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August 31, 2012 / Rae Spencer

Blue Moon Friday (Arachnophobia Alert!)

The blue moon suits my mood. I’m tired and sluggish, ready to crawl off into some quiet corner and lose myself in a half-edited manuscript, one burdened with rambling paragraphs and boring verbs. It needs dragonflies.

A couple of spiders wouldn’t hurt, either.

Because spiders matter. Even the ones that eat butterflies. (I believe this was a Cloudless Sulfur butterfly.)

I want my story to feel real, so it can’t be all flutter and gleam. It needs sticky strands of web, for tension. And rough surfaces, for texture.

Now, if only I could find a way to add cicadas. Maybe just one. A late summer cicada, laying its eggs under the bark of a pear tree…


  1. jackie376 / Aug 31 2012 8:57 PM

    Amazing photos, especially that moon. Love it!!!

  2. Jason Anderson / Sep 1 2012 9:15 AM

    Ok the butterfly in the web photo is horrific.

    • Rae Spencer / Sep 1 2012 10:34 AM

      Yes, but I couldn’t resist. Fortunately, it’s unusual. First time I’ve ever seen one of the yard’s spiders catch a butterfly…

  3. CMS / Sep 4 2012 9:17 PM

    Rae: We all loved the photos. So rich and clear. We have been “catching” cicadas here in Brooklyn all week. Great posting!

  4. Angela / Sep 14 2012 10:51 AM

    The photos are gorgeous — I especially loved the first three — and your meditative analogy on writing is lovely. I liked this so much.

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