7*7*7 Challenge

I was tagged by my Ready. Set. Write! friend H.M. Shander for the 777 Challenge (here’s her post). The premise: Post the 7th line of the 7th page of your work-in-progress, followed by the next 7 lines of the story. Then, nominate 7 other writers to do the same. Easy, right? 

So, here’s 7*7*7 from the yet unfinished draft of my yet-to-be titled WiP, which is set at a Dirty-Dancing-esque summer camp…

Uncle Mason and Aunt Faith join us, looking painfully out of sorts holding flimsy paper plates loaded with hotdogs and potato salad. At home, we do a lot of ordering in; my aunt and uncle work long hours and suck equally at cooking, but regardless of where dinner comes from, it’s presented on china and eaten with silver. It’s comical, watching Uncle Mason scoop baked beans with a plastic fork, and Aunt Faith dab mustard from her mouth with a paper napkin.

“They’d only endure this for you,” Morgan mutters.

Her tone says she’s joking, but this is a point of contention—has been for as long as I can remember. She’s spoiled as shit, but her parents are strict when it comes to curfews and grades and general issues of safety, and they’re not afraid to shut her down when her demands are outlandish. Me, on the other hand… They’ve coddled me, their precious nephew, their survivor, since I moved into their home ten years ago. They’ve never uttered the word no in my direction.


I’m tagging Jaime Morrow, Erin Funk, Liz Parker, & Kaitlin Bartlett. 🙂


15 responses to “7*7*7 Challenge

  1. Oooh interesting that it is a BOY POV! I like it. I’m curious how he’s a survivor so hey I guess you got me hooked lol . Hope you finish this one soon, Katy. (but most of all that you have fun writing it)

  2. I didn’t realize it was a boy POV at first. I agree with Rachel that this is interesting. I like excerpt a lot (plus the images). Have a fantastic time drafting this one, Katy!

    • Thanks, Alicia! I never have “fun” drafting, but if I can finish a first draft with my sanity intact, I consider that a win. Revisions are where the fun’s at for me. 😉 Have a great day, lady!

  3. Is that a house, or a mini village sitting atop each other? 😉 Wonderful excerpt! And that they eat take out on china, great bit of characterization there.

    • Oh, that’s a lodge at a summer camp — the very camp that helped inspire the setting of Dirty Dancing, in fact. 🙂 How cool would that be if it was a house, though? Have a great week, Leandra!

  4. I love the idea of a Dirty Dancing-type camp! Sign me up when you need a reader. 🙂

  5. Love this! I can totally picture how awkward his aunt & uncle look, and the hint of tension in the second paragraph is great. I’m curious how he’s a survivor too, actually. Your inspiration pics are gorgeous! Thanks for tagging me, especially since I need post ideas now that RSW is done! 🙂

  6. Love this! I have such a vivid image in my head of this aunt and uncle, and it’s fantastic. I love the photos you shared as well. And, hello, Dirty Dancing-esque summer camp? Yes, please! Great excerpt, Katy! And thanks for the tag! ☺

  7. “set at a Dirty-Dancing-esque summer camp” I’m sold! 🙂

    Great characterization in your excerpt, I can picture the scene perfectly!

  8. The excerpt is intriguing, thanks for sharing!

  9. You sold me at “Dirty-Dancing-esque summer camp…” 😉
    This was great and characterisation was spot on. I’m intrigued to read more. Thanks for sharing this with us, Katy! P.S. Love your new photo.