Lucky Seven: Seven lines from Housewife with a Half-Life

I’ve been tagged by Jane Rusbridge and by Martha Williams as one of her authors in the Lucky Seven meme. It gives established and new writers a chance to showcase what they are working on.

The instructions for Lucky 7 are:

  • · 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 – no cheating
  • · Tag 7 other authors to do the same

The lines I’m using come from page 7 of my soon to be self-published (as A.B. Wells) comedy space novel Housewife with a Half-Life. Housewife Susan Strong has received an unexpected visit from a spaceman, her Fairly God Father (who later is named Fairly Dave) who has come to warn her that she’s literally disintegrating and if she doesn’t find the pieces of herself that are scattered all over the universes then the world itself is in jeopardy. Fairly Dave says that he’s been sent to help and look out for her in her quest. Susan replies…

But that’s my job, looking after everyone else. Why do I need looking after?’

There’s been some trouble, an anomaly, you might not even be aware of it, said the Fairly God Father. You’re stuck in a relativity and you can’t get out of it.’

Susan nodded, she’d always had an inkling and now that he’d put his finger on it, it kind of made sense.

You’ve noticed then?’ he paused, ‘You’ve heard of the Schrödinger’s Cat experiment?’

Of course,’ she said, ‘experimental physics is my hobby.’

Housewife with a Half-Life will be available in a few weeks. Check back for more updates.

I haven’t yet had the opportunity to check with the following folk if they are willing or able for the challenge to post lines from their works, or may have already completed the challenge, but they are worth checking out in any case and some have new books recently released. They are:

Hazel Gaynor @HazelGaynor

Rebecca Emin @RebeccaEmin

Derek Flynn @derekf03

R.F. Long @RFLong

Tania Hershman @taniahershman

Kate Boardman @coffeewithkate

Jane Prinsep @janeprinsep

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6 comments

  1. A fascinating snippet, Alison. And the seven lines thing is a great idea. Good luck with publication. I’ll look out for it. Will it be available as ebook?

  2. I like the Fairy God Father and the scientific reply 🙂 Looking forward to the book itself. And, of course, apologies and mea culpa for inviting you to Lucky 7 again. I hadn’t quite looked far enough back on your blog to see that you’d already taken part! But I loved the enticing excerpt from Housewife With A Half-Life 🙂

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