Birth of a Novel and Lucky 7’s Meme

Oy! I almost caught up with my sleep and then daylight savings hit me. Why? Why can’t we leave things alone. Meddling humans.

Anyway, there still hasn’t been as much writing as I wish, but there has been writing. I had a couple of days where I got 1000 or more words. So wish it had been more.

Faerie Wings–Bulk of the writing went here. I’m still working on filling in Carter’s half of the story and blending scenes to move me forward again. This week will see a lot of cutting I think. Current word count: 40,065

Eleena of the Stars–no new writing.

Sendek: the Magic Wakes–Is finished. Has been, but I went through another line edit to catch some flagrant typos that survived the last edit. And then I played on MorphThing because I’m visual and don’t feel like I’ve “found” Landry or Talia yet. Also, I want to start putting together a book trailer for it. Here’s the result. I LOVE the way Landry turned out.

Last week Chandara and Sharon Bayliss tagged me with this Lucky 7’s Meme. The rules are simple,
1. Go to page 77 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.

Since I don’t have 77 pages of Eleena, and Faerie Wings is in flux with all the moving around I’m doing, I pulled from Sendek. This is actually part of one of my favorite scenes. 

As she visualized the video clip of the crash, Talia fought back tears and focused on the whisperings coming from Sutton’s mind. She wanted to know what he was really looking for. Closing her eyes again, she focused all her energy outward, up through his arms and into his skull. In her mind’s eye, she ran through hallways full of closed doors searching Major Sutton. As she closed in on his mental image, he turned away from her.
A momentary fear washed over her and she didn’t know if it was hers or his. He stopped running. She had turned the tables on him.

Word count: 85,125

Orek: The Search for Knowledge–no new writing. The new Scrivener file has been created and the new opening scene written. Here’s the Lucky 7 using my 1st draft Nano 2010 version of Orek. It’ll go into flux(my word for the day, can you tell?) as soon as I finish this first draft of FW. This one is sort of an info dump in dialogue, but some version of it will exist in the final draft because this is where a new quest really begins. They just don’t know it yet.

“Orek’s history contained dragons of high intelligence. These beings communicated with one or two of the early wizards to plant scientific ideas, but when men warred over whether science or magic would govern the people, the dragons left the planet.”
“That sounds like Sendek’s history.” Talia stared at the drawings of the dragons.
“Jaron thought the dragons from Orek’s history came from somewhere else. Look, this is a list of planets he believed the dragons had visited over the eons.” Landry held up the last page and pointed to one name in particular.

Draft word count: 50,050
Rewrite word count: 2,000

Anyone who wants to do the Lucky 7 meme, feel free to do it. I’m not going to tag anyone. Instead I’m going to go be a writer, not a blogger. 🙂


About charitybradford

Science fiction and fantasy writer and blogger. My first novel is now available--The Magic Wakes (WiDo Publishing, 2013)

Posted on March 12, 2012, in Birth of a Novel, Eleena's Tale, Faerie Wings, just for fun, Memes, Orek, Personal Journaling, World of Sendek. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Looks like you are making some amazing progress!

  2. Multiple manuscript writing – you amaze me!

  3. Wow, you're working on a lot of things at once. Kudos! I gave you an award on my blog.

  4. Thanks for this glimpse into your work! I've been tagged by the same meme, and have linked to you. 🙂

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