Tuesday, October 25, 2005


Coyote Wild tagged a handful of folks with the following meme, so here goes.

1. Take first five novels from your bookshelf.
2. Book 1 -- first sentence
3. Book 2 -- last sentence on page 50
4. Book 3 -- second sentence on page 100
5. Book 4 -- next to the last sentence on page 150
6. Book 5 -- final sentence of the book
7. Make the five sentences into a paragraph.
8. Feel free to "cheat" to make it a better paragraph.
9. Name your sources
10.Post to your blog.

Here's mine:

Nothing moved but the wind and only a few, last, lingering drops of rain, only a blowing of water off the ruined wall. Was it enough just to survive? They discussed the mystery while perambulating the sunken mounds of the settlement. Jonesy's wide gaze did not falter, but Horn saw that the skin around his eyes was drawn tight with tension. Then they walked down the steps and across the lawn side by side, Jonesy limping, Horn with the sleeping child in his arms, and for that moment the only darkness was their shadows trailing behind them on the grass.

The Walking Drum by Louis L'Amour
The Shrinking Man by Richard Matheson
I Should Be Extremely Happy in Your Company by Brian Hall
Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner
Dreamcatcher by Stephen King

Why, no. I don't alphabetize, unless I'm procrastinating terribly...

Coyote also tagged Jason, at The Clarity of Night--he churned out a really creepy paragraph;
and Kira, at Loving Twilight--who posted a rather surreal paragraph. Kira then tagged Tish at love and sex and hope and dreams, Michelle at Random Thoughts, Chris at Skittermagoo, and Dawno at NVNC ID VIDES, NVNC NE VIDES.
Jason tagged Anne Frasier, Static (it's only fair)
Kara Alison, Mountaintop Architecture
Chemical Billy, Chemical Billy
Anne, Something Under the Bed is Drooling

Tag to ALL of you regulars, but especially Jill at Writes Like She Talks; Mark Pettus at The Bluff; .:J.r.A.:., at The Thought That Almost Was ; Joanne, at Writing After Dark; Jen, at Creatif; and Ms M, at PhDBlogIt (err--you did take novels with you, didn't you?)

*Grin* If you don't have your own blog, feel free to post it in the comments here. Post a link here, if you do have a blog, and choose to accept the assignment.


Jill said...

Sheesh, Mac - how did you KNOW I was going to read you blog just now!? :) And no one has ever asked me to do a meme before. My eyes are tearing up.

Mac said...

Heh--it was bound to happen, Jill!

Anonymous said...

Mac, that fit together rather nicely. Very dark.

Mac said...

Jason, it was fun. I had to cheat the tenses to make it work, and I tweaked the names, so it would make more sense.

Dawno said...

Good job Mac.

I'm looking forward to doing mine tonite. I'll skip the reference shelf so my paragraph won't look like a psychotic how-to guide for wannabe writers...

Of course the next shelf is all Star Trek novels >:-) (that grin should look more evil, really)

Mark Pettus said...

I don't even know what a meme is, and now I've been tagged with one?

Man, I think the third novel on my shelf is erotica... this should be interesting.

See you tonight.

Kira said...

Never thought I'd read Matheson and King in the same paragraph, Mac.

Good one!

Anonymous said...

From one Taurus to another, I looked up 'meme' and I refuse to tell you how old my dictionary is! it wasn't in there.

I'll be back tomorrow and give it a go.

Anonymous said...

and apparently I don't know how to spell my name! I'll blame my kitty for that error.

Dawno said...

Done my part! Now I'm off to read the others...

Meme - there's some really interesting stuff about memes on the Internet - but check wikipedia to get started


Ms M said...

Done me meme. Lots of fun. Brought only non-fiction over to Sweden with me so it was an interesting exercise. The first book was in interview style so the only "cheating" was keeping it in this mode. I was surprised with the result.

Mark Pettus said...

Slow yellow river flowing, willows that gesture in tepid August airs, and four children playing at greatness, as, doubtless, great men themselves must play. There she was, my darling, quite resplendent, and very busy, and not in the least disturbed by our approach.

"Nay, your Ladyship."

"Me, too."

For this book was ended the ninth yere of the reygne of King Edward the Fourth, by Syr Thomas Maleore, Knyght, as Jesu helpe hym for hys grete myght, as he is the sertaunt of jesu bothe day and nyght.

Ann Vickers by Sinclair Lewis
Blackwood Farm by Anne Rice
Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence
Up Country by Nelson DeMille
Le Morte D'Arthur by Sir Thomas Mallory

Mark Pettus said...

Now there's a good lesson in how not to write.

Dawno said...

Nope, Mark, I have it beat - between my 8th grade composition notebook and Atlanta Nights, I have the definitive texts on how not to write. :-)

What amazes me is that so many of these work. They seem to have a theme to them, they fit.

Oh, I posted a Star Trek response to the meme just for you Mac. :-)

Joanne said...
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Joanne said...

Thanks for tagging me, Mac. This was fun. I posted my meme on my blog today. Just catching up. ;)

Unknown said...

Whoops. Good thing I read here from time to time. :)

I'm going to post here and then take it to Creatif.

My driver rang the bell for the third time. "You used his true name, Da." Arthur, the name I disliked and never used. Autumn-folaed and autum-found--I knew the name that was his by right; I should call him Signus, for the four start os Signus the Swan, that comes winging up into the southern sky just at the time of the autumn gales. I stared at the ceiling and forced myself to remember. God keep you, my love.

Guardians of the Keep, Carol Berg
Guardian of the Balance, Irene Radford
Sword at Sunset, Rosemary Sutcliff
Knight of the Word, Terry Brooks
The Bastard Prince, Katherine Kurtz

(Heh. Maybe I should go to the second shelf and do some that aren't fantasy?)

Mac said...

hah! You guys rock! *grins* Thanks for playing.