Friday, March 9, 2012 | By: Angela Brown

Lucky 7 Meme, After These Important Messages

Before I get into the meme, I wanted to share something interesting.  Has to do with YA book covers and a not-so-thrilling trend Ellen Oh noticed and blogged about it here.  Thanks to Adam over at Author's Echo for bringing this to my attention.  Check out his giveaway, too.

Also, thanks to the ever-wonderful Angela Cothran at Live to Write...Edit when Necessary for the Sunshine Award.  You can check my answers here.  If you haven't checked out her blog, well, whatd'ya waitin' for?  :-)

Going to try something here.  I got tagged by Tracey Joseph and Cherie Colyer with the Lucky 7 Meme.  I kind of like this one.

Here's what I'm supposed to do:

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.


I'm supposed to tag and let others know but...naw, just leaving it open to anyone that wants to share a snippet of their work to share your 7 lines from your 77th page of your MS.  WOOT!


Here are my lines:

“Beacon?  Beacon?  Have you come back?”  It felt as if she were trying to turn her vision inward to look for me.  Her eyes never once lifted from the yarn and needles.
“Please, wake up,” that voice called again, filled with worry.  This time, I closed my eyes to the old woman’s mind and followed the sound.  When I opened them, I saw a point of light.  I raced for it, fearful of what I’d done, how I’d done it.
I jerked awake.  My body shot straight up with the force of a spring board.  I threw my hands over my face, the sun a blinding orb overhead.


Yeah, so this was done before revisions.  I can see some words that will have to kick the bucket when I make it to this page.


Ah, well.  That was fun.  Off to see if the weekend will slow down just a bit so I can relish in every second.  Have a good one.

48 comments:

Alessa Hinlo said...

Yeah, I read Ellen's post the other day. She's right. It's really a non-thrilling trend, spurred on by the fact that the YA genre (at the moment) tends to have heroines that all fall into the same category (white girl).

Maria Zannini said...

Ref: YA covers
It is getting a bit apparent. It was the same way with adult fiction, but some of the cover artists are beginning to listen and I'm seeing a little more diversity.

What aggravates me is when the author specifically writes a NON-white character yet they put a white character on the cover. It's misleading to the reader.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Is there magic involved?

Angela Brown said...

The main trend I'd noticed, and have slowly started to hope will make a turn, is the whole, put me in a dress bit. I don't think I have a single scene in my story where my MC is in a gown of any kind so I hope that whatever cover is made for it embodies more than a trend.

Angela Brown said...

I agree with your point. It's very misleading. Honestly, I don't know if I even described skin tones in my book.

Angela Brown said...

Good question, Alex. I'm hoping there's some sort of "luck" involved in it, preferably GOOD luck :-)

Miranda Hardy said...

I thought they were very interesting lines. Great job. Fun meme.

Linda Jackson said...

That sounds like fun, Angela, so you know I'll have to do it. And I love your seven lines!!!

Here are mine, unedited, and as corny as can be:

The angels have started playing their music again. They’re playing Amazing Grace, and it sounds really good on the saxophone. I really wish I didn’t have to go back. I wish Mama could just come here instead.
I go over to the side of the mountain and sit on a rock. The rest of the gang follows me.
Aunt Evangeline takes my hand into hers. I see she’s not afraid of my Earth cooties, unlike Chuck. I rest my head on her shoulder. “Want to hear something funny?” I ask.
“We could use a good joke right now,” Mr. George says.

Angela Brown said...

Thanks Miranda. I fall under the category "Hard on myself to the EXTREME!" Yeah. Good for the work ethic but not so good on appreciating things about myself sometimes.

Angela Brown said...

Thanks so much for sharing your seven lines, Linda. They are far from corny. Sounds like something I'd like to read more of.

Peggy Eddleman said...

Ooo! Nice! I love it!

And thanks for the links-- I'm off to check them out.

Cate Masters said...

Love the seven - ominous and intriguing! I may have to try this meme sometime too.

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Peggy. Please do enjoy. I've got to make sure I'm in the drawing. I love the covers of those books Adam is giving away.

