Lucky Seven Strikes Again!

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The Lucky Seven Meme has landed on my doorstep once again, thanks to Nick Wilford of  Scattergun Scribblings.  Nick is a fantastic writer and his blog is worth a visit.  He writes with so much honesty and humor about the craft of writing and sometimes even treats his readers to wonderful bits of fiction.

Here’s how the Lucky Seven works:

  1. Go to page 77 of your current MS
  2. Go to line 7
  3. Copy down the next 7 lines as they’re written– no cheating!
  4. Tag 7 other writers
  5. Let them know!

For this round of the Lucky Seven, I’m delving into my manuscript for my first novel.  I’ve never posted an excerpt of any kind, so I hope you enjoy the sneak peek!

He expected the day to be full of tedious in-office tasks broken up by a field trip to various stores to hunt down DVDs.  It was Tuesday – new release day – and Tessa was sure to have a list filled with titles that would take an entire afternoon to find.  Quinn wasn’t on the agenda, but Noah found himself wishing otherwise.  Sure those green eyes stabbed deep and the old man’s words packed a wallop, but Noah was ready for another round.  Quinn had secrets he wanted to know, even if it meant taking another blow to the bullseye.    

 Justine was working three different lines on the phone, while two people stood waiting at her desk.  She snapped her fingers and held up a sticky note when she saw him.  

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The last time I played Lucky Seven, I played by the rules and tagged seven people.  However, we all know I sometimes like to break the rules on awards and tag games.  Yup, I’m still a rebel.  Instead of tagging, I’ll leave it open to anyone who wants to participate.  I highly recommend giving it a shot, as it’s a great way to get over that initial fear of making your work public.  Every writer has that manuscript or piece they guard carefully because they worry about how it will be perceived.  Let the Lucky Seven remind you to be be bold and be brave.

If you choose to take on the Lucky Seven Meme, please leave a link in the comments, so we can all check out your contribution!

Stay inspired!

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c.b. 2012

Lucky Seven

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I’ve been tagged again, but there won’t be 11 questions this time around, (I’m probably out of answers by now, anyway!).  Many thanks to Traci Kenworth for thinking of me for the Lucky Seven Meme.  I’ve never seen this game, so it was twice as fun to be tagged for the challenge.

Here’s how it works:

1. Go to page 77 of your current manuscript or work in progress

2. Go to line 7

3. Copy down the next 7 lines – sentences or paragraphs as they are written.  No cheating!

4. Tag 7 authors and let them know.

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This excerpt is from an untitled work in progress, otherwise known as my second novel.  Please forgive any horrific grammar and sentence structure errors!  The selection comes from a manuscript that barely qualifies as a first draft and I’ve barely touched it in terms of proofreading or refining.  Its a mess!

From page 77, starting with Line 7:

Ian’s eyes open, shimmering with the brilliance of gemstones.  Reluctantly, I let my hand fall from his face.  “See.”  What I don’t tell him is the break in our connection creates a deep void inside of me.  It’s not an ache like before, thankfully, but the feeling of something missing is unbearable.

“Wow.”  Ian says, but the word barely makes a sound.  One of his hands slides out of his pocket and hovers shyly between us.  “May I?”

I nod with a little smile that tells him I’ve been waiting for him to ask that question all along.

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An interesting sidenote: The story I wrote for Campaign Challenge #2, (Fatespeak)* is starting to turn into a spin-off to this novel.  It wasn’t planned that way originally, but the challenge inspired something so much larger than a piece of flash fiction.  I can’t believe how everything links together so perfectly!  Fantasy is a huge experiment for me and I’m enjoying every twist and turn of the learning curve.

* If you are part of the campaign, I would so appreciate your vote!  I am #90. Here’s the link.  While you’re there be sure to check out all the wonderful entries!  They are truly fantastic!

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The next Lucky Seven:

That’s Not My Table

Bonnie James

The Everyday Epic

Rebekah Loper

mywithershins

Sky Diaries

Natalie Sharpston

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c.b. 2012

The Last 11

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Who knew you could be tagged back on 11 Questions??  One of my favorite blogs, random acts of writing (+art) threw a curve ball and sent me these questions.  Seeing as I’ve already tagged 22 bloggers for this game, I’ll leave this set of questions open for anyone who wants to answer them.  Pick and choose what you’d like to do and leave answers or links in comments!  Have fun!

