A Lucky 7 ROW

The Lucky 7 Meme pic

Meme Time

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Back in March,  the very eloquent Jayrod Garrett tagged me on the “Lucky 7” Meme.  And since I’m slowly re-working these blogs into something different, it seemed an ideal time to send out some of these posts I’ve built up.  Besides, this one was fun…

The Lucky 7 meme rules are pretty simple.
1. Go to page 7 or 77 in your current manuscript.
2. Go to line 7.
3. Copy down the next seven lines (sentences??) as they are – no cheating.
4. Tag 7 other authors.

I chose to go to page 77 of Release for this little game.  For those following my posts, you may recognize Release as the WiP I’ve been trying to decide whether I wanted to spend the effort on reviving.

This little sample comes from page 77 of 515 pages when formatted in Times New Roman 12pt (as many people use for their electronic submissions).  That does matter….  If I used the classic hardcopy manuscript font  of Courier New 12pt, the piece is quite different, coming from page 77 of 640 pages.

For a moment, it felt as if I was there, not her, in one of the formal beatings I had received, or worse.  Only my voice was caught, and I couldn’t cry out.  I gagged.  I thrashed and kicked, tried to break away…

A cuff aside the temple reintroduced reality, then I noticed movement down by my relations.  After casting a disparaging glance at the guard behind me, I watched a man join the Andar and my grandmother, another red-head than the one in the ring with my mother.  I recognized the baldric and sash of the Dantii Captain Lauren Vestitian.  He took over my grandmother and drew her off.  Their departure privileged me–that symbol of power and strength, our sovereign, fell to his knees, clutching at handfuls of grass and dirt.

And just for the comparison, here is the Courier version (which obviously occurs much earlier in the book):

“Would you have?  Put away the swaggerstick, kid.  The two of you need each other to deal with what is hap–“

I cut him short.  “I don’t need anything…but you off my back.  Yeah, and maybe a chance to wring his Oh So Very Royal Highness’ neck.  I wouldn’t be here if he hadn’t started bragging about that brat of his.”  Chaz was one of the few people I’d been willing to talk to about the things that had happened to me.

Yeah….  I’m still not sure what I think either.    Hope you enjoyed the pieces, of course.

And for the rest, here are my seven people.  And like Jayrod said in his own post, I have no expectations from any of my targets fellow writers, but it is a pretty fun, light-hearted meme.  So if you’d like to do it, please let me know.  It will be fun to read what your stories hold in them.

1) Shan Jeniah Burton
2) Lena Corazon
3) Ryan King
4) Lauren Garafalo
5) Fabio Bueno
6) Shah Wharton
7) Amy Beth Inverness

And now, for my ROW80 check-in….

Can we say “bleh?”    Come on, everyone…    1…2…3…  BLEH!

There, I feel better.  Really.  I feel better.

It’s not that things haven’t gotten done.  I’ve just spent more time researching this past week than actually putting words to screen or paper.  It’s been heavy research too with lots of heartbreaking tales of suffering, loss, self-abuse, as well as tales of strength and perseverance.  The effects of tropical parasites on tribal cultures and reading interview after interview of people (mostly women) who were involuntarily sold into the sex trade….  I will be taking a few days off from researching very soon, just to give my heart a break.  I’m not even asking my head to deal with putting everything I’ve learned into character form on the page yet.

A man sitting at a desk, cutting apart a paper...

The rest of my goals (barring that #*&(*^@! Timeline) have gone fairly well.  I’m ahead still on typing, and the editing is proceeding steadily enough; though the heavier rewrites are fast approaching, and I’m sure my great number will fall then.

Heck, I’ve even gotten most of my walking done without any hassles this week.  And that’s with the sinus infection from …well, I don’t know how one could have a sinus infection in a place that’s supposed to be as hot and fiery as Hell, so I’ll leave it as another Bleh!

The BIG thing I am discovering this ROWnd is  my tendency to not take my welfare into account.  Especially notable, I tend to completely toss aside the computer-free days as if they don’t nearly matter as much as doing my sponsorship postings or even checking in with people whom I play with on Fairyland.  I have noticed this before in myself…  this tendency to not value my own needs and try to help and support the world.  Silly, of course.  I know that everyone can manage a few days without me around.  Heck, intellectually I know that some people don’t even have a clue that I am here.  That even most people don’t know it.  But…

I take my small responsibilities perhaps far too seriously.   And I’m still trying to decide what that means…

Lastly, because I was feeling so under the weather Thursday and Friday, I’d made one “big answer” to everyone who commented on my last post and promised I would acknowledge those wonderful people here.  This serves two purposes….
1) I get to acknowledge their largesse a bit more
2) You get a link to on of  their more recent blog posts to enjoy.

