Saturday, January 14, 2012

What's in a name?

BellaDonna here.

Back when Barnabus and I first considered the idea of a blog and/or podcast (one of these days, when we get the money for a good mic, we will try our hands at it), we discussed what we would name it.

He is a fan of the word "arcane" and thus declared that it must be in the title of said blog/podcast. However, the word Arcane in and of itself has its limits. It's more of an adjective than a noun and therefore needed to describe something.

I chose the word Asylum for a number of reasons. It makes the name of our blog alliterative and therefore more memorable. Asylum also can mean a couple different things: safety from prosecution (i.e. political asylum, or asylum found in a church or other sanctuary), it's also used as the name a facility to harbor the insane.  Now for the uber (forgive my inability to figure out how to insert an umlaut) geeky part: Arcane Asylum reminds me of Arkham Asylum and is therefore that much more awesome.

So, this blog could either been seen as a sanctuary for the arcane arts (a place to safely seek them, if you will); or a place that cares for those driven mad by the arcane arts. I guess it depends on whether you would prefer to see yourself as a Seeker or an Inmate.

May you be blessed by whichever gods you fancy,

BellaDonna Saberhagen