Lucky 7 – Seven Lines From New Works of Fiction

I’ve been tagged by my friend Voula Grand in the game of Lucky 7.  As you’ll see, it’s a bit of fun, a displacement activity, and for those of us less well connected on Twitter, a source of a little bit of anxiety.

The instructions are:

  •  Go to page 7 or 77 in your current manuscript
  •  Go to line 7
  •  Post on your blog the next 7 lines, or sentences, as they are – no cheating
  •  Tag 7 other authors to do the same
I can  accomplish the first three of these; it’s the fourth that’s a bit of a problem, as Voula has already tagged pretty much all the people I know who are fiction writers, who are on Twitter and who blog about writing.  If I don’t manage to ‘tag on’ a new seven, is it like one of those pyramid chain letter things that will threaten catastrophe if I break the chain?
I’ve decided not.  So what I can do is recommend  the writers whom Voula has mentioned……
Here is my excerpt.  It’s from page 7 of my novel with the working title of  ‘To the Beat of the Little Bear’s Drum‘.
Rose is an expat working in Moscow in the mid 1990s.  She has just witnessed the shooting of her colleague Ewan, and has been whisked away to safety by Nikolai, a driver who works for their employer.

So Nikolai knelt down and muttering, he undid them for her, tapping her calf to indicate she should lift her leg for him to remove the boot, first from her right, and then her left foot.

‘Ewan is dead.  Dead.  Ewan is dead.  Shot.’  The refrain kept repeating in her head, but it would never make any sense.   She watched Nikolai remove his own shoes and hang his jacket on a hook by the door, but wrapped her arms around herself when he tried to take hers.

‘I’m cold.’

Switching on the light Nikolai led her up a short corridor to a tiny kitchen where he pulled out a stool for her.  She slumped down on it and studied her fingers, remembering the first time she had shaken hands with Ewan beside the road from the airport. 

Let me know if it piques your interest to know more…..

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  1. carry on carry on

  2. voulagrand

     /  April 15, 2012

    Sorry to tag all your writer friends Rowena! But thanks for doing this!

  3. margaret

     /  April 16, 2012

    Of course it does !


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