I have been double tagged by two lovely writers, Tonya, on Twitter as @tmycann, and Dionne, @DionneLister. Lucky 7 is just a bit of ‘blog fun’ for authors. My first time to be tagged, so let’s hope I’ve done this right.
The instructions 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
Here are my 7 lines worth
At the moment I am writing travel books for the epublisher, Collca and there are two on the go. With ebooks, page numbers are difficult because it is all in ‘locations’, so the first extract, at location 7 x 7, is from a recent release, Masks of the Moryons: Easter week in Mogpog (more details from http://collca.com/motm )
“The priest is standing behind the altar. As he raises his arms and his voice for the Gloria, the moment of the Resurrection, Longinus leaps forward and shouts, “Buhay na ang Dios!” – “Christ Lives” – breaking his spear in three pieces to symbolise his final conversion.
Suddenly a confused scuffle breaks out around him as other Moryons try to get a piece of the broken spear – a powerful talisman – and for a moment he is on the floor with others on top of him like a rugby scrum. He breaks free, pelts down the aisle and out of the church to disappear into the darkness, swiftly pursued by other Moryons. The Roman soldiers have begun the habulan – the hunt to find and silence Longinus.”
This happens in San Isidro parish church in Mogpog on Easter Saturday. The next day, the week of re-enactments reaches a climax when Longinus, still in his fabulous mask and costume, is chased through the streets and up scaffolding, finally to be captured and executed in the town plaza.
The second extract is from Journey in Bhutan: Himalayan trek in the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon, which was released on April 20 : http://collca.com/jib
“I’m curious to know whether the Immaculate Blonde keeps a journal, but she has gone for a walk, and I don’t quite have the hard neck to ask Caroline if her mutually reluctant room-mate writes in the evenings.
The conversation is so sad I get up to walk along the river and paddle in its sparkly cold water – hoping I’m not contaminating too many mantras. I would have selected a small white stone to keep, but Ngawang told me ages ago, when I was looking for one on the trek, that stones are sacred in Bhutan: they may be the habitats of deities. I do not want an angry, disorientated deity in my luggage.”
This was in the ancient town of Punakha, a picnic by the river on our last day in Bhutan. That afternoon, Tsering, the hotel receptionist, showed me how to wear the kira, the traditional Bhutanese dress. I wore it that evening.
The next seven
And now I have to tag 7 other authors (this may be where I lose some friends!) There are so many wonderful writers out there, I’ve tried to choose a wide range of genre:
- Lorraine Mace @lomace
- Mathew J. Lyons @MathewJLyons
- Terre Britton @TerreBritton
- Stavros Halvatzis @SHalvatzis
- Jane Rusbridge @JaneRusbridge
- Sue Uden @SCUPPERED
- D. J. Kirkby @djkirkby
As you see, they are all my Tweeps, so now I’d better warn them.