Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Wordling

Following Anne's lead, I Wordled my book:



We do love a good simile.

2 comments:

Anne said...

Well, that makes me feel better about my own giant "like" -- at least I'm not the only one! :) Cool stuff,isn't it?

Ron said...

Anne,

Do you know Mark Cox's poem "Like a Simile"? I'll try to post it. Great fun.

On Wordle: I'm an easy mark for cool graphic design. I won't go so far as to say that I judge a book by its cover, but a clean, balanced design always draws my eye first. I'll read a book with an awful cover, but given the choice, I'll buy the one with the better design. So I find this tool/toy totally appealing, yes.

Haven't given this much thought, but one application beyond the level of simple diversion (which has its place) might lie in helping to generate titles: I've generally struggled to come up with a suitable title for my chapbook manuscripts. One way I've approached this in the past is to do specific word searches/ word counts: how many times does this ms. use the word LIGHT or FEAR, for example? Are these terms resonating, creating a kind of undercarriage? The Wordle tool shows my relative dependence on certain words at a glance. Very nice.