Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Lucky Seven Meme

My friend Kristin Lynn Thetford tagged me with this interesting/nerve-wracking blog... meme... thing.

Drum roll, please?

Here are the rules:

1. Go to page 77 of your current MS
2. Go to line 7
3. Copy down the next seven lines, sentences, or paragraphs and post them as they’re written. No cheating
4. Tag 7 authors
5. Let them know
 Fun, hey?

So here's mine. I interpreted "current MS" to mean "the MS I'm currently querying," since the one I'm writing is called a WIP (in my own little head), and, though I've written more than 77 pages, they're not all together yet (my first draft is written in sections).

I decided to go with the next seven paragraphs, since they're all short and end exactly at the end of chapter seven. Not lying.

“And you just trusted that they’d keep their eyes closed for a whole ten seconds? Brina! You’re fast, but ten seconds is still a long time!”

Brina thought back to the van, and to the certainty she’d felt that she could shrink as fast as London. She’d felt the Black pulsing in every cell, tense and waiting, then when the guy in the back scooted up to the front to talk to the driver, she’d thought Small and was instantly small enough to fly.
“No, Dad, London taught me how to do it faster. I can flash shrink, now.”
The expressions on the faces around the kitchen were priceless. Impressed mixed with incredulous. They all thought she was exaggerating.
She decided a demonstration was in order, and started gathering Black. She was feeling stronger, now, so she stood up and walked to the edge of the table, then glided down to the floor and thought Big.

This time growing was just as fast. Everyone gasped and stood up as she suddenly exploded to full size beside the table.

Her triumph lasted all of three seconds before her vision hazed over and she was forced to sit at the table. As she laid her head on her arms, she heard her dad sigh. “She’s been harvested, alright.” 

Sadly, I now want to edit it, since I NOW notice that I've used "the table" three times in seven paragraphs. *grumblegrumble* I'm leaving it as it was, since I don't want to cheat, but please pretend that "beside the table" is absent and "sit at the table" reads "sit down." I'm also wondering if I used the word "laid" correctly. Anyone know? Sheesh. I swear I edited this.

Anyhoo, now I get to pick seven authors whose books I want to read some of. Let's see....

  1. Chantele Sedgwick (from NYAFT, please?)
  2. Susan Jensen (I know you have at least 77 pages!)
  3. Shelly Brown (Do it or I'll turn you into a witch! Oh...)
  4. Chad Brown (Just so we can decide, once and for all, which Brown is a better writer)
  5. Jenn Johansson (Whichever MS has the creepiest page 77)
  6. Nancy S. Thompson (from TM, please?)
  7. Emily R. King (somethin' romantic?)
Naturally, there are tons of authors who should be on this list, but I hope I can get these to play.... :)

If you could force any author to reveal seven paragraphs of their upcoming book, which would it be?

16 comments:

  1. Oh, you're funny, Robin! I WISH I had 77 pages. Alas, I do not. I think I might have at one point, although it wasn't all strung together, but that was before my computer bit the big one. I had to have it wiped clean after a nasty virus killed it. So ... how 'bout I give you the 7th line on the 7th page ('cause that makes 77, right?). Here goes:

    Even if the fire was only a prank that got out of hand, someone had risked burning down the school to get their message across.

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    1. I suppose that works, though I've already read that part. *dreams of reading the full someday*

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  2. Isn't it funny how the think it's all done and then you look at it in a different format (on the blog for all to see) and see things you couldn't see before.

    I've said this before, your MS sounds so cool. Love your 7.

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    1. What's funny here is terrifying when you consider that it's almost impossible to polish EVERY flaw out of your MS...which means someday we will (yes, I said will) be reading our newly-published babies and see more flaws. Only then it will be too late. O_o

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  3. Fantastic lines, Robin!! I can't wait to finally get a chance to read your MS! :D

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    1. Well, maybe you can beta after my next editing run. ;)

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    2. That sounds awesome! I'd love to beta for you. :) Just let me know.

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    3. Okay. So I just need a few agents to hurry up and reject what I've already sent them (or not...) and then I'll be read for another editing pass. Fresh eyes will be very much appreciated so you can tell me if I preserve the exposition when I relocate chapter 2. :)

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  4. Great job--you are such a pro:) Hey, if you're feeling lucky then stop by my blog--doing an Easter Basket Full of YA books giveaway!!

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    1. Well, you know how much I love YA books!

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  5. Great seven! I've been tagged a few times but have been reluctant to play, mainly because everyone I know I can think of to tag has already been tagged, LOL.

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    1. You should do the meme and just open it up for whoever wants to. It's a cheat, but it works. :) At least we'll get to read yours! :D

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  6. I don't remember this scene! What's with that?

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    1. LOL. It's obviously been too long since you read it! :D

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  7. I'm just finding this now, Robin. So sorry! I wasn't ignoring you, promise. Thanks for the shout out! Your excerpt is great. Love your writing!

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    1. Lol, thanks, Emily! Does that mean you're going to play? ;)

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