Tag! A “First Look Meme” With Apprentice Cat

August 20th, 2012

I was in the midst of basking in beta reader praise when, Tameri Etherton tagged me in a new meme that’s making its way around the blogosphere. It’s called the Look game.

I suppose that’s because the rules say something like, you’re supposed to run a search in your work in progress for the word “look” and then paste the surrounding paragraph(s), followed by tagging as many people as possible.

Simple enough. I decided to share a bit from Apprentice Cat, since it’s coming out later this year. So here goes:

“What of his companion? Do we know where he is?”

“As a matter of fact, I do.” He heard the soft sound of paws pacing toward the door. The mage sucked in a breath, his heart beat loudly in his ears.

“Right here.”

The door scraped loudly as it opened, spilling the old mage onto the floor. He looked into the yellow eyes of a large gray tom. Turning his head he saw the misshapen lump of fur the two had been discussing. He crawled to his old friend’s side, the mottled black and brown fur unmistakable. He reached to touch the once silken body.

“I wouldn’t if I were you.”

The old mage stared hard at the gray tom whose whiskers were splayed wide. He could feel the strain of the muscles in his jaw as he clenched his teeth. His vision dimmed to pinpoints, centering on the yellow-eyed cat.

“A single feather touch can rupture the victim’s skin and cause it to expel an acidic fluid.”

Ooo ~ ~ ~ ooO

Now it’s my turn. I get to tag some of you in this meme to share a bit of your work in progress. If I tag you and you aren’t up for it, no worries. If I didn’t tag you, but you’d like to participate, that’s awesome. Just let us know in the comments so we can pop over to your blog and check you out.

Angela Wallace ** Michael R. Hicks ** Jordyn Redwood ** Jami Gold

I look forward to reading all your excerpts.

Memed by the Lucky 7…

March 27th, 2012


I’ve been memed!

The Lucky 7 Meme isn’t really an award but it’s more fun than being tagged for random bits of information. Why is this better, you ask? Well…because it involves sharing seven lines of your latest work in progress, which is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while, but never really got around to. Here’s my excuse to strut my stuff and I’m so excited.

Here’s the deal: whip out the WIP, flip to page 77, count down seven lines and then cut-and-paste the next seven into a document and share those beauteous words.

You’ve been memed, baby!


I’m not sure if seven lines is actually lines or seven sentences and the original Lucky 7 Memer got sloppy and inferred the meaning. Either way, 7 is the lucky number I have to work with.

Without further ado here are my seven from Apprentice Cat:

“Some of these quatrains remind me of old prophecies I read as a kit.”

“That may work,” mused Master Jalen. He stared into space, eyes unfocused.

“The question is, how do we go about getting the information we need?” he continued. “We can’t simply ask the Brothers to search their library for vague references. I hesitate to share any of this information with even them.”

“One of us could go,” suggested the Head Master Cat.

“That may call too much attention to what we’re trying to find out.”

The beginning of my seventh line began in the middle of a sentence, so I included the whole sentence so it would make sense.

Don’t forget to check out Lesann Barry’s Lucky 7 lines. I get to thank her for this special sort of torture. I lurk, read and wait. Publish faster, people!

In the meantime I’m about to lure more unsuspecting victims swimmers into the meme pool. I’ve tagged these writers to offer up a sampling of their wordy goodness:

Angela Wallace

Barbara McDowell

Jillian Dodd

Natalie Hartford

~ Patricia Sands

Steena Holmes

Tameri Etherton


The regular caveats apply. Should you choose not to participate nothing wobbly awful, amazingly stupid, or terrifyingly insipid shall happen.

But, I will be sad. *sniff sniff*

Don’t have 77 pages of a WIP ready to go? Fear not! No worries! My solution is that you offer up seven lines of whatever you’ve got. If you’ve already been memed, sorry…but you have to get these out there quick!

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