A game of sevens.

So the lovely and talented Bill Cameron tagged me. I am duty-bound to do the following:
Word is, there’s a writer’s meme going around the blogosphere. It’s called The Lucky 7 Game, and it’s basically a game of writerly tag. If you’re tagged, you have to do the following:
1) Go to page 7 or 77 in your current manuscript
2) Go to line 7
3) Copy down the next seven lines/sentences as they are – no cheating
4) Tag 7 other authors
As I said, I am duty-bound. However, I’m also tired and cranky and hungry, so while I’m happy to share my work here, I’m going to have to come back for my own tagging. I hope I’m forgiven as I crawl under my kitchen table and gnaw on a bone or four. In the meantime, I invite anyone who wishes to join in this game to consider themselves tagged and put a link to their site in the comments. I’ll gladly update this post to include your link in the main body later on.
From my current work…

This stack he carried to the window overlooking the front yard. This was the telescope’s window. A stool sat nearby. He laid the books on the floor, took the topmost book and climbed the stool. From this seat he could see the valley below the house, the trees and hedges, the roads and path. Through the telescope he could see the city and port, the buildings and ships, the comings and goings. From the books he could see all and everything else.

If great classics had been written today.

@ me Ishmael. ~ Moby Dick
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in advertising. ~ Pride and Prejudice
Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father friended him on Facebook. ~ 100 Years of Solitude
Bella, light of my life, fire of my shimmery loins. ~ Lolita
Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is eventually on reality television. ~ Anna Karenina
[Redacted by editor] ~ Finnegan’s Wake