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September 18, 2012 / diannegray

Look at moi!

Kath & Kim (photo courtesy of The Herald)

I have been tagged in the ‘Look’ game by Maggie and MR Graham.

The idea of the game is to locate the word ‘look’ in whatever manuscript you have lying around, then post it with the surrounding paragraphs. Afterwards, invite other authors to do the same.

My “look” is from the last paragraph of Chapter 1 in my book The Eleventh Question (to be published early October). 

She grabbed a towel and headed into the bathroom. The shower water was soothing on her skin as she stood staring at the white tiles embossed with blue seashells. What was happening in her life? She was too old to have a pretend friend. Was she going insane? Or was she the only sane person left in the world?

She wrapped herself in the towel and looked into the misty mirror. With a wet finger she wrote the words – Who am I?

Here are the authors I’m tagging:

J M Kadane

Rick Mallery

Bitter Charm






Captain Kate





If you want to join in and I haven’t put your name above (it was difficult due to a short timeframe and the amount of great writers out there!) – please feel free to put the link to your page (or your ‘Look’ paragraph) in the comments section for others to see 😀

For those I have included – I fully understand if you don’t have the time to take on this challenge.



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  1. ramblingsfromamum / Sep 18 2012 6:02 pm

    Hi Di – What a cute idea. I’m still taken back when I see my name as an Author!!! (How bizarre How Bizzare) (shades of OMC). Thank you for putting my name down though – whoot whoot! 🙂 Ok here is my look (or looking) & strangely in my just started book “Veronica” (as I haven’t really decided on a title yet) it’s in a bathroom. 🙂

    The wine, the smell of the burning wood and the music warmed and relaxed her, she closed her eyes and swayed gently to the rhythm of the sounds filling the cabin. After placing her wine glass rather unsteadily on the sink she walked slowly into the bathroom.

    She gazed into the mirror and saw before her a pale woman with unbrushed hair and panda eyes “looking” back at her. Turning to the spa behind her, she flicked on the shower tap and with awkwardness undressed, leaving her clothes strewn across the floor.


    • diannegray / Sep 18 2012 6:18 pm

      Wonderful excerpt! But you’re allowed to put it up as a post on your blog as well 🙂 You can nominate others to do it if you like (that’s a fun bit!) just like I’ve done.

      Thank you so much for coming over and doing this so quickly 😀


      • ramblingsfromamum / Sep 18 2012 7:07 pm

        Ohh oops was I meant to put it onto mine? Sorry 😦 I shall try and do that tomorrow. Thank you for liking it 🙂
        Your welcome I was just sitting the comp. when your email came in about it. 🙂


      • diannegray / Sep 18 2012 7:25 pm

        There are no ‘true’ rules and you don’t have to put it into yours – it’s totally up to you if you want to 😀

        Best of luck 🙂


  2. adinparadise / Sep 18 2012 7:09 pm

    Love your exerpt, Dianne. I’m so glad you didn’t tag me; I wouldn’t have a clue. 😀


  3. adinparadise / Sep 18 2012 7:09 pm

    Sorry I missed out the ‘c’. I do so hate spelling mistakes. 🙂


    • diannegray / Sep 18 2012 7:27 pm

      I had to go back and look – I didn’t notice! 🙂


      • adinparadise / Sep 19 2012 12:19 am

        Hubby calls me “Miss Fussy.” 😉


  4. Vikki (The View Outside) / Sep 18 2012 8:00 pm

    Ooooooo, thanks honey, I’ll have a “look” for something 😉



  5. audiophileparadise / Sep 18 2012 8:02 pm

    What a wonderful idea! Why didn’t I think of it before? Sounds really interesting!! 🙂


    • diannegray / Sep 18 2012 8:08 pm

      Please feel free to add a piece if you have one 😀


      • audiophileparadise / Sep 18 2012 8:09 pm

        I’ll try! 🙂 (Though I don’t think that’ll be possible)


  6. MishaBurnett / Sep 18 2012 8:09 pm

    “Cobb Russwin was a big man, tall and solidly built, with a blond crew cut and a dark suit. He cultivated a look that said he couldn’t possibly be anything other than a cop.

    The couple talking with Suzie in front of a wall full of vibrators froze at his entrance, but Suzie said something softly and all three of them laughed at it.”

