By A.J. Llewellyn
I've fallen in love. Thanks to my awesome pal Jackie Kallen, the First Lady of Boxing, I've discovered the awesome joys of Wordscraper, a Scrabble-style game played on Facebook. I had no idea the game existed but it's one of the many applications available on the social networking site and it has saved my life.
I used to be one of those socially-awkward people who punished friends and family members for a game of ScrabbIe. Yes, my nieces and nephews run when they see me searching for them with my board in hand. I have a Travel Scrabble and have hit up strangers on planes who feign sleep after several rounds.
I lived in eternal frustration because I love word games and I love Wordscraper. You can play with one person or more and I currently have several games going.
Jackie and our mutual friend, author Norma Zager play, Scrabble and eat cheap Chinese food at Fu's Palace...not as often as we'd like, but the beauty of Wordscraper is that you play if and when you feel like it. I happen to think Chinese food goes great with the game, but that's just me.
You can eat, drink, do anything you want when you play Wordscraper. You can play naked!
Just click the application link and check if it's your turn. You make your move and leave it to your opponent to make their move.
Jackie and I are on our second game and unlike Scrabble, which requires your immediate attention, the beauty of this game is that you make your move and go about your day...and still get to keep what Hercule Poirot called "the little grey cells" active.
Studies show that playing word games keeps your mind young and things like Alzheimer's far away. I currently have seven games going, including one with author Serena Yates and others with my pals Caroline, Sandra, Cynthia and Silver.
Oops. Maybe I shouldn't have outed them all like this?
Anyway, I have no idea who created this game or how long it's been on Facebook but it's one of my healthiest obsessions (my other most lethal one being cupcakes).
So if you find yourself at a loose end and wanting to join the e revolution of mind and word games, check out Wordscraper. Hit me up, I challenge you and welcome you to the fun side of social networking. Your secret fetish will be safe with me.
It's your move,