Chain Letters, Japanese Ghosts, and the WIP

I love getting those internet chain letters that ask you to do X, Y, or Z. I’ll read them with great fervor and occasionally drag myself away from whatever other mindless pursuit I’m undertaking at the moment to do whatever they’re asking me to do.

Except I never pass them on. I’ll do the requisite tasks and then conveniently forget to spam anyone else. It’s kind of like the Ring. I’m the guy who keeps taking one for the team so the little girl doesn’t crawl out of your computer monitor and kill you in seven days. Look, the analogy made more sense when I was driving home.

Jen Stayrook tagged me for this 777 thing that’s circling the author world on the internet. Amateurs, professionals, and everyone in between (Is it possible to be semi-professional? Isn’t that like being semi-pregnant?) have been participating. I’m nose down in edits right now, so this floated across at the perfect time.

What is it? Here are the rules, as copied from her site.

  1. Go to page 7 or 77 in your current manuscript
  2. Go to line 7
  3. Copy down the next seven lines/sentences as they are – no cheating
  4. Tag 7 other authors

Since that’s actually 7777 I’m being true to form when I don’t tag 7 more people at the end. Without further ado, here’s my excerpt from page 7 of the WIP, A PETAL OF CHRYSANTHEMUM. Hope it doesn’t rot your brain like Jersey Shore.

I can’t believe she’s lived next door to the guy for two years now with such a major crush and hasn’t once uttered more than an incoherent mumble at him. He probably thinks she’s not all there in the head. I know I think that sometimes. But hey, we grew up together, went to college together, and have enough dirt on each other that I’d never consider stabbing her in the back, so I’ve got to find some way to smooth this out.

But she was right. He does have nice lips. And I may have let my eyes linger a bit as he walked away. Broad shoulders, too. Not the most muscular guy in the world, though. He looks like he rides a desk all day long. Kind of lean.

All right, that’s a wrap. Go and sin no more. Or do. Either way I’m going to eat dinner and get back to the edits. Feel free to pretend I tagged you if you want to play along!

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5 thoughts on “Chain Letters, Japanese Ghosts, and the WIP

  1. Random, maybe, but quite telling, actually. I think it’s a good sign when any random chunk gives a hint of the story. There’s conflict, character, relationships, voice… all of it in these 7 little lines! I’m definitely intrigued.

    • Thanks! Whenever I’m through these edits you’re more than welcome to give it a gander. I’m currently living in abject fear of finishing edits, though. The end of edits means the beginning of querying.

      Hold on tight.

      • Hah. I’m loathe to edit (not b/c I’m “above” it, just b/c it seems massive) and would happily skip that part to query. Kind of like job applications, I find the querying process tedious but robotic.

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