Wednesday, 29 August 2012

My First Meme!

I know I'm lagging behind everyone else (again probably) but I've been so confused about what a meme is!  My daughter tried to explain it to me, but I still didn't really get it.  I've looked it up on Wikipedia and I'm still not all that much the wiser, ho ho!  Oh well...

Anyway, I think I get the principle of the thing - it's something you pass on that mutates with other's take on it, their experiences, etc.  I think.

Annalisa Crawford's latest blogpost over at Wake Up, Eat, Write, Sleep offers up this meme to anyone who wants to take part and as it's quite a simple one for meme-newbies like me, here we go!

The idea is to find the first instance of the word 'look' in your WIP and post the surrounding paragraph.  I had lots of 'looked's, as my WIP is in the past tense, but I bypassed them and finally found a 'look':

The folded hands wavered and rose.  In spite of her bravado, Anna braced herself, but instead of coming her way they settled over her mum’s face as she sank heavily into the chair opposite.

“I don’t know what to do with you.  I just don’t.”  The hands flopped into her lap to reveal a look of such pathetic helplessness that Anna had to stifle an urge to spring across the room and scratch her eyes out.

“Leave me alone.”  Anna pulled her knees up, uncaring that her trainers were on the much-prized new upholstery.  “That’s what you can do.”

“Anna…” her mum heaved a sigh and wiped what might or might not have been a tear from beneath her right eye.  Anna rolled her eyes and hoped fervently that she wasn’t going to turn on the waterworks.  No matter what, that woman could turn every situation round to make it about herself.  And this was about Anna: Anna who was quite old enough to know when she’d broken the law and could decide perfectly well for herself whether or not to care.
I don't want to put anyone on the spot by tagging them - but please consider yourself tagged and take part if you want to!  Leave me a comment and let me know if you're taking part so I can make sure I check it out!


Annalisa Crawford said...

Ooh, Anna sounds like quite a handful - I'm glad you decided to take part!

Dana said...

Intriguing! I like this!

Patsy said...

I like your extract.

Won't be doing this meme as I've been tagged with a couple of others I'm still waiting to do.

Heather Murphy said...

Nice use of the word "look"
I had to look up when a MeMe was the first time too :) I look at it as a slam book for bloggers

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Truth be told...I have no idea what meme is exactly either!
(And yes, it's time to start your's just a short story with more words!)

Jennifer Lane said...

It took me a hell of a long time to understand what a meme was--congrats on your first one!

Oh, pissed off teenagers...there's nothing like them.

Sherry Ellis said...

Nice excerpt! I've seen that "meme" word floating around too, and was never sure of what the exact definition was.

Caitlin said...

Love the excerpt! My brother once tried to explain to my dad what a meme was during a "mass text" that my dad had sent out. Over 20 text messages later I finally had to turn my phone on silent!