Lucky 7: seven lines from new works of fiction


When writing a novel, I like to find images and pieces of music that inspire me. The picture above, entitled, The Kiss2 is by Andrius Kovelinas and I am considering this as a possible cover image for Honor’s Ghost.  See more of Andrius’ inspiring artwork HERE.

What’s Lucky 7 all about?  A bit of a game for writer tweet mates… and something of a displacement activity … but good fun! Jane Rusbridge tagged me. She’s a writer and blogs HERE .  I met Jane on twitter, where you can find her @JaneRusbridge.

The instructions for Lucky 7 are:

  • · Go to page 7 or 77 in your current manuscript
  • · Go to line 7
  • · Post on your blog the next 7 lines, or sentences, as they are – no cheating
  • · Tag 7 other authors to do the same

 My seven lines come from page 77 of my novel in progress, Honor’s Ghost, the second in the series Honor’s Dilemmas and a follow up to Honor’s Shadow.

Honor is approaching the age of fifty, and is troubled by thoughts of her impending empty nest when the last of her three children, Thea, will leave home.  Her marriage to Eliot is under pressures, both financial and personal, and she is gloomy at thoughts of what the future will hold.

She sat at the kitchen table, alone, their family Skype call still vivid in her mind, and a flash of memory: Eden aged five, obsessed with Superman.  She was tucking him into bed one night and he was telling her: “Kryptonite’s his energy source.  You’re my energy source, Mummy, I think about you all the time.”  

The day was rapidly approaching when Honor wouldn’t be the centre of anybody’s world. Another few years and Thea would be gone, and then she’d be kryptonite for nobody.  Then it would just be her and Eliot, if they made it.

As well as the image above, other images that inspire me can be found on my Pinterest board: Inspirations for Honor’s Ghost.

Music tracks that have a special meaning to the novel are My Sweet Lord by George Harrison,  A Place in the Sun by Stevie Wonder, and The Eyes of Truth by Enigma.

 The 7 writers I have chosen represent a range of genres, some published, some about to be published and others soon to be discovered! They are:

Rowena Dunn                  @RowenaDunn

Christine Stovell                  @chrisstovell

Jacqui Lofthouse                  @jacquilofthouse

Stephanie Zia                  @stephaniezia

Vanessa Savage                  @VvSavage

Penelope Overton           @penelopeoverton

Elpi Pamiadaki                  @elpis_bites

I hope you enjoy reading their 7 lines from new works … I’m looking forward to them!

6 thoughts on “Lucky 7: seven lines from new works of fiction

  1. I have taken seven lines from the seventh page of the print on demand version of book two, starting at line seven.

    I have never felt so alive, every nerve, every fiber of my being enraged and at full alert. The bond of the brand, burning into me brings me to total awareness of Mistress and her desire to heal Sugar. But the deep rage Mistress feels towards whoever is responsible for this is a pure white hot fire. Mistress wants blood, barrels of it on the streets, and she wants the skull of one called Malthus mounted as a door knocker. I could also sense Mistress’s suspicions that we have been betrayed and will momentarily be attacked by an overwhelming force. All this I know because of the link from my brand.

  2. I’m worried for Honor! Nice post. It’s good fun, if a little terrifying, this Lucky 7 thing, don’t you think?!

  3. I’ve been thinking about Honor since reading this. I really like the way you illustrate her loss of self-esteem through that flashback as she recalls how her role has changed since the heady days of being the all-powerful mother figure to a young, dependent child. I’m intrigued now to discover if Honor will reclaim herself in this new phase of her life.

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