I thought we’d have a little fun today. I’ve been much too serious of late. So, when I was tagged in the Lucky Sevens Meme by the talented Diana Layne, I thought it was a fantastic idea.
The rules are pretty simple. You take one of your manuscripts (or a recently released book) and turn to page 77. From there, you go down to line 7 and post that line with the next six to make 7 (I can add single digits fairly well, but don’t ask me for much more) to your facebook page/timeline, your blog or where ever you want folks to see it. My friend, John Foxjohn, has a really cool van that he uses as a billboard to help build his author brand. It’s awesome! Hey John — here’s a new idea for you! Hmmm….maybe not. I’d hate to be responsible for someone being so engrossed in your 7 lines of action/suspense that an accident ensues. But hey — I’m sure there are a lot of other places this could work.
So, what’s a meme? For those of you who don’t know (and I didn’t until recently…had to look it up) here’s part of the definition from The Daily Meme that I think fits for this exercise: “A unit of cultural information that represents a basic idea that can be transferred from one individual to another, and subjected to mutation, crossover and adaptation.”
Still not sure what it means? Here’s Wikipedia’s take on it (What would we do without Wikipedia?): “A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols or practices, which can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitable phenomena.”
Basically we’re just passing around our snippets in writing. That’s pretty cultural right?
So now let’s talk about the number 7. Cool number that one — I can even see it wearing shades. Can’t you? For many the number 7 is a symbol of luck and good fortune.
According to Wikipedia (Seriously, what would we do???): “The number 7 (七, Pinyin: qī) symbolizes “togetherness”…. It is also recognized as the luckiest number in the West, and is one of the rare numbers that is great in both Chinese and many Western cultures. It is a lucky number in Chinese culture, because it sounds alike to the Chinese character 起 (Pinyin: qǐ) meaning arise.” Ummm…my Chinese is a little rusty so please forgive me if I pronounced that incorrectly.
Why have we come to recognize 7 as such an important numeral? According to Seiyaku.com, (Seiyaku means vow or oath) early civilizations looked at “the brightest physical entities as the most important and highest powers.” Initially only the Sun, Moon & five planets were visible and considered gods. “They were so great and powerful that they not only influenced human affairs and personalities but also supernatural things such as luck and fate…When ‘time’ was being measured by astrologers and astronomers, seven became the number of days in the week.”
The Seiyaku website (which I found very informative) goes on to say:
Seven is a ‘special’, mystical number, the history of which goes way, way back.
In the 6th century Pope Gregory the Great defined a set of seven negative attributes that must be avoided. He instructed the best way to avoid these sins was to adopt seven positive attributes. The three Theological Virtues defined by St. Paul (faith,hope and love) added to the four Cardinal Virtues (prudence, temperance, courage and justice) give us the Seven Heavenly Virtues.
For the Seven Deadly Sins, there are Seven Contrary Virtues. There are also medieval instructions for helping others, giving us the Seven Corporal Works of Mercy.
Ancient religions adopted this number: the Egyptians had seven gods, Parsees seven angels, Persians seven sacred horses, and Phoenicians seven mysterious kabiris gods.
In numerology, the 7 Path Life is the seeker of truth.
Did you know all that about the number 7 already? I only knew it was considered lucky but not why until the research for this post. I found it fascinating.
Okay, so now let’s get to my snippet of lines. I know you’re sitting on the edge of your seat and just can’t wait. Ha! I had three manuscripts to choose from — two suspense novels with romantic elements, BETRAYAL IN A SMALL TOWN (working title) and ILLUSION OF SAFETY as well as my non-fiction, IN THEIR BEST INTERESTS.
If I do say so myself, IN THEIR BEST INTERESTS is pretty good, but it’s not exactly action-packed. At page 77 line 7 in BETRAYAL IN A SMALL TOWN, the characters are doing something fairly innocuous. It’s a first, very rough, draft that’s not finished yet, so I’m cutting myself a little slack here. I lucked out with ILLUSION OF SAFETY though.
Caleb lowered his gun, squinting at the sudden brightness. “Shi…I nearly shot you. Why didn’t you call or text first?”
“I did but you didn’t respond. I thought something had happened.” He holstered his own weapon. “What the hell?” Greg looked over at Caleb’s shirtless torso and sleep-mussed hair. “Did you just come from Tori’s room?”
“You son of bitch. You took advantage of my sister?” Greg lunged for Caleb, landing a solid punch to his chin.
cheated adapted just a tad. (Remember the definition above? “…subjected to mutation, crossover and adaptation.”) I added a line after the 7 just to give it a little context and to show a little bit of how the characters are related.
I’m opening up my blog for anyone who wants to post their 7 here. Feel free to provide links to your blog, facebook author page/timeline and/or twitter accounts in case anyone wants to follow you after reading your captivating work. I have such talented friends! So be honest. What do you think of my snippet? Does it make you want to read more? Find something that needs correcting or improving? Hate it? It’s okay. You can say so. I won’t cry. Much. LOL