It was a Dark and Stormy Night.

It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents, except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the house-tops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.
~ Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Paul Clifford


Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton, by Henry William Pickersgill

It rains a lot in Ireland, so it rains a lot in Irish Firebrands, too – and yes, there’s even a stormy night chapter….

How often does nature (storms, earthquakes, dawn, dusk, stars, moon, sun, wind, animals, plants, etc.) appear in your fiction?



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2 responses to “It was a Dark and Stormy Night.

  1. Ali Isaac

    The elements in all their glory and power appear quite frequently in my stories. 😊 And you’re right, it does rain a LOT over here! Too much, although the sun is shining right now, for a change.

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    • By the time I visited Ireland, in December 2009, it was snowing over there (the landlord of the B&B in Navan told me it was the first time in 20 years).

      But many hours of the rest of the time I was writing, I spent researching the Met Éireann weather bulletin archives for the period when Irish Firebrands takes place (May 2007 through December 2008), so the weather I wrote about actually happened.

      If our readers only knew the things we writers do! 😉


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