So without further ado, please enjoy…

  • Susan Franzblau –expert on hypnosis and sloths (there are no sloths in this post, I regret to say)
  • Shan Jeniah Burton –whom the Boodle still calls Aunt Dee more often than not and who will always have a place in our family with or without sloths
  • Ryan King –who favors action over sloths, but shares my love of Scrivener and understands my predicament with social media.
  • Karen Huber –an insightful essayist who is exploring her own experiences as a blogger and has inspired me more times than I can count
  • Robin McCormack — who knows and supports the pursuit of education and loves to read, read, read

Please check out these great bloggers and enjoy their writing and insights.  And to each of you, I owe you a real response these days.  But thank you for taking the time to comment and share your time with me.

And lastly, a belated “thank you” to Kirsten at A Scenic Route for having a copy of the Lucky 7 image I could borrow and some wonderful writing related posts.  I especially enjoyed: Character Interview: Who’s Teaching Who?

15 responses to “A Lucky 7 ROW

  1. LOL, thanks for the tag. Alas I can’t do it quite yet since I’m not yet at page 77 in my MS. But when i do, I might come back to it. Oh wow! That’s some tough research you’re doing. Ha! Creating a timeline is a b*tch. Great job on the walking. And for the link love, all I can say is thank you and awwwww.


    • There is no rush on it, Ryan. Jayrod tagged me back in March. But it might be fun to see what you pull up once you’ve piled some pages on.

      And you are definitely welcome for the link love. 🙂


  2. You are so kind and thoughtful, Eden; thank you for the tag for it means a lot to me. I never mind being included in an overall comment, and have considered them myself, as the company is usually illustrious as is true on your blog.

    Really understand the issue of not tending to one’s needs. Once again, I am focusing on listening to what my being is telling me. Mostly, it’s letting go of bad habits. I hear you, Eden, about taking myself too seriously so just know, you are not alone. I’m here for ya. We’ll work on it together.

    Enjoy your week.


  3. Eden! Thank you so much for thinking of me, but I’ve already played:
    I’ve enjoyed both of your excerpts, but the first is my favorite. So intriguing, and it gives us a glimpse of the setting. It seems worth reviving, if you ask me.
    Good job and thanks for the thoghtful comments you left on my blog.


    • Well, I’ll have to go and check out your Lucky 7 (I actually though you may have done it at some time, but the mind wobbled… And thank you for the comments on the excepts.

      And as always you are definitely welcome about the comments on your own blog. You have great stuff there, and if I can send a few more people in your direction… I will. Have a great day, Fabio.


  4. Many thanks for this Eden. Looking forward to writing the 7 post. Great meme idea. And as always a splendid post. X


  5. I’m hesitating to post and mess up your lovely count of seven comments (and there is some growth, since, as we both know, there was a time I would have taken a perverse pleasure in doing just that…sigh).

    The Boodle is free to call me Aunt Dee or anything else he pleases….so are ALL my favorite people (including his mother, my Syster)….there aren’t words to tell you how much you guys are family, and what an awesome being your Boodle is…and has been, since that very first, drunken-squirrel meeting, when he looked up at me and just accepted me as part of his world. No hesitation, no qualms, just that sweet face gazing up…

    I’m still struggling with the taking care of me thing….I wonder if it isn’t some sort of martyr complex implanted from very early in life. I’ve been reading and inputting writing practices from 1999 and 2000 – and I keep hearing my mother’s voice in language choices in each rant…..it’s a bit chilling, really.

    You are precious. To your hubby and son, to your family of origin, to many friends in life and online….

    And to me.

    It hurts my heart that you are neglecting you. You are the only you, and, in so many ways, I am who I am because we were and are who we were and are – together…

    Maybe that doesn’t make sense, but it does. =)

    You will always be a touchstone, for me, and the repository of my life history (the stuff other people just don’t know and which could never be explained).

    I am wishing you a brisk walk in a lovely place, perfect lighting for the camera, that delightful little-boy laughter, a long hot tubby with candles, tea, and a good book, a comfy flump on the couch, and, later, the attentions of a loving man…..

