Seymour Jacklin tagged me on his blog, seymourjacklin.co.uk
. I like his self-description on twitter: Freelancing & freewheeling. Tweeting about my passions: writing, editing, non-violence, sustainability, veganism, faith, grammar, Bach, Jazz and creativity.
He also doodles in a big way, and he posts a story every week. Here are the meme rules:
Go to page 7 or 77 in your current manuscript
Go to line 7
Post on your blog the next 7 lines, or sentences, as they are – no cheating!
Tag 7 other authors to do the same
I have four manuscripts in the pipeline and another I'm fooling with at the moment, so what shall I do? Two are poetry (Thaliad
and The Foliate Head
), two are fiction (Glimmerglass
and Maze of Blood
.) The manuscript I've never sent out is The Book of the Red King
. I could do my brand new book, A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage
, but that would be cheating--and besides, you can go and look at page 7 and the whole first chapter at Scribd
So instead I shall look in the Red King manuscript. If I take the first poem as page one, then page seven and line seven (counting the title) yield up this:
The feather tumbled from a far
Fetched place above the walls of world,
A flower of ice, the petals furled,
A wine the came some thousand miles
From the floating Fortunate Isles.
The Fool sets table for the King
With pins and ragged skittles-string,
You can see the whole thing at Mezzo Cammin
--fourth poem down.
No doubt some of these will rebel. Will they capitulate to meme-doom, or will they kick against the mighty meme? I might still rebel, if I don't click the little button that says "Publish" eternally. After all, memes can pester and annoy. But if I do not, you will never know. Never!
1. Clare Dudman, novelist: Keeper of the Snails
2. Luisa Igloria, poet: luisaigloria.com
3. Seb Doubinsky, novelist: sebdoubinsky.blogspot.com/
4. Beth Adams, writer and artist: The Cassandra Pages
5. Robert Freeman Wexler, novelist: Laconic Writer
6. Rebecca Kuder, novelist: Being the Blog of Rebecca Kuder
7. Robbi Nester, poet: Shadow Knows
Read chapter one of A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage