* Grab the nearest book.
* Open the book to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post the text of the next few sentences in your journal.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.
And why not. This from my gym book (not that I've been in a week):
"He usually violently ingratiates himself into someone's house or flat and stays there for as long as he thinks he can. His 'hosts' generally don't survive the visitation, although he always makes a point of paying for any food he eats, does the laundry and then wallpapers the front room."
"Pattern or plain?"
"Pattern - and lined, too."
(Jasper Fforde, The Fourth Bear, talking about the Gingerbread Man, I think.)
Alternate (from Time Regained, about WWI draft dodgers):
"But he tried at least to extract in advance from this total and immediate victory anything likely to cause suffering to Francoise. 'It could easily get very nasty, because it seems that lots of them don't want to go, lads of sixteen in tears.'"
Still sick but strongly hoping I'll be all better in a day or so. I feel like the cold has been making me look a bit transparent - my skin has been glossy and my bones are peeking a bit more through my face than normal.