Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Twinkle, Twinkle, Angie Dee

            If you gaze into the sky tonight, know that somewhere around coordinates RA: 6h 52m 21.9s and DEC: +1° 16’ 34.4”, the newly named star ANGIE DEE is shining down on you and waiting to grant you your fondest wish. Since its magnitude is 14.0, in all likelihood you’ll be able to see it only with an instrument with a power range halfway between that of the naked eye and the Hubble Space Telescope. But aren’t you excited just knowing it’s there? I know I am!
            As I posted a few weeks ago, my fellow Inklings—who shine in their own ways—presented me with a star. I don’t own it in the sense that I can re-sell it (not that I would want to) or build a house on it or re-decorate it. But I did get to name it. And since I’d never named a star before, I asked for help. Many of you made excellent suggestions, but after much deliberation, I settled on the name Angie Dee, submitted by Nicci Francis. Nicci’s first suggestion was Angele Dei which is Latin for angel of God.  I thought that was beautiful and tied in nicely to my novel. But then she added that I could name it Angie Dee for an Okie feel. I think she was joking, but I liked it. I’m proud to be an Okie (“naturalized,” not from Muskogee), and I’m just vain enough to want my star to be at least partially named after me. So thank you, Nicci, for a name that does me and the state of Oklahoma proud!
            You will recall that in that same post, I explained I was conducting a drawing for a bracelet with a star charm from The Vintage Pearl. Anyone who already followed my blog, who joined my blog, or who made a comment on it would be eligible for the drawing. The winner of the bracelet is Heather of Minivan Momma fame. Thanks, Heather, for joining my blog and for making a comment. I’ll be contacting you soon.
Twinkle, twinkle, Angie Dee,
Shining brightly, though I can't see.
In the night sky, you are stellar.
Please make my novel a best-seller.
(Now you know why I don't write poetry!)


  1. Oh wow!! I'm so excited! I never win anything - least of all the lottery, but that's neither here nor there! :) Thanks, Dee Dee!

  2. I am so glad you liked the name, and I really wasn't kidding about the "Okie" vibe (although, if you had made fun of me, I'd have pretended I was).

    If your coordinates didn't seem too much like math, I'd go out tonight and squint right at little Angie Dee.

  3. A star is born! It must be exceptionally good luck to wish upon your very own star-- we are so excited for you Dee Dee (you too Angie Dee)


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