403: Spiral of black and white stones, on a go board. (Spiral)
( Aug. 3rd, 2015 08:45 pm)
Via [personal profile] alexseanchai: Throw me a concept/idea/title and I will give you a brief summary of the story I would tell based around it.
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( Jun. 8th, 2013 08:14 pm)
Lifted from [personal profile] magibrain.

1) Make a list of fifteen characters first, and keep it to yourself for the moment. (That way you're not leading the questions asked to fit the characters.)

2) Ask your flist to post questions in the comments.

For example:

'One, Nine and Fifteen move in together. Is this a really bad idea?'
'Under what circumstances might Five and Seven fall in love?'
'What would Two experience in Silent Hill?'
'Why is Eight so very, very angry?'
'Write a drabble in which Three and Eleven FIGHT CRIME.' (...possibly not technically a question.)

3) After your flist has asked enough questions, round them up and answer them using the fifteen characters you selected beforehand, then post them.
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403: Listen to the song of the paper cranes... (Cranesong)
( May. 11th, 2010 10:30 am)
In a moment of distraction from sorting papers into recycle bin and file folders, I give you a meme:

Grab the nearest book.
* Open the book to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

Lay the mulch material over the whole area and weight it down.
- How to Make a Forest Garden, section on sheet mulch.
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List 15 books you've read that will always stick with you: list the first 15 you can recall in 15 minutes. Don't take too long to think about it. As an extra, I've included my approximate age of first reading.

In order of recollection:
* Alan Moore, Watchmen, Age: 22
* Moore & Lloyd, V for Vendetta, Age: 22
* JRR Tolkien, LOTR (trilogy, no Hobbit), ~12
* Shakespeare, Macbeth, 18
* Douglas Adams, Hitchhiker's Guide (series), 8-12 (not all were available at the same time)
* Ariley, Predictably Irrational, 23
* Zelazny, first Amber quintet, ~15
* Machiavelli, The Prince, ~16 (Can't remember which translation. The much longer companion volume on the Roman republic, Discourses on Livy, is in the stack of books I own but haven't had time to read.)
* Author Unknown, Job / Iyov depending on your translation scheme, ~10 (Only book of scripture that I'd bothered to read before my family started pushing Christianity on me, and the decade-long backlash against all religion that followed.)
* Nicholls, The Science in Science Fiction, ~17
* Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Kwok, Palmer & Ramsay translation, 20
* Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, 18
* Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five, 19
* Marx & Engels, The Communist Manifesto, 13 (Can't remember which translation. There's a particular lesson from this one - even the brightest among us can be incredibly naive about the way people work.)
* Bujold, Vorkosigan series, particularly Memory, ~17-22
* Extra, because 15 isn't enough: Zimbardo, The Lucifer Effect, 22



"An Afternoon In The Stacks"

Closing the book, I find I have left my head
inside. It is dark in here, but the chapters open
their beautiful spaces and give a rustling sound,
words adjusting themselves to their meaning.
Long passages open at successive pages. An echo,
continuous from the title onward, hums
behind me. From in here, the world looms,
a jungle redeemed by these linked sentences
carved out when an author traveled and a reader
kept the way open. When this book ends
I will pull it inside-out like a sock
and throw it back in the library. But the rumor
of it will haunt all that follows in my life.
A candleflame in Tibet leans when I move.

- Mary Oliver (b. 1935)

Thanks go to [personal profile] taldragon for sending me this, ages ago.
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