Thinking of becoming nocturnal? Here are a few pros and cons plus some things to consider.

As an introvert author in Victoria BC Canada, being nocturnal was GRAND at first. There’s a 24/7 grocery store a twenty-minute walk from my abode. My smile was huge when I strutted down the busiest road in my neighborhood one faithful night. There was not a single person to be seen. It may be because I like to think more than I speak but damn was it ever nice not to have loud cars zipping around chaotically as I performed my thang down the serene sidewalk, thinking too much for my own good.

If you consider walking a form of meditation, then you probably already know how great walking at night can be. My city doesn’t have what you could call a prominent nightlife, especially on Tuesdays. When it comes to nighttime traffic, obviously Downtown Victoria, Esquimalt and James Bay are different stories compared to Gorden Head and Oak Bay. That’s exactly why being nocturnal could be interesting for an extrovert as well. No matter which jungle or forest you live in, there should always be something to do. But if your forest is full of crickets, wanting someone to talk to can drag you back into daytime life. And that’s when we stop talking about things that can be interesting.

Notice how I said at first in the very first sentence of this mediocre blog post.

I did that because I was a noobie to the nocturnal life about six months ago and now it’s catching up quick, Billy Boy. If you want to be nocturnal, you have to BE nocturnal or else you’ll become one of those sleepy, grumpy people (hopefully not, this was a joke with a hint of truth is all). During my half-year experimentation extravaganza, I fell into all sorts of slips and cycles of sleep and the drear no sleep at all.

My favorite part was when I WAS nocturnal. I hadn’t seen the sun in weeks. That’s how it’s supposed to be.

That was at first. Ah, it was wonderful. I was writing the ending to Knights of the Dawn on Halloween night. That whole week I had gained a ritual of a routine. I would stir out of bed to become the raccoon the neighbors hear in their sleep. With Lord Spywater and his epic last stand against Lord Highcross spiraling through my head, I took long walks in a pitch-black soccer field. The air was so dark all around me that I could open my eyes and envision everything I was to write happening live before my eyes like virtual reality. I pictured the mist skirting the destriers’ hocks as the knights led the wains of death down the road. I looked to the midnight firmament and descried Lord Spywater’s raven swooping down from a bright blue dawn. That bloody book Knights of the Dawn would not have been the same if I hadn’t taken those eldritch midnight walks, I tell ya.

At first it was wonderful. Now as I write this I’ve been up for more than twenty-four hours and I don’t know why I’m writing this. I’m hungry but I’m too tired and lazy to go to the store, plus I don’t want to deal with all those noisy, chaotic cars. Take from this what you will. I’m going to bed.



A List of 40+ Synonyms for “Horse” with their Unique Definitions (updated 2018)

  1. Palfrey – a compliable horse for casual riding, especially by women.
  2. Mule, hinny – the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse, usually sterile and used as a beast of burden.
  3. Dray horse, draft horse, cart horse, sled horse – a burly and formidable horse for pulling drays, carts, buggies, sleds, etc.
  4. Rounsey, rouncey – an all-purpose horse, able to be trained for war if needed.
  5. Courser – a swift or spirited horse, in any application.
  6. Destrier – a medieval knight’s horse for battles or tourneys.
  7. Warhorse – a big, mighty horse trained for war, whether it be modern or historical.
  8. Mount, steed – a horse being ridden or is available for riding.
  9. Remount – a fresh horse to replace one that is no longer usable.
  10. Charger – a swift warhorse or cavalry horse.
  11. Cob – a brawny, short-legged horse, typically for riding.
  12. Pony, hobby – a small stocky horse, especially one of several specific breeds, like the Pottok for example.
  13. Nag, plug, rocinante – a horse that is old or in poor health.
  14. Colt – an uncastrated male horse under four years of age.
  15. Stallion, stud – any uncastrated male horse.
  16. Gelding – a castrated male horse.
  17. Mare – a female horse, especially one available for breeding.
  18. Bronco – a wild or half-tamed horse.
  19. Stepper – a horse with a quick, beautiful gait, such as a trained marching horse.
  20. Filly – a female horse under four years of age.
  21. Foal – any young or baby horse.
  22. Yearling – any horse that is only one or two years old.
  23. Garron – a sturdy horse for working, typically small.
  24. Mustang – a wild horse.
  25. Suckling – an unweaned horse.
  26. Weanling – a newly weaned horse.
  27. Equine – any animal of the horse family, such as a donkey.
  28. Workhorse – could be any hired or draft horse, but typically refers to a farm horse.
  29. Racehorse – a horse raised for horse racing.
  30. Trotter – a horse raised for harness racing
  31. Packhorse – a horse with panniers, or any horse that is not ridden but used to carry loads, usually led in a line or tied behind the riding horse.
  32. Sumpter – any animal used as a beast of burden, including horses.
  33. Hackney – a horse with a high-stepping trot, typically a trained riding horse or carriage horse.
  34. Padnag, pad, ambler – a horse that moves along at an ambling pace.
  35. Grey, gray – any white or gray horse. For example, “Jon saddled the gray then spurred off.”
  36. Sorrel – a horse with a brownish-red coat or a sorrel coat.
  37. Caballine – an adjective meaning: of or related to a horse or horses. For example, “We called him Caballine Cam because of his big teeth.”
  38. Genet, Jennet – a type of small Spanish horse; also, a female donkey.
  39. Show-jumper – a horse that performs the professional sport “show jumping.”
  40. Chestnut – a horse with a chestnut-colored coat.
  41. Roan – a horse with a roan coat (two colors finely interspersed).
  42. Bay – a horse with a sorrel coat and black mane.

I use this list as a helpful reference during writing and research. I will update it whenever I feel the need, so please let me know if I missed synonyms or think something should be changed or improved. Thanks!