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What else are Fridays for, but for playing along with the current meme?

Instructions: Go to the 7th page of a work in progress, go 7 lines down, post the next 7 lines, then challenge 7 other writers to do the same. (I'm passing on the last part; I don't think writers need much encouragement to share what they're working on. But please do share!)

Here's my entry in today's challenge:

He had learned long ago never to correct his father, not on any provocation, but how to answer this one? No said she'd lied, and was doubly dangerous if it caught his father in the black mood which had been almost constant since the spring. Yes painted him a coward, and would not stop the punishment, anyway. Behind him, he could feel her spirit salivating in anticipation. He did not look up again.

"Sir," he said.


Jun. 8th, 2012 06:07 am
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A meme is making its way through the blogosphere, and for once I feel like playing.

The rules:

1. Go to page 77 (or 7th) 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.

(My current ms is all of three paragraphs long, so I'm falling back on the one preceding it, which I wrapped up a month or so ago - a book in search of a title, currently called Switchback.)

uprooting humans.
Most humans, anyway. Jody stroked the rock's flank, encouraging it to shift ever so slightly away from the pocket the tree's root had dug along its side. Lesser bits of earth, obedient to his touch, compressed themselves together. When he felt the root's anchoring had loosened enough, he wrapped his hand around the trunk again and pulled--
--and the tree popped out of the earth as if just planted, the lack of resistance dropping him onto his back with the tree still clenched in his hand.


Dec. 10th, 2008 12:24 pm
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As if there could be any other answer.

Which creature of the night are you?
Your Result: Werewolf

You are a vicious fighter and a vicious lover, absolutely dedicated to your pack. You are pushed to anger by disloyalty and injustice and have a tendency toward sudden, periodic bursts of wild behavior.

Cthulu Spawn
Which creature of the night are you?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz
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And thanks to helpful friends, here you go.

self portrait, Sept. 2008

And the rules:

Take a picture of yourself right now.
don't change your clothes, don't fix your hair...just take a picture.
post that picture with NO editing.
post these instructions with your picture.
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I tried. Re-ally. I even have a photo (on both my computer and on my Flickr account) and everything...but can't figure out how to load the damned thing. LJ's FAQs are not helping. Anyone want to help out a poor idiotic author?


Aug. 27th, 2008 03:04 pm
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What a cool way of informing an author she uses certain words far, far too often. *g*


Jul. 29th, 2008 08:33 am
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Might as well. *g*


What Planet Are You From?

this quiz was made by The Autist Formerly Known As Tim


I don't read horoscopes; they're little more than self-fulfilling prophecies, and I try not to play games with myself. Nevertheless, I find that, sometimes, this sort of thing comes surprisingly close to what I feel is my own center. I've had a couple of tarot readings come close, too, which ought to tell me that, if you're honest with yourself, you can find your own answers...but isn't it more fun when you can blame the Powers That Be? ::grin::
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It's such an interesting bandwagon, with such wonderful entertainment, that I might as well leap aboard.

Baaaaaaaa! )

Not a bad list, if I do say so myself.


Jun. 18th, 2008 01:48 pm
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Gakked from several others:


Check out to get your own!


May. 8th, 2008 07:57 pm
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Thin content, but funny nevertheless:

What Is Your Battle Cry?

Who is that, prowling through the tundra! It is Clarentine, hands clutching a meaty axe! She cries gutterally:

"Ares, God of War, be praised! I slice through beating hearts like the world's mightiest bad-ass!!!"

Find out!
Enter username:
Are you a girl, or a guy ?

created by beatings : powered by monkeys



Mar. 11th, 2008 08:30 am
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Haiku2 for clarentine
100 pages since you
last thought about how long the
book would be inclined
Created by Grahame

That is so much better than the first one, which nearly made me snorfle tea all over myself. *g*
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Question 146: Do you like to bite people--if they let you?

::great big grin::

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Was there any doubt?


Your Score: The Wolf

Here's your results! Your spirit animal has a Nobility ranking of 12 out of 18.

Your spirit animal is the wolf. It is a ferocious companion, and a loyal friend. It is both a respectable and noble creature; to have this spirit animal says good things about you, and that you are starting to figure things out. Wolves are pretty rare spirit animals.

***Wondering how this animal was chosen for you? These questions were carefully thought out to see how important you hold certain virtues such as: humanism, self-knowledge, rationalism, the love of freedom and other somewhat Hellenic ideals. Some of the questions were very subtle. Your score was then matched with an animal of corresponding nobility. However, you shouldn't think this was a right/wrong sort of test, but more of an idealistic values test. It's ok to not hold these values, you'll just get an animal spirit of lower stature if you do!***

Link: The What is Your Spirit Animal Test written by FindingEros on OkCupid, home of the The Dating Persona Test
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I'm not dead. Really. *g* Just very, very busy. Spring is the busiest time for my landscape design business, and it's been jumping since the end of perfect synchronization with my completing work on the first draft of The Bells of Leon y Cantara via [ profile] novel_in_90. This is ideal because now the draft gets to percolate a bit while my surface brain is busy elsewhere. I always work better when my conscious mind is distracted.

