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H*O*T*--Scrabble Anagrams, HubPages Style
I'm Crazy About Scrabble!
A good writer is passionate about letters.
Letters are the building blocks of words. From these words flow the most eloquent speeches, monumental novels, award-winning screenplays, image-pregnant poetry, sunrise salutes, sunset memorials, global-impacting journalism, popular blog posts, and--yes--featured Hubs of all time.
And what better way to simultaneously work and recreate with letters--to actually reach out and touch them and have them touching you back--than to play a game of Scrabble.
I'll let you in on a little secret.
I'm crazy about Scrabble!
If I could figure out a way to challenge other HubPages writers to a community game of Scrabble, I would. Suffice it for now that I've stumbled upon an invigorating mind game that doubles as a catalyst for those dormant creative juices and a cool way to connect with fellow writers.
But, first, a word from our sponsors.
Recently, I began a new HubPages niche series entitled, H*O*T*, an acronym for Hawaiian Odysseus Tutorial. H*O*T* is a collection of my personal writing experiences, tips, and vignettes and is enthusiastically dedicated to my fellow aspiring and accomplished writer friends.
This is the second installment of my new niches series and is entitled, H*O*T*--Scrabble Anagrams, HubPages Style.
Exercising Our Minds
We all know that exercise is good for the body. In accordance with our age and level of fitness, we walk, run, bike, hike, play tennis, swim, tend to our gardens, lift weights, golf, or engage in other physical activities.
But do we place as much importance in exercising our minds?
With due respect to meditation, I'm not addressing the issue of emptying one's mind or, in the alternative, filling it with a singular thought. Rather, I'm talking about giving the brain an intense, grueling, gray matter-challenging workout! One that's intriguing, fun, and simultaneously stimulating and soothing to both sides of the brain.
Writers Use Both Sides
What do you think? Are you a Left Brain Dominant or a Right Brain Dominant?
The Two Sides of Our Brain
You've no doubt heard the references.
She's thinking with the right side of her brain. That's why she overcompensates by going left in Congress.
The left side of his brain is dominant. The other side? Well, it's totally wimpish.
Captain, there appears to be no activity in either side of the Klingon's brain.
What? You never heard people say these things before? Unbelievable! Where you from? Oh, I see. Well, that explains it.
Okay, a quick review is in order here. Alright, listen up!
Scientists theorize that there are two sides to a brain. Additionally, each person appears to have a dominant side. Therefore, a person who is left-brained is often said to be more logical, analytical and objective, while a person who is right-brained is said to be more intuitive, thoughtful and subjective.
While I agree with the notion of a two-sided brain, I don't agree that one side has to dominate the other. Come on! We're living in the 21st century! Women no longer club men and drag them around the cave with the '80's and '90's decor! We've transcended those days. Thanks to Men's Lib, Man Caves are in abundance now.
So, one morning, I'm sitting in my Man Cave with my Man Cat, Kona.
As a writer, my best days at the laptop are when both sides of my brain are in sync, working harmoniously together, and infused with a healthy dose of caffeine. On this particular day, however, there was more jet stream than jets filling up the space between my ears.
Boredom is not a strong suit of mine. Heck, I don't like suits, period. So I walked on over to the portable game closet in the next room, checked out the titles, and pulled out the Scrabble game.
That's about the time the Edison contraption went off in my brain.
Both sides of it.
Scrabble Anagrams of Hubbers' Names
I decided to create my own version of Scrabble solitaire. In playing this game, I would definitely be using both sides of my brain.
The game rules were simple. It was the implementation that proved challenging.
- Select a HubPages writer's name or pen name
- Using the corresponding Scrabble tiles, spell the name out
- Rearrange the letters to form new words
- Receive bonus kudos if the new words have a connection to the writer
- Repeat the process for the designated amount of anagrams
Knowing at this point that I was definitely going to write a Hub about this, I challenged myself to work as fast as possible (the mental equivalent of a physical sprint). I also determined that I would transform eight HubPages writers' names into anagrams.
The entire process took me about 45 minutes to complete with less than 30 minutes being the actual involvement of maneuvering the tiles at a rapid pace, all the while looking for patterns.
Here, then, are the results.
I have a great deal of respect and aloha for this prolific hub-a-day writer, a definite favorite in the HubPages community. Aside from his diligent writing on HubPages, Bill is a published novelist, both electronically and in hard copy; hosts a writer's blog each weekday; owns at least one small business as a writing consultant; is a community green leader; and is a global activist spearheading the HUMANITY--ONE WORLD (HOW) project. Busy? You bet! But the very cool thing about Bill is that he always has time to respond to comments and encourage people in some way.
I knew I'd run into an impasse by doing so, but I couldn't help but take five of the letters in Bill's name to spell a favorite word of mine, one that Bill never fails to use when signing off his messages to me...ALOHA. However, as you can see by the middle photo to the right, I got stuck with three L's. Too bad one of them couldn't have been an O. Bill would have seen the humor in that.
As it turned out, I ended up in no time with LAND HO WILL MAIL. To me, this phrase reminded me of how Bill is an explorer, a pioneer, and a leader in the field of writing. Land Ho! signals the sailor's sighting of the destination. When Bill arrives at any new literary country, he never fails to acknowledge his connection with others...thus, the promise from him that, at some point, he'll be sure to send you a message...WILL MAIL.
Mary, aka tillsontitan, is another great writer who is a delightful human being and a genuine Baby Boomer. My fingers flew in the rearrangement of her pen name. My first attempt sounded too much like Sylvester Stallone trying out for the Incredible Hulk role (TINT STALLION). So I tried again, and the second attempt was a winnner. TALONS IN TILT appropriately fit the bill. Mary's HubPages avatar is the wicked queen from Snow White who at some point in the classic tale poses as an old witch. The image of the old hag's long, gnarly fingernails was synonymous with talons, and Snow White's eventual triumph over the evil queen gives the latter a terminated, or IN TILT, status.
