Starry Nights

Why I Love Starry Nights

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Do you ever lay on your back in cool grass and look up at the sky? I haven’t done that for a LONG time, mostly because Texas grass is infested with fire ants. O.O

But when I was a kid, we often slept out under a canopy of stars (this was a long time ago!). Yeah, we used to try to pick out constellations and such, but mostly I remember the sense of wonder, the feeling of so many possibilities about what was “out there.”

When I was really little, we still kind of believed that their might be something on the dark side of the moon. I can remember feeling a bit let down when the first astronauts orbited the moon and there was just more moon. LOL

And Mars. Yeah, Mars should have had something there besides rocks and micro-something or other. Ah, reality. It does bite sometimes.

For me, reading and writing speculative fiction is totally about getting back to that sense of wonder and a belief in the infinite possibilities of “out there.” What must it have been like to be Jules Verne and not know so much? He was able to dream big because there was so much he didn’t know. Do we still dream big?

So much of science fiction is about leaving Earth because we messed it up. I will admit to being more optimistic in my life and my fiction. Man has never been content to sit on their status quo. They’ve explored because stuff was “out there” when out there was across an ocean or a wilderness. No matter what we do to this world, I think we’ll keep pushing, keep trying because it is in our nature. It is in our stars. Do you still look up and wonder?

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62 thoughts on “Why I Love Starry Nights”

  1. There is nothing like looking at the stars on a clear summer evening!! I have never lost that sense of wonder.

  2. Unfortunately, I live in the city. As you know, with all the city lights, star gazing is a challenge. Rare is the opportunity to see the stars above. Only while camping in the mountains or deserts can one see the starry heavens above. It is so awe-inspiring. It makes me appreciate how precious life really is. 🙂
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  3. I do (but standing to avoid those fire ants!). I am torn as to human nature — I think we do have an insatiable curiosity, but I’m not sure I trust our baser nature not to mess things up. Curiosity and Greed. The yin and yang of humanity. But if we can get out there again in my lifetime, I will be happy. 🙂

    1. Yeah, there has always been that yin and yang, but it takes our braver selves to make the move. That ugh stuff usually happens later. You and me! I keep hoping we’ll break free and do it. 🙂

  4. I love to look at a starry night because it makes me feel proud to be alive in this vast universe and also, it is really beautiful and calming.

  5. I love the beauty in the night sky. Especially in the summer evenings. I feel closer to nature and peaceful looking up at the twinkling heavens. Oh wait, those twinkling lights are planes. lol. Sometimes I wonder what the night sky looked like over 100 years ago. With no light pollution, I bet it was magnificent!

    1. I had to try to imagine what that would be like when I was writing my WWII book, a blacked out England and Europe, but would like to see real thing some time. Seeing just the stars is kind of amazing to even think about. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. I legit lament that I’m missing out on all the cool stuff. Anything for another hundred years to see just how far we go out and what we can find.

    1. We could try to dump our brains into a computer like Sheldon on Big Bang Theory, but yeah. My grandmother went from horse and carriage to seeing men land on the moon to the beginning of computers. When I stop and think, I realize I’ve seen a LOT of change. 🙂

  7. Exactly! I used to lay in the grass and wonder, watching for meteors. I adore space and the night sky. I still go out and look up often.

    And I love all the possibilities in Science Fiction. It’ll be my favorite forever.

  8. I did wonder, and I still do. Back when I was a kid the street lights were turned off at 1am. On a summer night the Milky Way blazed. It was brilliant. When you think that is just a tiny fraction of what’s really out there… the mind boggles.
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    1. I can still remember the wonder of seeing that first step onto the surface of the moon. The braveness, the boldness of getting there. I don’t think its good for us not to look up and dream and strive. Thanks for visiting!

  9. Whenever a meteor shower is due, hubs and I lay on the kids big trampoline out the back and watch. Once we drove out into the country, to a big reservoir to watch stars fall. I’d love to see people land on Mars in my lifetime, but I’m pretty pessimistic about life on Earth. I think too many people in power are driven by greed to keep from destroying our home planet.

    1. Oh, the trampoline! Yeah, that’s a great place to star gaze, too. My parents got one when I was much older. I’ve lived long enough to see the world cleaned up, at least our part of it, when we realized that trashing it was not a good plan. When I was a little girl, people just dumped stuff by the side of the river. I drove past that spot on my trip home and it was a beautiful place again. Man may not have learned everything he needs to, but he’s learned a lot since I was little. 🙂 Glad you stopped by!

  10. Before I moved to the city, I did a lot of stargazing. At the time I lived in the northern Canadian Rockies, and with so little true darkness, summer was more for aurora gazing than stargazing. Winter, though … you could stargaze 16 hours a day. Of course, you’d freeze to death. Details, details.
    Thanks for bringing back the memories.

  11. We used to go camping a lot when I was a child. I am claustrophobic and I can NOT sleep in a tent, so our dog and I slept on a lounge chair with a sleeping bag outside, under the stars. I remember looking at the constellations and thinking about all that could be out there. Thank you for bringing back some great memories.
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  12. Actually, I think the rafflecopter gets you signed up for the big prizes, not the comments….
    I have t admit, I’m a bit pessimistic about Earth. If you look at it’s history, it’s not been very nice to prior life. So just live life to the fullest every day. That’s my advice.

  13. It has, admittedly, been way too long since I took the time to ponder the stars. In Montana we’re known for our Big Sky and that’s true but I live in the city where the light pollution makes it a challenge to really enjoy it. I have seen meteor showers near here though that made me want to write stories.
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  14. I used to love looking at the stars, but now the light pollution is so bad it’s just not the same……but I felt that same awe when I first saw the Hubble Deep Field pics.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

  15. I do not lay in the grass anymore but I do lay in my reclining deck chair and stare up at the sky.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. Pauline,
    I always make time for meteor showers but I must admit, nowadays you’ll find me on my hammock on my deck. No fireants. 🙂
    Thanks for telling us about the Blog-Hop.

  17. I hate to admit, we now have artificial grass…drought prone CA. Thanks for the giveaway and participating in the hop.

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  18. I’m not arrogant enough to think that we are alone in the vast universe especially when looking at a stray night.

    1. Those suckers are MEAN! LOL Our grass at home is softer, too. Not sure what it is about Texas grass but even w/o fire ants it does not invite one to lay down. In my memory at least, our grass was soft and cool. LOL

  19. I cannot see too many stars living in a city, but I do believe there is more out there. If Earth managed to support life, I am sure we have interstellar neighbors.

  20. I, too, have my doubts about man leaving Earth because it’s ruined. That’s not true to our history. You’re right, we explore because we can. Because it’s out there waiting to be found. And that’s the setup I’ve used in A’yen’s Legacy. Undiscovered things are out there waiting to be discovered, therefore we must explore and discover them.

    1. That’s very cool to know about your series, Rachel. I was listening to Ready Player One on the flight home yesterday and was thinking, I just don’t see it getting this bad. I am waiting for the fun to start.

  21. I really wish I could lie in the grass and look at the stars. Way too many allergies.

  22. I don’t lay in the grass anymore. But an evening outdoors in a lawn chair inevitably gets me looking at stars. It is a pleasant way to spend a summer night!

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