Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tagged: 7-7-7

(I actually got tagged twice - drop by the blog of Robin Ashe also)

Jalisa Blackman (@J_M_Blackman) hit me with an interesting meme arrow on Twitter a little while ago. You've seen them before they're always interesting little experiments.

Here are the rules as I was given them:

1.) Go to page 77 of your current MS.
2.) Go to line 7.
3.) Copy down the next 7 lines/sentences, and post them as they're written. No cheating.
4. Tag 7 other victims ...er, authors.

So, no cheating means no editing or tweaking, eh. OK, here goes. This is from a work in progress that's been in progress for a while, and I'm doing more research than writing on it at the moment. Still, it's what's at the forefront in the middle of here and now.

Those 7-7-7 coordinates within the 24,000 words I've written lead to a bit of dialogue that hopefully works as a snippet, though perhaps a little cryptically. This is roughly seven lines from Word:

“You could have stood up fa’ me a little more, couldn’t ya?”

“I tried to explain it was religious beliefs. My boss wouldn’t listen. Besides religious beliefs don’t justify theft.”

“I was going to get them blessed and bring them back, and besides it was for the good of the customers.”

“I told her that. I don’t know she doubted the `get them blessed’ part. It was the `bring them back’ she was questionin’.”

She stares at him for tense seconds, her eyes ablaze, her expression an angry mask. It melts in slow motion, like a time-lapse photograph, her shoulders and arms relaxing simultaneously.

“It’s a bygone,” she says. “I found a better job anyway.”

Now to try and tag some people who might be up for the game:
 
1. Natasha Oliver
2. Charles Gramlich
3. Icess Fernandez
4. Avery Debow
5. Stewart Sternberg
6. Kate Sterling
7. Larry Enright

5 comments:

Jalisa said...

I like the 7 you ended up with. The dialogue is distinctive---you're definitely working with a particular dialect. What is it?

And the subject is really intriguing: borrowing for blessings' sake. Awesome.

Sidney said...

That's probably not the final form on those phrases, but she's Irish.

Charles Gramlich said...

You always do good distinctive dialogue. I like this. Like to see more of these characters. I'm probably not going to be able to take part. So much going on at the moment. But this is pretty cool meme for sure.

Kate Sterling said...

Good stuff, Sidney. I'm curious about your story now.

Got mine posted at my blog, though I had to go with page 7 since I don't have 77 in the current WIP. The hardest part is the "no tweaking" rule! :)

Sidney said...

Thanks for the thoughts, Charles. Kate, just tweeted a link to your post. Looks cool.

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