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!!!