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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

  • June 25, 2014 at 10:00 pm

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

    • June 26, 2014 at 10:51 am

      I am so glad you haven’t lost the wonder, Sue. I think we need it in our lives. Thanks for stopping by!

  • June 25, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Pauline, this gave me goosebumps: “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.” Yes! You hit that titanium nail square on the head. Well said!
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    • June 25, 2014 at 8:14 pm

      Aw, thanks, Laurie. I guess I’m still a dreamer and a star gazer, despite being old as dirt. LOL 🙂

  • June 25, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    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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    • June 25, 2014 at 8:14 pm

      Star gazing really does get you back in touch with what is important, Karen. I too live in the city and miss the stars. 🙂

  • June 25, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    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. 🙂

    • June 25, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      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. 🙂

  • June 25, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    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.

    • June 25, 2014 at 8:11 pm

      You are SO right! I feel my insides ease when I’m outside where I can see the stars. 🙂

  • June 25, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    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!

    • June 25, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      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!

  • June 24, 2014 at 10:23 am

    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.

    • June 24, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      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. 🙂

    • June 24, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      Oh, that would be very cool, Corinne! I wish they would do that. So many people grow up without ever looking up.

  • June 24, 2014 at 7:08 am

    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.

  • June 23, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    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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    • June 24, 2014 at 7:13 am

      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!

  • June 23, 2014 at 3:17 am

    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.

    • June 24, 2014 at 7:12 am

      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!

  • June 23, 2014 at 12:06 am

    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.

    • June 24, 2014 at 7:09 am

      Wow, that would be very cool, Ed. Never seen the auroras. LOL yeah, freezing. Not good. thanks for stopping !

  • June 22, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    never did that

  • June 22, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    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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    • June 22, 2014 at 7:13 pm

      That is such a great memory! Thank you for sharing it! I used to camp when I was a kid, too, but was always afraid of bears. LOL

  • June 22, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    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.

    • June 22, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      Yeah, you’re right, Liza. Sorry about that. I have done them in past where you could say if you commented. Can I blame it on jet lag? Thanks for stopping by!

  • June 22, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    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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    • June 22, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      I grew up in Northern Wyoming, so we shared that big sky! It was amazing! 🙂

  • June 22, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    I used to do that as a kid! It was awesome. We too have fire ants (in Florida) plus rather fearsome mosquitoes so I stick to my chaise lounge on my screened-in porch these days. I’ll have to remember to go out there more often at night and stargaze.
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    • June 22, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      The mosquitoes are big enough to carry you off! Yeah, the chaise is a great option. LOL

  • June 22, 2014 at 11:51 am

    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!

  • June 22, 2014 at 11:03 am

    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.

    • June 22, 2014 at 11:17 am

      Reclining chairs qualify, I believe! Looking up is so soothing, I wish I remembered to do it more often. Thanks for coming by!

  • June 22, 2014 at 9:01 am

    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.

    • June 22, 2014 at 11:16 am

      Hammocks are awesome! Much better for fire ant prone places. grin. Thanks for coming by!!!

  • June 22, 2014 at 2:15 am

    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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    • June 22, 2014 at 11:15 am

      It might be safer than the fire ant ridden stuff we have. LOL Thanks for stopping by!

  • June 21, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Yep, I haven’t done that in a long time either… Thanks for the blog entry Pauline…

  • June 21, 2014 at 9:30 pm

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

    • June 22, 2014 at 11:14 am

      Yeah, I can’t imagine why anyone would think there is no one out there. 🙂

    • June 22, 2014 at 11:14 am

      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

  • June 21, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    I’d love to think we could visit planets orbiting distant starst

  • June 21, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    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.

    • June 22, 2014 at 11:13 am

      I totally agree, Suzie. That is the hard part of city living, for sure. 🙂

  • June 21, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    I remember laying on the grass as a child. Now I could probably get down but getting up could be a problem.j Love the hop.

  • June 21, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    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.

    • June 22, 2014 at 11:12 am

      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.

  • June 21, 2014 at 12:56 pm

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

  • June 21, 2014 at 9:02 am

    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!

    • June 22, 2014 at 11:09 am

      I love those evenings star gazing, too. I like it better w/o mosquitoes. I wonder why they didn’t bother me more as a kid. LOL

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