British crime writer Tom Quigley tagged me a while back in the Lucky Seven challenge, which involves publishing an extract from a current work in progress. Travelling delayed my response, but here it is. The rules were to go to page 7, line 7 of my work-in-progress novel, and post the following 7 lines of prose.
I chose to post from A Virtual Love, which is in the editing stage at the moment and is due to come out in spring 2013. Here it is:
To anyone else she’d appear the same: her eyes still gazing unseeing at a point in space, her chin lolling idly on her neck, her swollen legs sprawling inelegantly across the worn threads of the Persian rug. But as I lean over to wipe spilt tea from her chin, I see her mouth trembling slightly and know that she is trying to smile. At the end of the afternoon, as I help her into her wheelchair to go and wave you off, I sometimes feel a slight extra pressure of her fingers on my forearm. These are small, unimportant things to busy doctors and grandsons, but I know they are real. I suppose that, just as silence gradually attunes the ears to distant, small sounds, so my long days of inactivity endow small things with a reality that others may miss.
It feels strange to take a selection at random like that, but quite interesting what turned up. The last rule is that I have to tag seven other authors to take part and post their own extracts. So I’d love to hear from:
If anyone else reading this would like to take part as well, feel free! Be sure to link back or somehow let me know that you’ve posted, so that I can go and read your work.