X is for… um… X… As In X Marks The Spot

Photo credit: Doree Weller, Valley of Fire, NV

Photo credit: Doree Weller, Valley of Fire, NV

There aren’t that many words used in everyday language that start with the letter “X,” even though alone, it can be used from everything from signing your name to marking a place.  I went through xenomorphic and xenophobic.  XXX, X Chromosome, and X-ray.  I went with X marks the spot because quests feature prominently in lots of fiction.  We don’t always say “X marks the spot,” but it’s implied.

I love quest fiction.  I love the idea of someone searching for anything, whether it’s treasure, meaning, a lost person, or true love.  I think that most of us are searching for one or all of these things, but fiction makes the quest easily identifiable.

When people talk about quest fiction, I think they’re usually referring to fantasy novels like The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, instead of questing in a broader sense.  However if most of us drew a map of our own lives, we’d probably be able to identify our own personal “X.”  What are you searching for?

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One comment on “X is for… um… X… As In X Marks The Spot

  1. cindydwyer says:

    I did “X Marks The Spot” too.

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