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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˜‰

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  2. Kat

    Short but sweet. Happy BTT! πŸ˜€

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  3. gautami tripathy

    Those lines conect!

    And I loved Reading East of Eden.

    Booking Through Writing Challenge

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  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?

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  5. Den

    Perfect fit! Ü

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  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.

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  7. Marianne

    Well, that was easy! LOL…

    Happy BTT.

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  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™‚

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  9. Christina

    That was easy.

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  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)!

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  11. Christine

    Well, yours didn’t take much.

    My connection ended up being quite a bit longer:

    http://shereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2008/04/10/btt-writing-challenge/

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  12. bkclubcare

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

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  13. Library Chats with Care « Care’s Online Book Club

    […] In the meantime, until there is some traffic from which I can recruit some visitors, I will participate in the BTT, specifically Trish’s request to join in:Β  http://trishsdiary.wordpress.com/2008/04/09/booking-through-thursday-3/ […]

  14. bethany canfield

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

    I dunno.

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  15. Jessica

    Here’s a link to my attempt at today’s BTT:
    http://thebluestockingsociety.blogspot.com/2008/04/book-through-thursday.html

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  16. Linda Jacobs

    It’s almost like a mini poem!

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  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 (www.bookclubclassics.com). 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™‚

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  18. chartroose

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

    Yours is great, though!

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  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!

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  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.”

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  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.

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  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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