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Richard Leonard has kindly tagged me in the Lucky Seven.  What that means is that I have to:

  • Go to page 7 or 77 in your current manuscript (fiction or non-fiction)
  • Go to line 7
  • Post the next 7 lines or sentences on your blog as they are (no cheating, please!)
  • Tag 7 other authors to do the same

Now, the issue here is that my current manuscript doesn’t really have a page 7, since it’s mostly research with the occasional random scene thrown in.  So, I figure I’ll take the seventh paragraph that’s actually been written, and go with that.

In this scene, the protagonist has escaped from the factory where shi lived as slave labour all hir life, and is discovering the real world.

The apparent mistaken spelling of pronouns is intentional, for reasons which I’m not going into right now.

Zahra peeked out from behind the tree again.  The shouts of the other children drew hir slowly from hir hiding place.  In the factory, shouts had meant mistakes, punishment, but here the children seemed happy.  They ran in aparently random directions, and climbed on odd shaped objects.  Zahra didn’t really understand what the point was.

There were a number of adults standing to one side.  They seemed to be ignoring the children, but Zahra noticed that every so often they would glance over at them.

And now for the tagging.  I shall try to avoid anyone who has been tagged by Richard, or Goran, who tagged Richard, since that seems a little circular!

I’m looking forward to seeing what they come up with.

Apparently, people like me.  Specifically, Matt Williams and Richard Leonard have both nominated me for a VBA.  Thank you both!  May I encourage people to go check them out?

So, according to the rules, I need to tell you seven things about myself and then nominate some people.


Hmmm, now to think of things which are interesting that I didn’t say last time.

I have a thing for secret identities.  Seriously, superheroes, spies, anyone who leads a double life.  My particular favourite is Superman (Dean Cain was the best version), but I’ll take any of them, any day.

My guilty secret – fanfiction.  Harry Potter time travel stories are great, and also Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality.

I write far less than I want to.  I suspect this is normal.

I’m not sure if Stargate SG-1 is the best show ever, but it certainly comes very high up the list.

I sleep better on camp than I do in a bed.  Or I would do if I actually went to bed rather than chatting with the other Leaders.

I don’t have a pet.  If I owned my house and didn’t have to bow to the wishes of the landlord, I would be crazy cat lady.  And my husband would be crazy cat man.

I like cauliflower cheese.  Can you tell I’m running out of interesting facts?


Some nominations – mostly people I’ve discovered since the last time I got this award.  I’ve decided to exclude people I nominated last time, despite the fact that they still deserve it.

The Struggle to be a Writer that Writes, by Cat.  When I first discovered her she was in the midst of a month-long challenge to post a story every day.  She didn’t quite make it, but did discover some interesting things about herself and writing in the process.

Suzanne Conboy-Hill writes short scenes which really draw you in.

Human Nature and Superpowers; Preston Fuller is blogging about the process of creating a novel, as he does it.  The plot sounds intriguing and it’s fascinating to get an insight into how the creation process works.

The Best Place by the Fire, by Kari Fay.  Short stories on many different topics, which are well written and manage to get you emotionally invested very quickly.

Catherine, Caffeinated, by Catherine Ryan Howard.  She writes about the process of self-publishing, giving well thought out and helpful advice.

Keep up the good work, guys!

The Author

Nicola Higgins is a 30-something martial artist who runs two Brownie packs and works full time. She somehow still finds time to write.

Her favourite genres are near-future and alternate world science fiction and fantasy.

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