Monday, June 16, 2008

memelicious

Interestingly (or not, but just play along for now), I've been tagged by two people to do this book meme [which I have done before, but I was sick and it went badly]. So Tootsie at Vintage Thirty and Pinki at Love the Eclectic Life have given me another chance. Let's see how it goes.

Rules:

1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people, and acknowledge who tagged you.

from Spunk & Bite - A writer's guide to bold, contemporary style (a gift from my very good writer friend Lisa, who I will later tag *shhh, foreshadowing*) -

"(...In that study, the overall rate of intensification was the same, as were the three most-used intensifiers, though they were used with differing frequency: very was the most common, followed by really and so.) The 2004 study also posited that it was female speakers who initiated the rise of so as the great American intensifier (see sidebar, "The So-Special Case of so," below). Just because intensifiers course through informal speech, must we also use them in journalism and literature?"

I realize that is not an invigorating example, but it is a [very] interesting book about the writing craft. I will use parts of it to teach a better short story class next year.

And now, drumroll please. I'm asking the following outstanding bloggesses to dig into their nearest books and play the game:

Blog This Mom!
For the Love of Pete
Mama Milton
Katydidnot
The World According to Suz

4 comments:

Karen said...

I'm game. Would you believe I just posted a meme this morning? I'll give 'em a double dose today and do this one this afternoon. My stalkers, um readers won't know what to do.

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

AHHHHH! A meme! AHHHHHH! Runs from room.

Honey, this would mean that I'd have to be reading a book and we ALL know that the only thing I read anymore are blogs, blogs, blogs. Also, what makes you think that I've ever read a books with more than 123 pages. ;-)

I'll see what I can do . . .

LarryG said...

Here is page 123 in Thomas A Kempis "The Imitation of Christ"


The flesh will murmur against you, but it can be restrained by fervor of spirit. The old ancient enemy, the devil, will hinder you if he can, but by devout prayer he will be driven away, and by good bodily and spiritual labor his way will be blocked, and he will not dare come near you.
13, Of the Obedience of a Humble Subject, after the Example of Our Lord Jesus Christ
My son, says our Saviour Christ, he who labors to withdraw himself from obedience withdraws himself from grace; he who seeks to have private possessions loses the things that are in common.
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I couldn't resist :)

katydidnot said...

yes, alright, i will play.

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