1. What was your favorite pastime when you were young?

Reading.  I always had my nose stuck in a book and I still do.

2. What do you do for play now?

I’m not one for sitting still.  I have a number of hobbies that range from arts/crafts, running, movies, baking, and reading.  However, most of my days are filled with writing when I’m done with my day job.

3. What is your favorite book of all time?

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.

4. What’s the best movie you’ve watched lately and why?

The last movie I went and saw was Beauty & The Beast in 3D.  I loved it because it’s one of my all time favorites and it was nice to see cell animation back on the big screen.

5. If you could make one change to your life, right now, and have it stick, what would it be?

While I’m getting better, I wish I had a little more faith in my writing.  That inner critic is able to speak much more often than I’d like.

6. What is your most memorable meal?

When I was in Aberfoyle, Scotland, I stopped at a little deli and had the best sandwich ever!  It was stuffed with various lunchmeats, cucumbers, and some kind of “magic” sauce.  For dessert I had a peanut butter, chocolate, graham cracker square – I have yet to come up with a good enough adjective to describe how good it tasted!

7. What do you miss most about being a kid?

Nothing – everything I loved about my childhood is still part of my life today.  It’s important to me to stay young at heart!

8. If you could go back in time and tell yourself one thing, what would it be?

This too shall pass.  This would have been especially useful during my teenage years.

9. You find a $50 bill but you have to spend it right now—what do you buy?

A gift card to a bookstore.  That way I can decide what books to buy later!

10. What are you doing today?

Morning: Running the track with my students.

Mid-afternoon: Teaching classes

Evening: Writing up a storm.

11. What are you most grateful for, right now?

This morning the sun was out and it was absolutely beautiful outside.  The best part is I got to enjoy it.

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c.b. 2012

Tagged Again!

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Getting tagged once was fun, but twice is even more fun!  🙂  Many thanks to Jenna Cooper for including me in another round of 11 Questions.  Her blog is absolutely beautiful and one of my new favorites.  Give her a click!

1) Redvines or Twizzlers?

Twizzlers.  Providing there’s no chocolate available.

2) With your iPod/MP3 on shuffle, what’s the first song that comes up?

Make You Feel My Love – Adele

3) What’s your least favorite book you ever had to read for school?

The Adventures of Huckelberry Finn by Mark Twain.  It’s blasphemy, I know, but I couldn’t get through it to save my life, (and I still can’t).

4) You’re the producer for turning any one book into a movie, which do you choose?

Everything Matters by Ron Currie, Jr.

5) What’s your favorite youtube video?

The Simon’s Cat Channel as a whole, but TV Dinner is my absolute favorite.

6) Who did you look up to when you were thirteen years old?

My grandpa.  For as long as I can remember he’s shown me the value of kindness and patience.

7) Which food do you wish you could rid the planet of?

Bean sprouts.  They are so gross.

8) Why did you decide to start blogging?

After finishing my first novel, I found myself with a lot of extra time.  I still had the passion to write, so I created a blog as a way fill the void.  Since then, blogging has come to mean much more than that as it has given my muse a tremendous jolt and I’ve enjoyed meeting so many new and wonderful people.

9) Do you cry over books/movies/TV shows?

All the time.  Especially if an animal is involved.

10) What’s the one thing you believe in with all your heart?

I believe deeply in the importance being yourself.  The moment you try to be like everyone else is the moment you lose your voice.

11) Flowers or chocolate?

Chocolate.

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Due to the fact that I’ve been tagged before, I’m going to use the same questions I posed before and tag 11 more bloggers.

My Questions:

1) What book have you always wanted to read, but still haven’t gotten around to it?

2) What classic book do you feel is overrated? Why?

3) What is your favorite movie adaptation of a book?  Least favorite?

4) Where is your favorite place to write?

5) Pen or pencil?

6) What was your favorite toy as a child?

7) What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?

8) If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one ability or quality, what would it be?

9) What are five songs you hate to admit you love?

10) Where is your dream destination, (or place you’ve always wanted to go)?

11) What are the top five things on your bucket list?

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Tag! You’re It!

If you choose to take on the challenge, please post a link leading to your answers to my questions. Have fun and pass it along to 11 more bloggers.

