This month, we dare you to look up

The "Truth" is a 100% true story (well ... we are fiction writers) - from moral dilemmas and things we wish we could have done differently, to life-changing experiences and moments of hilarity. We end each post by delivering your "Dare" for the month. Respond to the dare in the comments, or share your own story on your blog to earn entries for our monthly drawing.

The Truth

When I was little, I remember warm summer nights when my dad would take out his telescope. My sister and I would run around the front yard in our nightgowns (staying up after dark! being outside! EXCITING!), then we'd take turns looking through the telescope at the moon. We could see craters and dark shadows, something I still find fascinating. My dad would point out constellations and help us connect the dots until we could (kind of, sort of) make out things like bears, queens, and warriors. Even though we lived in the city, it was amazing what we could see.

Since then, I've lived in places far from cities, where the sky dark is enough you can see the Milky Way without a telescope or binoculars. I can see shooting stars and easily find constellations from my backyard, and if I drive a few minutes, the night sky looks like a million billion little flecks of sparkling lights shining through darkness.

Still, I don't always remember to look up, especially not in the winter. I never regret it when I do, but it can be easy to go straight from door to door without appreciating the night sky.

And it's important to look up. The night sky represents so much unknown. Much like our imaginations, it is boundless and full of possibilities. It reminds me of how small and insignificant we are in the face of the vast universe, but I also feel a deep appreciation for the fact that I can recognize and celebrate it's beauty. 

The Dare

This month, I dare you to look up at the night sky. Even if it's just for a minute (for most of us, it's pretty cold outside!). You'll earn entries for your stargazing if you tweet us about it. If you share a photo (of you bundling up to go outside, perhaps?) on Twitter, then you'll earn extra entries (see the Rafflecopter form below). You can blog about what you see (or don't see - ha), or if you really don't want to go outside, blog about a stargazing experience from your past, or what the night sky represents to you.

I'm looking forward to seeing your tweets, comments, and blog posts! Happy stargazing!