Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Lucky Me, I've Been Tagged!

Thank you to Jaye Robin Brown over at Hanging on to Wonder . She tagged me with the Lucky 7 Meme & answering her 10 questions. Also,  Angela Orlowski-Peart tagged me with the Lucky 7 Meme, too! I'm cheating and combining the tags. :)) Here are the rules for Lucky 7 Meme:

1. Go to page 77 of your current MS
2. Go to line 7
3. Copy down the next 7 lines - sentences or paragraphs - and post them as they're written. No cheating
4. Tag 7 authors
5. Let them know

*Please keep in mind, this is my current wip I'm revising / rewriting. I am yet to reach page 77 with rewrites, so it is in raw form. Seriously raw form.*Characters, Josey and Mae, from two different eras (literally) are speaking for the first time since an awful dispute...
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“Would you mind helping me bathe the children? They have not had a proper bath in over a week,” Mae said, her voice gentle, much different from the tongue-lashing she'd given me earlier.

“Yes,” I said, setting Lizzie down on the ground. I hiked my dress up, pulled it to the side, and tied a large knot in the skirt. Mae watched me intently.

“Good idea,” she said, bending to tie her skirt up like mine.

Mae smiled. She took out a bar of soap from the bag and a torn piece of cloth to use as a washcloth. I was startled by a high-pitched shriek behind me. I turned to see Albert buck naked running full speed towards me and the water.

“Albert, no!” 

Albert ran into the water, splashing me. I shut my eyes, wincing from the icy cold water on my hot skin. He hooted and hollered, scooping up water, splashing around.

I laughed. “You little stinker!” I cupped a handful of water and tossed it at him. He squealed in delight.

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Now, onto JRo's questions:
1. What is your dream vacation? A two-week journey to Ireland, seeing the sights, visiting Irish pubs, and kissing the Blarney Stone. You've heard before that anyone who kisses the Blarney is gifted with the knack for storytelling, right?

2. Are you spontaneous or do you like to plan? Oh, I'm a strict by-the-list girl. Definitely a planner. Almost to the point of driving my family insane.

3. Tell us one thing you want to do, but don't dare do. Join a ghost hunting or paranormal group. Watch out Jay and Grant!

4. What's your biggest phobia? Being abducted by aliens, seriously.

5. If you were stranded on a desert island--what 3 things would you want with you (not including laptop or family)? A hugemongo notebook, large bottle of ink, and an endless supply of coffee grounds.

6. Name 3 blessings in your life. Family, friends, and home.

7. What was your nickname in high school? Bubbles. Don't ask, I'll never tell!

8. If you could meet the President of the US, what would you say to him? Oh, that's a tough one. I'm not exactly sure, but it would start with, "Let's talk about change..."

9. If you could be any literary character for a day, who would you be? Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird. Mostly because she's real. She says what's on her mind. She stands up for what she believes is right, regardless of the consequences. 

10. What is your favorite quote? "Be the change you want to see in the world." ~ Mahatma Gandhi 

Now, for my Lucky 7 *she says, rubbing her hands slyly*...Oh, and it won't hurt my feelings a bit, if you don't want to participate! I know how very busy we all can be. If anything, just enjoy the blog visits. :-) 

I always have a super hard time picking people. This time around, I decided to pick out 7 new members of the wonderful
 Please take the opportunity to visit these 7 fellow writers on the trail!

30 comments:

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    1. Woot! Thanks, Michael! I absolutely love my ghost hunting shows. I've been on one ghost hunt already, and would love to go on more. :)

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  2. That was a really nice way to pick!
    No one wants the alien anus probe...

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    1. My first reply back to you disappeared. Aliens must've grabbed it! I despise the thought of such an act!!! Your comment made me laugh out loud! Movies such as Fire in the Sky and The Fourth Kind can keep me up at night for months!

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  3. Can't wait until you're done revising your Historical/Fantasy.

    A ghost hunt sounds cool! One of my biggest regrets is that I never toured the Winchester Mystery House while I lived in CA. And supposedly the USS Hornet has a history of being haunted. How cool would it be to tour a haunted AIR CRAFT CARRIER?

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    1. Thanks, Kimberlee! I just watched a show about the USS Hornet, and I'd say it's pretty darn haunted!

