Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Cassandra over at Lutradur and Lace tagged me for this Book Meme. I'm trying to be better about replying appropriately and in a timely fashion to such internet social niceties (hee), so here goes.

The Rules:

1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).

2. Open the book to page 123.

3. Find the fifth sentence.

4. Post the next three sentences.

5. Tag five people.

I went for the one that's been longest on the nightstand. The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron. (I've wanted to read this for years and years and I am reading it, just because it's a paragraph or two at a time, taking second place to devotionals and parenting books...)

Selecting a challenge and meeting it creates a sense of self-empowerment that becomes the ground for further successful challenges. Viewed this way, running a marathon increases your chances of writing a full-length play. Writing a full-length play gives you a leg up on a marathon.

Now, five people to tag.

Out of the Gray

Tree River

Just C

Daniel John-Maxwell Spranger

The Foil Hat

And, if you're reading this, tag, you're it. (Bwahaha!!) If you don't have a blog, leave your three sentences in the comments. Seriously. I've got such a diverse bunch of readers, I want to know what the nearest book(s) are for you and what those three sentences are. C'mon! When was the last time you did something like this? College? Did you go cow-tipping? Pinging? (I'd still like to thump the people involved in that asinine little scenario.) Think of it as a trip back into your youth.

It'll be fun. Ready, set, go.


Carolyn said...

I may never get around to posting this on my blog. And I made a resolution to comment more ... so here'tis.

Page 123 is a table, so I'll take p. 122. 5th sentence is:

Aristotle in his work Categories proposes ten fundamental types of predicates or things we can say about a subject. We can discuss its substance, quantity, quality, relation, place (where), time (when), position, state of being, action (doing), and passion (being affected). Things "are" in different senses.

And there you have it. Classical Writing - Poetry for Beginners.

~ V ~ said...

I did it! Whew.

So, can you (gently) tell me about pinging. I've never heard of it and something tells me I shouldn't try to google it.

BBA said...

I only know 2 other bloggers, so here are my sentences from James Herriot "All Things Wise and Wonderful" (I've read this one 7- 10 times)

Every drop of beer was brought up in that jug form wooden barrels in the celler. It would have been totally impracticable in a busy establishment, but the Fox and Hound was seldom bustling and Mr. Waters would never get rich as a publican. But he had four cows in the little byre adjoining this room, fifty hens pecked around in his long garden and he reared a few litters of pigs every year from two sows.

Donna in OH said...

I'll play!

From "Einstein: His Life and Universe" by Walter Isaacson.

More specifically, the key insight was that two events that appear to be simultaneous to one observer will not appear to be simultaneous to another observer who is moving rapidly. And there is no way to delcare that one of the observers is really correct. In other words, there is no way to declare that the two events are truly simultaneous.

Alphabet Pam said...

From Good Morning, Miss Dove

Mr. Spivey cleared his throat. "Pronounce my name correctly," he said in a gruff voice. He felt like an ass.

Needleroozer said...

You saw mine, right?
I have started Artist's Way twice now, and never finished it. Now I want to get it out again, lol.
And um, I don't know what pinging is either.