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Dianna Gunn Gave Me a Lucky 7 Meme Award

“Dianna Gunn Gave Me a Lucky 7 Meme Award'” by Joan Y. Edwards

On March 26, 2012 Dianna Gunn gave me “The Lucky 7 Meme Award.” It looked like fun so I thought I’d give it a try. I did a bit of research first.

A meme, according to Wikipedia and other dictionaries, is an idea, behavior or style that spreads from person to person within a culture.

As I see it, a Lucky 7 Meme is an award given by one blogger to seven other bloggers. In a Lucky 7 Meme blog, a writer shares a 7 part portion after line 7 on page 77 of his work-in-progress (WIP) and puts links to the seven bloggers he chooses for the award. In this way, many people are recognized and have a chance to share a miniscule part of their work online.

Here are the rules:

1. Go thou to page 77 of your current MS
2. Get thee hence to line 7
3. Copy down the next 7 lines – sentences or paragraphs – and post them as they’re written. No cheating!
4. Tag 7 authors
5. Let each and every one of them know

The Lucky 7 Meme Award

Here is 7 parts after line 7 on page 77 excerpt from my novel, “Follow Your Immigrant Heart.”


            “Joy put her brother, Dr. Steven Polanski in the tunnel. He should be here any minute.”

            “That is good news,” I said straightening Papa’s quilt.

Lawrence said, “You two stay in this room. Close the bedroom door and hide. I’ll make sure it’s really the doctor. If I come in and say ‘Charity,’ stay where you are and breathe only when you must. If I say, ‘Philippè, the doctor is here,’ you will know everything is fine. Then you can get from your hiding place and open the door. Do you understand?”


            “I’m off to the tunnel,” said Lawrence.

            We closed the bedroom door. I made sure my father looked comfortable. Then I hid in the privy room. Randall sat in a chair behind the door.

            In a few minutes, we heard footsteps cross over the hardwood floor in the kitchen.


I hope you enjoyed stepping into my novel. I’d love to hear your opinions about it.

Now I pass the Lucky 7 Meme torch on to seven people whose blogs I am thankful for:

  1. Karen Cioffi
  2. Roxie Hanna
  3. Tara Lazar
  4. Joy Acey Frelinger
  5. Kathie Pugaczewski
  6. Darcy Pattison
  7. Donna Earnhardt

I hope that these Lucky Seven will participate so that we can read their excerpts.

Do something fun to celebrate you today!

Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards



7 Responses

  1. Thanks so much, Joan! I really appreciate the award! And I enjoyed your excerpt–very intriguing!

    Since I’m a picture book author, I don’t have a page 77! So I’ll just share the 7th line from a WIP:

    “A ballyhoo of boisterous beasts!”


    • Dear Tara,
      You’re very welcome. I’m glad you liked the award. You words from the 7th line of you WIP is alliteration at its best.
      Celebrate your love of writing picture books!

      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards


  2. How fun. I love how Tara found a way to modify to challenge to fit her genre. Aren’t writers the creative ones?

    I have a couple of comments/questions about your posted lines. I hope you will find them helpful. First of all, this section is full of suspense with tunnels, hiding, and someone coming. I loved that. I am nervous for the characters. I did want to ask if Charity is a character’s name. If so, and if she is mentioned in an earlier section, it will be clear to readers. Who states the first line? A tagline would be helpful especially since I can’t look back. What if you reword that line to say Joy escorted or sent her brother instead of put her brother in the tunnel. It seems like she might have literally picked him up and placed him there. Also, be sure it’s clear who Lawrence is addressing and which room Randall is in.

    I look forward to seeing this one on the shelves!


    • Dear Linda,
      Thanks for writing. It was cool how Tara found a way to modify the challenge to fit the picture book genre.

      I’m glad you liked my excerpt. Thanks for your suggestions for it. You’re right about changing the words to escorted or sent instead of put him in the tunnel. You’re good at noting things that are not clear to the reader.

      Enjoy your day. Celebrate you!
      Never Give Up!
      Joan Y. Edwards


      • Joan,
        I’m glad my suggestions were helpful.


  3. Very intriguing passage, Joan. Like Linda, I’m looking forward to reading the whole book. I loved Tara’s alliteration. Sarah


    • Dear Sarah,
      Good to hear from you. Thanks. I’m glad my passage intrigued you. Tara’s alliteration was awesome, wasn’t it?
      Celebrate you today.
      Never Give Up!
      Joan Y. Edwards


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