Thursday, March 15, 2012

Lucky Number 7

1000th.monkey tagged "Whoever wants to do this" so I figured, in celebration of just finishing my WIP (Woo, Rioss is finally done at 65,000 words... editing to begin soon).

Don't forget about my giveaway!  (Ends March 31)

According to the rules:

Go to page 77 of your current MS
Go to line 7
Copy down the next 7 lines - sentences or paragraphs - and post them as they're written.
No cheating/tweaking/polishing/rewriting

And here are the seven lines from Rioss.  I'm a little disappointed that none of them included dialogue, but for a rough draft, the passage isn't too bad:

     As if this was no big deal that we were stuck in here together. But remembering the bloodlust that I felt last night, what I felt towards him… it was the darkest, purest form of rage that boiled inside me. I couldn’t help to think that Marc probably had that too. We were, are, natural enemies. Everything in my body told me to run away, to attack, to kill, to hide, everything all at once. The instincts shot through my body, and I only managed to keep them under control because of her.
     I forced myself to return the smile, though I had no idea what they were talking about.

1000th.monkey's did come with questions, so here I go!

When did you start blogging and why? 
I've had a lot of "blogs" over the years.  From livejournal to myspace, they were all ways for me to tell stories.  I even have an old journal that I can't even remember where it is hosted that was dedicated to my high school writing.  But this blog was started on August 8, 2011 with my short story "Kasha."  I definitely started this as a motivation tool.  If I met some cool people who encouraged me to write, then it was 100% worth my time.

If you could do anything tomorrow, what would you do?  
Take the day off.  I really want to edit my pieces that I've finished.

Describe your happy place.
Star Island.  I can totally show you:  Picture here  I took that photo last summer when my husband and I traveled out to Star Island.  We did it days before we got married (and I got a vicious sunburn).  I wanted him to see it before we got married, since I did a lot of growing up on the island.  :)

What was your first happy memory? 
I guess the silliest memory I have was when me and my second grade friends were running around and pretending we were in the Animaniacs show.  

What was the scariest thing you've ever done? 
Sat in a graveyard way late at night.  I have an awesome ghost story about that night, but it was kind of horrific when it was happening.

Where is the strangest place you ever had an idea for a story? 
I usually get ideas in my car - by talking to myself.  I have conversations like "Would you rather - and why?  What if someone chose the other route?  What if this happened?"  And eventually, a concept comes out of it.  Sometimes I think I'm crazy, but other times I realize that this is just the way I work.

Where do you write? 
Anywhere I can, but usually on a computer at a desk (I pretty much only exclusively use desktops).  I have an AlphaSmart that could bring me anywhere.  When it is warm outside, sometimes I'll sit in the backyard and click away on that.

If you just won a ticket to anywhere in the world and you had to take me, where would you take me and why?
1000th.monkey, hmmmrrmmmm...  Well, seeing as how I've been to Europe already and am going to Hawaii soon, I'd have to say I would totally force you to go snowboarding with me.  Let's do the Alps ;)  And why?  Because I really want to snowboard - and regardless of whether you like it or not, it is bound to be beautiful.

I am also supposed to tag seven people, but most people I know have already done this.

Though I don't think that Crystal Licata has done this yet (so I'm calling you out).  If anyone else wants to do it, please feel free - I'd love to read yours!