February 8, 2011

Once in a Blue Moon Blog

by dianagreenwood

There’s a reason I decided to title this post “Once in a Blue Moon” and you can probably figure out what it is. But I am easily distracted. Plus I love research. So five minutes after deciding upon the title, I Googled the phrase and found some fascinating information that may have sparked a story idea. We’ll see. From Wikipedia:

“A blue moon can refer to the third full moon in a season with four full moons.[1] Most years have twelve full moons that occur approximately monthly. In addition to those twelve full lunar cycles, each solar calendar year contains roughly eleven days more than the lunar year of 12 lunations. The extra days accumulate, so every two or three years (7 times in the 19-year Metonic cycle), there is an extra full moon. Lunisolar calendars have rules about when to insert such an intercalary of embolismic (“leap”) month, and what name it is given; e.g. in the Hebrew calendar the month Adar is duplicated. The term “blue moon” comes from folklore. Different traditions and conventions place the extra “blue” full moon at different times in the year.”


But what I really meant was this:

A “blue moon” is also used colloquially to mean “a rare event”, reflected in the phrase “once in a blue moon”

Interpreted here to mean that I will probably only blog as a “rare event” because I also blog at this fabulous place:


Plus I have this book coming out.

In two months. So I’m busy. Designing bookmarks and such. Working with my wonderful editor at Zondervan. Talking to the sales team about signings and promo opportunities and media. Reviewing tag line changes. Working on a new project that my agent is hoping to see sometime prior to the next blue moon. And then there’s the day job. Not to mention my fat lump of a cat is on my lap right now with one claw stuck in the sleeve of my shirt. Which makes it hard to type.

But once in a blue moon you’ll find news here and snippets from Insight so check back, comment, and ask questions. I promise to answer.