Way back in November, dear friend Sarah of Sarah Potter Writes tagged me for the 777 Challenge. Thanks so much Sarah, and for your patience! Sarah writes speculative fiction, sci-fi & fantasy and is also a wonderful Haiku & tanka poet, all of which she shares on her blog, together with her lovely photographs. She is the loveliest person you could ever meet.
I haven’t heard of this challenge before, but am excited to take part:
‘The 777 challenge requires you go to Page 7 of your work-in-progress, scroll down to Line 7 and share the next 7 lines in a blog post. Once you have done this, you can tag 7 other bloggers to do the same with their work-in-progress.’
As those of you who read my blog regularly know, my WIP is my – as yet untitled – memoir, short blurb here. It is the story of me and my American G.I. told over the course of three years, 1979 – 1981. A fractured love story that begins in Suffolk, England and ends in Los Angeles, it is one blighted by drugs, paranoia, break-ups and make-ups. And then, just as the battle seems won, disaster stikes from which there is no recovery.
I have shared my struggles and frustrations as I go along (and thank you so much for listening), but now that I have at last settled back into my Summerhouse, I am hopeful -and dare I say, confident? – that the first draft will be written by Easter.
Or, as The Little Engine That Could once said: I think I can; I think I can; I think I can…
I cheated a bit with my excerpt; it is from page 7 but I added a few more lines. This challenge forced me to revist the first three chapters (which I wrote a year ago) earlier than planned, but I am really glad I did, as I ended up cutting three chapters into one.
This is my line 7 excerpt:
‘But as the sultry tones of Rose Royce singing ‘Wishing on a Star’ drifted through the smoke-filled haze and couples smooched on the dance floor, I made my escape. Winding my way through the throng of a sweaty, boozy crowd, I headed for the entrance, squeezing past a pair of grim-looking bouncers standing guard either side of the doors. “I’ll be going back in, just need some fresh air…” I said as one of them nodded in acknowledgement. The cool, night air melted the stifling heat away in an instant and I lit up a cigarette. Enjoying the solitude, my thoughts were only mildly interrupted by a few raised voices coming from the small group of guys gathered on the pavement opposite. One of them suddenly broke away and walked towards the club. His crew-cut hair, Levi jeans and suede shoes had American G. I. written all over them. Cute American G.I., I smiled to myself. Must be looking for his girlfriend. Taking a last puff of my cigarette, I tossed it in the bin and turned to go back inside. “Excuse me Miss!” I heard in a soft American accent. Miss? Nobody had ever called me ‘Miss’ before. I turned around, surprised, only to stare into the smiling, brown eyes of the cute G.I.
The bloggers I’ve tagged are all amazing and talented writers and lovely people. No obligation, it’s a bit of fun and you’ll be pleased to know that rule-breaking is actively encouraged (shhhh…you didn’t hear that from me…):
Geoff Le Pard of TanGental, a lovely pal and wonderful writer with a fantastic sense of humour, he also just happens to be the published author of Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, of which I have a signed copy, woo hoo! He is working on the sequel. Can’t wait to read a few words!
Christy Birmingham of Poetic Parfait has recently published her first poetry collection, Pathways to Illumination to wonderful reviews and she is working on a new poetry book. As a lovely new blogging friend, I look forward to reading more of her work and I hope she will share a few words for this challenge!
Evelyne of Evelyne Holingue is an accomplished, published author of two YA books, her first, Trapped in Paris published in September 2012, and her most recent in October lat year, Chronicles From Chateau Moines. I look forward to reading more of my friend’s latest WIP.
Ali of Alien Aura’s Blog, a lovely new blogging friend met through Hugh has published two novels, Come Laughing and Long-Leggety Beasties. Her latest novel which is about the Bloomsbury Group is out in March, sounds fascinating. I hope she will share a few lines ahead of time.
Mike of Eye-Dancers, wonderful writer and super friend from my very early days of blogging, he is the published author of same-named YA novel, The Eye Dancers, and is working on his sequel. Although busy with that at the moment, I hope he will be able to share some excerpts with us, and soon!
Charli of Carrot Ranch Communications is a talented, accomplished writer and a great encourager and wonderful friend to me and many others. I look forward to her weekly Flash Fiction prompts and she doesn’t mind a bit when I ride rough-shod and fancy free over to the Ranch, galloping in at the last minute. She also writes honestly and elequently about her journey to publication and I look forward to reading a few lines of her latest novel in progress for this challenge.
Teagan of Teagan’s Books is a published author of Atonement, Tennessee and is busily scribbing away on its sequel, Atonement in Bloom. As a relatively new blogging friend, I am looking forward to reading more of her wonderful blog and news of her latest novel!
Next week, I will be tagging three talented and wonderful memoir writers as part of another blog writing challenge. Meanwhile, I hope you all have a great weekend!