Friday, October 21, 2005

Pencil Revolution and My Compulsive Nature

There’s The Pencil Revolution , a wonderful blog about…pencils and other somewhat anachronistic writing implements.

I have to admit, I love pencils. I have a thing about pens, too, but I rarely write by hand lately. One thing, I started doing these silly word puzzles in the newspaper and I’ll admit that I’m very compulsive about them.

I use a sharp pencil. I prefer a point that doesn’t blur. A #2 Dixon Ticonderoga would be perfect, for example but some of the cheaper pencils around today have lead that is too soft. After making sure my pencil is sharp, I get a piece of colored scrap paper, about the size of a 3” x 5” index card that I have for this purpose (and for grocery lists).

Whatever the word is, I write it in caps at the top of the scrap—which I hold horizontally, I write down the number of words (4 letters or more) I’m supposed to be able to get out of it. I draw a line underneath it. Then, in the space between the line and the top of the paper, I write, as small as I possibly can,the letters of the word in alphabetical order.

Then underneath the line, in columns for each letter in the word, I start my lists of words that I can make. My spouse and I used to do this together and compare our lists and fill in what each of us missed. Lately, it’s my thing alone.

See, compulsive—and I can’t do it in ink!!!


calgal said...

I almost never write by hand anymore. I don't think Ron would even recognize my handwriting.

It's not just that it is so unnecessary, but I learned a long time ago that the physical act of writing interfered with my ability to think in a way that typing just doesn't.

Even in my pre-computer days, I did almost everything that required creativity or was designed to be used in an academic setting on a keyboard.

How weird is that?


Clinton P. Desveaux said...

Saw your a Torme fan! So am I!!

Anyways, thought you might like to read one of my Mel Torme's reviews at my blog.


Clinton P. Desveaux said...

Here is the link! I forgot