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:
- Farzana Rahman
- Courttia Newland
- Michelle Davidson Argyle
- Mark Piggott
- Roz Morris
- Geoffrey Philp
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.