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Fellow WordPress blogger and author or Akarnae (check it out!) Lynette Noni shared the following challenge on her blog:

The 777 challenge requires you go to Page 7 of your work-in-progress, scroll down to Line 7 and share the next 7 lines in a blog post. Once you have done this, you can tag 7 other bloggers to do the same with their work-in-progress.

777Challenge accepted! I won’t be tagging seven other bloggers as that strikes me as too chain-lettery, but instead I will do the rest of the challenge twice. With two active works-in-progress, I will do one for each!

The first is from my short story, Out to Pasture:

Out to Pasture LargeErden pondered the request for a moment before he shook his head. “I want to help, and I certainly owe you the favor many times over for all you have done for us. But I ain’t the man for the job… I barely have time to keep up with repairs and chores by myself as it is, let alone the added work of playing host to a talking heifer! After losing my contract with the cheesemaker to Gwillis this winter, I ain’t making enough coin to afford even one hired hand this spring.”

That one actually worked out really well! Not only does it fall on a whole paragraph but it’s also a nice taste and teaser for the story as a whole. By the way, I should be able to start posting Out to Pasture on Aethereal Engines soon as I feel that the editing on it is winding down and a final draft is getting close!

Now, here is my second one. It’s from my short story (which might become a novelette), Oo-De-Lally:

Oo-De-Lally_Cover_WOJohn saw the tired eyes on the nurse’s dusky face. She managed a weary smile, and even exhausted in her hospital scrubs the woman in her late twenties retained a staid beauty.

“How’s Kate?” John asked as she lifted a chart at the end of his bed.

Calliope looked up calmly. “She’s still in the tub. The fever has dropped after her crisis point, but it was at a hundred and seven degrees for three hours.”

That one turned out pretty cool too! The target seven lines captured an intriguing exchange that’s quite relevant to the plot, yet didn’t cut anything off.

So what do you think? Would you be interested in reading more of these stories after looking at the snippets? Drop a comment and share your thoughts! And if you’re an author, think about taking the challenge yourself!

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