Oh dear. I meant to write a meaningful, insightful post about a little-known current event that I feel is important on a national level. And then there’s the next section of Spiritual Tasks of the Homemaker.
But my brain is mush tonight.
Helen to the rescue!
- Grab the book nearest you. Right now. Don’t dig for your favourite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.
- Turn to page 56.
- Find the fifth sentence.
- Post the sentence (and source) below.
Well, I’m going to have to do a few books, because this first one is uninspiring:
It’s a lot like timing the stock market: If you hit, there’s a lot of money to be made, and if you miss, you can lose the farm.
–All Over Creation, Ruth Ozeki
That wasn’t even being metaphorical. She was actually talking about potato farming, not “losing the farm” as in losing money on a risky bet. I like this book: the characters range from eco-hippies to spudmen, Hawaiian real-estate agents to New Age-obsessed PR executives. Plus it’s set where I live, which adds a nice layer of realism for me. But not a good choice of a sentence.
So then I’ll try this one:
Now work has resumed; the last of the 176 pontoon sections was completed in the shipyard today.
–King of Morning, Queen of Day, Ian McDonald
Oh dear, again. Never mind that the pontoons in question were part of an elaborate device meant to communicate with the alleged alien pilots of a comet streaking over Ireland in 1913, and that this book I found quite at random at the library is a fabulous fantasy with faeries and astronomers and characters that speak in anagrams…that sentence was deadly dull.
Hookay. Third time’s the charm, right?
“He’s proud,” she said, “but he’s not stupid, mother.”
–Orsinian Tales, Ursula K. LeGuin
(banging head against laptop) I can’t believe that a sentence like that must stand for this alluring and intriguing set of short stories by a master fantasy writer. But, there it is.