Imagination doesn't just mean making things up. It means thinking things through, solving [problems] or hoping to do so, and being just distant enough to be able to laugh at things that are normally painful. [Some people] would call this escapism, but they would be be entirely wrong. I would call fantasy the most serious, and the most useful branch of writing there is.
--Diana Wynne Jones

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Trivial and Fickle

I'm tired of my old blog design, and on an unrelated note, here's some usage trivia for you.

I just got back from Alabama, where they knock the hat off your head if you're rude enough to wear one indoors. No shirt, no shoes, no take-off-hat, no service. Also, people apparently don't do anything fun there.

Us: What is there to see or do around here? Any good trails or museums or historical sites?

Hotel concierge: I have no idea.

Gas station guy: Well, you could look at that billboard over there.It might say something.

That was all right, because we were too busy driving around getting lost to have time to do anything other than run, watch other people run, and take pictures of runners. Thank goodness for GPS.

While there, I ate grits for the first time, and would have liked them, except for the artificial butter swimming all over the top. Also, I learned the correct way to use y'all. I think.

Disclaimer: I heard this from someone who is not a southerner, who heard from someone else, that this is what they teach students in English class down South. If I'm wrong, don't throw a rock at me.

Y'all is for two to three people. All y'all is for four or more.

So, all y'all (notice how I assume four or more people actually read this blog), tell me what you think of my new blog design.

Too cluttered? Ugly? Liked the last one better? Even though it was waaaay too orange. Even though I only kept it for a couple of days.

Liked the old one better? Liked the old-old one better? Should I try again?


  1. liked the last one a little better, but this one's cool, too :)
    so you got your hat knocked off, eh? sounds like a good trip!

  2. Fortunately, that didn't happen to me, Gaylene. Or unfortunately. It would have made a good story. :) Thanks for the input on the blog.

  3. I really like the flames, but I'm kind of a pyro.

  4. Ooh. I like the fire! Very appropriate for your blog title, too.

    Apparently, I've been using ya'll and all ya'll wrong for years! ;)

  5. Two votes for fire! I actually wanted to do something like this when I first started my blog but I didn't know how.

    Super Pi: I'm pretty pyro-obsessed as well. I could stare at a fire for hours. Will people be mesmerized by my blog, because I have fire behind me? Will they read it, or just stare at it?

    L.T.: I had never heard of all y'all in my life. I love that it has its own grammar and is taught in English class. I hope that rumor is true.

    Thanks for voting, girls.

    Hope y'all's Christmas involves plenty of sitting around the fire, sipping hot cocoa, and reading good stories.

    And all y'all's too. :)

  6. I didn't see the other one, but I do like this one. :)

  7. Sounds like the consensus is keep this for awhile. Thanks for the input, Princesa.:) Happy Holidays!


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