An odd number is one that can’t be divided by two. Odd can also mean strange or peculiar, as in: “She wears very odd outfits sometimes”. In addition odd can be used to denote random or occasional – “I ran into him the odd time in the general store, but I didn’t know him well”.
Odd can also mean eccentric – “She was always a bit odd” or it can mean ‘not easily explained’ as in “It’s odd that he hasn’t called after he said he would”. In other words, ‘odd’ presents many interesting possibilities to a writer. Well, I suppose the odd numbers might present something of a challenge, but perhaps that just reveals my lack of imagination when it comes to mathematics. When I think a little harder, all the so-called magic or lucky numbers are odd – 3, 7, 9. Come to think of it the number 13 is also odd. Odd is definitely a word with potential.
Now – an odd, random thought: from one perspective, we writers are odd. We sit alone for hours to create characters and their stories for (too often) little reward and even less recognition; and we keep on doing it! Bloggers – they’re probably odd too because they have to keep coming up with something new, and can’t be too attached to a theme. Odd huh?