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2007-06-13 [Jenna Rose]: Coffee for me <3
2007-06-13 [RiddleRose]: bah! mice!
chocolate mice!!! and get writing people!!! i need two more entries! give eleanor some competition!
2007-06-13 [Ravendust]: I'm working on mine...
2007-06-14 [RiddleRose]: yay!
2007-06-15 [mousepoet]: Finals have left me fried. I'll try to hop to it though, I love this contest.
2007-06-17 [(Later)]: I'll see what I can do.
2007-06-17 [Eleanor]: * taps her foot impatiently as she sees hers is still the only entry *
2007-06-17 [Annie]: lol, no need to push. ;) It's only halfway through the month. A lot of people don't even start until the last week or last day. :) You can certainly count me in that bunch too...life just happens. ^_^
2007-06-17 [RiddleRose]: teehee. i know i know. just being impatient and a hypocrite... i'm generally in that category too. XD patience and chocolate, patience and chocolate. entries?
2007-06-18 [dmeredith]: My grandmother had a desk that had a typewriter bolted to it. You pull a handle and the type writer would pop out, I kinda thought about it with the departure of Bob Barker from The PIR. I used to watch that show with her and my GREAT grandmother when I was little. Oh! Nostalgia.... And typewriters...
2007-06-19 [(Later)]: That's intense... I want a desk with a typewriter bolted to it... How cool would that be inviting the grandkids over to see me hunched over the keys typing "All work and no play makes Kyrc a dull boy" like a bat out of hell. ...If bats out of hell used typewriters, that is.
2007-06-23 [RiddleRose]: i love old heavy typewriters that click and whirr and are AWESOME. we;ve got one in our attic somewhere, i need ot find it and see if it still works...
2007-06-23 [Kaimee]: A toddler stomped on my typewriter :(
2007-06-30 [RiddleRose]: end of the month, but only [Eleanor] was nice to me! -tear tear- chocolate to eleanor, and many beggings for entries from the rest of you! i know you're out there! YOU CANNOT HIDE!!!!
2007-06-30 [Eleanor]: Ooooh, chocolate! Thanks! I think people are going into summer sloth mode. That’s the problem. The other contests are suffering too. I just managed to get a Concerti entry in under the wire. I’ll gladly share my chocolate if it’ll mean more entries.
2007-06-30 [Calann]: I was in busy mode and now I'm in block mode. :P
2007-07-02 [RiddleRose]: ah well. soon you'll all become so bored that you'll be forced ot write to stave off all the boredness threatening to kill you dead. ^-^
2007-07-03 [Annie]: hahaha...
2007-07-09 [Eloura]: We can turn that line into anything right?
2007-07-12 [RiddleRose]: anything at all, as long as the piece begins with that line. let your imagination go crazy!
2007-07-15 [Kaimee]: Hahaha, I tried writing but it's just not the line for me right now, I'm waiting til the next one :P
2007-07-15 [Annie]: Are we allowed to add quotes to the line?
2007-07-17 [Ravendust]: Sorry, I've been dealing with a lot this past month ><
2007-07-19 [RiddleRose]: it's okay... the way i do this is i have one first line up, and if three people minimum have written then a new line goes up the next month. if less than three people have written, then it carries over for another month. after three months i give you a new line no matter how many people have written.
to [Annie]: you may add quotation marks to the line, as long as the actual words are exactly the same.
2007-07-19 [Eleanor]: My poor lonely entry. Sigh.
2007-07-20 [Ravendust]: I'm sorry >< I've got my entry started an all, but from my little sister's preterm labor, my stressful time at home, keeping people from killing each other or themselves... I'm having a hard time completing it right now...
2007-07-21 [Laika]: Well..I can give it a shot, I suppose. That line is just totally non-inspiring for me, but well..writing IS hard work. :D
2007-07-21 [Laika]: There we go. Whipped up something, that you will hopefully find entertaining.
2007-07-21 [Eleanor]: Hurrah!
