Saturday, June 21, 2014

Happy Summer Solstice


Today is the longest day of the year so it is a day for the Sun!

Some of the celebrations that are happening are:

Jaanipäev (Estonia)
Jāņi (Latvia)
Juhannus (Finland)
Kupala fertility rite
Kupala Night (Ukraine, Belarus, Russia)
Midsummer
Saint Jonas' Festival (Lithuania)
Tiregān (Iran)
Wianki (Poland)
Litha

Most Americans use this day to stay out and have a long day of barbecue and picnics. Now I write at the night most of the time and this is the shortest night of the year, so this is hard day for writing for me. It is a great day for being out and getting some amazing ideas.
The seasons are a great source of inspiration. Seasons change and as you watch the world and it’s changing colors can give you some amazing ideas. You can get something just from watching things change.
There are also brilliant legends from this time of year. So much dealing with the Fae. Many authors have used this as a back drop to their stories. It is something to look into when wanting to write anything Fae.
I personally love Midsummer for the daylight and the joy of spending it with my family. How it inspires my writing is using the world around me and tweaking what I see. Since right now I am working in Urban Fantasy it is interesting to take the world around me and darken it up a bit. I hope to one day to write a story based on the Fae during the Midsummer antics, but that is for another tale.
I hope that it helps you with your writing and may your writing be inspired.

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