Michele Venne

Loving Arizona Living

Tattered Past

That’s Not My Table

random acts of writing (+art)

The Everyday Epic

Bonnie James

Leila Gaskin

Natalie Sharpston

Rough Water John

Sky Diaries

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c.b. 2012

11 Questions . . .Tag! You’re It!

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Guess what? I got tagged!  I’ve seen this game all over wordpress and blogspot, but never had the chance to play until now!  Many thanks to Daisy Carter, a fellow Writers’ Platform Building Campaigner, for sending the challenge of 11 Questions my way.  Her answers to the questions she received are definitely worth a read!  Give her a click!

Photo by Belinda van Steijn, Clipart.com

1) Favorite villain and why. 

Voldermort.  Aside from Maleficent, he’s the only villain that made me shiver with fear.  Both in the books and in the movies, I was afraid for Harry.

2) What’s the last book you read?

The last book I read was History by John H. Arnold.  It was the first non-fiction book I’ve read in quite a while and first history based book in even longer, (besides the books I use for teaching!).  Fact-based reading was a nice change of base, but now I’m hungry for more fiction!

3) If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?

The Regency Period just so I can see the world the way Jane Austen saw it.

4) Would you rather have an unlimited gift card to your favorite bookstore or a publishing contract but never be allowed to read any other books?

I firmly believe that in order to write, reading is absolutely necessary.  While a publishing deal would be dream come true, I don’t think I could give up reading.  I’d rather keep my books and keep writing for the sheer love of it.  With an unlimited gift card to a bookstore, I’ll be set for life with all the reading and inspiration I’d ever need.

5) If you were an animal what would you be?

A kitten who has just discovered catnip.

6) What’s your very first memory?

I remember hanging red yarn across my grandma’s living room.  My sister and I were pretending to hang laundry on clotheslines, so we strung at least a dozen lines from one end of the room to the other.  I thought my grandpa was going to have a heart attack when he saw what we did.

7) Suzanne Collins, JK Rowling, Stephanie Meyer, Neil Gaiman, Judy Blume and John Green call.  They all want you to come to their house for dinner, but all on the same night.  Whose dinner invitation do you accept?

Stephanie Meyer.  Not only do I love Twilight, but her journey as a writer has always been very inspiring to me, (see The Autograph Ninja).  Besides that, she lives relatively close to me, so it would be super easy to get to her house.

8) You discover a planet.  What do you name it?

I’d call it Vantar 2 for the simple fact that it has a nice Star Trek: The Next Generation ring to it.

9) What world/nation/city/place from a book would you most like to visit?

Henry David Thoreau’s cabin from Walden.  I love the woods and the idea of gleaning wisdom from nature and solitude.

10) Here’s a million dollars.  How would you spend it? (Note: I said spend.)

I’d buy a small flat in a London suburb.  I’ve always wanted to live there and that million dollars could easily make it happen.  Anything left over would go straight to a few animal shelters that desperately need the help.

11) On which reality TV contest or game show would you be a contestant?

Jeopardy.  I don’t think I could win, but it’s the most quiet and calm of the game shows.  Plus, I’d probably learn something in the process.

Thanks for thinking of me and sending such fun questions!

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My questions:

1) What book have you always wanted to read, but still haven’t gotten around to it?

2) What classic book do you feel is overrated? Why?

3) What is your favorite movie adaptation of a book?  Least favorite?

4) Where is your favorite place to write?

5) Pen or pencil?

6) What was your favorite toy as a child?

7) What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?

8) If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one ability or quality, what would it be?

9) What are five songs you hate to admit you love?

10) Where is your dream destination, (or place you’ve always wanted to go)?

11) What are the top five things on your bucket list?

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Tag!  You’re It!

If you choose to take on the challenge, please post a link leading to your answers to my questions. Have fun and pass it along to 11 more bloggers.

Callie Kingston

Stephanie Allen (My Personal Fairy Tale)

W. Chaser

Diane Gillette (Happy Writing)

Melissa Maygrove

Bridget Straub

Jenny Keller Ford (The Dreamweaver’s Cottage)

Rebekah Loper 

Susan Rocan (mywithershins)

Sara Biren (Crow River Writer)

Christy Farmer

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c.b. 2012