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The Lucky 7 Game

It should be no surprise that Lissa Price is good at starting things off*, and she just tagged me in a little game that’s going around.

I can’t remember the last time I did one of these internet memes. It was a long time ago, before Twitter even, when I was blogging almost daily at LiveJournal. I would have passed this one by too, but lately I’ve been thinking about luck, which ties in a bit to my first novel, Fair Coin. Plus, Lissa’s awesome, so how could I resist?

Anyway, here’s what we’re supposed to do:

1. Go to the seventh or 77th page of our WIP (or latest book)
2. Count down 7 lines.
3. Copy the 7 sentences that follow and post them.
4. Tag 7 other authors.

That seems easy enough, and I’m actually curious how this is going to turn out. So from page 7 of my work in progress, a science fiction YA called Who We Used to Be:

I finally fumbled the door open, and someone tripped me as I stepped inside. I didn’t think it was Nick, but I didn’t look back to be sure. I slammed the door behind me, ran up another short flight of stairs with shaking hands and weak knees. I took a corner blindly, not sure where I was going and not really caring.

I was in a long hallway with lockers on either side. I drifted through the crowd as my schoolmates reunited with their friends, chattering about their vacation or their new remembrances. I recognized some faces from middle school, but there wasn’t anyone I wanted to talk to right then.

And the seven other authors I’m tagging:

1. Alaya Dawn Johnson
2. Zoraida Córdova
3. Rajan Khanna
4. Jessica Corra
5. Saladin Ahmed
6. Shveta Thakrar
7. Bradley Beaulieu

Even if you weren’t tagged, feel free to play along in the comments with something you’re working on or whatever you’re currently reading!


*Because her book is called Starters. Get it? Man, I’m clever.

bonus content!

I totally meant to include this image in my Star Trek Re-Watch post this week for “All Our Yesterdays,” but then I forgot–repeatedly. But I can’t let my masterful photo editing and the roughly thirty seconds of work go to waste, so here it is, with the accompanying text from my review:

Kirk’s also lonely in his cell, but soon a prosecutor visits to interrogate him about the spirits he’s been consorting with. Kirk defends himself, saying he was just minding his own business in the library when he heard the woman scream. At the mention of the library, the prosecutor pulls a serviceable Dramatic Chipmunk take. This subtle clue tips Kirk to the fact that the man knows where he’s from. The woman in the cell across from him unhelpfully insists Kirk is a witch and the lawman who arrested him confirms he was talking to spirits. Thanks, guys.

Yes, that dramatic music and abrupt zoom on the prosecutor’s face is one of the more ridiculous moments in the episode, but hey, this is just another example of how Star Trek was ahead of its time, even anticipating internet memes before there was an internet. (Speaking of which, you’ve seen “What’s in Spock’s Scanner?”right? Mildly NSFW.)

Even though “All Our Yesterdays” sounds like some kind of soap opera, and plays like one much of the time, it’s a solid episode. It’s the last voyage of the original series chronologically, and would have allowed the show to end on as high a note as the third season could muster. Instead, due to the whims of production schedules and air orders, we’re getting “Turnabout Intruder” next week, in which Captain Kirk body-swaps with a woman, with predictable results. But never mind that for now. This week’s re-watch was my last TOS review (as the main author, which I switch with Torie), so please take a look and let us know what you think. And you should absolutely make an effort to watch it for yourself.

It’s hard to believe we’ve finally made it to the end of the series! Torie and I started the re-watch nearly two years ago, and it’s been some of the most fun and lucrative writing of my career so far. Thanks for following along and putting up with all my blog posts about it. (It may not seem like it, but there’s more to my life than Star Trek–a claim I couldn’t have made when I was 13. Ahem.) If you’ve enjoyed this little project, please consider following The Viewscreen on Twitter (@theviewscreen) and becoming fans of our Facebook page–and blog, tweet, and share with your friends!