This Week’s Daisy Chain

May 8, 2009 at 2:04 pm | Posted in Daisy Chains | 1 Comment

A few days ago I posted about what I called an “idea chain.”  Rebecca at The Book Lady’s Blog pointed out that she had done a post on the same topic last summer, and she used the name Daisy Chain, which I like better.  It’s sort of summery, you know.

The goal is to take note of anything that seems like a funny coincidence, though I suppose it would also be funny to link things deliberately.  My reading is pretty random because I just read whatever shows up on the hold shelf at the library that week.

I’m going to experiment with different ways of recording my daisy chain every week, and now that I’m thinking about it I’m going to try to keep notes while I read.  It would be fun if a lot of people did this. 

I Don’t Believe in Atheists -> The Crow Road – atheism

The Man in the Picture -> The Crow Road – missing persons

More Information Than You Require -> American Nerd – personal disclosures of authors with similar experiences as nerdy kids

As I’m doing this, I’m realizing that a) I know I haven’t captured everything and b) there are certain commonalities between books that aren’t interesting enough to record.  For instance, two of the books I read both had scenes set in rooms with antique furniture.  *Yawn*  The “pay dirt” I’m looking for is more related to shared vocabulary – I swear there was a really strange Scots dialect word I read in two different books this week, but I can’t remember now what it was – or things like minor characters with the same unusual job.  Or name.  Or something.  The coincidences are going to be in the eye of the beholder, anyway.

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  1. This is such a fun idea for a regular feature! That never occurred to me. I may have to keep track of my recurring themes and drop them in here every now and then 🙂

    My husband informs me that there are, apparently, some dirtier connotations to the term daisy chain, but I prefer to think of it as summery and fun as well.

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