Various things

A while ago the inimatable Edward Fraser threw a challenge at me and it being my first ever blog challenge I shall of course comply.

It’s the Lucky 7 Twitter Game and the rules are as follows:

  • 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
  • tag 7 other people to do the same

I’m tagging Aimee Roseland, Jason Halstead, Phil Church, Daniel Hawkins, Diana Trees, Willie Meikle and Julie Anne Lindsey.

I’m working on short stories for now, trying to work out the kinks in my storytelling. This one is pretty much a steampunk version of Alice in Wonderland:

… The machines gave out short spurts of air that lifted each man slightly, giving them temporary advantage over the other as they lunged and stabbed.
“I’ll put a tenner on Forsythe!” someone nearby yelled.
“They’re betting on this?” Alice asked, her voice shrill, not realizing that Hacker had gotten separated from her and disappeared in the crowd.
“Of course! Are you blind, woman?” a faceless someone in the crowd told her in irritation.
Alice bit back a retort just as the crowd around her gasped as one. She turned her gaze to the fighters. There was a slight red streak running along one man’s back where the other had almost missed him.

And just to cheer up your day also, someone linked this video on some social media today:

Which of course led to hours wasted on Youtube watching every possible incarnation of classical music flashmob videos.

A scene from my favourite Opera (La Traviata) as a flashmob:

And finally, a very Finnish flashmob:

They’re singing the Finlandia Hymn in the Helsinki main railway station and when they’re done, instead of acknowledging the applause and adoration, they just walk off as if nothing happened. That’s Finns for you.

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