Lucky 7 Meme: WIP Sneak Peek

The luverly Meg McNulty tagged me in this super cool meme, Lucky 7. I’m honored! This meme allows us to get a peek at the WIP from all our writer friends. Please go and read Meg’s 7 lines here.

I have included 7 paragraphs below from my current Work In Progress, a paranormal murder mystery set in pre-World War II Britain.


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Mr. Waters’ voice carried through the half-open door, “Just got back from my tailor. He told me that the government discourages cuffing on pants. They don’t want pleats in my trousers or vests with my suits or double-breasted jackets. Perhaps they’d also like the shirt off my back.”

Mrs. Waters said, “Robert, those extra three inches of fabric could save a life. You know they’re conserving for bandages. We have to do our part.”

“I’ll bet the Nazis have cuffs on their bloody trousers!”

Emmy peeked around the drawing room door. Mr. Waters was smoking at a furious pace, pausing only to tap the precarious spindle ashtray.

Mrs. Waters had not looked up from the book on her lap.

“First it was tyres, then meat, sugar, gas, typewriters and shoes. When the Germans arrive, they’ll find us barefoot and walking to market.”

Mrs. Waters set her mouth, “Don’t be infantile, Robert. We’re lucky you’re too old to be called up to the Front.”

Here are my Magnificent 7!

1) @surlymuse

2)@smosswrites

3) @emmiemears

4) @backthatelfup

5) @laurabenedict

6) @write_me_happy

7) @kitgrindstaff

And here’s what they have to do:

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, and let them know.

I can’t wait to see everyone’s 7! I’d love to hear comments.

Once Upon a Time Writing Contest: Ready Set GO!

Behold our brand-new logo for our magnificent flash fiction contest. The photograph is courtesy James Lennie (@james_lennie on Twitter) and actually shows a phenomenon called Earthshine. Thanks for allowing us to use your image, James! Design by me.

So, Fictionlings, it’s time to start your engines. The OUAT Flash Fiction contest is now go! You have from today (April 4) till April 29, midnight EST.

The word length for submissions is 350 words.You can have less, but no more. Don’t forget to link your submission by the time the contest closes. Those who entered the Fairy Ring contest will recognize our link tool. Post the story on your blog along with the code (WordPress Blog users will need to contact me for alternate code). Then you click the blue button to add your link, add a thumbnail photo and PRESTO!

Remember, the theme is Unexpected Fairy Tales. You can go here to read more about OUAT writing theme.

If you are on Twitter, please follow my co-host (@sjiholliday) and myself (@ruanna3), as well as the contest hashtag (#ouatwriting) so you don’t miss a single update.

As far as prizes…well, we must have some startling surprises, mustn’t we? Suffice to say, you shall be well rewarded for your pains.

The one prize announced is that the 1st place winner will be listed on the National Flash Fiction Day website for international rockstar status!

Why are you still reading this post? GO FORTH AND WRITE!

(Below is the HTML code. Paste it into the HTML code at the bottom of your entry (WordPress users please comment with your email so I can send you that version of the code). Then just click the blue button and add your link and thumbnail photo!)