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What's on Page 123?


Tag! I'm it!

Steve Roesler over at All Things Workplace recently hit me up for this fun and interesting book meme.

The idea is to share what we're currently reading or what's on our reading list in the near future.

Part of the gig is to share the sixth through eighth sentences on page 123 from the book I'm currently reading.

Guess what? Page 123 of my book doesn't have six to eight sentences. It has five. And they're not connected to one another.

Hmmm...I'll play along anyways :-)

On my plate is "Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six Word Memoirs by Famous & Obscure Writers."

Here's the entire page 123:

"Happy child, wild teenager, adult anarchist."
"Right place, right time, good lawyer."
"To paraphrase William Faulkner: I endured."
"To make a long story short..."
"Famished, I had seconds...and thirds."

Looking for inspiration? Want to change up your writing a bit? Six word stories are a ton of fun. Especially if you're on Twitter.

So...what's on my reading table? How about 20+ books. (Yikes!!) Here's a few I'm anxious to dig into...

Lead with Your Heart
Life After the 30-Second Spot
Presenting to Win: The Art of Telling Your Story

Thanks to CK and Drew for the following books from Blogger Social:
Stopwatch Marketing
Media Rules!
Now is Gone
Step Into the Spotlight!
Personality Not Included

I'll pass the torch. My turn to tag some folks. How about some Tweeples Twitter friends?

Scott Monty
Chris Cree
Christina Kerley
Mack Collier
Tammy Lenski


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Reader Comments (3)

Thanks for taking up the torch and passing it along, Tom.

As I read the five one-liners I couldn't help but think: What a clever opportunity for a short film. Each one lends itself to a few minutes of a life-scenario with a powerful punchline.

But then again, you probably already thought of it:-)
April 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Roesler
Director Tom, thanks for the tag...and via Twitter, too! Very cool.And probably a first!

I've been pondering for two days whether I could blog about the book I'm reading right now ... and I can't. I know I could pick another in the queue, but that would just be avoidant of me. So I'll just offer something here in the spirit of the meme, if you'll allow me.

One of our dogs, wee Luigi, died a few weeks ago. He was a sparkplug of a little guy and his big presence has left large holes in our house, ones that even our Newfoundland can't fill. Luigi's groomer sent us a copy of Goodbye, Friend by Gary Kowalski (who, incidentally, is the minister of a UU congregation in Burlington, VT, where we used to live). This is from page 123: "Healing will happen, if we let it..."

We will try to let it.

A long-ago post about Luigi: http://lenski.com/how-to-win-an-argument-part-2-mr-bean/
April 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTammy Lenski
Hi Tammy!

Thanks for your lovely note. Sorry to hear about Luigi...the quote is perfect.

Thanks for sharing and wishing your large holes get filled with lots of love!

See you soon...

April 20, 2008 | Registered CommenterThomas Clifford

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