    From chapter three of “Cannibal Hearts”.


    • diannegray / Sep 18 2012 9:24 pm

      This is very cool, Misha! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂


  7. John / Sep 18 2012 9:49 pm

    This is a new one.


  8. Rick Mallery / Sep 18 2012 10:25 pm

    I’ll do it when I get home Thursday! Sounds like fun. 🙂


  9. on thehomefrontandbeyond / Sep 18 2012 10:39 pm

    I like your “look”


  10. ocdreader/Elisa / Sep 19 2012 1:20 am

    What a fun game! I love your excerpt – very intriguing 🙂


  11. susannairn / Sep 19 2012 1:35 am

    Love this idea….glad I’m following you so I could see it! Thanks.


  12. bulldogsturf / Sep 19 2012 2:33 am

    I like your look too…


  13. Bonnie at {PaperKeeper} / Sep 19 2012 2:51 am

    I like your look!! I saw Maggie’s post and that she tagged you…fun to see yours and it’s got me intrigued…I am going to put your book on my ‘list’ ! 🙂


  14. maggiemyklebust / Sep 19 2012 4:11 am

    Very intriguing excerpt…


  15. Tarina / Sep 19 2012 6:38 am

    I am an Author!!! 😀
    Well, this is going to be interesting. I have a semi-written draft of a story, but I can’t look at it because I’m using that idea for Nanowrimo, and…. yeah. So I’ll have to look around for something else… this is going to be fun! Thanks so much for tagging me, Dianne! xD


    • diannegray / Sep 19 2012 7:15 am

      No problems! I’m looking forward to checking yours out 😀


  16. MR Graham / Sep 19 2012 6:45 am

    Ooh, I dig it!


  17. jmmcdowell / Sep 19 2012 8:57 am

    This “looks” like an interesting and fun award. Okay, how many variants on that will we all come up with? 😉

    And your clip sounds intriguing!


    • diannegray / Sep 19 2012 3:16 pm

      Lol! I love all the ‘look’ comments 🙂

      Thank you for liking my clip 😀 It’s ony short because it came at the end of the chapter 🙂


  18. jannatwrites / Sep 19 2012 1:25 pm

    What a fun award idea. I like the excerpt you shared, too!


    • diannegray / Sep 19 2012 3:21 pm

      Thanks, Janna! It really is a lot of fun 😀


  19. harulawordsthatserve / Sep 19 2012 4:42 pm

    I once got a phone call. A group of young people from a drama project I was working with in a South African township had missed their last bus home after a late lunch I’d invited them to. They were tired, scared and didn’t know what to do. I left my house immediately and with no other means, hitched to the bus station and met with the kids to find a solution, which ended up being my lving room floor and a bunch of blankets and cushions. On one level hindsight makes it look crazy because a young white woman hitching in the dark in South Africa is not always safe…but life isn’t safe, and it’s certainly made no safer if we pretend it is.


    • diannegray / Sep 19 2012 5:38 pm

      Wow – that’s amazing! I found the ‘look’ the second time around because I was too busy reading the story 🙂


  20. Anna Scott Graham / Sep 19 2012 11:25 pm

    Nice excerpt! Thanks so for tagging me. 🙂 Will have to look (ha ha) for a slice to plop on the blog!


  21. pennycoho / Sep 21 2012 9:53 am

    And the mirror laughed. She rubbed her eyes. But there was only her face staring back and the mirror laughing, this tinkling sort of metalic sound. Her words misted over. The laughter died away. Oh well she thought maybe I am losing it. New words appeared where she had written her question. They said…


    • diannegray / Sep 21 2012 11:32 am

      OOOO – Penny, looks like we may be making this into a series! Thank you 😀


      • pennycoho / Sep 21 2012 11:34 am

        Honestly dianne I had no intention of doing this and then my fingers just started whizzing over the keyboard. I swear I could hear the laughter, excellent words by the way, easy to add to, Penny 🙂


      • diannegray / Sep 21 2012 12:07 pm

        Strangely enough, there is someone (or something) reading those words she has written 🙂

        You are very intuitive!


      • pennycoho / Sep 21 2012 12:26 pm

        Oh that’s exciting, I can’t wait to find out more! 🙂



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