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H*O*T*--Scrabble Anagrams, HubPages Style

Updated on May 29, 2013
100 Wooden Tiles--Building Blocks for a Billion Words
100 Wooden Tiles--Building Blocks for a Billion Words | Source

Scrabble--A Classic!

The Familiar Board Game
The Familiar Board Game | Source

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.

What's H*O*T*?

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?

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Kona's Brain is Turkey Dominant
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Kona! What have you done? Dude, that was my final draft!
Kona! What have you done? Dude, that was my final draft! | Source

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.

WILLIAM HOLLAND
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After spelling the word, ALOHA, I got stuck.
After spelling the word, ALOHA, I got stuck.
Translation: "I Found What I Was Looking For, and I'll Be in Touch!"
Translation: "I Found What I Was Looking For, and I'll Be in Touch!"

WILLIAM HOLLAND

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.

TILLSONTITAN
TILLSONTITAN
First Attempt
First Attempt
I Like This One Better
I Like This One Better

TILLSONTITAN

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.

PROSPECTBOY
PROSPECTBOY
Brad Loves Fantasy Football--Perfect!
Brad Loves Fantasy Football--Perfect!

PROSPECTBOY

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.

KAREN HELLIER
KAREN HELLIER
She's As Avid a Student as She is a Teacher
She's As Avid a Student as She is a Teacher

KAREN HELLIER

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.

KATHRYN STRATFORD
KATHRYN STRATFORD
She Loves Sharing Her Recipes
She Loves Sharing Her Recipes

KATHRYN STRATFORD

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?

WETNOSEDOGS
WETNOSEDOGS
A Most Loyal Friend
A Most Loyal Friend

WETNOSEDOGS

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
ALISHARENEE
There's A Therapeutic Quality to Hawaiian Rain
There's A Therapeutic Quality to Hawaiian Rain

ALISHARENEE

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.

REBECCAMEALEY
REBECCAMEALEY

REBECCA MEALEY

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!

Aloha and Mahalo!
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MY SPECIAL CHALLENGE TO YOU

HAWAIIAN ODYSSEUS

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!


If you enjoyed this marathon article, the front door to the rest of my Hubs can be opened by clicking on the link below:

http://hawaiianodysseus.hubpages.com/



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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, wabash annie!

    I'm glad to make your acquaintance! So...in the Colorado Front Range, are there any Starbucks there? I actually prefer the taste of independent coffee shops' brew, but Starbucks was the first locale of my recently rejuvenated writing (back in 2010), and I do love its special Pacific Northwest history and ambiance. Please do keep in touch. I'll be over shortly to check out your profile and read some of your writing. Thanks for your visit and warm comments! Aloha!

    Joe

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    wabash annie 3 years ago from Colorado Front Range

    I really enjoyed this hub. I have played Scrabble most of my life and love the game. Referring to your other hubs, I also love coffee but have never gone to a Starbucks ??

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Blond Logic

    On my very next trip to Brazil, I should meet up with you in a coffee shop of your choice and play you a game or two of Scrabble! LOL! I wish that I could have the luxury of a worldwide traveler. Maybe if I keep plugging away on HubPages, huh? : ) Have a great day, my friend, and thank you so very much for your visits and faithful support!

    Aloha!

    Joe

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    Mary Wickison 3 years ago from Brazil

    I too am a lover of Scrabble and often look for connections between words played. This is a great way to come up with ideas.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @ignugent17

    Thank you so much for your kind words, ignugent17. When I was a little kid and was naughty, my parents must've sent me to my room with nothing but alphabet blocks to play with. Maybe that's why I turned out this way. Ha-ha! Aloha, and have a great weekend!

    Joe

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    ignugent17 4 years ago

    Great hub. I enjoy reading it. It is really very creative and interesting. You can really play with letters.

    Voted up and more . :-)

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, Eddy, for your kind words and gracious sharing of my Hub. I'm grateful for your presence here in the HP community, and I applaud your tenacity and spirited ways. Please count on my support, dear friend, and know that you make an absolutely positive and wonderful difference here. Aloha!

