Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Word Addiction - Eleanor Shepherd

          My husband, Glen has been out of town this week.  What usually happens when he is away is that I find all kinds of reasons to delay going to bed.  It is not so much that I fear the dark, when I am alone, although if I am totally honest that does still lurk at the back of my mind.  However, this week I discovered a new distraction.

On my iPad when I first opened it was a game called Bookworm.  For the first few years, I completely ignored it.  Who has time to play games when there are important things to do on line, like keeping in touch with friends on Facebook, managing your LinkedIn and Twitter contacts as well as faithfully responding to business and personal emails, hopefully within twenty-four hours?

            I think it was my daughter who in random conversation shared with me the joy she had, playing Scrabble on her iPad when she was touring. (She is a professional musician.) Since Scrabble is always my game of choice I downloaded the App and have always found time to fit games into my spare minutes.  I seldom turn out my light at night without checking to see that I have taken my latest turn in the three or four Scrabble games that I have going.  I will fall asleep thinking of words that I might make with the letters that I have available. 

            One day, not too long ago, when I had the iPad open and was caught up on all my emails, I decided to check what Bookworm was all about.  What a mistake!  I am hooked.  All I have to do is select letters from the ever changing ones offered and create words. 

            Few things in life give me greater satisfaction that to put together letters and create words. In case you have not already guessed it, I have to admit my secret addiction.  With Glen away, I have been staying up at night, way later than I should just to make more words.  There are a few neat challenges in the game, like letters that appear in flames that you must use in words before they move to the bottom of the screen causing you to be eliminated from the game. Also there are extra points for using certain highlighted letters that pop up and the longer the words, the higher the score.  Now, I actually have been paying little attention to the score.  That does not interest me so much.  The thrill for me is to be able to create the words. The act of creating them makes me feel so powerful.  
            In reflecting on this addiction to words, I have been wondering about its origin.  How did I become so obsessed with words that I am like an alcoholic thirsting for the next high that comes with my successful creation of words, simply by finding the correct sequence of letters.  I sometimes wonder if it is the way that my brain is wired.  I know that in contrast to words, my reaction to numbers is a fear that makes me want to run and hide from them so they will not land on me.  They make me afraid, because to me they are a source of anxiety and confusion. 

            On the other hand, I find that letters, words and ideas make the adrenalin flow through me and I get so excited, I never want to stop the game or the discussion or put down the book.  Is this related in some way to why I am a writer?  Do all writers feel this giddiness about words?  I am curious and wonder if I am the one who is out of step or is this kind of passion for words common among those of us who participate in the craft of word-smithing.     
Word Guild Award

Word Guild Award


Peter Black said...

Hmm, self-revelation and open confession eh, Eleanor? Now we know! ;) But, perhaps most of us have some level of mild addiction to something or other.
Your passion for words has been abundantly evident over the years that I've been reading your writings. Your words and how you use them express ideas and truths uniquely and well, and also reveal your caring heart. Now be sure you get caught up on your sleep, though. :) ~~+~~

Glynis said...

Peter's right! If you lose sleep over your addiction, then you need intervention, Eleanor! :) Don't ask any of your writer friends, though. We will likely get just as hooked. Great post and probably good for your soul to confess. :) I LOVE scrabble but don't like playing it with my hubby. He takes to long. He is too concerned about winning and getting 65 points with a three letter word. I would sooner focus on creation of the words than creation of a higher score. Good job I love him!

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