Sunday 21 November 2010

Short story published on-line

One of my short stories was recently chosen for publication in the e.07 edition of an on-line magazine called "ITCH". 

Click on Born Beneath a Balsamic Moon to read about loss and grief and new beginnings.

In evolutionary astrology (I did evolutionary astrology charts for about 15 years, before stopping it last year to concentrate on my writing), the balsamic moon phase is when the moon is darkest, just before the sliver of the new moon begins to ripen in the night sky. Any person who is born beneath a balsamic moon phase is in a releasing cycle of evolution.

In its monthly cycle, the waxing balsamic phase suggests a time to rest, heal and release the lessons of the past. In the waning blasamic phase the time has come to look forward to a new future.

I hope the astro-speak above gives some added meaning to the text. If you're interested, the Irish poet WB Yeats was a gifted astrologer. Click here for an interesting discussion on some of his poetry linked to the phases of the moon.
I took this quick snap of the crescent moon on 13th August 2010.
If you look very closely you can see Venus to the bottom right.
The real view was much brighter than this.
Enjoy the story!


Anita said...

Congrats! I'll check out the short story under the weather now and am only reading in short bursts. Cool, about the astrology thing...I know nothing about the topic, only that am a Gemini...don't even know my kids' signs!

Judy Croome | @judy_croome said...

ANITA: Get better soon! Sadly, astrology has had bad publicity for thousands of years (much like the Catholic Church is getting now). But, done properly, evolutionary astrology can be an important psychological tool for self-discovery. BTW, sunsign Gemini(although only a very small part of the totality of your psyche) is the sign of the multi-faceted intellectual. A good sign for writers! :)

Robyn Campbell said...

Congrats, my friend. I just finished reading your moving, very powerful, emotional story. All I can say is "WOW." Your voice is so genuine. I KNOW you are going places as an author. You've got IT, Judy. ((hugs)) from Christopher and I. We love you and are very, very proud of you. :)

septembermom said...

That is an amazing story!!! Your writing is so rich and well developed. I'm so EXCITED for you Judy :) You are one talented, brilliant lady. I'm honored to know you and call you friend. Congratulations!!!!

Judy Croome | @judy_croome said...

ROBYN: ((HUGS)) back at you and Christopher! And thanks for the vote of confidence - sometimes I'm not sure whether my writing is headed anywhere else but the bin...!

KELLY: Gosh. All I see are the flaws in the story. Glad you found something to like in it!

Helen Ginger said...

I know nothing about astrology! Love that picture.

Congratulations on your story. That's fabulous news.

Judy Croome | @judy_croome said...

HELEN: I wish you could have seen how fantastic the moon looked that day. I just had my snap happy camera and it didn't do the view any justice. Thanks for the congrats!:)


Congratulations! I agree with you that astrology shouldn't get such a bad rap; it's a great way of trying to make sense of our own relationship to nature and the cycles of life.

Glad you shared the news!

Judy Croome | @judy_croome said...

SAMUEL: Yes, astrology approached with good intent can be an extremely useful tool in making sense of some of life's mysteries. Loved your post on mavens & genius - have pasted part of it in my motivations folder! And happy thanksgiving! :)