Michaeline: Start of the Storytelling Season

halloween002[1]There’s a strong storytelling tradition linked to Halloween – and Christmas, too, for that matter. In the ancient world of the northern hemisphere, October must have been the start of the storytelling season. The crops were all in, daylight hours were getting shorter and shorter, and it was the most plentiful time of the year. Good food and time to relax put people in the mood to create as well as listen.

October is definitely a creepy season as well. There’s a chill in the air. The spiders are frantically spinning webs and escaping into warm houses. Killing frosts fall upon all the vegetation, and change the landscape into something dull and brown. Little mice (and big rats) come indoors, looking for food and warmth, and their random scritchings and scratchings must have added a certain eerie quality to evening story sessions.

Halloween was a time for remembering the people who died over the past year, and people of old must have spent many hours around a hearth or fire, telling stories of relatives who had passed on – stories of love, romance, fighting, revenge; stories of the loved ones who had left the earth as the storytellers knew it.

It’s a good time of year to write. What are you writing right now, today? And is the season influencing you?

(To get you in the mood, here are a couple of sites featuring Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.” A link (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcqPQXqQXzI) to hear James Earl Jones recite the poem, and here‘s the text with some extra analysis.)

3 thoughts on “Michaeline: Start of the Storytelling Season

  1. There’s definitely a chill in the air here, and the days are getting noticeably shorter. It makes me want to eat lots of hearty, warming food, sleep more, and curl up on the sofa with a good book and a big, fat glass of rich red wine. Instead, I’m getting up early and working hard on revising my WIP, which is a summer story full of sunny days and long, light nights.

    • Oh, the lure of a good, big book. Mmmmmm. And almost as bad, marathon viewing sessions of a YouTube obsession. Good for you for overcoming the temptation!

      (-: Maybe I should be working on four stories, each one set in a season, and be revolving them around . . . . Nah. Part of the magic of a story is that you tend to forget what’s going on around you when you are writing. I think things make it in there subconsciously, but in general, there’s no need to indulge oneself in seasonal writing (unless one is writing short stories — those can be finished in three months, and with fine results).

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