“The Science Project” — and the Lucky 7 meme

Hello, all! 🙂

In her great blog, A Life Less Ordinary, the inimitable Story Teller has tagged me to participate in the Lucky 7 meme, in which I’m supposed to post seven lines from page 77 of my current work in progress. I’m going to bend the rules (as usual, heh heh!) because my work du jour is a short story. Here are 7 lines from page 7 of “The Science Project.”

11-yr-old Joshua has just explained to his younger sister that adult Nematomorpha (an organism he discovered in a drainage ditch on their farm) are free-living but their larvae are parasitic.

“What does that have to do with me?” she asked.

“Maybe nothing.”

“Maybe?” Janet scratched her arm and frowned. “I’ve been itchy lately—I don’t have a larva in me, do I?”

He considered pretending that she might, but thought better of the idea. Science wasn’t a joke. “No. I haven’t figured out how to trigger that mutation.”

“What?”

But the dishes were done. He squeezed out the dishrag, folded it twice and hung it over the tap to dry, and started out of room.

“You’re not going to tell me, are you?” she called behind him.

“You can go to the science fair,” he said.

Duh-nuh-nuh-NUH!

I hope you enjoyed the sneak preview. . . .

And now for the basic rules of this meme:

1. Go to page 77 of your current MS/WIP

2. Go to line 7

3. Copy down the next 7 lines, sentences, or paragraphs, and post them as they’re written.

4. Tag 7 authors

5. Let them know

I tag . . .

Angela Dorsey

Jen Brubacher

Jennifer Neri

Kathy Chung

kc dyer

Rebecca Emin

Shannon Mayer

These are all writers/people that I hold in great esteem. They may be too busy to play, but you never know. In any event, it’s really worth checking out their blogs and/or their books!

8 thoughts on ““The Science Project” — and the Lucky 7 meme

  1. Thank you SO much for the tag, Ev! I already took part in this meme the day before you did, but it was so much fun to read your excerpt.

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  2. I love your excerpt for The Science Project! And I can’t wait to read all of it. You tease!

    I’m going to post my seventy-seven, seven lines, here, if it’s okay. My blog for my “grown up” site isn’t ready yet.

    She pushed the window open an inch. Crisp air flowed into the room, carrying the song of frogs with it. Vashti couldn’t stop herself. She smiled in pure delight. For a moment, she felt swept up in the magical sound, then she remembered her resolve – rest, prepare, be ready. She returned to her bed and closed her eyes, then concentrated on relaxing her muscles one by one, on emptying her mind of all cares. A mammoth effort, but successful. Vashti fell asleep, her thoughts riding the tide of frog song.

    It’s been a while since I read this paragraph. I’m just itching to edit it now!

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  3. Ah, very fun, Ang. Lovely to get a glimpse of your adult novel! You totally conjured lovely images of spring air and night sounds.

    And lol re: itching to edit. It’s so hard to resist the urge, isn’t it. 🙂

    Thanks for playing.

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  4. Rebecca … Sorry! I do frequent your blog, but admittedly not everyday and I somehow missed that day. Just hopped over and weighed in on your question re: your lines. 🙂

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  5. What an intersting story you are telling, Ev! I am curious to know more the of plot!

    Thanks for tagging me 🙂

    I checked the appropriate spot in my wip, and amazingly it lands smack on a spot that gives away the whole idea behind the novel–I can’t possibly put that up on my blog!!

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