(Apologies for late post – could not get my blog to post this earlier this morning, and I was out all day.) Since my art is all about reading, writing, and letters, I thought it would be fun to look at games involving words and letters.
Last night my writers’ critique group, Bookbound, met for our annual Christmas party hosted by the wonderful and talented Donna H. Bowman. We shared our usual yummy food and “white elephant” gifts, and she also had us play games: holiday-themed activity sheets for kids. We had to unscramble words (I was pretty good at that), do a word search, and find hidden pictures.
Great time had by all, including Paula B. Puckett, K. D. Bryant Graham, Lisa Sterling, Tracy Walker, and our regular-honorary-invited-guest, Janice Hardy. Heather Kolich mentioned that she and her family loved playing a game called Bethump’d. I’ll have to check out that one.
In my house growing up, we played lots of Scrabble, and plenty of hand-drawn Hangman games. Watched Wheel of Fortune. I was never too great at crossword puzzles, but pretty good at Jumble. By the way, I learned from Dictionary.com‘s Word of the Day yesterday that a “cruciverbalist” is a designer or aficionado of crossword puzzles. I also heard in a piece on NPR later in the day that a crossword puzzle writer might get $1000 to construct a Sunday puzzle for the New York Times, several hundred less for a daily puzzle. And that a vital aspect of creating an acceptable puzzle is coming up with a clever theme. (I don’t think I dreamed any of that, but I can’t seem to find a link!)
Now I play Words with Friends on my iPhone. Mostly with my college-age daughter, Morgan, my sister-in-law, Patti, and my author buddy Susan Rosson Spain. Took me weeks to be able to beat Susan, but now I get in the occasional win. Somehow playing that game is not terribly unlike working on poetry – having to fit letters/words into structured spaces, I suppose.
How about you? Any favorite word-related games, or favorite games your family might enjoy during these holidays? Do tell!