Seven Times a Lady

by | Mar 21, 2012 | Uncategorized | 6 comments

…and that’s a whole lotta lady.

In the interest of honesty, I will freely admit that I wasn’t going to post today. I have had three very frustrating days of attempted ideation that have resulted in zero new material. Zilch. Nada. My notebook looks a bit like something filched from a madman–crossed out lines and character names interspersed with scrawled timelines stuck between strange words and phrases like “neo-futuristic wasteland” and “grape jelly” and “dungeon time-shift.”

When I haven’t been busy writing nothing good, I have been reading Emmie Mears‘ urban fantasy manuscript. Trust me, folks, you’ll see this talented woman’s name on the shelves sooner rather than later. I won’t give away any of the juicy details, but keep your eyes peeled for this delectable feast. Epic, intimate, supernaturally realistic; the story doesn’t disappoint.

Which leads me to my next order of business! Emmie has passed along a fun little blog-o-meme called Lucky 7!

Prime numbers FTW!

The rules are:

1. Go to page 77 of your current MS/WIP
2. Go to line 7
3. Copy down the next 7 lines, sentences, or paragraphs, and post them as they’re written.
4. Tag 7 authors, and let them know.

What fun! I’m excited to share a little literary nugget with you all. Let’s get to it!

The air was heavy with the musty scent of dust and long disuse.

“Is this a library?” Kyla asked. Her voice echoed softly between the rafters. She had loved libraries for as long as she could remember; she loved the way they smelled, especially. The the smell of paper and ink and bindings; the smell of infinite stories waiting to be read; the smell of knowledge.

Tam nodded. Their feet left dark imprints in the blanket of pale dust that lay thick upon the rust-colored floorboards.

Mmm, libraries.
Unfortunately, I don’t really have a big enough following to select 7 bloggers to carry on the torch. So, how about this: if you read my blog and would like to take part in this fun meme, post the picture and the rules to your blog and share some of what you’re working on! I can’t wait to read them!


  1. lwsapir

    I love your 7 lines! So descriptive. I felt like I was there. I’d like to be there. I love libraries…dusty old ones best, of course!

    I definitely think you should un-cross-out “dungeon time-shift” because that sounds like a story begging to be written!

    • Lyra Selene

      Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for the compliment! I’ll certainly take that suggestion under consideration–who knows, you may be right!

  2. Mike Schulenberg

    Thanks for sharing this with us. I like the library setting described here–musty, ancient, and as if the characters are intruders. It makes me want to know more about what brought them there, and where things go next.

    • Lyra Selene

      Thanks, Mike! It’s a bit of a lull in the plot after a action-packed scene, so I wanted to focus on a more descriptive, atmospheric moment afterwards. Glad you enjoyed it.

  3. Kourtney Heintz

    Very cool lines! I love libraries. I promised myself one day I would have a room of books. Sigh. One day. 🙂

    • Lyra Selene

      Thanks! I love libraries too, someday I want to have a great big floor-to-ceiling library like in Beauty and the Beast, haha!