something I (might as well say) never do–sharing rough draft material

From Facebook, the writer’s seven meme.

Jade Zivanovic tagged me, so blame her. 🙂

Go to either page 7 or 77 of your manuscript. Count down 7 lines, then copy the next 7 lines to your status. After that, name 7 more authors to come out and play

This is a rough draft manuscript. It’s so rough, it doesn’t even have a working title yet. I just call it Seldom’s Story or Seldom Untitled. So this is on page 7 now, but it could end up anywhere…or nowhere at all.

Sirens screamed in the distance, but they would come too late. They always came too late. With her heart thundering in her ears, Seldom tightened her grip on the cold steel of the tire iron and threw herself backward, using all her weight.

Open, you bitch. OPEN!

The washing machine door squalled, and then something gave: SPANG! A piece of shrapnel flew across the room and struck the wall above the dryer bank. Perfumed suds and water gushed onto the yellowed tile. Someone shrieked.

But inside the drum the sodden shape remained motionless, and time spun away. In slow motion the mother crumpled into the spreading lake in front of the gaping door and drew out the tiny body, gathering it into her lap.