I have new agents on my radar, following last week's research effort, and hope to send Dimo to knock at their door early next week. Wish me luck.

This quiz thing caught my eye today:

Your super-secret codename is:

Your mission is...

Forcing Kim Jong-Il to eat 7 banana cream pies in 2 minutes
'What is your codename and mission?'

That is so something I'd love to do. *g*

Oh - and you know what I woke up to this morning? On April 7? Snow. In Central Virginia. We were supposed to get flurries, maybe, and ended up with 1.25 inches before the day warmed and it started to melt. It's mostly gone now. (Yeah, yeah, I know it's nothing like those of you in New England got...but this is Virginia, in April. Little kid that I am, I grinned and took the dog out to play.


Mar. 10th, 2007 04:49 pm
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Oh, why not?

Turn to page 123 in your work-in-progress. (If you haven't gotten to page 123 yet, then turn to page 23. If you haven't gotten there yet, then get busy and write page 23.) Count down four sentences and then instead of just the fifth sentence, give us the whole paragraph.


Gí winced as he flexed his own leg. The injured hip had stiffened overnight. Hissing with the pain, he bent his knee and examined a large gash in the sole of his foot. The wash of river water had cleaned it and the smaller scratches around it, and it was not bleeding.


Drat. Not one of the cool parts with maimings and blood. But at least there's misery and foreshadowing. *g*

I know there was research today, but I'll be damned if I can remember what. I'll amend this if I figure it out later.

The story has reached page 307 in SMF, and I am at the point where I have listed the events that still need to happen so I can make sure I get them done before hitting the end, which is ALMOST HERE. *g* And what am I doing? Avoiding like the plague.

(Well, I spent the morning on design work, and then took the dog to the park ("Kay, let's go to the 'ark," because we don't say the P word lest she bounce us down the stairs), and ate lunch, and researched plants for wet places, and read email, and browsed my friends list, get the picture.)

Okay. I've killed all my excuses. Time to get to it.
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(Borrowed from [ profile] jimvanpelt)

1. Grab the nearest book
(that would be The Sailor's Word-Book, written by Admiral W.H. Smyth in 1867, reprinted in 2004, thank god)

2. Open the book to page 123.

3. Find the fifth sentence.

4. Post the text of the next three sentences along with these instructions:

(Well, I'm going to amend this, as the book's a dictionary of sorts, and pick the three sentence-block following the fifth sentence that makes some sort of sense.)

Tide-bound, or be-neaped. Wind-bound--prevented from sailing by contrary wind--Where are you bound to? Bound on a cruise. A corruption of the old word bowne, which is still in use on the northern coasts, and means to make ready, to prepare.

(Ah, the history you can learn by reading old books....)

5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! (Or, knowing some of my friends, on their bookshelves.) I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.

You people are lucky it wasn't Gardening with Conifers or Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Though Steven Pavlidis's The Exuma Guide has some pretty interesting passages.

6. Tag 5 people.

If you're reading this, consider yourself tagged!


Dec. 31st, 2006 08:56 pm
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Wouldn't be New Year's Eve without a resolution, now would it?

In the year 2007 I resolve to:
Poke a badger with a spoon.

Get your resolution here.

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I see I need to have more interests. *g*

My Interests Collage! )
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No fair, Jaime. No fair at all. ::grin::

Your Birthdate: October 18

You are a cohesive force - able to bring many people together for a common cause.
You tend to excel in work situations, but you also facilitate a lot of social gatherings too.
Beyond being a good leader, you are good at inspiring others.
You also keep your powerful emotions in check - you know when to emote and when to repress.

Your strength: Emotional maturity beyond your years

Your weakness: Wearing yourself down with too many responsibilities

Your power color: Crimson red

Your power symbol: Snowflake

Your power month: September
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I am generally not a memeage type of person; I think I know myself pretty well, and tend to gauge with fair accuracy where I'm going to fall on any given scale. But I need to be doing other work so, naturally, I'm memeing. >:-)

You Should Be a Film Writer

You don't just create compelling stories, you see them as clearly as a movie in your mind.
You have a knack for details and dialogue. You can really make a character come to life.
Chances are, you enjoy creating all types of stories. The joy is in the storytelling.
And nothing would please you more than millions of people seeing your story on the big screen!

I suppose this gets me as close to genre writer as it is possible to be. What a surprise! ::grin::


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