This morning, the lovely Serena Lawless picked me to participate in a fun little meme that’s making the blog rounds. The meme is called ‘The Lucky Seven Game,’ and here are the rules:
- Go to page 7 or 77 in your current manuscript
- Go to line 7
- Copy down the next seven lines/sentences as they are – no cheating
- Tag 7 other authors
So. Since most of my manuscript is a hot mess right now, I picked page #7. (I’m rewriting scenes mostly out of order. I worked on the first few chapters, then I finished up the last three. There are bits here and there in the middle which are done, but, well, I’m not even sure that Page 77 exists right now. Ahem.)
Here are sentences 7-14 of Page 7. The action gets started right away – to give a little context, Ellie had just come downstairs to eat her birthday breakfast with her father and twin brother, Elliot, when they are paid a not-so friendly visit by three mysterious men.
EEEEK. You guys. I am SO NERVOUS. You have no idea. I mean, I obviously thought it was good when I wrote it, and I’m really happy with chapter one, overall, but actually sending out a chunk of it, like this, exactly as it is? So PEOPLE CAN READ IT? It’s terrifying.
There’s a trickle of blood leaking down the side of Papa’s face and dropping off of his chin, staining the collar of his good shirt. I stare at him mutely for as long as I can, horrified. I think I’m going to be sick, right here in the kitchen.
“I had hoped things would go differently this morning, I must admit,” Brother Josiah says, leaning casually against the stove, almost as if he were getting ready to serve breakfast, instead of trying to kidnap me. “Now. Miss Cartwright? I’m going to need you to come with me, if you’d like for your father and brother to live to see this afternoon.”
“Ellie, don’t,” Elliot says.
The man closet to the door moves as if to strike my father again with the stock of his rifle, but I dart between them with a sharp cry.
– Flightless by Jenny Adams, 2012
And now, who to tag that hasn’t already played?
I can’t wait to get a peak at what you guys are working on! And don’t forget to take a look at Serena’s 7 sentences – she totally leaves me wanting more!