Best Books Winner, and the 77 Tag

Pink Christmas Lights by Petr Kratochvil

Pink Christmas Lights by Petr Kratochvil

Thank you to everyone who entered my Best Books Giveaway 2012, in celebration of reading. It was my first time using Punchtab for a giveaway, and sometimes the comments on site did not register as entries. Never fear — I added them to the list and used a random number generator to select the winner. A big congratulations to Marie Myung-Ok Lee. Enjoy the $25 Amazon gift certificate and happy reading!

I was also tagged this week by the marvelous Julia Munroe Martin in a writer’s word-swap game. I’m supposed to go to page 7 or 77 of my current manuscript, count down 7 lines and post the next 7 sentences, whatever they are. Here’s my snip-snap, from page 77 of Grace Blinks.

Albert found the girl beside the lake, speechless and shaking, the owner of an incomparable discovery. For a moment, he stood still inside of knowledge. Then he put his arm around the girl’s shoulders and guided her away.

Others came with more or less bravado, but none of them encountered the woman as the little girl and Albert had done, as a surprise without preamble or warning, a slap, hard, across the bones round the eye. The drowned woman had her own secrets untold, and some of those were born of water. The day before, witnesses had testified that Mary-Martha-Ester had drowned in the Cayuga, and yet here she was on the shores of the Seneca, an impossibility deeper than the lake.

For Matthew, the woman was evidence, a thrill.

I’m supposed to tag 7 other writers, but I think this meme has made the rounds, so how about this? If you’ve not been tagged, or if you’d like to play again, here’s your chance. Post away — and let me know where to find you.

And for those not playing, here’s another game: choose seven words you love for their beauty or their silliness or because they just pop into your head. Put them in the comments, in random order. Sort of like a weird word poem. Here are mine: zigzag tessellation luminescent bauble makeshift hazard elephant (Yeah, I don’t know where that came from. Have fun!)

17 thoughts on “Best Books Winner, and the 77 Tag

  1. Ooh, I like your seven random words game. Here are mine:

    flicker tintinnabulation
    crackle oracle
    susurrus sheen salamander

  2. I got see excited about the seven words meme, I forgot to comment on your excerpt–which is intriguing, fascinating, creepy and well-written!

  3. Oh, yes – I definitely want more of “Grace Blinks” – so intriguing, this snip-snap of a story. I’m not a wordsmith so I don’t have 7 words but I do have another book recommendation for you: “Flight Behavior” by Barbara Kingsolver. Just finished, still thinking about it.

  4. I love your excerpt, so fascinating….it made me quite curious! And I love your title, too. As for seven words: daughter lyrical surrender sky blue kiss journey… just back from taking my daughter back to college and that may well have influenced my choices… Thanks for the word therapy 🙂

  5. Are you from the Finger Lakes Region? I recognize those lakes 🙂

    Rapscallion is my favorite word of all time. Serendipity, hoarfrost, bellicose, periwinkle, ethereal, luminous are a few others.

    • Yes, I’m from Rochester, so we spent a lot of time on the Lakes growing up. So glad you recognized them! They have a lot of lore. Is that where you’re from as well?

      Rapscallion is such a good word. I love the others too — hoarfrost, in particular, though I’m also a fan of periwinkle. 🙂

  6. ovoviviparous, Golgi apparatus, endoplasmic reticulum, acetylsalicylic acid, anadromous, parthenogenesis, plasmolysis (yes, all geeky science terms–but fun to say!)

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