Saturday, June 6, 2009


That's what Sue gets. Lots of them. Because she won the See's Chocolate give away and I like lots of nuts in my chocolate.

I thought that I was going to be done with giveaways as of yesterday and I kind of am, but I'm kind of not. Because I'm going to have a little contest. And it's because I'm lazy and I'd rather walk to the post office and mail something to you than think of a solution for this myself.

Here's the contest: I want a subtitle for my blog. You know, where it goes right under the title at the top? Anyway, I want one but I can't really think of one. So far I have Write Stuff: Chicken Scratch and Nonsense. And that was a real attempt. Clearly, I need help.

So here's the deal. I'll leave this open until Wednesday with a little reminder every day to enter. And you just give me your best suggestion for a subtitle. Write Stuff: I talk too much. Write Stuff: A completely extraneous blog.

You get the idea. The one I like best will win its author either a cool notebook like I gave away earlier this week, or a copy of Annette Lyon's There, Their, They're: A No Tears Guide to Grammar, or a copy of Luisa's cookbook, Comfortably Yum. Just pick which one you like and I'll get it to you. So give me your ideas, okay?

There are other little minor tweaks and changes going on around here. You know how you decide to paint a room in your house and then it looks so good that you start painting every other room in your house? That's kind of what's going on here. I revamped the whole blog and then decided I wanted to tweak stuff like getting a blog subtitle and the little message in the comment box.

Oh, and I finally updated my blogroll. I've been such a slacker about that. And by the way, does anyone ever read my "Stuff I Love This Week" List? I think it might not matter and I'll keep it whether you do or don't, but I'm half interested in your opinion.

I need to go eat some oatmeal and do some cardio. I really, really don't want to. Really. But I already lost three pounds this week, and believe me, it wasn't by magic. It was by putting down the chocolate and backing away slowly.

That's totally not true. I ate a lot of chocolate. I did, however, not indulge in any fried foods.

Wait, that's not true. I had french fries last night and chips twice the week.

But I had less of everything and that pretty much did the trick. Oh, and thirty minutes of cardio every day. Definitely not magic. More like tragic.

And I eat sensibly. Mostly.

Hm. Write Stuff: I ramble a lot.

Okay, give me ideas and I'll give you a book of some kind. Deal?


Chaka said...

Write Stuff: "Because that's how a blog works."

Or you could change it to "The Right Stuff-2 The Final Conquest" if you want it to sound more dramatic.

DeNae said...

OK, a couple of uncharacteristically helpful observstaions from yours truly:

1) There may be something cute at the bottom of your posts, like a funky signature maybe? But it only shows up as a little red x on my screen. It's entirely possible that the problem is mine, but I thought I'd mention it.

2) I love what Lara at "Overstuffed" does with her blog title. She changes the every few weeks or so. I don't know if she has a set schedule, or if she just puts up something new when she feels like it. But it works. So maybe something like that would give you some flexibility and also speak to wherever you are in your writing or your life at the moment. "Write hidden under the laundry" or "Write write where I left it"

Sort of like Facebook, only not as satanic.

DeNae said...

...and I don't need to be entered into the contest. I'm still hyperventilating over my most recent win!

Herb of Grace said...

"Write Stuff: because you can't get too much of a good thing"

DeNae said...

...and I'm sorry for doing three of these, but the first comment omitted the critical word "subtitle" from the 2nd sentence. That is all. Hugs to you and yours.

Kristina P. said...

Write Stuff: I Got Nothin'.

Ack! I just woke up and I have nothing!

Luisa Perkins said...

I love the "Stuff I Love" column.

My entries, using my "quantity, not necessarily quality" strategy:

Write Stuff: A Post a Day Keeps the Mindworms Away

Write Stuff: Twice the Brains, Half the Snark

Write Stuff: Made Fresh Daily

Write Stuff: Because I Said So

Write Stuff: Cooler Than You Might Think

Write Stuff: Handcrafted by a Stone Fox

Write Stuff: Take Your Write-amins!

Write Stuff: Kenny Made Me Do It

Write Stuff: Very Writey, Not At All Stuffy

Write Stuff: YOU Come Up With a Better Pun

Write Stuff: It Ain't Brain Surgery

Write Stuff: Like Chocolate for Your Mind

Write Stuff: Typetastic!

Write Stuff: All the Cool Kids Are Doing It

Write Stuff: Hang On, I'm in the Pantry

Write Stuff: You Snooze, You Lose

Write Stuff: Witty Subtitle

Okay, I'll quit.

Erin said...

How about Write Stuff: Not the Rong Stuff.

You know, play on spellings?

No? Okay, I'll try harder.

L.T. Elliot said...

I loved Luisa's "chocolate for the mind" subtitle.

"Write Stuff: As opposed to the Wrong Stuff." =]

I LOVE the "Stuff I love this Week." I always chuckle about it. It's fun to wonder about why you love some things--like pigtails. =]

Jami said...

Oh nuts for Sue! That is grand. See's! Yum-yum!

I need to go read some of your faves that I haven't visited yet. You always have exquisite taste!