    Joe

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    Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

    A wonderful hub Joe and ross and shared.

    Here's to so many more hubs for us both to share on here.

    Have a great day.

    Eddy.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @alisharenee

    You're very welcome, Alisha! And mahalo for your warm and wonderful response. I heartily encourage you (and I'm definitely speaking to myself as well) to pursue your dream to write a novel. Just like a walk...just a few baby steps over time completes the journey. I wish a senior person would have encouraged me at your age to work on this literary challenge. My father in Maryland has been asking me several times now to take down his story about growing up in Anahola on Kaua'i. I really need to go see him and tackle that writing objective. Best wishes for continued success here on HubPages and in your many other endeavors, Alisha! Aloha!

    Joe

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    alisharenee 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

    What an amazing honor to be mentioned in such high regard! You are so talented and creative, it's really quite amazing how your mind works! (People's minds always intrigue me...being a psych major and all!) "There are novels galore waiting to be birthed in this Pacific Islander's beautiful mind." Words cannot describe what this comment means to me. I've always told myself that one day I would write a novel...perhaps today is a good day to start! Voted up & shared! *Mahalo*

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @tillsontitan

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! Ring the bell! We got us a winner! Thanks for investing time and precious mental energy to put this one together, Mary. I am just blown away! The perfect anagram on several levels. You have such vision, focus, and clarity, dear friend! Thanks for making my week!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @kidscrafts

    Very good, Joelle! But Hyundai wouldn't let you get away with that spelling. Nevertheless, I like it! You're awesome for putting so much thought into it. Thanks so much! Have a great day!

    Joe

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    kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

    Would this be good ?

    A Wise Oasis Hunday.... but you have to like that car ;-)

    Enjoyr your afternoon!

    Joelle

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    Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

    Hideaway oasis sun.....lots said here my friend!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @kidscrafts

    Great job, Kari! You offered three different anagrams of YOUR name. But go ahead and check my challenge again at the end of the Hub. : ) You definitely get A for effort, my friend! Aloha! Joe

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    kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

    Hi Joe!

    This is it.... sacks drift or drift sacks

    Or .... sdf sick rats (sdf is the code for the Louisville International Airport).

    I find the second solution funnier!

    I hope that I did it right :-)

    Have a great day!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @kidscrafts I'm thankful that you shared in this experience just by dropping in, just as you faithfully do week after week. I need to see what I can do with my own pen name. : ) Your presence in this literary community makes a wonderful difference for the better, Kari! See you at the next Hub! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @rose-the planner

    Hi! Thanks for stopping by! It's after midnight for you, so I'm blessed that you took the time to read and comment on my Hub. I enjoy the challenge that Scrabble provides, both in terms of skillful recreation and the learning of new words or word extensions. This anagram derivative sharpens my mind by serving as an innovative way to brainstorm Hub ideas or other projects. As I get older, I need these special tricks to keep my game sharp. LOL! Aloha, and have a great week!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @prospectboy

    And the really cool thing is that we can all have fun while promoting others. I've met some very talented and personable writers here on HubPages that bend over backwards to provide help and support. I never forget how you paid wonderful homage and respect to your mom and grandmother in a past Hub, revealing to all who were fortunate to read your Hub the source of your good manners and personable ways. In like fashion, I've shared with our community of writers personal aspects of my upbringing that I hope reflect who I am as a person today. My Hub is just another way of saying thanks to the people who make simple yet significant contributions to the advancement of this community and each other. "Cast your bread upon the waters..." has a relevance for any generation. Thank you, my friend, for your beautiful and uplifting comments. Aloha and blessings from SE Washington!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Karen Hellier

    I truly believe, as you've faithfully shown by your example, that if we keep plugging away, paying our dues, and promoting fellow Hubbers along the way, good things start happening to us. Bill wrote about the importance of being givers rather than takers in the HP community as well as in life in general, and he definitely has a great point. I'm here to make a difference for the better, and I'm encouraging others to do the same. And we can all have a lot of fun while doing so. Thanks for stopping by, Karen. Aloha!

