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Writing Challenge – Booking Through Thursday

**Edited to add: It appears as if I don’t have two brain cells to rub together, because this was not a Go find a book grab the two sentences and be done. This was a WRITING CHALLENGE. I see my lame-ness, but I’ve spent way too much time on my blog already preparing some other posts, so I’ll leave it as-is. I apologize that more thought and effort didn’t go into this, but what do you expect from a natural blonde?

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This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is:

  • 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 East of Eden by John Steinbeck, so here’s my answer:

“I don’t want to go to California.” His eyes closed and he slept.

If you don’t have a blog, feel free to do this and post your answer in the comments. I might even edit the post to include yours! Those of you with blogs, please be sure to leave a link…sometimes I need a little inspiration! πŸ™‚

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22 Responses to “Writing Challenge – Booking Through Thursday”

  1. Melody

    Wow, that’s a fast one, Trish! πŸ˜‰


  2. Kat

    Short but sweet. Happy BTT! πŸ˜€


  3. gautami tripathy

    Those lines conect!

    And I loved Reading East of Eden.

    Booking Through Writing Challenge


  4. Paula Weston

    I haven’t read East of Eden, but just by those two lines I can tell it has similar themes to The Grapes of Wrath and Cannery Row, which I have read.

    Have you read other Steinbeck novels? More importantly, how do you find the tone and subject matter?


  5. Den

    Perfect fit! Ü


  6. Aaron

    That’s very short. I didn’t think of connecting mine like that. But then I don’t think it would have worked as well either. Happy thursday.


  7. Marianne

    Well, that was easy! LOL…

    Happy BTT.


  8. Maree

    That’s a good connection. I had to make mine up; because the two sentences didn’t seem to relate at all, at first glance. πŸ™‚


  9. Christina

    That was easy.


  10. Chris@bookarama

    I’m glad I had another book because East of Eden is nearby. We would have had the same answer (assuming we had the same edition)!


  11. Christine

    Well, yours didn’t take much.

    My connection ended up being quite a bit longer:


  12. bkclubcare

    I can’t wait to try this! thank YOU for the inspiration.


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  14. bethany canfield

    oh, I thought we were supposed to type out a story….I think I did it wrong.

    I dunno.


  15. Jessica

    Here’s a link to my attempt at today’s BTT:


  16. Linda Jacobs

    It’s almost like a mini poem!


  17. Kristen

    I love East of Eden… It has been interesting seeing the different sentences selected / how well they connected / what people did with them… I ended up getting rather introspective on my own ( I was afraid we were supposed to write our own story connecting the two, but I wasn’t sure whether readers would enjoy my feeble attempt at fiction so I passed on that idea! πŸ™‚


  18. chartroose

    I skipped this one. Too busy. Now I feel guilty! Maybe I’ll save it for later…

    Yours is great, though!


  19. lisamm

    I read yours this morning before I did mine, and I just put the two sentences together thinking that’s what we were supposed to do. Later in the day I read a few others and noticed that they were done much differently (they actually WROTE something, since it’s a WRITING challenge, to connect the sentences-brilliant! Why didn’t I think of that??). So I re-did mine. Not sure if it’s right, but I ‘spose it doesn’t matter!


  20. Aria

    Wow! That worked well! Reminds me of a joke about a contest where students had to write a short story that involved nobility, religion, sex, and mystery. The winner:
    “Oh, my God! I’m pregnant,” said the Queen. “I wonder who did it.”


  21. Literary Feline

    Even after figuring out that I was supposed to add something of my own to the two sentences, I still wasn’t up to the task.


  22. Paula Weston

    In your defence (and mine), the BTT challenge was a little ambiguous, so I don’t think there’s a right and wrong, just different interpretations!


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