Hello Dear Readers,
I owe you a massive apology. I can’t believe I haven’t been back here in eighteen days! There’s (almost) no excuse for that, but I have been really busy making sure I hit my rewrite deadline at the end of this month. I’ve also been swamped with freelance work in my (ha ha) spare time, as well as working on an exciting project that I hope I’ll be able to tell you about soon.
In the meantime, the lovely aspiring author A.M. Swan tagged me to participate in the Lucky 7 meme, which is forcing me (gasp!) to unveil part of my manuscript a little early. I’m supposed to post seven lines from page 77, so here goes:
This chapter finds my protagonist struggling to find both rational and not-so-rational explanations for what is happening to her. At this point, she’ll try just about anything. The following seven lines are a portion of a conversation between Jo and a medium who is doing a smoke reading for her.
– excerpt from Dragonfly Summer
A fire, however small, would push my landlord’s already frazzled patience to the limit. I reached for my coffee, just in case I needed to dowse it, but then the flame settled down. It burned brightly, casting a warm yellow glow upon the room.
Agnes handed me the square of paper. “I need you to think about what’s been happening here in this house. Any questions you have, hold them in your mind as you run the paper over the flame.”
“What?” My poker face vanished at the suggestion of deliberately starting a blaze.
“Don’t worry. It won’t burn. And the smoke reading will tell us what we want to know. Try to make figure eights over the flame, and move quickly. If you hold it still, it might catch fire.”
Now for the basic rules of this meme:
1. Go to page 77 of your current MS/WIP
2. Go to line 7
3. Copy down the next 7 lines, sentences, or paragraphs, and post them as they’re written.
4. Tag 7 authors
5. Let them know
So, now I have to tag seven more people. And here they are:
1) Ev Bishop
2) Laura Best
3) Kim Mitchell
4) Mystic Mom
6) Lisa S.
Have fun! I hope this early spring is treating you well. (And if you don’t have an early spring in your part of the world, my apologies.)