Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Page 123

Jeff Pierce of the Rap Sheet recently tagged me in a sort of blogging Ponzi scheme involving particular sentences from page 123 of the closest book at (my) hand. Here are the rules:

1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people, and acknowledge who tagged you.

The nearest book for me is Sweet Man is Gone by Peggy Ehrhart. I'd received an ARC from Peggy who asked me to blurb the book for its upcoming release in July. Sweet Man is about the indie blues scene in New York and I quite enjoyed it, as you can tell from reading my quote on Peggy's advanced praise page.

If you open the book to page 123 and look for the sixth, seventh and eighth sentences, this is what you will find:
"Have you ever heard him play?"

"Amazing chops," Tony says with a sad smile. "I wish I could play like him."
That particular excerpt may be hard to parse out of context, but I'll give you a few hints. Tony is the counterman at a rent-by-the-hour rehearsal studio and the main character--Maxx Maxwell--is asking him to give his assessment of a guitar player who she's going to audition for the band. Another little clue about that book that you can pick up from the fragment is that it's written in the present tense. I don't usually like present tense, but Peggy really makes it work in Sweet Man.

Now for the part I'm most worried about. I believe the implicit rules of the game are that you cannot notify the five people you tag. I read the Rap Sheet regularly, so I noticed that I'd been passed the baton right away. I'm not sure that I know five people with a blog who read mine regularly, so we very well may break the chain with my post.

Anyway here goes. I hereby tag the following folks (with links to their blogs):
  1. My publisher at Bleak House Books, Ben LeRoy.
  2. Fellow Bleak House author and Crimespree Magazine Fiction Editor, Jennifer Jordan
  3. Fellow Silicon Valley author, Keith Raffel
  4. Patrick Balester, author of In the Dismal Swamp
  5. Author and mystery blogger, Aldo Calcagno aka Mystery Dawg

1 Comments:

At 7:23 PM, Blogger Picks By Pat said...

Mark,

Thanks for including me in this list of fine writers and editors. I've made a contribution to the Page123 chain on my blog.

 

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