2007-07-24 [RiddleRose]: yay! i will admit, this line was something that i dredged up, because i couldn't think of anything really fun. just remember that your entry doesn't have to use the line as a theme at all, it just has to be the first one. perhaps that will help. and supersquees for a new entry! thanks!
2007-07-27 [RiddleRose]: hi all! i have a very important announcement, so listen up! i will be gone for the next week, and so will not be able to judge on the first as i normally do. of course, if we don't get another entry until i get back, then this first line will carry over one more month until i give up and judge anyway. terribly terribly sorry to leave you all bereft, please, do not pine for me, i shall return anon. ciao!
2007-08-31 [Kuzco]: I had absolutely no idea on how to approach this one...well, without cheating anyways. Which is exactly the reason why I had to go for it. May not be a winner but at least I came up with a tale to link to those lines, hope the book's good though cuz that beginning kinda throws me off. XD <o0< ... >00> not that I'll read it anytime soon...
2007-09-23 [Kaimee]: I'd love a new theme :(
2007-10-16 [RiddleRose]: -BOWS IN SHAME- I AM SO SO SO SO SO SORRY OH MY DARLINGS, FOR LEAVING YOU THUS IN THE LURCH! FEEL FREE TO SEND ME HATE MAIL! altohugh not fo too long, because then i would think you all hated me, and die of depression. i hope you don't all hate me. although you would have reason, as i am a TERRIBLE SHNOOK WHO FORGETS HER BEAUTIFUL ENTRANTS. judging commences.
2007-10-17 [RiddleRose]: judging concludes. you lot never cease to impress me!
so, how did people like this new way of doing things? should i go back to invented first lines? tell me by november first... ;) that way i can give you a new line just in time for NaNoWriMo! if you give me an answer before then, then you get extra time.
also, if any of you have a specific genre you'd like to work in, let me know, and i'll try to give you a line tht could lend itself to that genre.
2007-10-17 [Kuzco]: Well, I don't hate you. XD. good round, peace.
2007-10-17 [Eleanor]: Instead of giving us “famous first lines”, why not pull a good sentence out of the middle of a book that will become a first line for us? Then there won’t be that baggage associated with the opening of a famous book or story. I think it best still if you make the decision about the sentence--then we won’t have preconceptions
2007-10-17 [Aureus Moonrise]: Is there a new contest for October? I looked up (yeah, I'm new on here, so I haven't been watching) and the deadline was back in August. >.> So how do I enter?
2007-10-17 [Laika]: Wait for a new line with the rest of us. :)
I agree with Eleanor, and suggest lyrics as a source of inspiration as well.
2007-10-19 [RiddleRose]: ooh! i like that idea! bonus points if you know what book it's from! also, there will not be a new line for october, the deadline will be the end of november, since we're already so far into october.
2007-10-19 [Eloura]: ok
2007-10-19 [RiddleRose]: and let the november round begin!
2007-10-24 [Kaimee]: I really loved some of the really ambiguous lines you gave us early on, but I also like this idea of lines from throughout other writers works (not just the beginning!)
SO, I guess I'd love some of both, and i'd really really love it if they were ambiguous, mysterious, or unusual.
I tend to write in stream of consciousness for my first drafts at least, and a sense of mystery is more helpful than a firm story line at that point :P
2007-11-02 [RiddleRose]: yay! i love input. so is this an ambiguous line? since nobody has entered, if everybody hates this, i can still change it. (also, i understand if NaNo is eating your soul. it's chewing mine right now.)
2007-11-02 [Laika]: NaNo. NaNo.
AAAAUGGGGHHH! D: (r.i.p., Schulz)
2007-11-27 [RiddleRose]: come on kids! no entries? bump bump bump! (ps, if the problem is the first line i can change it...)
2007-11-28 [Eleanor]: I'm so sorry, I've been so totally distracted by other things that I completely missed this one. I'll get to work on it forthwith.
2007-11-28 [Laika]: 45155 words out of 50k done. :D No room for other writing in November, sorry. T________T
2007-11-28 [Eleanor]: Hey, Laika, way to go!
