Monday, June 3, 2013

Memeing through ......

This post is all about memes:
For Book Beginnings and Friday 56 (and also for Teaser Tuesdays): From 'Ten' by Gretchen McNeill (yes, this is a retelling of 'And Then There Were None' by Agatha Christie; and I am reading them back to back; I just finished reading Christie's book last week and then borrowed this from the library and am in the middle of this book. I will do reviews/comparisons/etc later on my blog)

For Book Beginnings: and Teaser
'MINNIE’S FACE WAS DEATHLY PALE. SHE STARED straight ahead, eyes fixed on the back of the strained cloth seat, and bit her bottom lip so hard that Meg was afraid she would draw blood.'

For Friday 56: and Teaser
'…..It seemed so pointless.
That sound was starting to make Meg nauseous.'

For SundayWhirl (nimble throat wind each limbs prairie crave swirl vault rapture train halls) and Friday Flash 55
Nimble sprite, she sped
like the prairie wind, vaulted
With each leap, swallowed
Fear down my throat, yet stared
Swirl of emotion
Tangle of limbs in motion
Trained myself – calm down
Through the halls, maybe a town
Ran, reached her.
Burst of laughter
Up she rose
Her grin – that I crave - poetry in pose

Six Words Saturday
Counting down to end of school!
We are almost done, the school year end is right there - within our reach. It is like the last few inches at the end of a long climb or the last few minutes at the end of that intense aerobic routine. You just smile(One more year end event - the last one, you think, until your kid comes back the next day with another event you had forgotten about and one you had volunteered for apparently!), smile some more, and you will see the end!

Saturday Snapshot:  Aloha style Thank you to all parent volunteers from the wonderful staff at our kids' school. Every year, the staff at our school gives parent volunteers a thank you tea towards the end of the year, complete with a theme, coffee, tea, and delicious home-made creations from the teachers. This year was no different. Many of the teachers are great cooks and bake wonderfully so my plate was piled high with desserts and one strawberry (to assuage my guilt)

For Sunday Scribblings (trick), Succinctly Yours(word:ritual; photo:cat looking at goldfish in bowl) and  Haiku Heights : stone (the last prompt which I missed linking to) and eccentric (the new one)

Trick or treat, she asked
The little ghoul – he played pranks
He got stones for treats

Stone-hearted girl, all said
Yet none could see the tears
Hidden deep and well.

Was her ritual
With green eyes, stared at the fish
Standing still as stone
Holed up in her home
Silky spirals of smoke seen
Eccentric or sane

Catching up on memes
reviews, reading, also dreams
Eccentric or sane

For dVerse Poetics (missed linking up on Saturday but will do so Tuesday for Open Link Night): Saturday's prompt was where Claudia asked us to talk about things 'bathroom'!

Aah bliss! The water streamed down on me
I closed my eyes, lost myself to a silent melody
But wait, is that the phone ringing? I think so
Shower turned off, ears tuned, might need to say hello
Oh, false alarm that was, restart …

A couple of years and a baby later
Aah bliss! The water streamed down on me
The door open, so I may see and hear baby
Closed my eyes to soap myself
Oh, did baby tumble and hurt himself?
Eyes stinging, I check, all OK, restart..

Years down the lane to today
Aah bliss! The water streamed down on me
I lock the door for some quiet and privacy
I hope no one has noticed mom is absent
Wait a minute, there it is, a yell that rent
The air, mom, are you in there? I don’t reply..
And I continue..

Musing Mondays: For Musing Mondays this week, I pulled the freebie card and am doing a random rant on something related to reading: Challenges! Yikes, my challenge plate is overflowing! 
Like I piled up my plate with dessert during the thank you tea, I also piled up reading challenges at the start of the year. I know I have read many books which match many challenges but I am woefully lagging on reviewing and linking back to the challenges. I planned to spend the long weekend doing just that but nope, my reading challenges await. I did do lots more reading though. I initially charted out a system, complete with an initial tentative list of books for the challenges, start and end dates for each of those books, review dates, et al. The chart is still there - hidden in a file on my laptop somewhere, while other books, other stuff, came in between that seemingly wonderful timeline!
What about you? How do you plan your challenges (or any reading)? I find it hard to plan my reading, I realize it now...Since I mainly read for the joy of reading. 

Top Ten Books Featuring Travel In Some Way (road trips, airplanes, travelogues, anything where there is traveling in the book!) - in no particular order
  1. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
  2. The Guide by R.K.Narayan
  3. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  4. Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
  5. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  6. Journeys on the Silk Road
  7. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  8. The Cruelest Journey: Six Hundred Miles to Timbuktu
The following two books – I have to yet read
  1. A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
  2. The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1-5)
    by Douglas Adams


  1. I'm sorry but the cat and the goldfish stole this post for me, I saw nothing after! Lol. Have a great reading week. :-)

  2. this year i am challenging myself to read 100 books... i don't really plan anything or give much thought about how or what i read. when i am ahead of schedule, i don't force myself to finish a book in one sitting but if i am, i stay up all night just to finish it. when it comes to what i will read next, i just grab whatever book i have :)

    my musing monday post:

  3. I loved reading all your meme posts, especially your Teaser Tuesday snippet from TEN. I'll be sure to read it, just to see how it differs from the original.
    My Teaser is from THE COMEBACK KISS.

  4. I wonder what the sound was she heard.....

  5. Well I hope you will get to the end of the school year, and enjoy your summer! Glad you joined in on Six Word Saturday! I am still reading posts and commenting.

    Have a good rest of the week!
    Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

  6. hahaha funny how life changes eh? so worried about the phone...or the kids...and now...we pretend like we dont hear will figure it bad can it be, right? smiles.

  7. Remarkable posts; well done.

  8. Love the haiku! The first poem has a wonderful frenzy to it like the deranged dances of the nymphs. Poor you! With its cold water, I rarely get a hot shower

  9. Hi, I'm a new follower from Book Blogs! Check out my blog here Bookish Whimsy, and hopefully you would like to follow back. :)

    Wow great idea to to the memes in one post! I loved Ten and Agatha Christie's novel of course, hope you enjoyed Ten! And one of my fave books ever is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, so I hope you enjoy them too!

  10. Wow, you are really packing in the memes, a lot of creativity. Thanks for participating in Succinctly Yours. I bet I know what that kitty would like for a treat. :D

  11. Hysterical, the bathroom poem. Yes, I wonder WHEN I will ever get a full shower/bath without a phone or a child interrupting it. If my youngest even thinks I am in the bathtub ... he thinks its playtime :)

  12. These are all wonderful. Love the stone and eccentric haiku.


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