Watch-Night by Mary Hannay Foott

Midnight, musical and splendid,
And the Old Year’s life is ended,
And the New, “born in the purple,” babe yet crowned, among us dwells;
While Creation’s welcome swells,
Starlight all the heavens pervading,
And the whole world serenading
Him, at birth, with all its bells!

Round the cradle of the tender
Flows the music, shines the splendor;
It is early yet for counsel, but bethink how Hermes gave,
(While the Myths were bright and brave),
Thwarted Phoebus no small battle,
Seeking back his lifted cattle,
Hour-old Hermes, in his cave!

New Year, if thy youth should blind us
Thy swift feet, perchance, may find us
Sleeping in the dark, unguarded, as the sun-god’s herds were found!
Lest, unready, on his round
We be hurried, World, take warning
That already it is morning
And a giant is unbound!

Idle-handed yet, but willing,
Let us ponder ere the filling
Of his empty eager fingers with our heedless hot behest.
Be our failures frank-confessed,
’Mid the gush of gladsome greeting
Requiem in our hearts repeating
For the years that died unblest.

How they came to us, so precious!
How abode with us, so gracious!
Blindly doing all our bidding; stronger, swifter than we thought.
Like the sprites by magic brought;
Shaping dream to action for us;
Till we stood, beset with sorrows,
Wondering what ourselves had wrought!

Ere the tightening of the tether
Bind THIS YEAR and us together,
Let us pause awhile and ponder, “Whither tend we side by side,
He who gallops, we who guide?
Once we start, like lost LENORE,
Sung in B?rger’s ballad-story,
Fast as ODIN’S Hunt, we ride!

 

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The Apocalypse Fire, Author Reading

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Rudyard Kipling Quotes

“A man can never have too much red wine, too many books, or too much ammunition”

“If you give someone more than they can do, they will do it. If you give them only what they can do, they will do nothing.”

“If you can keep your wits about you while all others are losing theirs, and blaming you. The world will be yours and everything in it, what’s more, you’ll be a man, my son.”

“Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears.”

“I am by nature a dealer in words, and words are the most powerful drug known to humanity.”

“No printed word, nor spoken plea can teach young minds what they should be. Not all the books on all the shelves – but what the teachers are themselves.”

“An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.”

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Jacqueline Woodson reads from Brown Girl Dreaming

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He Made This Screen by Marianne Moore

not of silver nor of coral,
but of weatherbeaten laurel.

Here, he introduced a sea
uniform like tapestry;

here, a fig-tree; there, a face;
there, a dragon circling space—

designating here, a bower;
there, a pointed passion-flower.

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Interview with Autumn Grace, author of Midlight

Today we have an interview with Autumn Grace, the author of NightLark’s most recent release, the YA SciFi novel, Midlight.

Her bio: Autumn Grace grew up in New England with her mom, older brother, younger sister, and her identical twin. Her aim is to bring diverse characters outside of genres they have identified with to promote equality and acceptance. She’s drawn to retro-futuristic concepts and is obsessed with robots and aliens. Autumns headshot

Who are your favorite authors and how have they influenced your writing?

One of my most admired authors would have to be Veronica Roth. Despite writing from a dark place, she manages to add such heart and hope to worlds that so desperately lack it. A major theme in Midlight is duality because things like hope can’t truly be experienced until despair is honestly felt. This raises the stakes of the struggles faced and sets the chance of character development up beautifully. Veronica Roth has influenced my writing by letting me realize that it’s okay to write heavy, meaningful, stories about young adults for young adults, and it’s okay to touch on seemingly sensitive subjects in an effort to tell the truest version of your story.

What do you think makes a good story?

I think that every great story has the perfect blend of genuine characters, honest struggles, and tells a truth about humanity from a new and clever angle. I love to see characters being pushed to grow and stepping up whether they’re comfortable doing so or not, but I also like seeing characters retreat to their old ways because it reminds me that sometimes people can do just what we expected, but hoped wouldn’t be the case. Depth to platonic and romantic relationships are also vital when writing a good story.

Bain and Argon’s relationship is quite complex. How would you describe their dynamic?

I would describe Bain and Argon’s relationship dynamic like day and night. They can’t exist without the other, and, at first glance, it seems like they can’t exist together. But there are times when night and day exist together and not at all, creating something far deeper than the two. Bain and Argon complete each other where the other lacks.

What kind of research did you have to do for the book?

I had to do a lot of research on the functions of the brain along with how radiation affects the human body and the environment.

What are your writing habits like?

I usually like to wake up early to write. When I’m in the process of writing the first draft, I like to write a chapter a day; following a basic outline I’ve written, this can change depending on the length. Sometimes it’s two or three chapters, and other days I don’t write anything. If I’m not drinking coffee while I write, then I’m drinking peppermint tea. And if I write at night, I usually like to listen to music.

What makes Midlight stand out from other YA SciFi titles?

Midlight stands out from other YA science fiction titles because, before anything else, it’s essentially a “love story of friends” between two boys that were never supposed to be together, but for some reason, try to make it work anyway. Bain’s main objective isn’t dependent on the outcome of the story, and at any chance he gets, he steers away from being the typical hero developing the plot further. He doesn’t care about the outer workings around him, whether it’s a crisis he caused or a crisis he’s being dragged into, all he cares about is keeping Argon safe and whatever means he has to take to ensure that he is. It’s a story about the vulnerability it takes to open up to the person you care about most and the honesty it takes to face yourself in your truest form.

Midlight ebook cover

Midlight is now available at Amazon and
other ebook retailers.

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H.G. Wells Quotes

Quick Bio Bit from Wikipedia: “Herbert George Wells (21 September 1866 – 13 August 1946), usually referred to as H. G. Wells, was an English writer. He was prolific in many genres, writing dozens of novels, short stories, and works of social commentary, satire, biography, and autobiography, including even a book on war games. He is now best remembered for his science fiction novels and is often called a ‘father of science fiction’, along with Jules Verne and Hugo Gernsback.”

“Nothing could have been more obvious to the people of the early twentieth century than the rapidity with which war was becoming impossible. And as certainly they did not see it. They did not see it until the atomic bombs burst in their fumbling hands.”

“We all have our time machines, don’t we. Those that take us back are memories…And those that carry us forward, are dreams.”

“Let your love be stronger than your hate or anger. Learn the wisdom of compromise, for it is better to bend a little than to break.”

“The man who raises a fist has run out of ideas.”

“Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.”

“Sometimes, you have to step outside of the person you’ve been and remember the person you were meant to be. The person you want to be. The person you are.”

“Looking at these stars suddenly dwarfed my own troubles and all the gravities of terrestrial life. I thought of their unfathomable distance, and the slow inevitable drift of their movements out of the unknown past into the unknown future.”

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