Next up, from the 4XL Lone Star State, we have my good friend and writer extraordinaire, Bradrick Houston. Since coming over to the mainland from the island of Kaua'i, I've sincerely missed the genuine kindness and hospitality--the Aloha Spirit, if you will--that prevails among the Pacific people. Brad is a refreshing reminder of what that spirit is all about, and as I go about my personal mission to spread that special flavor of goodwill throughout the HubPages community, I know Brad (as well as many other HP writers) is an enthusiastic drum major in that parade.
If you haven't had an opportunity to do so yet, I heartily encourage you to check out this young man's body of work. If and when you come across his Hub about fantasy football, you'll understand why I was so excited when I came across the perfect acronym for his pen name.
Now that I'm at the beginning of my journey into the adventure-laden seventh decade, I know what I like, and I like what I know.
So, without hesitation, I can honestly look you in your eyes and tell you what I believe to be my favorite kind of teacher.
It's the individual who readily admits that he or she is as much a student as he or she is a teacher. Take my friend, Karen Hellier, for example. She might start her school year as a teacher, but by the end of her term, she's well aware that she made it through only because she cared enough to discover the story each student had to share with her.
Let that soak in for a few seconds. And think about it...Isn't that what we do right here on HubPages? We share with others our unique stories and, in turn, listen to theirs. And to those who are simply just takers, well, you're welcome. But my time will be well spent connecting with the givers.
And Karen is a giver. Read her writing, and you'll soon discover she's also a keeper.
Ever since I was cast as one of the townspeople in our high school rendition of Carousel, roughly 45 years ago, I've had a real If I Loved You affinity for all things Boston. Our next Scrabble Anagrams celebrity has only been a member of HubPages for about four months, and yet she's hotter than a steamin' red lobster fresh from the coals of a New England clambake.
Allow me to introduce you to Kathryn Stratford. When I read in her profile how she was a prolific reader at a very young age and loved to write with such a passion that she'd craft her own journals by stapling pages together, I just knew I had to follow her on HubPages. I tell you what, dear friends, if you want to know what textbook HP writing is all about, do yourselves a favor and check out her site protocol-compliant articles.
I've chosen one of Kathryn's favorite niches, cooking, to do some lighthearted teasing. Hey, Kathryn, ever cook this dish by mistake?
Creative Kathryn wasted no time and came up with this fabulous recipe based on my lighthearted teasing of her!
- Kathryn's Hard Frank Tots
Dedicated to a Hubber friend, Hawaiianodysseus, this is a baked spicy tater (potato) tot recipe. To hear the story behind the name, and get this superb recipe, come join me!
If you love pets--whether of the feline or canine persuasion--and a good mystery, you're certainly going to enjoy the body of work by my good friend in Alabama, wetnosedogs. In this delightful literary community, you'd be hard pressed to find a more other-centered good soul. Quietly and without fanfare, unattached to any harried frenzy to achieve unrealistic numbers, and always with an encouraging word for a HubPages neighbor, wetnosedogs is akin to the tortoise in the age-old fable...even-keeled in nature, consistent in showing up, persistent in work ethic, and faithful to the end. I am blessed whenever this writer graces this community with a new Hub or a casual visit in the comments section. The anagram I devised underscores this writer's down to earth style.
Alisharenee and I have a few things in common. She and I both hail from the islands--she, from Kona on the Big Island of Hawai'i, and I, from Kapa'a on the Garden Island of Kaua'i. She and I both love writing for HubPages. She and I both have fathers who are Hawaiian/Filipino. And she and I love rainy days.
The very first article of this gifted young woman that I read is entitled, Growing up on a coffee farm in Kona, Hawaii. Those of you who have read some of my writing know how I love to wax nostalgic. Friends, please give yourselves a real blessing today and take a few minutes to read Alisharenee's article. And, then, don't stop there. Indulge yourselves in this young woman's talent. Mark my words: There are novels galore waiting to be birthed in this Pacific Islander's beautiful mind.
A little tidbit first...coffee beans need moisture in order to successfully thrive. In fact, they need 60 inches of well-distributed rain a year to grow. The six to sixteen weeks after a coffee plant flowers is most critical. If there isn't enough rainfall during this time, the coffee bean won't fill. Unfilled beans in water float during processing and are discarded.
The anagram for Alisharenee, then, is apropos.
Sometimes, you'll come up with an anagram, but it just doesn't make any sense literally. It's a considerable accomplishment in itself to rearrange the letters of a HubPages handle to form entirely new words. I wanted to leave you with just such an example.
The featured Hub writer is Rebecca Mealey, a retired educator who's taught elementary school and those with learning disabilities in middle and high school. Although she claims to have not found a niche yet, she's managed to pick up over 500 followers. No wonder, judging by her excellent articles from a wide range of topics.
One topic, arts and crafts, might very well give me a toehold, albeit a very slim one, with assigning relevance to my anagram solution. Doing a cursory Google search, one of the things I pulled up was: CAMEL EYE BRACELET.
Okay, it's a bit of a stretch. But that's exactly what one needs to do after a vigorous intellectual workout.
Great Workout! Let's Go Have a Cold One!
MY SPECIAL CHALLENGE TO YOU
Okay, so now that you've seen how it's done, here's a special challenge to you. Using the letters of my HubPages pen name above, try to come up with a cool anagram. You can post it in the comments section. Thanks for playing along!
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