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Cate. I'd love to read your lucky 7. You've had some pretty steamy Six Sentence Sunday posts before.

Angela Cothran said...

Oh, I love this :) Dreams are so cool. Hopefully it means something deep :)

Angela Brown said...

It's more a discovery of sorts for the MC. However, speaking of deep, I plan on blogging about at that soon.

Emily R. King said...

Great snippet. I'm interested how Beacon closed her eyes to the old woman's mind. Intriguing. :)

Shelley Munro said...

Re the YA trend - I don't get why marketing departments think this is okay. It's misleading and always bugs me when I strike it.

I found your snippet intriguing, Angela. It made me want to know more.

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Emily. There's lots of discoveries to be had. :-)

Angela Brown said...

Thank you, Shelley. I'm not sure I get the gist of that either. It is one thing if the MC is described and reflected as such on the cover. But when the description in the book is one then but the cover tries to follow this trend...well, leaves me confused as a reader.

Krispy said...

Ellen wrote a great article. :) Thanks for sharing your MS excerpt too. What does it mean?

Have a great weekend!

Angela Brown said...

Our poor MC finds herself linked to the mind of an old woman, yet, our MC has no idea how she's done this. Part of that dystopia formula of having powers blast on to the scene that they didn't know they had :-)

Tara Tyler said...

love that snapshot! what words? sounded good to me!

have a great weekend!

M Pax said...

Will follow your link. I like your excerpt. It's very interesting.

Gina said...

Great excerpt! This was a fun meme :)

mshatch said...

interesting excerpt! I liked it :)

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Tara. You have a wonderful weekend as well.

Angela Brown said...

It was fun doing this meme. Glad you liked. it.

Angela Brown said...

I agree. I enjoyed doing this one and sharing this little tidbit.

Angela Brown said...

Thank you very much. Glad you liked it.

Adam Heine said...

Thanks for the link, Angela. I like the excerpt idea. Here's mine:

"You have my stone."

Sam knelt beside him, picking at the cobblestones with a knife that seemed to come from nowhere. "I do have the stone, aye."

"I . . ." Hagai sat up straight. "I want it back."

"Nay." Sam looked at him with those piercing blue eyes. He would see right through Tobin's charade, Hagai was sure. Suddenly he was afraid he wouldn't be able to play it through.

Well, not suddenly. He thought it was a bad idea from the start.

Clarissa Draper said...

Still, it's a really good entry. Thanks for sharing.

Deana said...

I've seen this meme going around, I think it's pretty cool. I thought your entry was really cool even without the edits.
HAve a great weekend!

Angela Brown said...

Schweet! I love this excerpt. Pirate-speech! Love it.

Angela Brown said...

Thank you, Clarissa. I just want to make sure that any changes I make will only improve it.

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Deana. You have a great weekend as well.

David P. King said...

This is really getting passed around all over the place, isn't it? just another excuse to read some of your awesome writing. :)

Lydia Kang said...

That is a cool meme! I'm curious as to what's on my page 77 now.

Deniz Bevan said...

Ooh, a snip featuring knitting! I love it already.
And I love that "new word" girdle :-)

Heather said...

I like it! Immediately there's a sense of intrigue and tension. Well done!

Talli Roland said...

This tag thing is awesome. I've seen it everywhere!

Hope you're having a great weekend.

Angela Brown said...

:-)

This had made it a few places. I've enjoyed reading the different excerpts

Angela Brown said...

I have to admit, the curiosity really encouraged me to do this meme. Cool seeing what it is.

Angela Brown said...

LOL! I do have some knitting about to go down :-)

Angela Brown said...

Thank you so much Heather. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Angela Brown said...

It's been a pretty good weekend so far.

And this IS a cool meme.

Huntress said...

Holy Cats! What a scene you wrote for Lucky Seven! Very cool.

Btw, I gave you an Honorable Mention for the Lucky Seven at my blog.

No need to repeat the meme though :)

Leslie Rose said...

Neat to read some of your work. Love the name Beacon. It seems that YA covers are looking more and more like romance novels. There are some cool ones too like MATCHED, CROSSED, and POSSESSION.

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