#Lucky7 – Strange, but Interesting

Heather Mitchell, @tessatangent, “tagged” me on her blog to participate in the Lucky 7. Visit her blog – Very Tessa Tangent – to read her 7 lines.

I had no idea what this was, and thought maybe we were going on a trip to the casino. I started gathering up my pennies – mad gambler that I am!

But, turns out, you turn to page 7 or page 77  of your manuscript, count down seven lines, and then write the next seven lines on your blog and discuss them.

Probably not as action-packed as hitting the penny slots, but here it goes…

From Nelson & Cora – The Beginning, page 77, line 7 and following –

She meant to glance, that was it, a glance. A look in his direction to let him know she heard him, that she wasn’t scared of him. 
She looked at him, and Nelson’s face lit up.
He smiled at Cora.
“Good morning, sir,” at least she could say that much.
“Nelson,” he said to her.
“What?” Cora said. She continued to stand where Thomas left her.
“My name is Nelson, Nelson McGinnis,” he said. He motioned to the bench where he was sitting.

This is near the beginning of a chapter where Nelson and Cora see each other again after a tense first meeting the night before.

I double-tapped a few times – she, him, her

I think this small piece of the puzzle fits into the chapter well, though. It shows that Cora is more uncomfortable than Nelson, and that he is wanting her to sit down and spend some time talking to him.

Okay, so, I’m supposed to “tag” seven other writers, BUT I’m not going to.

However, if you want to do this, I would LOVE to read your seven lines from either the seventh page or the seventy-seventh page in your manuscript. If you do it, please post a note in the comments with a link to your blog post. And, tweet me with the hashtag #Lucky7 and a link to your blog. I’ll re-tweet it 🙂

Nelson and Cora is now available!

Thanks to @TessaTangent. I enjoyed this. I was a little let down when I realized I wasn’t going to get the chance to lose 35 cents in a penny slot, but I appreciate her thinking of me.

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About melindamcguirewrites

The young man or woman writing today has forgotten the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself which alone can make good writing because only that is worth writing about, worth the agony and the sweat. ------ William Faulkner, Nobel Prize Speech, Stockholm, 1950
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5 Responses to #Lucky7 – Strange, but Interesting

  1. Thanks for taking part. I must say I worried a bit about putting on people but figured they could choose whether to do it and how. I liked the way you left it to the reader if they felt like giving it a go.

    I liked your excerpt and wondered how they’d fare later in the story. I love that she may not have remembered Nelson’s name but, so far, it seems that all’s well between them.

    Also loving your blog. More, please!

  2. DM Yates says:

    Nice. You are a good writer. It is fun to do things like this. It helps us spot parts of our writing.

  3. I really like your blog. Here are my recent thoughts on writing with a Southern slant:
    http://charleneoldham.com/2012/04/30/southerners-we-cant-win-a-war-but-we-can-write/

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