I recently had to do some copyedits on Greetings from Nowhere (Spring 08) that involved cutting out a reference to "red dirt" - because I had used that reference a few times and enough is enough with the red dirt.
But today I was driving around (in South Carolina) - and was struck by how much RED DIRT there is. And, it really is red (well, okay, maybe more orange, but...anyway).
See? I took that photo today. Red dirt.
I have very vivid memories of red dirt.
Red dirt roads.
Red dirt yards.
Red dirt driveways.
The bottom of my feet stained orange (red) from that red dirt in the summer.
So, I just can't help myself.
Thank goodness for copyeditors.