The Grand High Exalted Mystic Empress Lime and Her Majesty the Queen are in alliance again to bring you a literary meme of great importance.
1. Find the nearest bookshelf of your favorite reads, cookbooks, tech books, magazines. It doesn't matter. This will work for all print media. If you don't have seven books lined up on a shelf, grab the first seven you see around the house. (I'm using the closest stack since I have many stacks. [Yeah, go ahead and make your jokes about how stacked I am.] It's a mixture of "recently read" and "to read" items.)
2. Book #1: Turn to page 21. Read the 21st sentence (you may have to turn the page).
Write it down.
3. Do the same with the first seven books or articles you see. The sentences will make a paragraph. You must write them down in the order you found them.
4. When you are finished, read over your "story" and title it.
5. Show us your bibliography at the end of this meme.
The owner was away at the time and in his absence the place had become a sort of flophouse for those of his relations who could not be bothered, or were too drunk, to drive back out to Manganui. The list that was tucked away in his glove compartment itemized the things he still needed to buy in the morning before he carried out his plan. In my heart I feel little-scarcely any doubt of his preference. I talk with the surgeons, most of whom seem to think I'm part of the setup staff. Sixth-century Buddhist murals in the ancient caves at Ajanta depict women spinning and weaving by hand, much as they still do today. In 2001, curators interviewed Julia Child. Anyone out there reading this haiku journal, give this to my mom.
1. Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You: A New Zealand Story by Christina Thompson
2. Think No Evil by Jonas Beiler with Shawn Smucker
3. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
4. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
5. Cotton: The Biography of a Revolutionary Fiber by Stephen Yafa
6. Smithsonian January 2010 "What to Collect?" by G. Wayne Clough
7. Zombie Haiku by Ryan Mecum
I think the argument could be made that the bibliography is every bit as weird as the resulting story. As for the wisdom bit, at 21 I was married, pregnant, and graduating from college magna cum laude...again with the weird combinations.