I want to apologize for not being able to post anything until late last night. If you follow me on Twitter then you might be aware that I could not log into my blog at all yesterday to post for yesterday’s challenges. My host server had been down since late Tuesday night which is when I first noticed it. I didn’t think anything of it until mid-afternoon yesterday when I still wasn’t able to log on. It turns out I wasn’t the only one having an issue, and my host server was on top of the problem. Still, it took all day to fix. I don’t know if it was a hacker playing an April Fool’s prank or if there was a server update that took down everything or what it was. But, we’re back to normal (ish) though I did have to reinstall some major plugins. Luckily though, all my settings had been saved. Whew!
So, today’s letter from the A to Z Challenge is B, and NaPoWriMo’s challenge is to write a poem about the stars. NaPoWriMo gave a link to a list of constellations that also includes some information about how they came to be named what they are (hint: go read myths). I thought “how easy can this get?” Then, I looked at the list of constellations. Imagine me with one eyebrow raised and a look of “seriously?” on my face. Out of ALL the constellations in the sky, there is only one (O.N.E) that begins with the letter B. Well, what now? Funny you should ask that. Last weekend while I was doing the Blacklight Run with AJ, we looked up at the stars and began talking about them. (What a quo-inky dink.) I showed her Jupiter and told her the name of the star that makes up the right foot of Orion and then I told her that his right shoulder was the star Betelgeuse. (Of course I’d know that one. Only one of my favorite Michael Keaton movies.) Ah, look at that…a B. Now, what to write. I know! A limerick. And, because I could, I wrote two. Limericks are funny that way. So far, I’m having rather a lot of fun with these two challenges.
Happy Blogging/Poeming this Thursday!
P.S. Yes, Geoff, you inspired the limericks. 😉
Betelgeuse, a Limerick
By Jessica Scott
There once was a star named Betelgeuse
Whose manner was rather abstruse
“Three times say my name,
It’s a sort of a game.
Be careful, the sandworms are loose.”
Böötes, a Limerick
By Jessica Scott
There once was a wine-maker named Icarius
Who was killed for giving peasants ascariasis.
But Zeus said “Oh my”
And put him in the sky.
Now he only drinks water from Aquarius.