Thursday, January 21, 2010

Wisdom at 21 Meme

Books and memes happen to be two of my favourite things, books in the real world, and memes in the virtual world, and therefore, I had pilfered this meme from Trav's Thoughts.

The rules are simple enough and seem pretty fun. 
1. Find the nearest bookshelf of your favourite reads, cookbooks, tech books, magazines. It doesn't matter. This will work for all print media. If you don't have seven books lined up on a shelf, grab the first seven you see around the house.
(I had to modify this a bit seeing that my books are 
a) practically everywhere or 
b) may cause an avalanche with attempted removal from the cupboard they're arranged in (term used very lightly), 
which led me to pick the last seven books (fiction) I read (they're in a box) arranged in the order they were read. I have also eliminated about 3 books because they're from the same author - went on a mad Roald Dahl marathon recently)

2. Book #1: Turn to page 21. Read the 21st sentence (you may have to turn the page - and count!).
Write it down.
3. Do the same with the first seven books or articles you see. The sentences will make a paragraph. You must write them down in the order you found them.
4. When you are finished, read over your "story" and title it.

Here's what I got...

Unassuming and Ordinary
Too ill with flu to write much. He was so sozzled that we could have used him for fuel. What was he doing here? No, I shall spend my energies enlightening America's unassuming and ordinary. I should have known. Sargeant Jackrum shifted uneasily. It was hot - but not scalding. 

5. Show us your bibliography at the end of this meme.

Book 1: The Lost Diaries of Adrian Mole 1999 - 2001, Sue Townsend
Book 2: Confessions of an Old Boy - The Dato' Hamid Adventures, Kam Raslan
Book 3: Dracula The Un-Dead, Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt
Book 4: Special Topics in Calamity Physics, Marisha Pessl
Book 5: The BFG, Roald Dahl
Book 6: Monstrous Regiment, Terry Pratchett
Book 7: The Complete Horowitz Horror, Anthony Horowitz

As usual, I'm not tagging anyone, but feel free to tag yourselves if like me you feel that blogging has taken a turn for the worse....


  1. nice idea for a meme - strangely enough ... the paragraph you came up with made me want to read more! could you repeat the process daily to get a novel?

  2. Not bad. Yours came out with a good flow like mine did.

  3. The first seven books I see are all Star Trek books, in fact all the books I see right now are my Star Trek books ... LOL!

  4. plooptionary: Hi, thanks for dropping by. I suppose you could do it daily, but I'm not sure if it will be enough for a novel...:)

    Orhan: Start easy... :)

    Travis: I thought so too... and I can see how it can be made to sound more coherent.... :)

    Nick: You're gonna write the next Star Trek book, then. ;)


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