A good friend of mine replied to Tracie Walker’s article, “The Word Game – A Great Way to Meet Talented Authors!” where you can send her a comment on her original article and she will send you 5 random words and you can play along. It is rather interesting to see what different words mean to people.
I really had no intention of getting involved, but Ruthi put the challenge out there, and not to be dared and unresponsive, I really felt that I had no choice but to ask for 5 words of my own.
Literature: When I hear that word the first thing that comes to my mind is American Literature and all the great works that I have read over the years – Gone With the Wind being my absolute favorite. But who could ever forget Huckleberry Finn or the Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Then as I write this my mind immediately jumps to Dickens, with all of those classics and Dumas and Robert Louis Stevenson. I could go on and on, but I have 4 other words to write about.
Camp: This word has so many different connotations. The first thing that popped into my mind was the very first time I was sent away to camp was at a place above the HOLLYWOOD sign in Griffith Park. I think it has now been discovered that is where there were bodies buried. I was sent there with my cousins. I absolutely hated it there! The next year I went to a camp with my bluebird troop and again I hated it – there is even a picture of me crying! But for some ridiculous reason when I was 18 years old I became a camp counselor for an entire summer (go figure!) and it was the best summer I have ever had! None of my children ever had the chance to experience camp and I think that’s something every kid should be able to do – at least once.
Conversation: Being an author I spend a great deal of time listening. Conversations are the vines that thread through life holding all the pieces together. Sometimes conversations are non-verbal, it’s the things that aren’t said that mean the most! In the old days, before the days of instant messaging and cell phones with text messages we used to write letters – with papers and pens. Then we would have one-sided conversations and wait by the mail box hoping that we would get a letter back. Conversations in this technical age have changed so much. You can never really tell what the other side of the email really means – if the person is using all caps – does it really mean they are mad? Or are they just trying to make a point, or are they going blind and they cannot see? What happened to good old fashioned phone calls?
Victory: This word, if you were a man, would mean winning! This word for a competitor would mean coming in first. This word for me means all the little things in life that go right every single day. To me a victory is as simple as letting a person in front of me on the freeway, or smile at a person who is having a bad day. I have never been a competitive person and winning has never been that important to me. It is much more about the journey, than the destination.
Random The first thing that jumped into my head when I saw this word was a random pattern. That is rare and hard to find. Something like the stripes on a tiger. The mother can tell her cub, but they all look the same to an outsider. The other thing that crosses my mind is a random act of kindness. If this world were to be filled with more of that it would be such a brighter place to be. But, most people do not act randomly – they act systematically – that is the way we are taught.
So, those were my 5 words. – Definitely 5 random words – Tracie….I hope I did you proud!