Garrosh’s Poetry Challenge revisted


So, with the calendar about to roll over into April, you know what that means – National Poetry Month!

And you know what National Poetry Month means – Garrosh’s Poetry Challenge!

For those of you who weren’t reading the blog at this time last year…well, first of all, WHERE THE FUCK WERE YOU? But, letting that slide for the moment (but JUST for the moment, so don’t get too comfy), let me explain. Last year, in honor of National Poetry month, I stepped up to the plate to crank out a month’s worth of EPIC VERSE, all inspired by reader suggestions. The poems were kind of a mixed bag – which is to say, they were varying degrees of SPECTACULAR FREAKING GENIUS. Just as you would expect from your Warchief. Locks in Socks seemed to go over pretty well, for one.

Anyway. I want to do another poetry challenge this year to commemorate the month, but I also want to mix it up a little and not just repeat what I did last year. Plus, there’s so much going on around here what with the Alliance and the mogu and the Divine Bell, I don’t know if I can spare the time to set aside two days a week for poetry. BRILLIANT THOUGH IT IS.

So here’s this year’s plan. I’m still going to be offering up some EPIC VERSE drawing on reader suggestions, but this time around, I’m going to go about it a little differently. Hold on to your ass for this one.

Two words: live blogging.

That’s right, I’m going to live blog EPIC VERSE, and you’re all invited to watch it being composed right before your eyes, line by line. Or couplet by couplet…stanza by…oh, fuck it, you’ll get to see it being written incrementally in SOME configuration depending on what I come up with at the time, okay?!

So here’s how this is going to work. Two weeks from today – SUNDAY, APRIL 14 – I’ll put up a post in the early evening to set the stage for the live blog. Everyone will be invited to leave comments on that post with EPIC VERSE suggestions. It could be a topic, a theme, a character you’d like to see, a turn of phrase – anything you can come up with that will give me something to work with and get the ol’ creative juices flowing. Then, at 8 PM EST, I’ll start the live blog, and you’ll be able to see what I come up with as I compose my newest masterpiece live before your eyes, based on at least one, possibly more, of your suggestions.

Remember, save your ideas for the big night – don’t post your suggestions now, because part of the point of it all is to see what I can come up with when I get your ideas dropped on me that night with no time to prepare. Otherwise, though…be thinking of ideas, and clear your schedule on the night of April 14 – EPIC VERSE AWAITS.

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A Concerned Citizen
A Concerned Citizen
March 31, 2013 10:23 am

Will that be EST, or EDT?

Also, why is it Everlook Standard Time to begin with, since Orgrimmar is the biggest city in that time zone?

March 31, 2013 2:39 pm

If I remember correctly, each settlement used to be on their own local time, but when the goblins started setting up the auction houses and zeppelin systems they divided Azeroth into standardized time zones to make the schedules less confusing to calculate. Of course, they named most of the time zones after their own settlements, because a) they were the ones who cared most about such things, and b) as a diplomatic measure. (Org wouldn’t want to recognize “Stormwind Standard Time” and vice versa.) Gradually the system caught on and took over, because it was a pain in the ass to be told your shipment was arriving at 4 pm Everlook Standard Time and miss the delivery because they arrived half an hour earlier than you expected, forcing you to pay their outrageous late fees and missed pick up fines for the release of your goods.

Garrosh Hellscream
March 31, 2013 4:07 pm

Yeah, EDT, because who the hell can stay on top of whatever abbreviation the goblins are insisting on this week?

March 31, 2013 4:54 pm

Yay! It’s been too long since we’ve seen epic verse.

April 1, 2013 1:02 pm

OMG I so don’t want to miss this – if I can ever figure out what time it is…

Garrosh Hellscream
April 1, 2013 2:52 pm
Reply to  wolfgangcat

What time zone are you in? (Damn those goblins for making things complicated…)

April 1, 2013 3:50 pm

I’m in Central time zone with the kicker that we don’t do DST so I never really know what time it is anywhere that does DST. 😛

Garrosh Hellscream
April 1, 2013 4:09 pm
Reply to  wolfgangcat

If I’m doing my mental math correctly, I think that would have the live blog starting at 6 PM your time, with the initial topic-inviting post going up a little ways before that.

April 1, 2013 5:45 pm

Thanks! I’ll start checking in around 5:00 pm or so – don’t want to miss a minute of Epic Verse!