulled in an ever-widening circle, beds edged, produce picked and preserved. She lugged water from the well, determined that her life would flourish, no longer choked by fear and loss. Her modest bounty she shared at the forge, delivering a basket now and then of just-picked greens. Brend smiled when he found her silhouetted in his doorway, her invitation hanging in the air between them.

At day’s end, she left him leaning on the doorjamb, arms crossed, watching her walk into the dusty lane. She strolled past her home, admiring her neighbor’s gardens, the round-bellied pumpkins and hard-shelled squash, bee balm and buttercup crowding each other for space in the sun.

Not long ago, Wyn told her that the myth of a person’s life entailed more than a compilation of facts, the particulars of one’s history. More importantly, one’s myth rose from the way a person was perceived by others and by what one believed about oneself. Myths were amorphous, changeable, imbued with feeling, rich with dreams and reflections. They could be altered by a change in perception or a change of heart.

Not ready for home, she climbed a narrow path to the meadow above Taran Leigh, a path she knew well, like the myth of her life. The air carried a hint of coolness, signaling the coming of fall. Pulling herself up over a stone stile at the top of a small rise, she paused, drawn from her reverie. The meadow unfolded before her, awash with blue dannies fluttering endlessly, delicate petals raised to the sun. The flowers filled her with memories as if they lingered there only for her to find.

When she stepped into the meadow, the petals closed around her, bearing her as if on a wave. Floating through them, she touched them with her fingertips, felt their soft kisses. In the center of the meadow, she surrendered her burdens, lay them down with her fear to be carried away with the flowers when the wind came. The graceful alder bent its branches, alone in the waterless sea. She gazed up at a sky as blue as the dannies and saw a glint of copper wings, a dragon coming for her.

Coming Next Week!

105 thoughts on “Thirsty Moon

  1. Saloni says:

    I believe that the kind of perfect picture that you create is impossible to let go of, long after I’m done reading! Profound imagery.

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  2. Gorgeous! Both the pics and the writing. Love the imagery, Diana! Thank you for sharing!

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  3. Fantastic imagery! You had me there every step of the way.

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  4. Looking forward to the next one– I want to see the dragon!

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  5. reocochran says:

    Oh my, Diana. I like your thirsty moon and especially liked Mirah. She has such an awareness of nature’s bounty and beauty surrounding her. I like how Brend looks at her, both in awe and in lust.
    This was a great tease for the portent of a dragon’s arrival! ❤
    It was a lovely setting for the reader to sink into and feel ready to be engulfed into your world. I am glad you emphasized"myths" in this short chapter of the continuing saga of myths in the mirror. It really had me focused and clear on the intent in your storytelling. 🙂

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  6. Such beautiful prose in this snippet, Diana. I love the way you described the petals closing around her. I could feel their softness. Lovely writing. Mega hugs.

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  7. Lovely.
    Those images are delightful.
    They include my favorite combination of colors which can be found in my wardrobe. ☺

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  8. Purpleanais says:

    Wonderful write 🙂

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  9. Anonymous says:

    We indeed had a Thirsty Moon, here. I love the name and the myths of oneself. It resonates with me. A magical atmosphere of nature, vivid and dreamlike, and a dragon to escape with into another realm. Beautiful and delicate. 🙂

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  10. Wow. I was there while I read that. It was all consuming, I could smell the change in the air, feel the flowers on my fingertips. Just wonderful.

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  11. So lovely, really enjoyed reading this. 🙂

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  12. dgkaye says:

    Gorgeous Diana. Your brilliant descriptions took me right into summers end and the meadow. 🙂

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  13. sargondorsai says:

    Autumn has always been my favorite time of year and you’ve built a glorious gateway to the wonderful season. Well written and delightful, drawing me along the story.

    Thank you for sharing.

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    • Thanks for the wonderful comment. I love the autumn colors and coolness. It’s a welcome change after the heat of summer. All the seasons offer something special and keep us connected to the Earth in profound ways. Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

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      • sargondorsai says:

        Here in Oregon we get to have one of those profound changes with the changing of the seasons. One of the reasons I love living here. That reminds me, I have a poem I should share about that changing seasons… now I just need to find it.

        Now where is that secret knot…

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  14. Steven Baird says:

    I love your world, Diana. It’s so… well, magical and alluring, so full of wonder. Beautiful writing, as always. 🙂

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  15. Beautiful as always 🙂

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  16. Erika Beebe says:

    Beautiful writing!

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  17. tedgiffin says:

    The thirsty moon is definitely the one which marks my favorite time of year. Make a myth out of me! Best wishes, ted.

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  18. Annika Perry says:

    Wow, Diana! Beautiful captivating writing – all the senses brought into play with your poetic-like piece. An extract that will stay with me. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  19. babbitman says:

    So great to see that Mirah will be getting some happiness and release from fear and anguish. I’ve only got 20% of MotM to go and I’ve been hoping that she finds her Way again – looks like she will but in the new book. I should just about finish the 1st story as the sequels arrive, which is rather wonderful timing on your part! 😉

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  20. Beautiful, Diana. I could smell the flowers on the breeze. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  21. balroop2013 says:

    Your world of fantasy is incredibly amazing! ‘Thirsty Moon’ is looking so splendid though. Last paragraph of this excerpt is really sensuous and captivating. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    • Thanks for the lovely comment, Balroop. ❤ I missed the full moon last night, but I caught it this morning. I'm so glad you enjoyed the passage. This character is a little older and trying to create a future that she'd given up on. She's not a main character, but I like her 🙂 Have a great weekend, my friend.

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  22. Beautiful in every way! I felt like I was there, floating!

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  23. adeleulnais says:

    Absolutely beautiful. I was there with her in the meadow.

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  24. Ocean Bream says:

    Oooh, I love this. It seems like there are many chasing moons that signify different things, then! How lovely, to have such a clear indication of the changes in nature. I really enjoyed this read, Diana 🙂

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  25. “One’s myth rose from the way a person was perceived by others and by what one believed about oneself” Wise words, wise words my friend.

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  26. I feel swept up in the words of the excerpt! I am “thirsty” for more!

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  27. Khaya Ronkainen says:

    What an alluring fantasy world you’ve created, Diana! The stunning pics complement the imagery you paint with your words. Simply delightful.
    And yes, summer is fading away this side too. But the joy of picking berries in the wild… 🙂

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  28. Always a pleasure to read your prose. Images allure all senses.

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  29. Meg Sorick says:

    A feast for all the senses, Diana! Swept away!

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  30. Bernadette says:

    Once again I am blown away by your talent. It would be so lovely to go to that field of flowers and lay down my troubles. Working with the moon tides today – canning tomatoes.

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  31. The thirsty moon…wonderful. You have a way, Diana. ☺

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  32. Morgan says:

    Love this idea 🙂 Wonderful passage !

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  33. Elisabet says:

    Thank you, you make us thirst for more.

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  34. Beautifully written, as always, Diana. 🙂

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  35. The V Pub says:

    “the petals closed around her”. Amazing imagery, Diana. Like the meadow had a collective consciousness and embraced her. You had me at blackberries. I love blackberries!

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