World isn’t ready yet.
I had a great creative
writing professor in college who taught me something
important. It was unspoken but unmistakable:
Don’t apologize for something you’re about to
perform in front of a
general audience. Do it well or don’t do
it. Respect that
the audience’s time is valuable.
Aggie’s World is the antecedent of Aliens
Ransacked My Room. I
started Aggie’s World as a personal homepage back in
1997. I knew
very little about HTML, nothing at all about Style Sheets, and
painfully little about good design.
What I did know was that most of my classmates had pages that went
something like this: “Welcome to my Rockin’ Home
Page! Here’s a picture
of me! Here’s a picture of my
room! Here’s a picture of my
friend Jake! He’s so crazy! Click HERE to
go to Jake’s home
page!” And so on. Who was reading these
pages? I bet even crazy Jake wasn’t reading them.
Back in the late Nineties, self-indulgent HTML drivel was called a
“Personal Home Page.” These days,
it’s called a
“’Blog.” Aggie’s World
was never about me, never directly, at
least. Aggie’s World was about my
stories. It was a labor of
love. It may not have been well-designed, but it was certainly
well-intentioned. I worked on it until graduation, but then I
moved on to other projects.
Aggie’s World has some great stories and some inspired
it also has a lot of junky layout, pixilated drawings, and obsolete
technology. It’ll be
back. Aggie’s World is the heart and
soul of Aliens Ransacked My Room. For now, though,
most of it. I don’t want to have to apologize for
World. I want it to be magical.
Meanwhile, since it's Christmastime, I'll leave up Aggie and the Present.
I hope you enjoy it.