2007-11-28 [RiddleRose]: nice going laika! i've got, as of this moment in time, 44,007. not bad, considering that last year i stuck at 12k... XD
2007-11-30 [Laika]: Mwahah, completed yesterday, late afternoon. 50004 words. \o/
And now I must write my master's thesis. T__T So still no entries here, anywhere.
2007-12-01 [Kiddalee]: Go all of you!!!
2007-12-02 [RiddleRose]: i won too! yay! 50,174 words! but my story is nowhere near being done. and it REALLY needs editing. XD but anyway... do we want a different first line, or shall i leave this one up?
2007-12-03 [Eleanor]: Leave this one. I think we can all concentrate better now that NaNo is over.
2007-12-03 [RiddleRose]: okie dokie! does anyone know what it's from btw? if you do, message me, os as not to spoil it for everyone... ^_^
2007-12-13 [RiddleRose]: ba-ba-ba-ba-BU
2007-12-19 [RiddleRose]: doop de doo... do we want a new first line? better inspiration? something not from a previously existing book?
anything i can do to bribe you into entering...?
2007-12-19 [Annie]: Hm...I don't really know what this one's from so it doesn't really matter there but...somethin
2007-12-19 [Laika]: We still have ten days left to enter. :D I'm gonna, really! If there's still nothing from me here in 27th or so, just drop me a reminder. (I'm rather busy before and during Christmas and I have a REALLY bad memory.)
2007-12-30 [Laika]: Gah. I can't do this. T____T All I'm writing is so bad that my delete key's getting worn out. I think I'll have to pass this one after all, dammit.
2007-12-30 [Eleanor]: I'm working on one. Really, I am. It's about half done. It's just so hard to write over the holidays!
2007-12-30 [RiddleRose]: i'll change it come january...
2007-12-31 [Annie]: :( I think we're all just dying. Nano, thanksgiving, finals, christmas, new year's...taxes
Writing gets put off when you're exhausted.
2008-01-02 [Kiddalee]: Seasonal Affective Disorder... Learned Helplessness..
2008-01-02 [Eleanor]: This may be useless, but here's my entry. Happy New Year, everyone!
2008-01-05 [RiddleRose]: Eleanor, you are a beautiful, beautiful women. let your shining generosity stand as a beacon of hope and inspiration to the rest of my poor overloaded writers! let their suffering be eased by your sympathy and goodwill. let them follow your glorious example!
i should be a speechwriter..
2008-01-08 [Eleanor]: Oh wow. I'm flabbergasted with all this praise. Yes, you really should be a speechwriter. I hope I have at least been an inspiration to others.
2008-01-31 [RiddleRose]: please?
2008-02-01 [Calann]: I have an idea. I just need the time to write the damn thing. >_<
2008-02-03 [RiddleRose]: welll i really can't close it with only one entry, so i gues you've got time. but i'd really like to close this round, as it doesn't seem to be terribly inspiring to most people, so do try to hurry it up a little... :)
2008-03-16 [Jenna Rose]: I have an idea, too! But I also need time to write it up. I will give it a try in the next week or so.
2008-03-18 [RiddleRose]: thank you
2008-03-23 [Annie]: And my guess....is this line from "Good Omens"?
2008-03-23 [Eleanor]: Hurrah! I don't feel so sad and lonely all of a sudden!
2008-03-23 [Annie]: Haha...:P
2008-03-24 [Jenna Rose]: I'm typing on a submission right now! Within the next couple days, hopefully, it'll be in :)
2008-03-24 [Annie]: Haha...woohoo! I got it!
2008-03-25 [RiddleRose]: oh my gosh golly gee i love you guys. you are so great!
2008-03-25 [Annie]: lol..haha
2008-03-29 [RiddleRose]: so i've made an executive decision. even if i don't have a third entry by april, i'm judging, because this contest has gone on for five months. clearly, the first line is just not inspiring. so if no one else has entered, it's down to [Annie] and [Eleanor], both of whom get major major brownie points just for entering!
