5 Ways I Keep the Word Geek in Me Alive

July 29, 2015

I love words.I’ve loved them ever since – alone or juxtaposed. I’ve always been fascinated how people can express their thoughts both beautifully and simply using words. I can’t really remember when I’ve loved them and writing so much but all I know is I won’t be me if I didn’t have any interest in them.As a yuppie, I’m too busy to actually create lengthy articles because of time and physical constraints (I’m too tired and lazy by the time I get home). Let’s face it. I think almost all 20-something individuals with an eight-hour job face the same dilemma! So as not to let the “word geek” (if there is even such a word) in me die, here are ways I try to keep my other self alive:

  1. Magnetic Poetry – I’ve seen this in a lot of American movies and TV shows before, but the movie What If actually made me more curious about it. I’ve been searching for any magnetic poetry kit on the web since then and all I found before were kits sold by US online shops (and for someone who does not have a credit card, that’s a big boo hoo). So when I saw this somewhere in Instagram, I gasped! Finally, a shop from the Philippines which sells magnetic poetry kits!
    My Starter Kit from Magnetic Poetry MNL
    I keep asking why you want to be different & you always wondered with me.
    Rescue me in the dark and gloom of yesterday. I wish happiness.

    I got them from Magnetic Poetry MNL on Instagram. As of writing, they have 11 original kits. I have the Tagalog and Starter Kit from them. Plus, you can also create your own magnetic poetry online: here’s how. Visit their website and Instagram for more details!

  2. Haiku Poetry – I used to make haikus for school projects. The ones I make now are miles and miles different from the ones I wrote back then. A haiku is a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world. Tyler Knott Gregson‘s Daily Haiku segment is a contributing factor why I got really interested in haiku writing. It’s challenging to fit in seventeen syllables, more difficult to find the best words to actually convey what you want to say. Check out this old post of mine for some of the haikus I wrote before.
  3. Blackout Poetry – Like haikus, Tyler Knott Gregson is the main reason why I’ve come to like blackout poetry. As defined by classroom.synonym.com, blackout poetry focuses on rearranging words to create a different meaning. Also known as newspaper blackout poetry, the author uses a permanent marker to cross out or eliminate whatever words or images he sees as unnecessary or irrelevant to the effect he’s seeking to create. All you need is an old book, a permanent marker, your imagination, and you’re good to go!
    When anything is wrong / we hope / as we go on.
    My mother told me once that / a woman / was more or less a display of curiosities. I asked her what she meant and then I wished I hadn’t.
    Come back to me. / I called. / I’m sure he seemed worlds away / and then thoughts twirled through my mind. / Could I have been better?
  4. Oneliner Prose – Included in my 2015 bucketlist is to create 365 oneliner proses – obviously, one for each day. This is just to keep my mind productive during idle hours. Here are three of what I’ve done for the first half of 2015.
  5. Bloglovin’ – I was supposed to put “bloghopping” here, but I remembered that term is a thing of the past (back when blogs had that cbox.ws widget and you visit one blog that leads you to another, and on, and on, and on…). Lately, I’ve been  spending more time in Bloglovin’ more than I do on Facebook. Reading others’ blogs ignites something within me (especially if they’re really consistent with it!). The bloggers I follow motivate me to write even better. Anyhoo, let’s be Bloglovin’ friends!!!
How about you? Are you a word geek too? How do you keep that part of you alive? x

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  • Reply Pallavi September 1, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    Hey! Such a great post. I’m a geek too and love magnetic poetry. ‘What If’ was such a great movie. I really like the way you made the blackout poetry posts. How about using coloured pens to cross them out? It might look cool. x

    Wildfire Charm

    • Reply Rej Relova September 2, 2015 at 8:48 am

      I’ll try that next time!!! 🙂

  • Reply joan rafunzel medina September 24, 2015 at 7:59 am

    A for effort for highlighting words. 🙂

  • Reply Madz July 21, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    I’m also a word geek.I use to keep vocab words when I read. And I had this idea for a bookmark to be used for vocabulary haha!

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