    Joe

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    rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

    Hmmmm........this is very impressive! I always play scrabble on my iPad and it is one of my favourite games. However, this anagram concept is a very interesting and innovative take on it. I will definitely have to attempt this. Great hub! Thanks for sharing.

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    Bradrick H. 4 years ago from Texas

    Wow, wow, wow! First off let me say that I love the niche that you've created. It's always great to know how others craft their hubs. Like I said in one of your hubs that I recently commented on, you always have us on the edge of our seats while reading. We also never know what you're going to come up with next, and that alone is like a suspenseful movie. This is truly an amazing hub you've written here good sir. I've always commended you for your ability to compare things, and now I'm amazed at how creative you are with creating words.

    This is honestly one of the best hubs that I've ever read. Not only did you highlight other hubbers, but you took characteristics that they possess and highlighted those. You have an amazing knack for noticing details in others. Just awesome! I hope to find some time in the next few days and take part in the challenge you put up at the end.

    I can't say enough about how talented you are Mr. Joe! I'm honored to know and follow you. Someone that has a kind and open spirit, and is always willing to point out positive traits in others. People like you are rare these days. Again amazing hub my good friend, and thanks a lot for mentioning me. Definitely made me smile. Voted up, rated awesome, shared on here, Facebook, and Twitter. Keep up the amazing work on here. See you in the next hub!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Kathryn Stratford As you know, I found it earlier this afternoon. If I seem MIA at times, know that I am busy working on my eBay site. I'm happy to report that after a few weeks of doldrums, things are picking up. Regarding the Hub you wrote, simply brilliant! Please don't change the title! Now that the links are in place, it's my earnest prayer that this mutually fun exchange can exemplify how promoting other writers is truly a win-win situation!

    Aloha, Kathryn! You're awesome!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @whonunuwho You're very welcome, my pueo friend! I always read pen names with an intense curiosity as to how they came about. In a special way, that exercise alone triggers Hub ideas. Have a super week of living and writing!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @KawikaChann Not bad, bruddah! Awesome! Thanks for the kind words, Kawi. Like most writers, I find inspiration in unusual places. This time, the idea of using Scrabble tiles to create anagrams of fellow writers was, paradoxically, a no brainer that challenged my mind! : ) Aloha, my friend!

    Joe

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    Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

    Shame on me for getting over here to this extremely creative hub so late... but somehow, Hub Pages forgot to notify me of your latest creative endeavor. I love how your mind works. And I do appreciate the mention. I am voting this up and kudos across the board. Plus I think it definitely deserves a share. It's a great way to help other writers on Hub Pages get their creative juices flowing. Who knew scrabble could be such a useful tool to write an article! Great work.

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    kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

    Hi Joe! I don't know if I will be able to find something! I will let this challenge simmer for a while and see if I come up with something original :-)

    Have a great week!

    Joelle

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    Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

    Joe, I just wanted to tell you that I wrote a hub yesterday that was inspired by this one, and the anagram you made out of my name - if you would like, check it before I change the title to something that sounds a little more appealing! Hahaha. It was a fun one!

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    whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

    Thank you for your kind response and informative comments. whonu

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    KawikaChann 4 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place

    "so hawaii's use and you" how that bruddah? Yeah? Nice job Joe, looks like you've successfully carved out a nice niche for yourself there. You have a solid ebb and flowing writer's voice that is easy to drink, always a pleasure reading your work. Aloha and peace. Kawi.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @whonunuwho

    In Hawaiian lore, the owl, or pueo, is considered a protector. I love your avatar image and thus wanted to share that information with you. Thank you very much for taking the time to read and graciously engage in this experience, whonu. Aloha, my friend!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @ChristyWrites

