Author Andrew Blackman has tagged me for this meme and since I’ve discovered that these little writing exercises can be quite fun, I decided not to pass this one. The rules are simple: go to page 7, line 7 of my work-in-progress novel (that sounds like such a big word) and post the following 7 lines of prose.
The story these lines belongs to was started last year and when it began I wasn’t sure if it was going to be a short story or a novel. The words kept coming and it was wonderful to see the story take shape. I knew how I wanted it to start and I could see then end (sort of). It was the part in the middle, the story itself, that gave me a lot of trouble and in the end I left it aside until now. The story is about a very old tree, a legend, and the people in a village who are connected to it in ways they don’t fully understand yet. But soon they will.
Hazel’s house was not far. Like all the other houses in the village, it was made of heavy, sturdy wood, with two windows at the front and a rocking chair on the porch. A black dog sat near the chair, and as soon as she reached the gate, its head was up. She crossed the small gate which screeched and she was once again remembering she was supposed to oil the hinges but had forgotten. Somehow she always forgot. Maybe it was one of the things that came with age, forgetfulness, although some things she wished she could forget but couldn’t. Like that day when he went away and said he would come back but never did.
The last rule of the meme is to tag 7 other writers but since I only know 3 people who are actually working on a novel and blog, I’m going to bend the rules a little and leave the list open so anyone can participate. Just make sure you include a link in your comment so I can go and read your post. Here are the people whose work I would really love to get a glimpse of:
Edit: I’ve decided to add to that list until it goes up to the required number 7.