Friday, May 25, 2012

Tagged with The Lucky 7 Meme!

Mina Burrows, blogger and fellow lover of Austen, Stoker, and Poe (and a fellow "Mina," as well!), has tagged me with The Lucky 7 Meme. Thanks for the shout out, lady!

Here's how to order! Uh, I mean...here's how it 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!
Well, allrighty, then: here are 7 lines from one of my WIPs, a paranormal romance/pseudo-memoir tentatively titled There Are Monsters. Constância, a reluctant 21st century vampire, tries to work through her grief over the loss of her parents by journaling about her drastic transformation during her senior year of high school in 1987. In this snippet, the 7th line on the 77th page is the end of a section, so to give you 7 lines, I had to trip into the next section (and a little into the 8th line, just to complete the thought - don't shoot me!)
Back in Anne’s room I ripped my top off, hung it on the doorknob, and jumped back underneath the bedclothes.  Aching for Tristan, and from whatever the Change was working within me, I rocked myself back to an uneasy sleep.

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Mom was a real pleasure to deal with when she picked me up Saturday morning.  Surly, sarcastic, and accusatory by turns, she made the ride from New Rochelle to Mount Vernon only slightly less painful than the bacterium working its way throughout my system.  It took every ounce of self-restraint I possessed (and some I didn’t) to hold my tongue and not lash out at her.
And now for the tagging!

If you've been following along, you'll know I tossed my hat in the ring for Cherie Reich's 2nd Annual Flash Fiction Blogfest this week. My little romantic tale, Mom Guilt, didn't make it to the final round, but I had a blast writing it, as well as meeting other brave and creative bloggers. I thought I'd give props to 7 other participants whose stories I especially enjoyed (click on the red links below to read their groovy, fewer-than-300-words, entries):








I hope you do check them out, as they're all terrific in their own, special ways! And to the good people whom I've tagged - if you've recently been tagged with the Lucky 7 Meme thing and/or you're not up to doing it for the time being, no worries; I really just wanted to showcase your work for this blogfest! :-)

20 comments:

  1. Great excerpt, I love the name Tristan and I love vampires. :) Thank you so much for the shout out!!

    Andrea

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    1. You're welcome and thank you, thank you, thank you in return! Your story is so gorgeously lyrical, and you're sooo generous with writerly type info on your blog, that I wanted to share you with the WORLD! (Or at least the folks cruising through my blog.) ;-)

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  2. "Surly, sarcastic, and accusatory by turns, she made the ride from New Rochelle to Mount Vernon only slightly less painful than the bacterium working its way throughout my system." I know what it's like to ride with people who are like this, and your choice of words really evoked that for me. Good work!

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    1. Thanks, L.G. As a kid/teen I had soooo many rides like this one! (Minus a mysterious bacterium.) (I'm pretty sure.) :-)

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  3. Thanks a whole lot for wanting to showcase my piece of fiction, Mina :) It's been my first foray into fiction for a long while, so I'm glad you got a kick out of it :)

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    1. It's my pleasure to promote writing to which I really connect. I don't read a lot of fantasy (I'm not opposed, just not drawn to it, you know what I mean) (although I guess I do enjoy romantic fantasy, which isn't always the same thing, eh?). ANYWAY, I dunno if the the concept of magic executed by percussion is something that's been seen in that genre, but it was interestingly new to me - and the whimsical response to a physical handicap that was revealed at the end was just so damned charming! (Pardon the pun.) :-) I really did enjoy your entry, Dude - others need to know about it, too.

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  4. Wow, the one about the "bacterium working its way through my system" got my attention!
    Catherine Stine’s Idea City

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    1. Thanks so much, Catherine! Re-reading it after not even thinking about this WIP for a while, I thought maybe it was so subtle as to be missed. But your kind comment eases my mind on that score! :-)

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  5. Hey thank you so much for the mention and the meme-ification, Mina. I really appreciate it! And I'm glad you enjoyed my piece -- it means a lot to me.

    Also -- loved your excerpt. Great voice! Really makes me want to get to know the character more. Your mention of this as a vampire story and "the bacterium" gives me kind of a "The Omega Man" vibe, except from the PoV of one of the vampires. Sound intriguing!

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    1. Whoops, lol! Brain-cramp. I meant "I am Legend" by Richard Matheson, although the Charlton Heston movie based on it is kind of fun, too in a much more campy way, lol!

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    2. It was my pleasure, Chris. And thanks for the compliment!

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  6. Fantastic excerpt and thanks so much for the tag!

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  7. Congrats on the award and thanks for passing it on. That is a great excerpt!

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  8. Thanks, Angeline and Christine - and it was my pleasure to give y'all props! :-)

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  9. Interesting few lines, thanks for sharing. Driving past on my A to Z Road trip

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I've just hit the end of the linky list and have swung back around to the tippity top - hope to catch you on my way! :-)

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  10. Just dropping in to let you know that I selected you for a Versatile Blogger Award! Stop by lgkeltner.blogspot.com to claim!

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  11. Ooh you got lucky indeed with your meme! Awesome job and I so want to read more! :)

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    1. Thanks, Mina! I appreciate the encouragement...I'd also appreciate being able to get myself together so I could continue working on this story! :-)

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