13 March, 2007

Work in Progress meme

Turn to page 123 in your work-in-progress. (If you haven't gotten to page 123 yet, then turn to page 23. If you haven't gotten there yet, then get busy and write page 23.) Count down four sentences and then instead of just the fifth sentence, give us the whole paragraph.

Well, it depends whether I count the first sentence as the fragment that breaks across pp. 122-3, in which case you get:
Maybe Urdda had had the same thought. She was an orange-outlined shadow springing as if dancing, herself, along the shore. She was orange sprays and convulsions in the water, mingling with the dwarf’s mess there, her cries as sharp as his.
or as the first complete sentence, in which case you get this:
The pond water gulped the dead hand down. The line was gone. A frazzle of light had whipped out across the surface and was now gone in bubbles—that had been a tuft of beard, Branza realised, cut off by Urdda. ‘Oh, dear,’ she murmured.
I prefer the second.


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