Bethany (the hilarious Bethany) gave me a gentle tap, tagging me with the dreaded meme. I suspect she knows I'm not the meme type (too many rules), but Bethany is hardly one to bow to convention. Plus she's been one of my favorite Tweeter/Writer/Blogger/Fashion Icon/Mom to Preciousness/Sister/Ex-Pats for what seems like at least a couple of years now.
In internet time, that's like Dog Years.
So how could I say no?
This particular meme involves works in progress. It's specific to to writers, but anyone can get into the act as far as I'm concerned. You know the old saying, right?
The more of us in the water, the better the game of Marco Polo.
Here are those blasted rules I mentioned:
Go to page 77 of your current MS/WIP.
Go to line 7.
Copy down the next 7 lines–sentences or paragraphs–and post them on your blog.
Okay, so here's mine. From my most recent and now fallow schnovel.
Her root beer eyes blazed with all this new information.
“I don’t know what to say about any of this. It seems so fantastical. Maybe I shouldn’t have asked.” She furrowed her brow.
“I wish you knew my mum and dad. I’d love to know how they’re doing. And my sister Josie. That’s the hardest part. Not knowing what’s happened to them.”
I took a deep breath. Our light-hearted conversation had taken that wicked turn, back to our loved ones, the people left behind
“Do you wonder if we’re dead?”
“I did. I mean, when I first arrived in this time I often thought this was some sort of limbo. Or perhaps Purgatory? I never did go in much for church so I didn’t quite know how to explain it.” She released the mug and dropped her hands to her lap.
“I suppose the longer I’m here, the less it will freak me out.” I needed something to hold on to. A half smile fluttered across her face. “That is true. But you’ll be reminded of your other life and then you’ll worry and wonder. It can make you feel quite hopeless if you let it. It’s been like that for me for nearly three years. I suppose that’s one good thing about this bloody war. It keeps me busy.”
What have you in progress?