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After not writing for ages, a little meme brings me back for a spell. Thanks for the thought, [livejournal.com profile] setsuled.

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 56.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next seven sentences in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.
6. Tag five other people to do the same.

I'll admit, I opted for Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse over the unabridged Webster's New Twentieth Century Dictionary that is nearby. Picking the closest book is a bit difficult when there are literally thousands stacked, boxed, or perpetually drifting around me. Anyway, in this passage Bertram Wooster is referring to a centerpiece he spies at his host's dinner table:

In any normal house it would have been a bowl of flowers or something on that order, but this being Totleigh Towers it was a small black figure carved of some material I couldn't put a name to. It was so gosh-awful in every respect that I presumed it must be something he had collected recently. My Uncle Tom is always coming back from sales with similar eyesores.

"That's new, isn't it?" I said, and he started violently. I suppose he'd just managed to persuade himself that I was merely a mirage and had been brought up with a round turn on discovering that I was there in the flesh.

"That thing in the middle of the table that looks like the end man in a minstrel show. It's something you got since . . . er . . . since I was here last, isn't it?"

Tactless of me, I suppose, to remind him of that previous visit of mine, and I oughtn't to have brought it up, but these things slip out.


To view the first episode of Jeeves and Wooster, just follow this handy YouTube playlist. There's also a preview for those who do not wish to open new windows:

Date: 2008-09-24 07:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cause-catyljan.livejournal.com
You're back!

You are back, aren't you...?

Date: 2008-09-24 08:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] avarwaen.livejournal.com
Well, I've never truly been gone. I was merely lurking for an extended period of time.

I suppose you're right, though.

Slowly gaining the confidence to return to the old writing grounds...

Date: 2008-09-24 08:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cause-catyljan.livejournal.com
Well either way, it's good to hear from you again...

Thank you

Date: 2008-09-24 08:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] avarwaen.livejournal.com
I'm only glad to be received so kindly :)

Date: 2008-09-25 01:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] setsuled.livejournal.com
After not writing for ages, a little meme brings me back for a spell. Thanks for the thought, setsuled.

I actually made sure to tag people I thought least likely to follow through with the meming. You were probably the one I was most hoping to provoke to posting. Glad to see you back.

I opted for Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

I've been wanting to read the Jeeves and Wooster stories since reading Alan Moore's take on them in the latest League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. That show looks good, too.

Date: 2008-09-25 03:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] avarwaen.livejournal.com
You were probably the one I was most hoping to provoke to posting. Glad to see you back.

Thanks. Strangely, I was in need of provoking.

I've been wanting to read the Jeeves and Wooster stories

This can be rather difficult, but there's a wonderfully organized list of the stories, novels, and common collections at the Hat Sharpening Shop (http://www.hatsharpening.com/j&w/books.php) (a site dedicated to Jeeves and Wooster).

Project Gutenberg has a lot of free Wodehouse writing here (http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/authors/w#a783). The Jeeves and Wooster stories are fairly obvious, though Jeeves Takes Charge can be found under A Wodehouse Miscellany, a couple are under Death at the Excelsior, and the easily missed Extricating Young Gussie is under The Man with Two Left Feet.

And that is quite enough for now...

Date: 2008-09-25 07:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] setsuled.livejournal.com
Strangely, I was in need of provoking.

I'm always happy to oblige in that regard, when I can.

And that is quite enough for now...

Thanks, I'm eager to read them and it's nice to know I can get them for free. But I need to finish reading War and Peace first--there've been too many novels I've started reading this year that for various reasons I had to put down. I'm determined to finish this one.

Date: 2008-09-25 05:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morglith.livejournal.com
I've been worried about you you know! Where have you been young lady?! lol. Im glad you're back hun. Its nice to see some creative spurts from you here and there since we don't get to speak often.

If you're interested, I've got a DJ gig at the rave Oct 25th opening for Shiny Toy Guns. I know money has never been one of your secure areas so don't you worry about that. I'll take care of it. I'm supposedly getting backstage passes too...if thats true I'll see if I cant save one for you if you'd like :) It'd be nice to see you again and mean a lot if you could see my first performance.

Date: 2008-09-26 12:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] avarwaen.livejournal.com
Sorry to have worried you. If it's any consolation, I've been neglecting to speak with all but a few people who either live with me or visit often.

Congratulations on getting the DJ engagement, and thank you for the invitation. Unfortunately, I don't think I'd be able to weather such a large gathering of people and sound. But I wish you the best, and will be thinking of you.

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