Hey everyone! I don’t have a list of 13 planned out for today, so I decided to try something new for today. This may become a more common occurrence if I have enough positive response. What is ‘this’ you ask? Well, keep reading!
I’ve decided that on days where I find myself unprepared or uninterested in the daily post, I’m going to share a fun fact about myself. This could be my writing self, something about myself in general or just something random I have discovered about life/writing. The point of this is to get other people to share with me. I know I have quite a few followers but I don’t really know who my followers are. With this, I hope to gain a bit of information about you, while you all learn a little more about the person behind the blog.
So let’s get started:
I have been writing short stories and novels since I was 10. I’ve been creating stories since I could speak. I began writing poetry when I was a junior in High School. As a junior in college, I have recently begun to write creative non-fiction. My life would seem very strange and empty without any sort of writing.
Now it’s your turn. When did you start writing? Can you imagine life without it?
Continuing with my theme of the week, I decided that today I would do a bit of a history lesson. I’ll do it in bullet form so it is more fun :-p Following is a list of interesting facts about the history and origin of Samhain/Halloween.
- Halloween is actually the modern world’s way to celebrate Samhain.
- Samhain is actually pronounced ‘sow-en’ ‘sow-an’ or ‘sow-in’ and derives from the Gaelic word Samhuin which could mean either ‘the end of summer’ or ‘the beginning of summer’ depending on who you ask.
- Christianity was the culprit for Samhain becoming All Hallow’s Eve and then Halloween. They created a day, All Saint’s Day (November 1st) which was called Allhallowmas. The night before became All Hallow’s Eve, for obvious reasons, and over time the name has become Halloween. Traditions celebrated on Halloween are a combination of ancient Pagan rituals and beliefs as well as early Christian beliefs and practices.
- Samhain is actually the start of the Celtic New Year. Often times, ancient Pagan’s would light several giant bonfires and walk between them to cleanse themselves for the New Year.
- On Samhain (the night of October 31st and day of November 1st) Pagans and Wiccans honour their ancestors and those more recently passed on. The veil between the land of the living and the underworld is believed to be thinnest at this time, so those in the underworld can hear the prayers and well wishes of the their loved ones better. And maybe even respond.
- Carving Jack-o-lanterns is actually a remnant of the tradition to carve turnips into lanterns. It was a tradition to remember the souls that were trapped in purgatory.
- Wearing costumes on Halloween is left over from the belief that, because the veil between the living world and the underworld was so thin, wearing a mask would protect people from any evil spirits that might make their way into the living world. Sadly, this custom has become a competition to see who can wear the least clothing and still have a great costume.
- Trick-or-Treating actually started with poor people going from door-to-door on Allhallowmas. They would say prayers for the dead and get food in return.
- Trick-or-treating can also be traced back to the tradition of Guising. Children dressed up in costume and went door-to-door begging sweets and cakes and sometimes money off from their neighbors. Sound familiar?
- The superstition of pins and razorblades in candy or candy apples was influenced by the media. The truth, sadly, is that many incidents of this or poison candy was parents doing it to their own children.
Got some more interesting facts about Samhain, Halloween or Allhallowmas/All Hallow’s Eve? Share them in a comment!!
All facts were either my own prior knowledge or found here
. I paraphrased most of the things I found on the sites, or simply took the facts and wrote them in my own words. I claim no ownership of the information taken from either of these sites.
Let’s talk about the best time for writing sessions.
I find there are certain times of the day, or night as the case may be, that I write ‘better’ than others. Other factors come in to play as well,of course, but for me the time seems to influence my writing the most. Late at night, when I’ve had a pretty lazy and boring day, I find that I can produce some of the best work I’ve ever cranked out. I find that my mind is most open, most active at that time. I have always been a bit of a night owl, so it really doesn’t surprise me. It’s just interesting that about the time the sun sets and the moon begins to rise, my writer’s mind stirs and I get some great (and occasionally large amounts of) material.
I know some writers who work better first thing in the morning, right after they wake up and their mind is fresh and free of the stress of a typical day. Some of them use their dreams as inspiration, while others just feel more open and free to the writing flow at that time. Other people need a few hours to wake up, get some caffeine, and find a nice quiet place before they can get started with their writing.
I’ve always found it interesting how, not only writers, but people in general function at different levels at different times of day. I am not a morning person, usually, though some days I could make the early bird feel like a late sleeper and the person with coffee usually wonders if they accidentally gave me six cups and never noticed (Not that there is a person standing in my kitchen, handing out mugs of coffee. Though that would be fantastic…). I know people who wake up early (6am at the latest) and are some of the happiest and most obnoxious individuals you will encounter at that time of day. Some people wake up early physically, but their mind doesn’t catch up until noon or after. And other people, like myself, wake up at the same time every day and find themselves moderately productive through the day, but by the time the sun sets, suddenly the world can’t stop them from getting things done.
Some of my best poems, short stories and chapters have come from my late-night writing sessions. When is the best time of day for you to write? And do you know why, or is it just something that happens?