Lucky or Unlucky 7?

The wonderful Pamela Turner tagged me for the Lucky 7 blog … thing. That’s where you:

1.  Go to page 77 of your manuscript.

2.  Count down 7 lines.

3.  Copy the next 7 lines, making no changes.

4.  Tag 7 more authors.

Pamela’s version said to tag them via Facebook, but, difficult as it is to believe, not everybody in the world is ON Facebook. So I’ll tag the authors on Facebook, but I’ll tag them here, too, sending blog readers to the authors’ blogs.

Here are my seven lines, from a science fiction novel, SIDESHOW IN THE CENTER RING, which I’ll be self-publishing Real Soon Now. Just my luck, my seven lines are dialog, so I don’t get much in.

“Will you come listen?”

“Sure, sure.”

“No, wait,” said Captain Margent. “I’d like a word with you, if you please, Mem.”

I nodded. “Go on,” I told Tosun. “And don’t let them pump you.”

“Pump me?”

“Get information about me out of you without you knowing they’re doing it.”

Tosun shook his head. “Managlawn, my gamba, you don’t know me yet.”

Can you tell ANYTHING about what’s going on?

I tag:

  1. T. Lee Harris of Cats, Archaeology and Mayhem
  2. Joanna Foreman of Ghosts of I-65
  3. Charmaine Clancy of Wagging Tales
  4. Red Tash of This Brilliant Darkness
  5. Cara Lopez Lee of Girls Trek Too
  6. Bodie Parkhurst of Magic Dog Press
  7. Stephen Tremp of Breakthrough Blogs

So many writers, so few numbers in seven. Only … let’s see … Oh, yeah, seven.

WRITING PROMPT: What do you think is going on in my excerpt?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Lucky or Unlucky 7?

  1. STephen Tremp

    March 25, 2012 at 12:48am

    Good luck with your WIP. My section would be too boring, so I’ll have to lie and make something up or wait until I develop my WIP a little more.

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  2. Charmaine Clancy

    March 25, 2012 at 8:50am

    Yours was good! I get that Tosun has a dry sense of humor! Ok, I will give this a go, and to be a sport I’ll pick a manuscript in first draft, so it will probably be a bit weird, like characters will suddenly turn Spanish halfway through a sentence 🙂

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  3. Sarah Reece

    March 26, 2012 at 3:57am

    Marian, Did you really see some good luck coming your way after posting this? ha ha …. I don’t get much from this excerpt of yours, my guess is that Tosun is smarter that what he appears to be.

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      Marian Allen

      March 26, 2012 at 9:28am

      Heh! Sarah, I don’t think this was a “bring you luck” thing. The lucky part of it is that I know so many good writers, it was hard to choose among them. 🙂

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  4. Red Tash

    March 26, 2012 at 9:26am

    I like the dialogue. I can tell that the person speaking is in an intimate relationship with someone who doesn’t know him/her well, and that the speaker has the authority to say “yes” or “no” to the other’s coming’s and goings. And there’s some reason why the POV character has secrets. How’s that?

    I’m posting mine now.

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      Marian Allen

      March 26, 2012 at 9:32am

      Red, you are GOOD! Yup, all that is so.

      I’m coming over to read yours now!

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