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  4. Aw, thanks for picking me for the Lucky 7. And thanks for the follow. :D

    Maybe we could ghost hunt in Ireland. That would be killer!

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    1. You're so very welcome, Jackie! I'm glad you're signed up with IWSG. A ghost hunt in Ireland...that would be the ultimate.

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  5. Gadzooks, I've been tagged! I'll get right on it!

    I've been working on short stories for quite a while now, so the only thing with 77 pages in it is my old novel manuscript. I'm scared about what I'm going to find . . . reading my old work is often traumatic. :P

    Thanks for the tag!

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    1. Gadzooks, is right! I look forward to your post!! Oh, I never thought about the Lucky 7 limiting to longer works, yikes! Well, let's just make up our own rule: Count your stories in one long count, "page 77" where ever that may land, start there. :)

      Although, digging in your old ms may very well uncover a treasure!

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  6. What a great exchange! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Can I please ask why your nickname is Bubbles??? :) You can whisper the answer to me ;)

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    1. Ewe, at 41 years old, I'm embarrassed to say...

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  7. Loved your excerpt. Seemed like it caught things right at a pleasant and fun moment.

    Loved your answers as well. If you won't tell us about the nickname Bubbles, maybe a game of charades?

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    1. Thanks, Angela. I have to say with the rules of Lucky 7, we're not "lucky" enough to post our best lines, mine so happened to be at a turning point with my characters. I wish I could have posted part of the argument they'd had earlier or Mae's breaking moments that followed only 2 paragraphs later, but it's the way of the game. Oh well.

      As far as Bubbles goes, uh, it's seriously not one of my most finest moments in life. Charades...okay, how's this for cyber charades, 1st clue: Air.

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  8. Thanks for the tag--now I've got homework! Thinking cap on. I'm working on it and will hopefully have my post up by tomorrow night. And thanks for telling me why you were nicknamed Bubbles and holding true to your decision to tell no one else. j/k :)

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    1. Homework is right, Michael, but, fun work! Now, my peeps are going to be snooping around your blog in hopes of finding out the Bubble mystery!

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  9. I agree with Angela, it seemed like we caught a really happy, fun moment! I found it enjoyable to read!

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    1. Thanks, C.M.! Yes, those lines are a tension breaker. A page before the scene above, Mae had slapped Josey across the face and screamed at her for getting herself and the baby Lizzie lost & abducted. Josey is not the most responsible of teens at that point in the novel. But, if I'd unfortunately time-traveled from 2009 to 1867, at the immature age of 17, I'm not sure how responsible I would have been either!

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    2. Yikes, "Bubbles" in 1867, yeah, recipe for disaster is what that would've been!

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  10. I will always think of you as Bubbles from now on :)

    Thanks for the tag! I'll post this sometime next week!

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    1. Lol! No rush, but come back and let me know when your post is up!

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  11. I didn't know about kissing the Blarney Stone, but now it will be "a must" for me too, hehe!

    Love the nickname - how cute, regardless where it came from :-)

    I'm with Angela Brown - the excerpt definitely seems like a pleasant and fun moment from your novel.

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    1. I can't recall where I heard this, it was on the Discovery channel, I think. I'm fascinated by everything Celtic or Irish, as my great-grandparents on my father's side were both Irish. They settled in Maine, and hid the fact they were Irish for a very long time. Our last name was changed from O'Grin to Greene way back when, at least that's the story. You think if they wanted to NOT be Irish, they would've picked a different last name, lol.

      Thanks for the sweet comment about excerpt!

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  13. Love the excerpt and the playful dialogue. And I wouldn't like to be abducted by aliens, either!

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    1. Thanks, Talli! I just revised these lines last week in my YA. I changed a bit, but not too much. :)

      No way, no how...Aliens literally keep me up at night sometimes. Seriously!

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  14. Love seeing your answers. What a fun snip!
    What if they were aliens who just wanted to take you on a tour of their planet? :-)

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  15. Thanks for the follow and comment, Deniz! I just checked by your blog, way to go for doing your own Lucky 7. :)

    Yeah, I think I'll pass on touring planets...I'm also afraid of heights and planes. I guess that would go for spaceships too! lol.

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