"Categories” or “The Grid Game” is something my family
played on car trips or at home. As an adult, I have found it to be a lot of
laughs at parties or writing jams. It’s also a good way to stir up creative
At the last writing jam at my place, Jud, Maria, Janice, Rachel,
Lauren, Jason, Ajua and I played. Sharing our results inspired belly laughs as
well as a-ha moments. Then we used the answers we came up with as a wordlist
for free writing.
So here’s the game and how you can participate now in this blog-based tourney. Three sections
follow: HOW TO PLAY SCORING PLAY NOW! HOW TO PLAY Create a 4x4 grid on a piece of paper. You could do this by
folding a paper into 16ths, or just draw lines. Here’s mine. You’ll notice I
left a little space above and to the left, which is not a bad idea. Above each column, we'll write our categories. When I was a
kid, we used categories like animals, foods, girl’s names, and colors. As an adult, I have found it more fun
to use farther-fetched …
Welcome virtual tourists! Make yourselves at home. It is sweet to imagine you here.
Peruse back through my 18-day poetry journal experiment, back through the sneak preview pages of poetry and illustrations that comprise my forthcoming book One Way to Ask, back through the poems I created in InDesign, all the way back to the word games I hosted, and all the random stuff in between. Enjoy your stay. Feel free to comment.
Even sweeter that imaging you here is imagining that someday I might meet you in person. I love when a virtual friendship enters real life. That's a deep joy I experience in knowing Ina Roy-Faderman, who brought me into this blog tour.
I have long admired Ina's poetry on Poetic Asides, the Writer's Digest poetry blog and forum hosted by Robert Lee Brewer. Finding out that she is only an hour away by car, I knew that we would meet in person.And so we have. I was delighted to embrace Ina and read with her at my wife Lauren's art opening in Berkeley last mo…
Sesquipedalophobia, the fear of long words, terrifies its sufferers with the very naming of its diagnosis. For their sake, in a consciousness-raised behavioral healthcare environment, let’s propose a new name for the malady; e.g., plep.