Saturday, October 3, 2015

The 7/7/7 Challenge

images via Pinterest, collage put together by me

  So, way back in August Emily Ann Putzke of Taking Dictation tagged me for the 7/7/7 challenge and then in mid September Annie of Curious Wren tagged me for it as well. My original plan was to wait until I could do it for The Point of No Return (my WWI novel), but, because I've encountered some hiccups with that WIP, I'm just going to go ahead and do it for my western short story The Gunfighter.

  Briefly, the 7/7/7 challenge works like this: I go to the seventh page of my manuscript, count down seven lines, and then share the next seven below that here with you guys. Oh, and I'm also supposed to tag seven people. Fun, right?

The seven lines:

   I could feel the disapproving eyes of Mrs. Reilly on me even as my fingers curled around the handle. I ran a finger along the glistening barrel. I’d never held a gun like this before. Only on the rarest of occasions would Uncle Jem let me carry his rifle for him and then it wasn’t even loaded.

      “Don’t touch the trigger,” Holt warned.

   I shook my head. “No, sir, Mr. Trevor.”

      “How’d you find out my name?”


  I'm not entirely certain who to tag since most of the people I follow have already done the tag, so I have a different idea. Instead of choosing seven people, I tag all of you— the people who read this corner of the blogosphere and follow me by email, Google Friend Connect, or plain old fashioned bookmark. If you are a writer, you're tagged. Just make sure you leave a comment with the link to your post in the comment section on this post so I can go read your seven lines and check out your blog. Sound good? Excellent. I can't wait to read your seven lines!


  1. Well, this is intriguing. ^_^

    I haven't read many westerns, but I for sure want to read yours, m'dear! I like the feel of it, and I already like what little I just glimpsed of the characters. May I know the girl's first name? (I'm assuming it's a girl.)

    Thank you for doing the tag, Hanne-col! *gives you tea as a reward* ;)

  2. Eeep. I'm glad you like it!

    Well, Annie dear, not to burst your bubble but the narrator is actually a boy named Matt. There is a girl in the story however, Matt's schoolteacher, and her name is Coleen. She's the one pictured in the collage. I couldn't find a good picture for Matt, so I used the one with the schoolteacher and the back of the head of a little boy (Matt). It had the right feel for the story.

    I posted a few other snippets from this story in two other posts, if you're interested in reading them. Here: And then here:

    Why, thank you! *accepts tea gratefully*

  3. I love your writing, Hanne-col! I really, really, really want to read this story!!

  4. Aw! Thank you so much, Emily!! Your excitement is very encouraging!


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