    I’m going to remind you that you help simply by being yourself, and that it is OK to step away when you need to center yourself in yourself for a while. The best you have to offer is you at your best. =)

    I will do the lucky 7 post, but it will be a bit. Chameleon’s Dish will be the novel, but it is in many places, at the moment, and not in a form where I can tell at all where page 77 would even be (I’ve hit a place in Scrivener where I can’t figure out how to add new chapters or additional scenes. I know there’s a way, but I am a bit flummoxed….

    I recognized your second scene, and I like it. But the first…..intriguing bit, that. I know just enough to make me say hmmmn…..

    I’m not even remotely ready to make the Spock/Jeniah timeline – I shudder each time I think of creating it – so I know how you feel….

    Anyway, I am rambling……gonna go mow something! =)

    Love you always!


    • Shan, thank you. And thank you for patience above and beyond. I’ve owed you a real answer to this for days, but I didn’t want to post a half-reply (and I’ve been pretty close to internet-less or running around madly since Wednesday)…so here your wonderful, thoughtful comment sat.

      And the Boodle was very happy to see you say that about being called “Aunt Dee”. He’s definitely thinking about you. Expect hugs at the party next week, even though our little drunken chipmunk has given way to the Moonwalk (someone is on a big Michael Jackson kick at the moment).

      I don’t worry about page count or post counts (or even word counts) the way I used to, Shan. Feel free to comment or post whenever you wish to.

      That martyr complex issue… Yep. There is a voice that hovers in the back of the mind: a voice that says “Why aren’t you doing X, Y and Z?”, a voice that makes it hard to sleep or settle even when one has been running around non-stop for days… And yep, mine sounds like my mother most of the time. Sometimes mine is my grandmother’s or my father’s….

      We really must get together next week. Though the Scrivener fix is pretty easy… Find the section in your “binder (that strip on the left side) that you want to add a new section in… right-click and it’ll offer you a little menu/ Select “Add: and it’ll give some more options… “New page”, “New Folder”, etc.

      Hope that helps.

      And never feel like you have to do one of these meme things (though this one was “extra fun” to me).

      Before I start babbling from the migraine, I’m going to close this and go over to your blog. I have stories I need to read too.

      ♥ ♥ ♥ to you!


  6. Aww, Eden! I just realized I never commented. I liked both the excerpts, I enjoyed the sarcasm in the 2nd, but the FIRST! goodness, those first 2 lines have me wondering!! Take care of yourself cause if you don’t, you can’t do any of the rest of it. Hope you’re having a good week my dear!


    • 😀 It’s okay, Lauren. I’m glad you commented, but I would be a poor host if I expected them from people. This is an “all are welcome” blog, the vocal and lurkers alike.

      Glad you liked the excepts… Little pieces like this and commentary will help me decide if Release should be taken out of the drawer and “dusted off” and polished or abandoned to obscurity. I’m a bit too close to it myself, and I know it. Sort of a Mommy-Syndrome…


  7. Those excerpts–just wow! My interest is certainly peaked and I wanna know what is gonna happen next! 🙂 Great progress this week and I wish you good luck on your goals!!


    • Thanks, Kat. And I was just over reading Lauren’s post, so I see she tagged you for the next run. Can’t wait to see it. (I’m having a lot of fun with these posts!) People write so many different, cool ways… And our heroes are all so intense.

      Thanks again! And I’m glad you had fun.

      (and now to steal a bit of this comment…)

      Speaking of Lauren’s post–WOW! She really brought out the tension there! (yes, this is a nudge, people…go read Lauren Garafalo’s Lucky Seven post)


  8. lynnkelleyauthor

    I enjoyed your excerpts. Wow, what a difference in the page count between Times New Roman and Courier. And researching about being sold into the sex trade, that would be hard to stomach. Very heartbreaking.


    • Hi, Lynn. Thanks for stopping in.

      Yes, there is a huge difference between the two fonts. It makes a bit easier to understand why font choice had been as big an issue back before electronic submissions started becoming more standard. It’s really hard to change the font on a pile of paper… And if I’d taken and used my personal favorite font Garamond 12pt, it reduced the page count down to only 486 pages (have to wonder about those even numbers…hmm).

      I’m glad you enjoyed reading the excerpts too, Lynn. As you can probably guess by reading them that that research I’ve been doing is to make sure the voice of my character is as honest as possible. Surprisingly, there are a lot of very empowering stories–women and men who have escaped and are setting up shelters and safe-houses to help victims escape. There are also a lot of terrible stories. And what is worse is the knowing that some of the worst stories never get told because the victims either are too scared to speak or their voices have been taken away forever. 😦