    Hi, Christy! Wow! I have always considered you a "cut above" writer, and so enthusiastic and positive comments from you mean the universe to me. Thank you so much for sending me your aloha from up north. Have a wonderful new week, my friend! And mahalo for sharing! Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Kathryn Stratford

    Thanks, Kathryn! I will definitely let him know...if I can find him. It's been so hot over here that he's been staying outside all through the evening, enjoying the cool nocturnal climate. Either that, or a neighbor's been feeding him. Then again, although we fixed him, he may just have a platonic girlfriend or two in the neighborhood. He is, after all, my Man Cat, Kona!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Kathryn Stratford

    When you're able to, a quick scan of my response to billybuc's kind words will tell you where I've been this weekend. I'm glad to be back and thus able to relax and respond to my faithful and supportive writer peers like you. Thanks, Kathryn, for your enthusiastic and valedictorian effort in creating an anagram of my name. I wouldn't even want to attempt it. I was so touched that you crafted your own stock letters so you could give the anagram challenge your best shot. Nicely done! And you didn't break any rules at all! I can see an Australian (oi) saying this on a beach somewhere. Ha-ha!

    Karen Hellier has scheduled a 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge in June. Giving you advance notice just in case you'd like to try your hand at this. It's a daunting challenge. But consider the billybuc Hub a Day consistency! OMG! A superhuman feat, I tell ya, yet indicative of a serious, true-blue writer! Like you, Kathryn. You do great work, and you make it look like fun! It was definitely an honor to feature you in this Hub. I want people to see how you generously do the same--the promotion of other Hubbers--in your articles. This process is a gentler, greener, more organic way of connecting with fellow writers. Thanks for the inspiration! Aloha, my dear friend!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @rajan jolly

    Just read a nice comment about you from one of your countrymen, gags3480, after he read my Hub featuring you. An affirmation that a little Hub love goes a long way! Mahalo (thank you), my friend for being a shining example of writer consistency and compassion. Aloha!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Radcliff

    Hey, Liz! I never know what I'm going to come up with next, either! LOL! Yeah, it always pulls at my heartstrings to read articles written by other islanders. Alisharenee did a masterful job with that Hub. I tried but couldn't get too far in my anagram analysis of Radcliff, so I'll just have to devise a unique way to feature that talented writer (have you read her work, by the way?) sometime in the near future. Promoting other Hubbers is the most selfish thing I can do because it underscores their talent AND assures me of further Hub output from them. See you at the next Hub, my dear Liz! Happy Belated Mother's Day! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @LKMore01

    I'm definitely different, alright! Ha-ha! Hi, Lisa! Thank you for taking time from your very busy schedule to stop by and support your SE Washington writer peer. Hope all is well with you and that you have a wonderful and memorable new week ahead. Aloha, my friend!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @wetnosedogs

    Every now and then, I give myself a good challenge in order to keep my mind from growing stagnant. This kind of Hub also enables me to think about, empathize with, and gratefully promote my fellow writers, especially the loyal and supportive ones like you. It's my way of saying THANK YOU! Have a wonderful new week, and I hope the weather is beautiful over there! Aloha, my friend!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @billybuc

    Hey, Bill! My wife and I were in Vancouver, WA, for a friend's wedding. Got back home this afternoon, and the combination of everything, including allergy medication (man alive, the pollen count has been very high this year) enabled me to crash for hours. Woke up an hour ago and am now just getting to my Hub mail. Thanks for faithfully supporting me, my friend. Have a great week ahead, Bill! LAND HO! WILL MAIL!

    Aloha!

    Joe

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    whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

    This was an interesting hub and very unique. Thanks for sharing this fine work. whonu

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    Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    I love that you have created a new series here! I like Scrabble, Monopoly, card games... all so much fun :) Your hubs are always so well organized and I am happy to both vote up and share. Take care!

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    Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

    It isn't letting me edit my comment! I just wanted to add that I love the photos of your adorable cat!

