Here are the instructions:
- Open the closest book to you, not your favorite or most intellectual book, but the book closest to you at the moment, and turn to page 56.
- Write out the fifth sentence, along with the following two to five sentences.
- Pass this along to five blog friends. (What kind of meme would this be if you didn’t require the (un)willing participation of others?)
It was a tough call figuring out which book was closest to me at this moment. I’m a book stacker, which means the area around my desk can be kind of a danger zone. The winner? On Writing, by Stephen King. It’s the paperback version that I ordered recently because I couldn’t find my hardcover version, and I simply had to re-read it.
Here’s what’s on page 56, sentence 5, plus the remaining sentence in the paragraph, and the ones in the next paragraph (more than five sentences but I couldn’t resist):
I won’t try to argue that “A Gradual Canticle” is a great poem (although I think it’s a pretty good one). The point is that it was a reasonable poem in a hysterical time, one sprung from a writing ethic that resonated all through my heart and soul.
Tabby was in one of Jim Bishop’s rocking chairs that night. I was sitting on the floor beside her. I put my hand on her calf as she spoke, cupping the curve of warm flesh through her stocking. She smiled at me. I smiled back. Sometimes these things are not accidents. I’m almost sure of it.
The story of how King meets his wife Tabitha is a very sweet one. Of course, a lot of the book is about writing, but On Writing is very much a memoir, too.
I’ve decided to tag the last five bloggers who’ve made comments here (not that I want to scare anyone away from commenting here!):
But since book bloggers are often busy and also, the five wonderful bloggers I’ve tagged might have already done this meme, if you’d like to give this meme a try, please consider yourself tagged!