Moment of Truth: The Beta’s Have Spoken

I Haz Story!

I Haz Story!

In cat internet speak, “I Haz Story.”

Now the goal is to fix all the little issues and add the things I forgot. Yes, I found a note in my writing journal of things I wanted to add or to clarify in this story. Everyone says to wait, wait, wait, let it sink in, so I am trying to, even though I want to get at it.

Even though there is pressure to clean all that up, the pressure to write new stuff has eased up. Thank you to everyone who chimed in last week about that. There was a wide variety of answers, and I listened to them all.

I wrote, but in a whole different category.

I added to my color posts originally written in 2010. Not only did I add to what was already there, but I also added new sections like Color History and Pigments & Dyes. In addition, I added more color words and organized them into categories such as light blue, dark blue, blue-greens, blue-violets, etc.

Some of the new info:

  • Han purple was the first synthetic purple. It was invented in China around 700 BC.
  • Madame de Pompadour often wore combinations of pale blue and pink. She even had a special pink created for her.
  • Before the late 15th century, the color orange was called yellow-red.
  • In Italy, yellow books (giallo) refer to crime novels. In 1929, translations of U.S. and British mysteries were given yellow covers.
  • 18th and 19th century European artists commonly used “Mummy brown”, also called mommia and momie which was was made with white pitch, myrrh, and the ground-up remains of Egyptian mummies (both human and feline).

Check it out!

Pick, then click on your color:
yellow orange red purple blue green brown white black


What color are you wearing right now?

cat image from raider of gin from Traralgon, Australia,
10/14/2015: edited to add direct links to the colors

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Updated: October 14, 2015 — 10:21 am


  1. Hi Holly – glad everyone’s comments helped. Brilliant you’ve added to your colour posts … colours are amazing and I must write my posts about the phenomenon that is colour.

    I’m wearing red … cheers Hilary

    1. Color is a fascinating subject and they psychology of it too.

  2. I guess people saw the fruit and decided to call the color orange.
    Wearing black. As always.
    Dive back in when you’re ready. Everyone says wait. I never have.

    1. That’s true about orange.

  3. Oh, and I’m wearing blue right now.

  4. I’m wearing a black quarter sleeve jacket over a turquoise shirt with silver, hot pink, and black zebra marks on one side. I think taking the time to not go and dive in is really hard. I took only a week. Lol

    1. All bright and cheery colors! Fun.

  5. Right now a white T-shirt and dark blue sweat pants–my hang-around-the-house uniform.

    “Mummy Brown” sounds like the perfect color for Halloween.

    I have a tendency toward wearing shades of green more than any other color.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host

    1. So true. They used those poor mummies for everything.

  6. Congrats on hazzing a story!

    And usually I’m in black or a shade of red, but today I am wearing sage green. Guess I was in a mellow mood. 🙂

  7. Yay for good beta feedback! Good luck adding all the finishing touches. I loved the color info, especially about the “yellow” crime books (cool!) and the “mummy brown” (eww!). Have a great week. 🙂

  8. I need to take your example to heart and write something different this week. I’m thinking fiction would be a good change of pace. 🙂 Thanks for the color info!

  9. Getting good feedback is awesome, I’m waiting on some myself and the wait is killing me. Anyway, I’ve got on a black white striped sweater and blue jeans. I’m a zebra in jeans. 😛 I need to check out your other color posts. 🙂

  10. Woohoo on the progress. Very cool. Hope you get to feed that need to chomp, soon. Great feeling really. To me, it means you’re ready for business.

    Now I’m gonna have a look about your old posts because I’m ready to turn the page and jump into WordPress. I think you have something on here about that, or I thought you did. I might drop you an email later for some advice.

    1. It’s funny, I know I’ve written about setting up sites, but I don’t know if I’ve specifically written about WP set up. Either way, go ahead an email me with any questions.

  11. Like Alex, I am wearing black — I always been fond of that color. I have even made it my blood center color. 🙂 I am so happy you got helpful comments which guided you. I say write while the fire is upon you. 🙂

  12. I’m wearing maroon!

    You have a good story, and I’m glad all the betas got back to you. Have fun editing! I look forward to when it’s in its final stage. 🙂

  13. I’m wearing black, which it says means I’m mysterious! Mostly I just needed something that went with my yoga pants this morning! Yes, often when you walk away from a book after finishing it, you come back and see things you wouldn’t have seen when you were in the middle of it.

  14. Wearing brown. It was a subconscious decision based on a conscious decision to be a warmer, more loving and patient mommy today. Well that didn’t last–but that doesn’t mean I didn’t try. I didn’t even realize there was a correlation until I read your post.

    1. Kidlets have a way up changing things 😉

  15. Glad you figured out your path. Yes, it’s good to let critique sit for a few days and mull it over. Things you think are wrong, you come to accept.

    I’m wearing tan… my workout cloths. I was wearing green earlier.

  16. I’m wearing red today. It wasn’t much of a conscious decision since I picked it out in the dark this morning. Haha. Wow…your color posts are so detailed. What a great reference!

  17. I’m wearing white. I wear a lot of white…and gray. You should add that to your color wheel. LOL

    Glad things are moving again with your writing. 🙂

  18. Good luck with everything! It does help to take time off from a project. I always feel like I can view it more clearly after a few weeks/months. Oh no! I’m wearing purple on a Thursday. Oops! 😉

  19. I’m wearing gray today. A nice fleece sweater to keep me warm! Interesting they used ground up mummies in paints. Oh the history lost there!

  20. I’m doing the same, fixing up a story. It’s a wonderful feeling to have something workable in front of you. I picked red, my color.

  21. Good luck when you get back to it! It’s hard to wait, but I’ve done it twice now. Just don’t wait too long. I’m wearing blue and black today.

  22. You’ll get far if you let your cat write your book 🙂
    I’m wearing baby blue right now 🙂 and I’m trying to come up with an outfit in which I will appear at our biggest bookfair later this month… you know… since I’m a style icon 🙂

    1. You know. I bet you’re right. I’m tasking the cat with Book 2!

      You are an ICON style! 🙂

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