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

It Never Gets Old


Of course, after I posted The Last 11, I got tagged again!  This set of questions come from a blogger that inspires me so much with his travels, photography, and poetry.  There’s no way I could turn it down! My thanks to RedJim of notyethere for thinking of me and sending a very unique set of 11 Questions.  Once again, I’ll leave the game open to anyone who wants to play.  Leave a link or answers in the comments if you want to play along.  Have fun!

1. Sea or Mountains?

Mountains.  I live in a place surrounded by mountains and I never cease to be amazed at their beauty.  Besides, I’ve never been much of a beach person.

2. Sky blue or Fire red?

Sky blue, but can I have a few clouds?

 3. The Film or The Book?

The book. Always the book!  As much as I love movies, they can never tell a story quite like good old-fashioned printed words on paper.

4. Summer or Winter?

Winter.  I love snow, fireplaces, hot café mochas, and a cat snuggled in my lap.

5. Sounds, smells, pictures or touch?

Pictures.  I’ve always been a very visual person, both in reality and in my imagination.

6. Wild woods or Manicured park?

Wild woods.  I spent a huge part of my childhood in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, where the trees are thick and ferns grow tall.  I’ve never seen anything more beautiful.

7. Do you know where North is without a compass?

No.  I am directionally challenged to the degree of total embarrassment.

8. Paper map or GPS?

Paper map.  I’ve done a lot of traveling in my life and I can honestly say a paper map has guided my every move.  They are far more reliable and they never need a power source.

9. Notebook or Laptop/Ipad/Tablet?

Aside from GPS, I’m a total gadget geek.  I use both a laptop and a tablet.

10. SLR OR Automatic?

Automatic.  Though I wish I knew a bit more about how to use SLR.

11. Leap of Faith or Logical leap?

A little bit of both.  I’m a big believer in balance.  There are moments in life that require logic and moments where the only logical thing to do is take a leap of faith.

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c.b. 2012

The Last 11


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