2008-03-29 [RiddleRose]: also... i think i'm going to give you something really cliche for next month, and your little extra challenge will be ot make it not sound so cheesy. sound like a decent idea?
2008-03-30 [Eleanor]: Hey, I get brownie points! This is one of my favourite contests, by the way, because it encourages longer entries.
2008-03-30 [Annie]: Haha...you suck up Eleanor. :P This is MY favorite contest because of the banner at the top. Top THAT. ;)
And yes, it sounds like a good idea.
2008-03-31 [RiddleRose]: aw, i'm glad you like it! i'm so flattered!
judging! but just so you know, you're both awesome. ^_^
2008-03-31 [RiddleRose]: there you go! (i know, it's technically two sentences. but they go together!)
2008-03-31 [Eleanor]: The deadline for the new contest is the last day in November? You've got to be kidding! We're not that hopeless, are we?
2008-04-01 [Kiddalee]: XD
2008-04-02 [RiddleRose]: oh goodness. thanks for pointing that out. XD
2008-04-13 [Ash]: Mine's not exactly war, it's about gangsters in Chicago, is that okay?
2008-04-16 [RiddleRose]: sounds great! that was just an extra challenge for those adventurous souls who like it anyway, it's not a requirement.
2008-05-13 [RiddleRose]: only one? come on people, you can do it! i believe in you!
2008-05-15 [Annie]: I wrote it just before I went to my final, so you should be very very happy. ;) Writing...in the morning...befo
2008-05-15 [RiddleRose]: wow! i AM happy! two entries, and more on the way! (i hope...) how was the final?
2008-05-16 [Annie]: It went pretty good. I think I got an A in the class. :)
2008-05-20 [RiddleRose]: and that is ALWAYS good!
2008-05-29 [Ash]: So when is this contest ending.
2008-05-30 [RiddleRose]: end of may, now that we have three entries! yay!
2008-05-30 [Ash]: Yay!
2008-06-02 [RiddleRose]: ung. so about that end of may thing. this is my last week of school, and y'all know what that means.... i'm totally drowning in work, which is worse because i was sick for several days last week, so i have ot make up several things. would it hurt all of your feelings terribly much if i postponed the judging until i have a moment? it should be within the next few days... i could also potentially delegate judging this month...
2008-06-03 [Annie]: No, It's fine. :P
2008-07-31 [RiddleRose]: you make this so hard for me! why? ack. i have to go. i shall judge (finally) tomorrow.
2008-08-04 [Annie]: Lol...-confuse
2008-08-16 [RiddleRose]: me too. i have no idea what i was thinking when i wrote that...
2008-08-16 [RiddleRose]: new contest, winners posted! this batch were all fantastic, it took me about two days to decide... seriously people, they were really good! congratulation
2008-08-31 [Calann]: Phooh. We has an entry.
2008-09-03 [RiddleRose]: and we loves you both. but i will wait for a third entry to judge... i know school is starting, so i realize it might be hard... but that's an edge! the beginning of school, or work, or whatever! get to it people! we love you!
2008-09-03 [Calann]: Hehe, how long has that "the deadline will be the last day in September" been up? :P
2008-09-11 [RiddleRose]: since this contest started? i don't remember, but not that long i think...
2008-09-26 [RiddleRose]: one more? please? to make me happeh?
2008-09-26 [Ash]: I'll put in an entry. :) Probably won't be that good but it'll be an entry.
2008-09-29 [Eleanor]: Yay! I finally got something ready on time. Phew!
2008-09-29 [RiddleRose]: YAYA YAYAYAYAYAYAY YAY YAY!
I LOVE MY WRITERS!
2008-10-01 [RiddleRose]: winners up, congrats everyone! tough contest this time...
have fun with october! i don't even know where this one came from...
2008-10-01 [Calann]: Oh my :o
2008-10-01 [Ash]: Sweetness!
