Tuesday, October 25, 2005

10/25 A fun meme

Here's a meme I got from my friend Anne Frasier.

1. Take the 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.

The only "cheat" I did was to make it into two paragraphs instead of one.

For kids at a New York City high school, a bomb scare is like an extra recess. For the North Koreans to reach this far, there would have to be a serious failure of command.

“Patty may be hurt.” PJ listened to the jumbled outpouring, held him and rocked him, murmured that everything was going to be all right, her own cheeks wet with tears. Wearing a smile of contentment, Jennifer picked up the suitcase and headed out the door.

My first two shelves of books are those by friends or authors I've at least met. The first book is by two guys I met at a writing conference. The others Cyn, Doug, Shirley, and Beth I consider friends. (And Anne, yours were just a little further down the shelf.)

Final Seconds by John Lutz and David August

Rage Sleep by C.W. Morton (Cyndy Mobley) and Jack Mobley, M.D.

The Children’s Hour by Douglas Clegg

Gray Matter by Shirley Kennett

Cold White Fury by Beth Amos

I "tag" Beth Amos, Shirley Kennett, Doug Clegg, Cyn Mobley, Brainne Edge, Jill Headen, Evan Ramsey.


anne frasier said...


nice, jer!!

i love the first line.

Jerilyn Dufresne, author said...

Thanks, anne. That was lots of fun. I also put it on our writers' bb.

Anonymous said...

This sounds like fun. I'm going to do it.

But WHAT is a meme? Enlighten me!
Obviously I've led a sheltered life.

Jerilyn Dufresne, author said...

Hi, Pat. Good to see you here. In common usage, a meme is a thing like this that gets proliferated through people's blogs or email, and it involves filling in blanks or answering questions. But according to Merriam-Webster online:

Main Entry: meme
Function: noun
Etymology: alteration of mimeme, from mim- (as in mimesis) + -eme
Date: 1976
: an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture