|Oyster farms along Hood Canal|
green: Douglas fir green, pine green, salal green, madrona green
blue: sky blue, saltwater blue, Hood Canal blue
I recently added those “crackly” words to my lexicon for a place I’ve driven through many times in my many years on earth: Hood Canal in western Washington.
At Priscilla Long’s delightful urging, I’m gathering words and phrases for stories about where my roots grow down deep.
I collected those words while driving along Hood Canal toward my destination, the north end of the Olympic Peninsula. Here are entries in that lexicon:
|Port Angeles and the Olympic Mountains from Ediz Hook|
salty cool air
the Crab House
Olympic National Park
Hama Hama Oysters
Swain's General Store
“Where the mountains greet the sea”
tsunami evacuation route signs
rugged, snow-capped, forested Olympic Mountains
border patrol agents
M.M. Fryer and Sons
|MV Coho, Coast Guard station, and Vancouver Island in the distance|
U.S. Coast Guard station
U.S. Coast Guard helicopters hovering low
Vancouver Island, B.C. in the distance across the Strait
wild blackberry vines in bloom
Peninsula Daily News
Canyon Edge Drive
Little League baseball
Dan Wilder’s car dealerships
The MV Coho
dense, tangled undergrowth
green: cedar green, fir green, wild blackberry green, bracken fern green, ivy green
blue: sky blue, saltwater blue, Strait-of-Juan-de-Fuca blue
If you haven’t already gathered what Priscilla Long calls“crackly” words, now is a good time to compile your own lexicon, or, more likely, several lexicons.
Do away with boring, generic, ho-hum words.
Instead, gather words and phrases from the unique eras and places and people and experiences in your memoir’s vignettes.
Doing so can be loads of fun, and using those words will add richness to your memoir and leave your readers involved and charmed within your stories.