2008-10-03 [Eleanor]: Thanks! It was a fun challenge.
2008-10-14 [RiddleRose]: yay! glad you liked it! i had a really hard time judging, they were all really good...
2008-10-27 [Ash]: Your doing Nanowrimo too? It'll be so much fun!
2008-10-28 [Aureus Moonrise]: What's Nanowrimo?
2008-10-28 [Eleanor]: National November Writing Month
2008-10-29 [Ash]: I can't wait, Saturday I'm getting up a 4AM and starting, i have almost the entire begininng scultped out in my head.
2008-10-30 [Aureus Moonrise]: What do writers do in that month? Are there national contests or something?
2008-10-30 [Kuzco]: Looks really fun, wish I had time XD, but since a guy has to start from scratch it'd be too time consuming.
People should check it out though, just for the sake of really writing a novel. It's good stuff, and it's awesome to see it done. It's like "Holy sh**, I did all this." :P
2008-10-30 [Annie]: I'm doing nanowrimo too!! First time ever...I'm pretty excited. ^_^
2008-10-30 [Ash]: my first time too. I've come up with a plot and all. I can't wait to start.
2008-10-31 [Annie]: Ya I can't wait either! I have all this stuff pent up in me...just waiting! :)
2008-11-01 [Ash]: YEAH! NANOWRIMO IS HERE! WOOT! *disappears*
2008-11-03 [RiddleRose]: it's actually national novel writing month, not national november writing month... it's fun! despite the fact that i am applying to colleges, trying ot survive physics, and doing my senior project, i am doing nanowrimo for the third time!! i don't know if i'll make it, but i'm damn well gonna try!!
p.s. we should organize word wars. all in favour please say aye, and i'll start a wiki for it!
2008-11-03 [Ash]: Woo... winning by default is the best win of all.
What's words wars, I'll participate!
2008-11-04 [Aureus Moonrise]: What does 50 k mean? 50 k pages or words?
2008-11-05 [Ash]: words.
2008-11-05 [Kuzco]: lol. 50 thousand pages in one month! That'd be a trip :P
2008-11-06 [RiddleRose]: actually, i'll hold off judging until there are three entries, that way ash can have some honest competition. so get cracking people!! ;)
i've got 5,043 words... a little behind, but not too bad.
2008-11-06 [Annie]: Ya..I'm at 7400 I think. I'm a bit behind, lol.
2008-11-08 [Ash]: it wont work for me, so I'm forced to resign from NaNoWriMo, on three different browser it wouldn't let me upload.
2008-11-13 [RiddleRose]: 13,146! way behind... but still a lot of words! and a story i like
2008-11-13 [Annie]: 15000!
2008-11-14 [Annie]: Haha, yay! :)
2008-11-27 [Anninja]: Oh my... You guys are my heroes. I might set a goal for the month to get these 400 words done, but somehow I doubt I'd meet it. Might try, tho:)
2008-11-28 [RiddleRose]: do ittttttt...
2008-11-29 [Aureus Moonrise]: Yeah, beat that goal into the ground!!
2008-12-02 [Annie]: I made it to 45,000. SO close.
2008-12-02 [Kuzco]: Indeed. Max points for the effort :P
2008-12-02 [Ash]: Good job you guys! Hope you'll upload your works here so we can read them.
2009-05-10 [Aureus Moonrise]: I have an entry, but I'm not sure it's PG-13 exactly >.>
2009-05-10 [RiddleRose]: that's fine. it's not incredibly graphic, so no worries. i hope someone else posts soon!
2009-06-13 [RiddleRose]: any more?
2009-06-13 [Ash]: I'd just end it and start a new contest. It'd be easier then holding out the wait longer.
2009-06-17 [RiddleRose]: ta da!
2009-06-17 [Ash]: I'll put this up in the movement blog to get it some air. Expect my entry sometime tomorrow.
2011-03-15 [Calann]: So... I imagine that the deadline is now something other than February 28th?
2011-03-16 [Kaimee]: xD
2011-03-17 [Ash]: Yea, we haven't had any people willing to participate.
