Wow, haven’t done one of these in a while! But Julia over at Ink to Paper tagged me with this, so I figure I’ll play.
The Lucky 7 Meme Award Rules are as such:
1. Go to the 7th or 77th page of your work in progress.
2. Go to the 7th line of the page.
3. Copy the next 7 sentences or paragraphs. Remember, they must be as they are typed.
4. Tag 7 authors.
5. Let them know they’re it!
Hookay. I’m counting my current draft of Unfamiliar Spellings as my WIP. And I’m starting with the 7th line of page 7. Let’s see what happens:
“He can’t be that light of a sleeper,” Albert said.
“I’m the one who lives with him,” she whispered, stuffing the phone back in her pocket. “Not taking any chances. God, I can’t wait until we have our licenses. He’s so anal about the law.” She said “the law” like it was the name of a cheesy horror film villain. Privately, Albert thought that his mentor had a good reason to be concerned about legality, but that wasn’t something to point out at this moment.
“I need coffee,” Julia said again. She pulled open the freezer door, and icy white light poured out into the kitchen. “But I think all we have is whole beans, and the grinder sounds like a dying cat.” She pulled a small brown bag from the freezer door and opened it; even from several feet away, Albert could smell a hint of coffee in the cold, stale air wafting from the freezer. “Yeah. Unground.”
“You could grab a bean and chew on it.”
“Ha.” Julia’s mouth quirked. “Yeah, I—”
A soft clicking made them both freeze, and the nervous jolt hovering under Albert’s ribs shot upwards into his chest. But a few seconds later, he realized that the sound was only Rosie, the Flicks’ golden retriever, trundling across the kitchen towards them.
As for who I’m tagging (in no particular order):
1. My fabulous crit partner, Annalise Green (who hasn’t blogged in months, but only because she’s been doing awesome stuff—we’ll get her to return to us, you’ll see).
2. Megan Whitmer, who is freaking hilarious and basically my new favorite person on Twitter. (Psst. Guess what? This one time, she added ME to her Twitter “Faves” list. It was a good day. *nods*)
3. The generous, funny, and amazingly tenacious Leigh Ann Kopans, who JUST GOT A FREAKING AGENT. I’m not-so-secretly hoping she’ll take me up on this award so I can read an excerpt from her novel. (*puppy eyes*)
4. Fellow lit agency intern, Nerdfighter, anglophile, tea enthusiast, history geek, and all-around awesome person Caitlin O’Connell!
5. Hali Baumstein, my kickass internship-predecessor who writes insightful blog posts and commiserates with my exasperated tweets from the depths of Slushpile Hell.
6. Fellow writer Chris Kelworth, who blogs at The Kelworth Files and who wins major awesome points for being the most regular reader/commenter on my blog (thanks, Chris! ).
7. Last but certainly not least, my bestie Azalea Micketti, because I happen to know she’s in the midst of writing something, and I want to see it! (Plus, like Annalise, she needs to be brought back the the land of the livi—sorry. Blogging. The land of the blogging.)
Also, in unrelated news, I figured I would do a sort of miniature Sunday Sharing of a few cool things (all of which are, coincidentally, video-game-related):
1. This short film. Gives me goosebumps every time. Holy crap.
2. For all the Portal fans out there:
3. An entertaining and educational discussion of story structure. It’s aimed at video game designers, but it’s applicable to just about about any storytelling medium. Well-worth watching: Penny Arcade: Pacing
w00t! See you guys on Thursday!