January 12, 2011

RTW: A MAGGIE tidbit

Each week, YA Highway hosts Road Trip Wednesday, a blog carnival in which YA Highwayers discuss a topic on their blogs and invite readers to do the same. This week's RTW topic is:

What's your favorite line of your WIP (or of a recently read book, if you're not writing anything)?

In PRODIGAL MAGGIE, some of my best lines come from bickering brothers Winter and Hunter. This is an argument between them. The first speaker is Hunter:

"I know everything about her – she's fascinating, she's beautiful – what's not to like?"

"You know what she's told me. That's not the same as knowing everything about her. She's boring. And timid. And too damn polite."

"How can you be too polite?"

"Trust me. You can be and she is. The girl's like warm cardboard."

Hunter bristled. "Stop insulting me girl or I'll kick your arse."

And here's a line about Ainne, Winter and Hunter's older sister:

Ainne stiffened mid-stride. She turned slowly, unsheathed a dagger with a turquoise hilt from her belt, and rubbed the blade lovingly. "Do you know how easy it would be to shove this through your temple?" She tapped her own temple lightly and smiled.

So tell me! What are your favorite lines, either from your own work or someone else's?

20 comments:

Kaitlin Ward said...

"The girl's like warm cardboard"
LOL. Love it. These lines are great.

Pam Harris said...

Ooh, great stuff! Ainne sounds like a touch chick! :)

Sarah Enni said...

*explodes with love for Winter*

That is all.

p.s. I also LOVE using "arse." Everything sounds more polite when UK-ized. Everything.

Marquita Hockaday said...

Oooh, MAGGIE is sounding pretty good- and I like Winter already just from reading that small but of dialogue. He seems really cool. One of my fave. lines comes from Blake Nelson's The New Rules of High School but I don't have the book with me. It's something like, "I looked at my left shoe and thought- wow this is my left shoe." GENIUS!

The Blue Lipstick Samurai said...

Loved these scenes!

Erinn said...

The girl's like warm cardboard--- Awesome and super clever.

Kirsten Hubbard said...

totally loving the warm cardboard. what a perfect description.

Rebecca B said...

I already like Ainne. More, please!

Kate Hart said...

I'm jumping on the "loves warm cardboard" train.

well. that was a bizarre sentence.

Elizabeth May said...

Haha, I like the violent line from Ainne. It's one of those effective one lines that says EVERYTHING about a character.

Kate said...

I've never heard anyone compared to warm cardboard before. But I totally love it.

Emy Shin said...

Oh, I love the dialogue lines. "Warm cardboard" is so much love.

Alicia Gregoire said...

I also love the warm cardboard line. A lot. The bit with Ainne was a nice switch from the two boys too.

Katy said...

Okay, loving Hunter and Winter. They seem like tons of fun to be around!

KO: The Insect Collector said...

i am in agreement, warm cardboard is an awesome description!!!!!

Jennifer Hoffine said...

I'll add my love of the warm cardboard.

Tracey Neithercott said...

I loved the section about Ainne. She seems like a fun character. Someone I wouldn't want to cross. But fun to read!

Bri said...

LOL love the warm cardboard line!

Amanda Hannah said...

This is great stuff!! I <3 bickering characters hehe

Jess said...

Warm cardboard-BAHahaha!! :)

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