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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Novelistic Exhibitionism Teaser Meme

via Moles, Barzak, and Bond:

Turn to page 123 in your work-in-progress. (If you haven’t gotten to page 123 yet, then turn to page 23. If you haven’t gotten there yet, then get busy and write page 23.) Count down four sentences and then instead of just the fifth sentence, give us the whole paragraph.

Fift's parental cohort were mostly liberal Kumruists. That is to say, they were adherents of a religion which frowned on prenatal polysomatic engineering while it venerated the act of birth as a central mystery. Competition for who was to bear his single initial body had thus, naturally, been intense, and it was no surprize that the Younger Sibling of that particular Struggle was Mother Pip. Pip, a grand, fat, intimidating personage, very high-strung for a Pale, had had himself specifically outfitted with ovaries, uterus, and vagina, and required the rest of Fift's parents to acquire penises, the week of the (very traditional) impregnation.

Posted by benrosen at March 13, 2007 05:34 PM | Up to blog

Is this *really* on page 123, or were you just looking for the teasiest teaser you could find?

Posted by: susan at March 14, 2007 08:37 AM

It's actually page 23; I'm not up to page 123 yet.

Is it particularly teasy?

Posted by: Benjamin Rosenbaum at March 14, 2007 09:54 AM

who can tell? I'd have to read the whole book to see if this is the teasiest bit. Of course, any world where one is at liberty to choose who has to actually give birth is of interest to me... Will childbirth hurt Pip as it hurts the rest of us, or have you got that far yet?

Good thing I don't have a blog. I'd be reporting from page 3..

Posted by: susan at March 14, 2007 10:31 AM
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