Monday, March 26, 2012

Monday: Good luck with that!

There's meme going around the internet--a game for writers called "Lucky Seven." The idea is to turn to page 77 of your current WIP (work in progress), go to line 7, and share the next 7 lines on your blog.

All righty. I can do that. Here's that bit from my WIP, Quick Fix, which is the second book in my Ciel Halligan, Aura Adaptor series:

"The judge Billy told you was letting him go—who was it?"
"I don't know. He didn't say her name."
He looked pleased. "Her? Well, that narrows it down. Okay, what'd he have on her?"
"What do you mean?" I stalled, not wanting to admit what I knew. No point in getting Thomas even angrier. My compulsion to protect Billy was confusing the hell out of me, but it was there.  
Unfortunately, Thomas had plenty of experience reading my face. "Blackmail, Ciel ..." 

That might or might not be seven lines here, depending on the size of your screen, but it's close enough. Also, it may or may not survive the final cut, and, if it does, it probably won't be on page 77. Because, yannoh, things change.

And now, Lucky Seven has reinforced for me that I really need to go do some more work on this sucker ...

Later, gators!

Oh, wait ... before I go:  

Do you believe in luck? 

Do you have a lucky charm?


Anne Gallagher said...

Blackmail, baby. Gotta love that!

As for luck, I was born under a bad sign. However, it seems my stars have finally come to some sort of alignment. I've been reading my horoscope again and I'm now sitting in some kind of cat-bird seat for the next 16 months. Don't know what that means, but I'll take it.

I used to carry a rock around with me as a lucky talisman. I don't know if it helped, but it was good for stress. And chucking at people when they p*ssed me off.

Kimberly Sabatini said...

I think we make our own luck because it's all about perspective. <3 Now getting writing girl--I'm off for a run and then it's WIP time for me too!

abby mumford said...

ooh, QUICK FIX sound very interesting....must we really wait forever to be able to read more than 7 lines from page 77?!?

while we wait, luck...hmm, i do believe in luck, but i believe more strongly in preparation and timing and when the two collide, things seem to go your way more often because you were prepared for it.

Diane Henders said...

I don't really believe in lucky charms. All the signs and symbols were auspicious for my first wedding, and the marriage sucked.

I married my current hubby on Friday the 13th, and a fire alarm cleared the hall right before I was due to walk down the aisle, leaving everybody milling around in confusion outside. It's been smooth sailing every since. :-)

I do carry an amethyst in my change purse at all times, but that's just because crystal lore says it's supposed to protect its carrier from drunkenness...

Sarah Tokeley said...

I like this. I already like Ciel and don't trust Thomas :-)

Patsy said...

Well, I came over to tell you you've been tagged and you've already done it! *hands on hips, scowling face, stamping foot, minor hissy fit*

Like your 7(ish) lines though so I'll let you off. Even this tiny snippet is enough to show there's lots going on with this story.

Of course I believe in luck - I've been getting a generous helping of the good stuff lately.

Judy,Judy,Judy. said...

I believe in luck. This reminds me, my gdaughter was born on Irish Day (refuse to give a certain saint any credit) and the other day she was outside for ten minutes and she came back in with 3 4 leaf clovers.
Amazing, huh?

Delia said...

No lucky charms for me. I do find four-leaf clovers everywhere I go. I mean Every. Where. I must have dozens pressed into books all over my house. Still no lottery win. ;P

Carol Kilgore said...

Cool snippet. I do believe in luck, but I don't have a lucky charm. What if I lost it? Or someone hexed it?

Michele Shaw said...

I'm not sure if I believe in luck. It seems all things, good and bad happen just...because. Everything lined up to make them happen:)Then again, i I win the lottery, I'll sure FEEL lucky.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Super snippet, but I'm really looking forward to reading the whole thing. As for luck, I find that the harder someone works, the "luckier" they become.

Jen Stayrook said...

Love the snippet! I think I'll copy this idea soon. ;-)

As for luck, nah. I've never been a huge believer in luck or fate. Things happen and you deal with them. Karma, I believe in, but luck? Maybe I'm just too cynical. :-)