Shannon Stacey

Fun writing avoidance activity

Maili’s fault! :grin:


1. Take first five novels from your bookshelf.
2. Book 1 — first sentence
3. Book 2 — last sentence on page 50
4. Book 3 — second sentence on page 100
5. Book 4 — next to the last sentence on page 150
6. Book 5 — final sentence of the book
7. Make the five sentences into a paragraph.
8. Feel free to “cheat” to make it a better paragraph.
9. Name your sources
10.Post to your blog.

Okay. I didn’t cheat. I went to the top shelf of my first bookcase and took the first five books in the order they were there, and did the sentences in the same order. My paragraph:

Michael Donovan finished unpacking and headed straight to the wet bar in the suite’s living room. It was like walking into a ball of light. “Are you crazy? You know what will happen if we go in there.” “I sutured his scalp wound ten days ago.” The sounds of laughter and ripping fabric floated on the breeze.

Book 1—Paradise Awakening by Jaci Burton
Book 2—Legend of the Leopard by Melani Blazer
Book 3—No Place to Hide by Madalyn Reese
Book 4—Doctors on the Frontline by Olivia Gates
Book 5—Lady Dragon by Jewell Mason

And hey! That was fun. So…let’s do an all EC version! :clap:

The paragraph:

“Who are you?” “Why Jordan Lee, how nice to see you.” Did nothing hold value for her anymore but her own self-centered depression? He leaned forward and nuzzled her mound. Right now, warmth could be found in the arms of the woman he loved.

Book 1—Dante’s Relic by Melani Blazer
Book 2—Magnolia Summer by Jaci Burton
Book 3—Fetish by Sherri L. King
Book 4—Abduction by Lynn LaFleur in Ellora’s Cavemen: Legendary Tails I
Book 5—Winterland Destiny by Jaci Burton

(Gee, you’d think in such a random sampling that books that are rumored to be nothing but 80% sex would have more than a mound nuzzling, no? ;)

6 comments to “Fun writing avoidance activity”

  1. Kay
      · April 23rd, 2005 at 5:26 am · Link

    I like it. I just might have to take a little time to copy tomorrow when I am supposed to be writing/studying (in the interests of following the exercise to the letter and using it as a ‘fun writing-avoidance activity, you see, not just because i am too lazy to get out of my chair right now!).

  2. Jaci
      · April 23rd, 2005 at 2:39 pm · Link

    Omg I recognized most of those lines, too! Well, definitely the ones that were mine. I gotta remember to do this when I get home from work today! What fun and I’m all about avoidance :dance:

  3. Nicole
      · April 23rd, 2005 at 10:04 pm · Link

    After I saw yours, I had to do an EC one too. Of course, now I realize how many of those print ones i haven’t read yet!!!! They’re just sitting there on the shelf. Poor books.

  4. Anna Lucia
      · April 24th, 2005 at 5:16 am · Link

    But.. but… but… what counts as my first bookcase???

    Not gonna do it. Not least because my bestest and most favourite books rarely make it to a bookshelf…. What probably counts as my ‘first’ shelf contains stuff I haven’t picked up in three years… :neener:

  5. Shannon
      · April 24th, 2005 at 10:32 pm · Link

    My ‘first bookcase’ is the big one that holds all books that aren’t going anywhere. Ever. And the top shelf is the “OMG, look what my friends did!” shelf (which you probably recognized by the authors *g*) And my bestest and most favouritest books make it promptly to the bookshelf because my cats are tough on books. :nod:

    Then I’ve got a bookshelf of books that are keepers until I need more space, then a 5-shelf, double-packed TBR bookshelf, then *cough* several *cough* large TBR piles. The short kid has a bookcase in the living room and bookcase in his bedroom. The tall kid has a very large bookcase in his room, and piles of books everywhere. And there’s a bookshelf and several piles in the train room where the historical reference books are.

    Our shelves definitely runneth over around here. :baby:

  6. Olivia Gates
      · August 8th, 2005 at 7:28 pm · Link

    I was thrilled to find DOCTORS ON THE FRONTLINE among the books on the top shelf of your first bookcase!!! :love:
    It was great fun too to find my sentence in the paragraph.
    Uhh, you can tell i’m indulging in avoidance too, can’t you?:crazy:

    Thanks for providing another and totally cool new way to do it!:wink:

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