The Sentence – Old Skool

Today’s Kickin’ it Old Skool Blog-a-Thon is supposed to be easy:

We’re making it easy today! Share one sentence from a book.
Okay not quite that easy.
Grab the third book in on your top shelf of books.
Share the first sentence.

It’s not that easy for me. I’m a bibliophile, as is my husband. We have books all over the place. I’ve written about the dangers of bibliophiles marrying here.

We have a few books!

I’m sitting in my bedroom right now and am surrounded by books.

My nightstand. Coffee, water, and a little pleasure reading.

My nightstand. Coffee, water, and a little pleasure reading.

Or on the other side of the bed, my little writing nook (with blue frog and eurypterid in supervisory capacity).

Or on the other side of the bed, my little writing nook (with blue frog and eurypterid in supervisory capacity).

At the foot of the bed is my costuming, medieval history, and screenwriting row of books. And yes, that's a longsword. And it's sharp. I need to hang it up...

At the foot of the bed is my costuming, medieval history, and screenwriting row of books. And yes, that’s a longsword. And it’s sharp. I need to hang it up…

And of course, none of these really have a ‘top shelf.’ Well, maybe the one behind the writing chair. The third book there is this:

Any sentence from this book could be hysterical.

Any sentence from this book could be hysterical.

In the bin directly beside the bed, the third book is this:

Because everyone thinks about hammering hot metal when they go to bed.

Because everyone thinks about hammering hot metal when they go to bed.

In the pile on top of the night stand, the third book is this:

I'm a geologist. 'Nuf said.

I’m a geologist. ‘Nuf said.

And at the foot of the bed, the third book in is this:

I love period costuming. I wish I had more time to do it!

I love period costuming. I wish I had more time to do it!

I would point out that the first books, and most accessible ones, throughout the room all share a common theme:

I seem to like fencing...

I seem to like fencing…

And I haven’t even gone to the parts of the house one might consider a library, yet! Photos of those shelves were shown in that earlier blog post.

Notice, however, that there are no geology or paleontology books in the bedroom. There are very few in the house, actually. That’s work. Such books are related to my career. Those books are all in my office – which is equally over-full of books. So if this challenge popped up during the work week, my response would be very, very different!

So what to choose? I’ll go with the blacksmithing book, since it’s grabbable from bed. Someday, I’d like to set up a forge and learn some smithing. I need to retire first, methinks.

From “The Blacksmith’s Craft” by Charles McRaven

Chapter 1 – The Pioneer Smith

“Setting up your forge on your own farm or modern homestead will parallel so nearly the experience of the pioneer blacksmith coming into the new country that comparisons are inevitable.”

There it is. The first sentence from the third book in the pile closest to me. How about you?

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Scientist (Paleontology, Geochemistry, Geology); Writer (Speculative and Science Fiction, plus technical and non-technical Science); Mom to great boy on the Autism spectrum; possessor of too many hobbies.

4 thoughts on “The Sentence – Old Skool

  1. How I’d love to dig into your books and read, read, read. I love a home with books everywhere. My hubby would be very interested in the blacksmith book, I’m sure!
    Thanks for visiting!

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