- Fizzy Thoughts: Writing Challenge

Writing Challenge

Thursday, April 10, 2008

  • Pick up the nearest book. (I’m sure you must have one nearby.)
  • Turn to page 123.
  • What is the first sentence on the page?
  • The last sentence on the page?
  • Now . . . connect them together….(And no, you may not transcribe the entire page of the book–that’s cheating!)
I'm currently reading The Geographer's Library, by Jon Fasman. And since I'm only on page 111, I have no idea what is supposed to be going on in page 123. Actually, the book is very complicated, and I'm not really sure wht has been going on in pages 1 through 111. So here's my interpretation, heavily influenced by recent bug bites. (Not really sure where the roller derby came from.) The original sentences are in bold type.

"Why Lincoln and not New Haven?" asked the roller derby recruiter.

Hmmm, Softdrink pondered. Why not Savannah? It is, after all, the city she is presently in. Although, come to think of it, Charleston is always an option. She was there this afternoon. The streets are awfully narrow, though. But not as many bugs. Savannah is lovely, but why would anyone ever build a city in a swamp? Oh wait, they're expecting an answer...

Softdrink needed a little more information before she could commit to Lincoln. "Do they have bugs that snack on people in Lincoln? What about New Haven?"

"Only in Lincoln. Here in New Haven we're bug free."

Well, if that's the case, thought Softdrink, screw Lincoln. "Ummm, yeah," she said, "I don't do bugs."

"Ah, well then, you must play with us."

1 comment(s):

bkclubcare said...

brilliant! very good.

In a real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read. It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish. ~S.I. Hayakawa

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
~St. Augustine

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.
~Mark Twain

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