Erica Lucke Dean

"Making the world a better place, one book at a time."

can we have a word?

Addiction.

I think we’ve talked about this before…but I’m afraid it’s time to bring it up again.  Why? Well, I’m caught in that tangled web of addiction yet again. No, not drugs…I’ve never dabbled. Not alcohol…I don’t really drink. Not even Diet Coke or cookies (although if you have a frosted Christmas tree, pass that over please.)

My addiction is Words with Friends.

I can almost hear you out there asking me, “What is Words with Friends?”

It’s a Facebook game much like Scrabble. Exactly like Scrabble, in fact.  You play with your friends in the cybersphere. You have your letter tiles and they have theirs. You take your turn then your opponent takes theirs. Seems innocent enough, doesn’t it?

So, I took my turn and waited. And waited some more. I expected my friend to be waiting expectantly for me to take my turn so they could take theirs. They weren’t. Technically, they don’t have to be. That’s the beauty of the game. You can play on your own time.  But for me? Therein lies the problem, my friends…I don’t like to wait.

I know patience is a virtue, but I must not be very virtuous because I don’t have the patience gene. There was probably a line passing out patience somewhere in the great beyond and I didn’t feel like standing in line. So waiting indefinitely for my unseen opponent to take their turn is practically painful!

I need things to move just a bit more quickly than that.  

So I started a game with someone else. 

Now I had two games going at once. Surely that would satisfy the need.  Calm the savage beast.

And it did…for a while. But in this new game I took my turn and I waited. Nothing. I had two people I was waiting for, but until they took their turn, I had to wait.

So I started another game.

Fast forward twenty-four hours and I have twenty games going with twenty different people.  It’s still moving too slow for me, but I suppose that’s for the best. I do actually need to write my blog. And eat. And if I can squeeze enough time out of the day, I might even sleep. 

But only if there’s time. I have games to play after all!

Until the next time…I’ll be making up words!

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