Friday, October 14, 2005

My First Tag Ever

I've never been tagged so this is quite exciting.
Here are the rules as they were passed to me by Jean:

1. Delve into your blog archive.

2. Find your 23rd post (or closest to).

3. Find the fifth sentence (or closest to).

4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions. Ponder it for meaning, subtext or hidden agendas.

5. Tag five people to do the same.

I already mentioned my luck two posts ago. Well, this time is no different:
My 23rd post - Classical Reading - consisted of one (that's 1) sentence only:
I've posted this list of sites where I read classics online on my other blog, but it's also important for writers to read the classics.
Then a link to another post.

So I went to my 22nd post - Beginnings are Hard, Endings are Even Harder - Part II - and found a fifth sentence there. Hold your breath - it's a beaut:
But no worries, it's not so much.

I couldn't leave it at that, this being my first tag and all, so I tried my 24th post (the instructions do specify: "Find your 23rd post (or closest to).").
My 24th post was about writing discipline. I should be able to find a good 5th sentence here. So here goes:
When professional and successful writers keep emphasizing the importance of writing, they don't mean only for the sake of practicing and improving, they also mean for the sake of discipline.
I can breathe again, now that's much better.

As for meaning, subtext or hidden agenda - well... er... yeah... - I'm a pretty straight forward person, so I couldn't find any subtext or hidden agenda, and the meaning isn't worth repeating really.

Jean had such a beautiful post and meaning (go read), and I have the above. What can I do???
Nothing, I guess, except fulfill the last part of the tag and tag five other people:
- Easywriter - cause her sentence will be full of subtext Okay, so Easywriter's been tagged for this one (popular lady), so instead I'm tagging...
- Jennifer - cause I know she'll enjoy it the most

- Patry - cause her sentence will be full of meaning

- Pat - cause she's bound to have a hidden, cynical agenda (and probably get pissed at me ;)

- Lee - just to bug him (Lee posted his tag on an earlier date. He thought he could avoid detection. Well, tough. Lee's post where he did indeed tag five others.

- AriadneK - cause I'm curious to see what "fumed" her on that day :)

Alas, I'm limited to five.

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ME Strauss said...

I find value and comfort in both of your sentences. They not only hit on key points that writers should be thinking about, but they're totally in keeping with the purpose of your blog. I think they prove that you're delivering on your promise to talk about All Kinds of Writing.

Christopher Willard author of Garbage Head said...

Nice hypertextual intent. It's always fun to see what gems arise from literary games. Good idea.

Melly said...

Thanks Liz. Mighty kind of you to find a nice thing to say about all this :)

And thank you Christopher Willard author of Garbage Head.

Anonymous said...

Hi Melly, I am in total agreement with ME. :o)

I have already been tagged for this one and posted mine a few days ago. Maybe someone else would like to partake. :o)

If not I will find a post close to that one and do it.

Pat Kirby said...

One. Two. Three. Four. Five....Twenty-three? I'm sorry, not enough fingers and toes.

Pissed? But, it's Friday and I'm all cheerful n' stuff. [whine]

Um. This could take a while. Knowing me, my 23rd post was about porn or male genitalia. Ah...penises.

Melly said...

Okay Easywriter, you're off the hook. I noticed Carter was tagged and he was in my first five, so...

Pat, can't wait :)

Patry Francis said...

I love your sentence about writing discipline. It's one I need to hear repeated constantly.

Thanks for tagging me! This was fun.

Melly said...

Really? You're thanking me???
Well then - you're welcome :)

Jean said...

They're all good sentences. Heck, my fifth sentence was "Yes." for crying out loud.

I'm intrigued to know more about "But no worries, it's not so much." Guess I'll have to go read the post. I'm certainly not going to learn more from you in this one. :) At least you provided the link. Off to read.

Melly said...

Yes. Me Lazy :)

Lee Carlon said...


Melly said...

I knew it!
I did it!

(BTW, if you haven't noticed, Carter tagged you as well, ha ha)

Lee Carlon said...

I noticed.

And I gave in, but I back dated it so it wouldn't appear at the top of the page. :P

Melly said...

you sneaky you !

Shirazi said...

I like this great resource and will be putting your blog on mine tomorrow.