Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Bah! I got tagged!

I don't subscribe to chain letters too much (or memes, in the virtual world), but this one seems to be going around mostly to mystery writers, and I've been tagged by a friend, so I'd hate to let him down...

I first saw this at The Rap Sheet, posted by J. Kingston Pierce, who tagged Dan Wagner over at The Hungry Detective, who tagged me. It's a simple little exercise called "Page 123." What you do is this:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Go to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence. (A virtually useless step as the action comes next...)
4. Post the next 3 sentences
5. Tag 5 people and acknowledge who tagged you.

I am currently reading Trunk Music, by Michael Connelly. Page 123 falls in Chapter 2. I haven't actually read that far yet, so this will be as surprising to me as it is to you:

"It was Rhonda."
"Rhonda, whatever, never-the-fuck mind. She said you said he was dead."

Ooh, pretty cool. Three short sentences with conflict, vulgarity and a little staccato dialogue. I'm a late-comer to Connelly, but I'm enjoying him. Reading him chronologically, of course. God, I'm so anal.

I am going to tag local mystery author and recent Book of the Year nominee Charles Benoit at Type M for Murder, local mystery author with upcoming book LL Bartlett at Writers Plot, far-away mystery author (is Indiana far?) Trey Barker, and good friends Beavis and Spanky. (Don't ask. You'll only get answers. And that is something you do not want.)


Tanski4676 said...

The Indiana Jones Handbook by Denise Kiernan and Joseph D'Agnese

Head to a hospital as soon as possible. If you have killed a rat, bring its carcass to the hospital to test for rabies. In addition to rabies, wild rats may carry Spirillum minus, which causes rat bite fever.

Jared said...

That's Awesome!

Beavis said...

OKay I will play your game. Check my blog today for my reply.


Charles benoit said...

Neat idea. I'll be sure to return the favor when it runs through the population and comes back to me!

Anonymous said...

Charles told me about this Monday, but I didn't catch up with my blogs until today. It'll appear on my Dazed and Confused blog on Thursday.