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 at Scribd