Lucky Sevens Meme

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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.

Image by jfh686 on flickr

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 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.

Coming Soon!


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?”

“Yeah. I…”

“You son of bitch. You took advantage of my sister?” Greg lunged for Caleb, landing a solid punch to his chin.

I 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


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The award-winning author of THE CONSUMING, and the zombie apocalypse series, SURVIVAL. She writes horror/sci-fi, paranormal, YA urban fantasy, suspense, and middle grade.

18 Responses

  1. Ken Steinhoff

    RHONDA: “You son of bitch. You took advantage of my sister?”

    KEN: “Well, I might have taken advantage of her the first. SHE definitely took advantage of me the second time. After that, we just quit keeping count.”

    RHONDA: Greg lunged for Caleb, landing a solid punch to his chin.

    * * *

    I’m not an author like you folks, I’m just a retired newspaper guy who stole souls and spit them onto toilet paper that was pitched into a puddle in your front yard.

    Most of my daily scrawlings are less than a thousand words, with photos doing the heavy lifting. The tone is generally irreverent and light.

    Every once in awhile, though, I let you see a glimpse behind the curtain.

    The comments are frequently better than my original work.

    • Rhonda Hopkins

      LOL Ken! Yep definitely stealing that for later on! Ha!

      You’re work is awesome Ken. Makes me feel like I know the people you’re writing about. I still say you should write a book. Maybe a horror. Or comedy of some kind. 🙂

      Glad you dropped by!

  2. Patrick Fox

    Okay, I’ll play. This is from my recently published novel, Trinity. I just wish the seventh line on the seventy-seventh page was more interesting 🙁

    “So, you’re American,” I said, moving my gaze from her legs to her face.
    Her eyes met mine, and then she looked down to her lap, causing her hair to fall forward onto her face. “Sure am. I guess the accent gives it away, huh?”
    “Kind of. So, are you here for business, or pleasure?”
    She picked up her glass and played with the swizzle stick, making the ice clink. “Business.” She looked up again, and flicked the hair from her eyes. “Though I hope to combine it with some sight-seeing and all. So, I guess you could say it’s for both.”

    I coulda cheated y’know, and put some really gripping part of my novel here, but I didn’t. The English sense of fair play wins out again. However, I will take this opportunity to plug my blog: One Loose Cannon

  3. CC MacKenzie

    Hey, Rhonda. Great stuff! Yours landed in dialogue – lucky you!

    Here’s mine which is posted on my blog:

    A Stormy Spanish Spring – a contemporary romance:

    Her body was supple, toned and flexible. It was also relentlessly trained, obedient and resilient with an endurance that would put a Special Forces commando to shame.

    And it had never let her down, except once. But she’d bounced back, stronger, harder and tougher.

    Over the years of learning her craft she’d dealt with the misery of rejection by working harder to improve.
    She wasn’t afraid of long hours or paying her dues.

    If some said she got to where she was because of her mother, she’d only pushed herself even harder to prove them wrong. Fame was a burden for the children of the famous; constantly being judged, analysed and compared, made true success that bit harder to attain.

    Life was not fair. God knew Becca understood that particular rule. She had the battle scars, emotional and physical to prove it.

    Dance was her life – it fed her body, her mind and her soul. And if her heart was dead what did it matter? What use was an organ that caused nothing but destruction, pain and grief?

    Instead of professional ballet she’d veered down a different path with Justin, rejecting performing, embracing the craft that fed her soul – choreography. No one compared her to her mother in this niche. Here she’d found her wings, flying fast and high. @ccmackenzie1 Christine Claire MacKenzie

    • Rhonda Hopkins

      Thanks, Christine! And what wonderful insight to your character. I want to know more. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and playing along!

  4. Merry Bond

    I love, Rhonda. Magic In The Storm is about the seventh child of the seventh child in the seventh generation (can you get any more seven?). Supposedly, this child is the most powerful, but what if he’s a boy (when the seventh has always, for hundreds of years, been a girl) who is born with almost no powers at all? Seven is the whole foundation of the book!
    Here is what’s on page 77 in MITS:

    “I only know this is right,” he added, leaning forward. Very slowly, with a touch as light as the wings of a butterfly, Morgan brushed his lips against hers, sending shocks throughout her body.
    He withdrew for a moment and then slowly he pressed his lips more firmly to hers. Warmth, connection, completeness: they all flooded through Adriana.

    Makes it sound like a really steamy book, doesn’t it. It’s not actually, although there are parts…
    Loved yours! And, yes, it does intrigue me!

    • Rhonda Hopkins

      Hi Merry! Thank you! Glad you found it intriguing. Love the detail in yours. I thought it was sweet. Unrushed. Great example of a first kiss. (Is this their 1st?) Thank you for stopping by. 🙂

  5. Gregory Carrico

    I love your 7, Rhonda. Let me just say that Caleb has a harder chin than you might think. My knuckles are still red! He had it coming, though!
    Way to get all deep on the #7, too! You just taught me stuff, and made it entertaining! Sweet! I can’t for this book. I bet I’d even enjoy your grocery lists…

    • Rhonda Hopkins

      ROFL! I don’t even enjoy my grocery lists! 😉 To be honest, I’ve known that Greg a LOT longer than I’ve known you. He’s been around a long time. I’m glad you were entertained and actually learned something. You should post your snippet. It was great!

  6. Diana Layne

    Ha! I didn’t even know it was a game and had a name! this whole blog post is fascinating, you are so smart!

    IMO, you didn’t need to cheat with the extra line–your dialogue told everything we needed to know. I took a scriptwriting class once to help me with my dialogue–in scripts, the whole story is told pretty much through dialogue so that’s what my first drafts are like–lean with a lot of dialogue. I want my dialogue to be so strong it carries the story. This dialogue is like that. One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever gotten is if the character is thinking something “shocking” have them say it instead. Don’t save the best stuff for their thoughts.

    One little tip–I think the “sh” should have a dash–instead of … The ellipses mean trailing away while the dash or whatever it’s called (like this sh- ) means a word or thought has been cut off or interrupted. It would also be “Yeah, I-“

  7. Rhonda Hopkins

    Thanks, Diana! Glad you thought it worked. And thanks for the tips! Mine is always lean action & dialogue first draft. But that’s because all the sensory, descriptive qualities are MUCH harder for me. They’re added in later with a lot of thought. 🙂 Thank you for stopping by!

  8. Diana Layne

    Ok, here they are, this is from my upcoming suspense, Trust No One, hopefully out in May. Page 77, etc, etc.

    “I tried.” MJ gave him a grim smile. “But I will not sew you up. You better hope this bandage will hold that wound together.”

    The wound, which had almost stopped bleeding, started oozing again once she pulled the bullet free. She pushed fresh gauze against it, hoping it would be sufficient and she wouldn’t be forced to take a needle and thread to him after all.

    “So what makes you say anyone who knows me?” she asked, continuing with the previous conversation. “What’s in that dossier Jeff gave you?”

    • Rhonda Hopkins

      Hi Judythe! Go glad you stopped by and that you liked my excerpt. 🙂 I really liked yours as well. Now I need to know why they’re in that new place? What happened to them? Can’t wait to read more of this. Hope it’s finished soon. Good going! 🙂