Lucky Seven Strikes Again!


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


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


Sky Diaries

Natalie Sharpston

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c.b. 2012