Book meme

Book thingy – from lots of people on my FL:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don’t search around and look for the “coolest” book you can find. Do what’s actually next to you.

“When orders are consistently trustworthy and observed, the relationship of a commander with his troops is satisfactory.” Sun Tzu, The Art Of War.

Why it’s sitting next to my chair: It’s the next book on the pile of research books I need to read, after I finish On Killing. It’s sitting on top of The Book of Five Rings.

Yes, there may be a pattern emerging here. . .I’ve actually already read both of these books once, but I’m going to go through them again, just to remind myself of them, get more of a feel for the military mind.

Comments (12)

  1. atmosfer1o 1 Gasa maso ĉirkaŭanta astron: la tera, venusa ~o; Luno ne havas ~on.

    el La nova plena ilustrita vortaro de Esperanto.

    (I tend to just post the results of these memes as a comment instead of as a new blog entry. 🙂

  2. Page 123 has no sentences, just 4 columns of rhymes for “day.”

    The next-nearest-book is the rather more promising Lud-in-the-Mist (so that’s where it got to!), but you said no cherrypicking, so tough luck.

    —L.

  3. atmosfer1o 1 Gasa maso ĉirkaŭanta astron: la tera, venusa ~o; Luno ne havas ~on.

    el La nova plena ilustrita vortaro de Esperanto.

    (I tend to just post the results of these memes as a comment instead of as a new blog entry. 🙂

  4. That’s too funny – my answer of the moment is:

    The smell of damp, rotting wood, spilled wine, and urine beset her.

    This would be your “The Caves of Buda,” which I had just picked up at the dealers’s room here at Philcon this afternoon

    Second and third closest are Wen Spencer’s “Dog Warrior” and Ursula LeGuin’s “The Tombs of Atuan.”

  5. Page 123 has no sentences, just 4 columns of rhymes for “day.”

    The next-nearest-book is the rather more promising Lud-in-the-Mist (so that’s where it got to!), but you said no cherrypicking, so tough luck.

    —L.

  6. That’s too funny – my answer of the moment is:

    The smell of damp, rotting wood, spilled wine, and urine beset her.

    This would be your “The Caves of Buda,” which I had just picked up at the dealers’s room here at Philcon this afternoon

    Second and third closest are Wen Spencer’s “Dog Warrior” and Ursula LeGuin’s “The Tombs of Atuan.”

  7. To an author I very much enjoy —

    There are two books sitting next to me resting on top of one another, I will do a sentence from each.

    “Bei Xi unwound her tail a little and grew taller. ‘Little Sister you pledged yourself to my aid.'” – Paper Mage by Leah R. Cutter.

    “Each invokes a specific god and introduces him to the audience by relating his history – his birth and epiphany. ” – Greek Religion by Walter Burkert

    ————————-

    Meme aside, I have a question for you as a writer. Do you ever have times when you have wonderful ideas, and visions for scenes in your stories but then find for unknown reasons you can’t bring the language together to articulate them? This is something that I’ve struggled with recently and have attempted to remedy by spending some time reading and listening to audio books.

    At times I can be a very articulate person…. at others… negh! I am just curious if you have have any experience with this and if perhaps you have any suggestions to help combat this partial writers block.

  8. To an author I very much enjoy —

    There are two books sitting next to me resting on top of one another, I will do a sentence from each.

    “Bei Xi unwound her tail a little and grew taller. ‘Little Sister you pledged yourself to my aid.'” – Paper Mage by Leah R. Cutter.

    “Each invokes a specific god and introduces him to the audience by relating his history – his birth and epiphany. ” – Greek Religion by Walter Burkert

    ————————-

    Meme aside, I have a question for you as a writer. Do you ever have times when you have wonderful ideas, and visions for scenes in your stories but then find for unknown reasons you can’t bring the language together to articulate them? This is something that I’ve struggled with recently and have attempted to remedy by spending some time reading and listening to audio books.

    At times I can be a very articulate person…. at others… negh! I am just curious if you have have any experience with this and if perhaps you have any suggestions to help combat this partial writers block.

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