Love the new header, btw!

Luisa Perkins said...

You updated your blogroll? Really? Huh.

wonder woman said...

Write Stuff: on(scratched out) off the wall

For some reason, it's not letting me do the strikethrough for "on."

Now that I've read through the comments, Luisa's making me feel pressured into submitting a million ideas. Sheesh.

•Write Stuff: in between the chocolate cookies
•Write Stuff: 'cuz that's just how I roll
•Write Stuff: 'cuz I'm a sucky artist
•Write Stuff: so I don't forget (variation: 'cuz my memory sucks)
•Write Stuff: cream filling for your soul

Some of these may be mildly insulting. Please don't be insulted. I'm just trying to e funny. And I love DeNae/Lara's idea of the changing subtitle.

Jami said...

The Write Stuff: my achievements capture the imagination of the world!

LisAway said...

Congrats to Sue. She deserves to win. She's pregnant; she needs all the chocolate she can get.

Wow, Melanie! You're TOTALLY doing the S Diet! See how well it works?

And I do read your Stuff I Love and love the insight into your life.

April said...

Write Stuff (Tim Tams not included)

I got nothing! It's almost 1am! Love the new look!

Anonymous said...

I have no idea how to set this up, but it's pretty cool. Follow this link to go to my brother's blog, and then keep hitting "refresh" to see all the (many, many) subheadings we came up with for him (the subheading changes each time you refresh.)

(Feel free to listen to my other brother's compositions, while you're there.)

I was about to make some suggestions but my husband needs to get on the PC. And I should long since have gone to bed, anyway. Oh, but I forgot to tell you that your shipping method worked perfectly and the fudge was perfectly intact. And delicious. And rich (will last me a while!)

Sue said...

To repeat what I said in my email: WOOOOOHOOOOOO! FREE CHOCOLATE!

This is the first time I've ever won a giveaway. I feel so special.

I will think on your tagline. {{think, think, think}}

Annette Lyon said...

I completely and utterly suck at title ideas--which is why I had a similar title contest for my grammar book's title! (Neato that it could be one of your prizes. Thanks for the plug. You rock as always.)

Emily said...

Okay, true story . . . when I mentioned your blog to David once, he asked me, "What is her blog about?"

And do you want to know my response? (I know you do because it was SO PROFOUND)

I said, "STUFF! She just writes about stuff."

So, I propose this very creative tag line for you:

Write Stuff
I Write About Stuff

'Nuff said.

Heather of the EO said...

I like a whole lot of these ideas given by people smarter than me.

That's not the subtitle idea, I just mean that.

My brain doesn't think up titles. As you can tell by the cheesy title of my blog :)

The Wingnut's said...

How about:

Write Stuff
wrapping the world in paper

glad to help out! maybe it will spark something in you!

dynomitegirl said...

here are my ideas, I can't pass up a chance to win something

Write stuff...
the quiet tickings of my mind

Write stuff....
my life with clickings and clackings of a keyboard

Write stuff.....
and capture my world

Write stuff.....
designing a world with words

nano*ink said...

I love my notebook, thanks.
I read your "stuff I like".
It's kinda like a happy list.
Have I ever told you about Happy Books? Maybe you need one?

The changing subtitle sounds fun for you...but it might be stressful too.
"made from the milk of constantly hugged goats" which I stole from Martha.
"insanity at its finest"
"what am I here after?"

Luisa Perkins said...

Today's entry:

Write Stuff: Even Better than a Nap

CaJoh said...

Not sure how to encapsulate your blog into a great by-line.

If you're left-handed this may work:
Write Stuff: Right-brained Rules

OK, to be fair to right-handed people too:
Write Stuff: Left-brained Lamentations.

Good luck… and let us know what you decide.

Anonymous said...

I think I'll have to go for quantity over quality.

Write Stuff: Not about astronauts

Write Stuff: Where I write, and stuff.

Write Stuff: Everything sounds better on ruled paper

Write Stuff: My notebook paper is ruled. By a good queen in a happy kingdom.

Write Stuff: Line by line

Write Stuff: Your most loyal new blog friend

(I'm all out.)

Luisa Perkins said...

Today's entries:

Write Stuff: Like a Breath of Fresh Air, Except Not

Write Stuff: Wayyyy Cuter than John Glenn

Write Stuff: Where I Hear Myself Think

Write Stuff: Less Obnoxious than Novembrance

Luisa Perkins said...

PS--April = genius. I read it and thought, "D'oh! Why didn't I think of Tim Tams?" She should definitely win.

Willow Tree said...

When I picked my subtitle I chose a quote from one of my favorite movies, that really applies to my life. Of course it was that or my friend Selina's choice of words, "I'm pretty much super awesome." Yeah, that rocks too, lol.

Blessings, Carolynn

charrette said...

How about this? (I know I missed the deadline, but I'm saying it anyway)

Write Stuff
And then reward yourself with chocolate

I kinda like it.
And I really, really like you!


charrette said...

And I love the Stuff I Love column. I read it every single time i log on. For reals.