2011-03-17 [Annie]: I need to enter >.< I see the updates and think "Oh I'll do that tomorrow when I'm not busy," and then I forget. :P
2011-03-17 [Ash]: I do that too.
2011-03-18 [Ash]: Yay! Annie got an entry in!
2011-03-19 [Annie]: Woo!
2011-03-30 [Kaimee]: Love the new line, but my brain just isn't ticking properly for writing tonight...
2011-04-01 [Ash]: That happens to me sometimes.
2011-05-08 [Akayume]: Sir not appearing in this contest. :3 I lub it. >.> and yes, I am considering entering this. :D
2011-05-18 [Eleanor]: Wow. I have been gone far too long.
2011-05-30 [Kaimee]: Yes you have! :P
2011-07-01 [Ash]: Everyone's been gone too long.
2011-07-01 [Annie]: Agreed!
2011-07-19 [Ash]: And the winners are in, congrats to both!
2011-07-20 [Annie]: Woohoo!
2011-07-21 [Eleanor]: Yay! That's awesome!
2011-08-09 [AuroraLumos]: Oooh ooh oh, I like this first line.
Let's see what my brain churns out ^_^ haha
2011-08-11 [Annie]: Here I come!
2011-08-22 [Ash]: Annie... Eleanor put her entry in... where's your's?
2011-08-23 [Annie]: Sorry, coming soon!!
2011-08-23 [Sabrina Catherine]: Wow... It went quiet for a week! :(
2011-08-24 [Annie]: It does that sometimes...
2011-08-30 [Ash]: Here's what I'll do, I'll end this one and put up a new one, Annie, I'm counting on you in September to give me an awesome entry or two, got it?
2011-08-31 [Eleanor]: Thanks. I think I won by default, though, so that doesn't really count.
2011-08-31 [Annie]: Sorry I didn't make it into this one; school started for me this week and I'm still settling into things, trying to get back into my school/work/ow
2011-08-31 [Annie]: And to make up for my absence last round here's another one! ;P
2011-09-09 [Eleanor]: I'm really busy with a deadline project right now, but hopefully I'll be able to get something in for at least of one these.
2011-09-11 [Ash]: Take your time Eleanor. :) WC would prefer you get your real life tasks done first.
2011-10-02 [Eleanor]: Can we extend this one? I finally have time to write and would like to submit, but I'll need a few more days to come up with something.
2011-10-02 [Ash]: Yes, I think I'll extend this until Oct 10th.
2011-10-02 [Annie]: Now how did I get the impression that stories only needed to be 200 words minimum but actually need to be 400 minimum....Any chance my two 200s can count for a single 400? ;P
2011-10-04 [Ash]: Nope, you have to follow the rules, Annie. You have six days to fix them up, that's plenty of time.
2011-10-04 [Annie]: Actually it's not, I'm completely swamped for the next week and a half. I'll just sit this round out.
2011-10-05 [Ash]: Eleanor, if you're not participating I can put up the next contest.
2011-10-06 [Eleanor]: Ah! Give me a day or two. I'm going to try to get one in. I promise!
2011-10-06 [Eleanor]: Actually, forget it. I'm just too busy. I'm sorry. You may as well put up the next one.
2011-10-07 [Ash]: Okay
2011-10-15 [Annie]: I would really love to know where each of the famous first lines you provide comes from. That's part of the fun for me anyway--writin
2011-10-16 [Ash]: Um... I make mine up.
2011-10-16 [Ash]: The famous first line is 'It was a dark and stormy night' and we used that one
2011-10-19 [Annie]: Bummer.
2011-12-22 [Eleanor]: Whoa. I didn't think I'd actually get one in, and the deadline has even passed. Sorry.
2012-09-25 [Eleanor]: Hardly seems fair, doesn't it? How do we get more people participating in these things?
2012-11-01 [Ash]: Sorry I've been off. WC has never really had too many members, it's hard to get people to participate in contests.