Eclipse #WIP Wednesday

Hey, everyone. This is short and sweet, but it’s been a while since I’ve done a WIP Wednesday post.

I’m delighted to report I’ve almost completed the first draft of Cold Dark Night. Hey, it’s only around ten months later than I originally planned. I’ll not get into the whats and whys but suffice to say 2020 was not my best writing year. Anyway, I digress.

Yesterday, I wrote a scene that took place during a lunar eclipse. Here’s an (unedited) snippet.


He looked toward the western sky. The earth had begun passing between the moon and the sun, casting a shadow on the lunar surface. Before long, it would appear blood red, the brightness completely obliterated.

The darkest hour is just before dawn.

How many times had he heard his grandmother say those words? It was years before he knew where the quote originated or that it was metaphorical, not literal.

A twinge of excitement ran through him as the moon began turning a coppery hue. Astronomers called this the Super Blue Blood Moon—a rare trifecta of the second full moon of the month, its close proximity to earth, and a total eclipse.

An eerie stillness surrounded him. His pulse quickened – not from fear, but in anticipation of what was soon to come. Part of him wanted to go ahead with his plans. Too bad he hadn’t thought of it before now. A killing taking place during the blood moon would have been perfect.

A Lunar Eclipse. Often called a Blood Moon because of the reddish tint. (Creative Commons photo by Adege)

But no, he had to bide his time. Wait for the natural course of events. He’d waited thirty-eight years for this. Another couple of weeks wouldn’t matter.


Intrigued? Look for more about Cold Dark Night and its short-story prequel, House of Sorrow, in the next few weeks.

Curious to know more about full moons, their names, and some legends behind them? Check back Monday for the second in my monthly series. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this video.

31 comments

  1. Congratulations, Joan!! How awesome to reach that stage in your WIP! I love everything related to moons. Tomorrow is a new moon in Aquarius and is the perfect time to manifest new wishes!! 🙂 I loved the excerpt!

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  2. Congratulations on being a step closer to your goal. And what a great excerpt! Now I really want to read the rest of this tale! And don’t feel alone–I think many if not MOST of us had a crummy writing year in 2020! Hoping for better in 2021, myself, and best wishes to you for the same thing! 🙂

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  3. Great excerpt, Joan. I love moons and moon folklore, so naturally I’m looking forward to learning more through your moon blog posts. And I can’t wait for House of Sorrow and Cold Dark Night. They sound so intriguing!

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  4. Great excerpt. Once I finish my 2021 projects I may never write about the moon again. All the calendaring and day counting is not the fun part of writing. Then you have to figure out what your characters will do in the weeks between moons. Worthy projects, but I’m looking forward to moving on to something else.

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