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    Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

    Okay, I read this quite a long time ago, and have been spending time trying to come up with an anagram using your name. It is not perfect, and may break a few rules, but here it is:

    oi

    shade

    sun

    is

    away

    It kind of sounds like someone telling the shade that the sun is away. Haha, if the sun were away, I'm not sure there'd be shade. And, of course, "oi" is slang, probably an abuse to the rules. But at least I tried! And it was pretty fun, too. I don't have Scrabble, but I wrote letters down on cardstock, and cut them out to give me letter tiles.

    As for how this related to you... I'm picturing you walking amongst nature, and the sun hiding. It's a bit of a stretch!

    You are so creative for thinking of this, and then turning it into a hub! And I was delighted to see my name up there! How sweet of you to think of me. I liked reading about how you came up with each, and how the words relate. This is a very enjoyable hub. Thanks for sharing this with us, and encouraging us to play along!

    Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Hey Joe! Think of innovation and you don't disappoint. Well, its getting near sleep time so I'll be back with the anagram.

    Great tutorial and am loving this niche of yours.

    Voted up, interesting and sharing it ahead.

    Aloha and have enjoy your Sunday.

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    Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

    Very nice, my clever friend. I never know what you're going to come up with next!

    I love Alisharenee's article on the coffee farm. I read it (and commented) when she first published the hub. Of course, it made me cry a little (Hawaiians have that effect on me)! ;-)

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    LKMore01 4 years ago

    Original, creative, inspired. I love reading your HUBs, Joe. Even if I only have a few moments to sign on, you are one of my "go to" writers. Aloha!

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    wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

    Well, well, well. You are trying to leave me speechless again. The dogs are tickled. And I appreciate your mention of me.

    You have done the great job again with your second H.O.T. and the other hubbers you mention should definitely get a kick and know, like me, it's an honor to have their name in your hub.

    Funny you got those words out of my name since I plan to do some gardening today.

    Kona is a beauty of a cat. Felix meows as I type this. Felix thinks he's the only beauty - LOL.

    From me, wish your wife a Happy Mother's Day.

    And keep your hubs rolling. They are an inspiration. What a great way to use the scrabble blocks.

    For being speechless, guess I rambled. Best to your H.OT. and ebay

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @tillsontitan!

    Thank you so very much, Mary, for your continuing support and vivacious manner of cheering a peer on! That was the whole point of the Hub "tutorial," to share by way of going out on a limb with game board pieces and a clearly bored-out-of-his-goard cat that Hub ideas are everywhere and that, in the process of putting the pieces together, we can also do our part to build a sense of community while having fun. Thank you so much for your ever-effervescent support, my dear friend! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Joe,

    You are so clever. Thank you for your kindness this Sunday....I have always had a hard time with praise like this...undeserving? I don't know...but I shrink away when people are telling me how great I am....I still see the little boy who fought so hard for recognition. :)

    As for your game....I'll have to think about your anagram....there are far too many vowels....haw sody???? What does that mean? LOL

    I do not know a couple of the featured Hubbers but I will correct that deficiency in the days to come. Thank you for introducing me to them.

    Aloha my friend....hey, on Facebook there is a game called Words With Friends...it's just like Scrabble, and if you are on Facebook, look me up and we'll play a game.

    bill

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, carol7777!

    Clearly, my man cat, Kona, and I have way too much time on our hands at times and when we're not sparring with each other, getting into mischief. LOL! Thanks for cheering us on, Carol! You're such a supportive, Hub Community-oriented writer peer. Aloha from SE Washington state! Joe

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    carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

    Very clever indeed. I love scrabble and all word games. This is most interesting but than look who wrote it.

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    Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

    This was a shinning example of your creativity and baby boomer mind...take any subject and run with it, AND make it fun, interesting, and useful! Hmm, now you're challenging us....I will have to come back for the anagram since my family is waiting for breakfast (7:45am here).

    Voted up, useful, funny, and interesting...I would have voted humorous, but you know the choices....great idea!

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