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Night Sky

Wonders of the night and rare phenomena have inspired a lot of my creative writing. These pieces feature elements of the night:

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“For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.”
— Vincent Van Gogh

Giving Birth to Galaxies

The Milky Way stretches over Lake Hawea near Isthmus Peak in New Zealand. Gazing into our galaxy inspired me to begin writing my second novel.

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“Never apologize for burning too brightly or collapsing into yourself every night. That is how galaxies are made.”
― Tyler Kent White

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“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars…”
— Jack Kerouac

The Road to Whiteface Mountain

The Northern Lights dance above white-capped mountains in Iceland. Although my story takes place in the U.S., I spent the day writing about a beautiful mountain range. Continue reading “The Road to Whiteface Mountain”

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Aurora Chasing

It’s 2 a.m. My eyes are bleary, my arms and legs tender from a lack of sleep. My dog can hardly keep her head upright, whether she is indoors or out, and my man looks once more longingly at the sky, as I do. Continue reading “Aurora Chasing”

Only As Deep As Our Love

We saw the Aurora Borealis for the second time on the night of Feb. 18. We watched into the early morning of my late twin brothers’ birthday, on Feb. 19, 2014. Continue reading “Only As Deep As Our Love”

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