Sure, why not? D. Wallace Peach, , risked her reputation by including this humble author in the “777 Writer’s Challenge”. Now, she really is an author of some note whilst I’m still struggling to learn where commas go, or not, maybe. But she is a fellow peanut M&M woofer, not a bad attribute to claim and makes her just about peachy in my book(s).

If you’ve followed this page for a bit you know that I do write. My publisher is back there behind me probably wishing I really did know where those dern commas belong trying to make my soon to be forthcoming novels, well, understandable. SINK RATE is due out in October and the others (ROPE BREAK, CAPTAIN’S CROSS and SIDE SLIP) are to follow if the editors don’t give up and become monks on a mountaintop instead.

CAPTAIN’S (sorry, the rest of the title is still top secret because I’m not sure of what it is yet and can’t make up my mind)…  is the second in my colonial action/adventure/land/sea/family saga/historical/sorta love story novels following CAPTAIN’S CROSS. I get attached to my characters and can’t seem to let them disappear at the end of the last story. SINK RATE, ROPE BREAK and SIDE SLIP are contemporary crime/detective novels based on the same core characters. I went back in time to 1753 for CAPTAIN’S CROSS and the current WIP is set five years after. Our sometimes not so heroic hero, Ben Deland, is very loosely based on real family members who survived the wrath of French Kings and frontier colonial life to settle amongst the trees and streams of New England:

“Ready lads, coming about!” Ben shouted. Hands went to lines and Ben threw the wheel to larboard and put the wind over the starboard rail. The ocean bottom would now begin to rise up toward Annabelle’s keel and it would be a test of nerve for Ben and the captain of the unknown but surely unfriendly ship closing in from the north. The sails were trimmed and Annabelle drove hard through the rough sea. Though she wasn’t a very large ship, she was graceful and could out run almost anything on the ocean when tight into the wind. No square rigged ship could sail so close or so fast, at least Ben had not found one yet. He hoped today was not the exception.

And now onward. I’ll pass the challenge on to seven more. Go to the 7th page of your current WIP then down to the 7th line and show the world (or at least our small sliver of it here on WP) the next 7 lines found there. The next seven, jump in if you like:


Write on the River

marc’s blog

Steel City Intrigue

Nathanael Green

Peggy Blair – Getting Published

Ordinary Handsome


6 thoughts on “THE 777 WRITER’S CHALLENGE

    • Oh, I forgot. There is a bit of tongue firmly planted in the cheek humor too. Blue humor in my crime/detective novels and, as the captain of the shrimp boat I worked on one long hot summer way in the past said, “A case of the redass…” humor in the land/sea/ historical novels. You have to put on your big girl britches, it can get a bit rocky in places.

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    • The work is moving, slowly. Too much summer distraction. Of course it’s winter where you are so I guess eventually the earth will swing its fat belly back around and give me an excuse to flee to Florida and my quiet Lanai (back porch to non wrinkleland residents) to finish it off.

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  1. Hey, thanks for including me in the fun, Mike. I’ll have to root through the WIPs to see if there is anything worthy of posting; but regardless, I enjoyed reading your snippet. Coincidentally, the 777 has some meaning to me – back in the Seventies when CB radios were all the rage, my father took the handle of “Triple Seven” because all the numbers of the date of his birth end with 7. 🙂

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