Game of Sevens

workplaceI’ve been tagged by historical fiction author Antoine Vanner in a game of Lucky Sevens.

It’s a bit of online fun for writers that pulls us out of our sheds where we sit scribbling away for hours on end and lets us reveal a little our our current work in progress.

Here is how it’s done:

Go to page 7 or 77 in your current manuscript
Go to line 7
Post on your blog the next 7 lines or sentences – as they are!!
Tag 7 other people to do the same

Now, a lot of people have already done this, so I’m not tagging, but I’m inviting any writers who read this to dare to do the same. 😉 Just let me know if you do and I’ll add your name to this post (free advert!)

So here are seven lines from AURELIA, based in Roma Nova and the Germanic Federation state of Prussia. It’s set in the 1960/70s.

Himmel! Is that what was transmitting? It’s tiny.’ He stretched his hand out, an acquisitive look in his eyes. ‘I’ll have to take it as evidence.’

‘No. It’s imperial state property. You have your recording.’

He bent his fingers, beckoning impatiently.

‘Sorry, no.’ I glanced up at him. ‘Anyway,’ I said, trying not to sound smug, ‘you don’t have the hardware to transcribe it.’

For all their famous technologic expertise, the Prussians weren’t a patch on us. We kept our secrets to ourselves. As a tiny country, we had to use every advantage and our technology was one of the most important. Even more than the silver.

I’m finding it quite hard to get into the 1960s/70s era. It’s part of my early life and I’ve forgotten most of it! So, back to research..

STOP PRESS: Two writers have stepped forward to take up the Lucky Sevens challenge – and what fascinating replies they are…
Linda Chamberlain
Carol Cooper


Alison Morton is the author of Roma Nova thrillers, INCEPTIO, and PERFIDITAS. Third in series, SUCCESSIO, is out now.

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