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Famous First Lines!!

Created by [RiddleRose]. Run by [Ash]!


What's What:

I will give you a first line, picked at random, something I think sounds good, and you must write a short story using that first line. This will be a bi-monthly contest.

The deadline for the current contest is done November 30th!. Have fun poppets!


The Rules:

1. Your story must be at least 400 words long, and no longer than 2,000.
2. You must use the first line that I provide... (duh)
3. All work must be original! No plagiarism or you will be poked dreadfully and disqualified!
4. Keep it PG-13 folks...
5. Please use proper spelling and grammar!
6. Have Fun!


October-November contest!

Your First Line Is...

It fell upon our world, not seeming like some type of harsh backlash, but more like we were alone and it was our fault.



1. [Eleanor] 668.Contest entries.Famous First Lines.December 2011 - 768 words


Contact [Ash] with any questions.

Thanks to [Mister Saint] at writersco graphics for the dividers. ^_^
Thanks to [Paz] for the banner! 

flipside contest section
Firstline Winners


1. [Eleanor] 668.Contest entries.Famous First Lines.September 2011 - 933 words




So I made some badges! Please take the appropriate one!

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2006-05-26 [Ravendust]: There, it's up

2006-05-26 [Nell]: I've added my two cents. ^.^

2006-05-28 [(Later)]: As have I. Mine originally started out as a blog, but I decided to add it just because I could.

2006-05-28 [Anninja]: Bravo, Kyrc! ^·^ Did it! A whole lot of six participants, wow...

2006-05-28 [RiddleRose]: goshgollygeewhillikerszippitydippitydoo! so many entries! *suddenly realizes the difficulty involved in choosing winners* urk. o.O i need to bug paz for badges. *pokes paz* oh man! three more days! *suspensful music*

2006-05-28 [(Later)]: My bad, My stories has been updated due to word count.

2006-05-29 [RiddleRose]: i was gonna let it slide... you were close. XD but thank you!

2006-05-29 [(Later)]: Anytime. I like to follow the guidelines. I mean it's not fair to everyone else if I win with 393 words instead of the required 400, right?

2006-05-30 [RiddleRose]: heh... ^_^ true true...

2006-05-31 [Anninja]: When I wrote mine in Latvian, it was 301 words. I didn't know English was so much larger... Well, I hoped it was.

2006-05-31 [Ravendust]: my word counting tool is a bit off, which is why I put 'roughly'...

2006-05-31 [Child of God]: Sorry I didn't notice those for while [RiddleRose]. I work nights so I've been sleeping an unusual amount lately. But they're fixed! ^-^

2006-05-31 [Ravendust]: heheh... I was signing into 'Writersco' and as I was putting my password in my shoulder spasmed and I hit enter before I could finish... that was weird

2006-05-31 [Child of God]: 0.o that is weird

2006-06-01 [RiddleRose]: and my apologies for being late in starting the new month's contest... excessive amounts of homework... etc. etc. XD

2006-06-01 [RiddleRose]: damn, this is hard!

2006-06-01 [RiddleRose]: there you go! congratulations to everybody! you all di a really great job, and i can assure you i had an extremely hard time deciding! there is a new page firstline winners where ou can see the winners of past months. i hope o see you all again this month! (you know you wanna... ;))

2006-06-02 [Child of God]: How do we get the badges? Are you able to put them right in our houses or do we take them ourselves or how does that work?

2006-06-02 [Child of God]: (wow, a run-on sentence in a writing guild. Go figure!)

2006-06-03 [Nell]: You know the 'famous first's we've already used? Could you tell us the author and the book that they come from? It would be interesting to see what the originals look like.

2006-06-03 [RiddleRose]: actually, i've been making them up on the spot... i thought it would be better that way because then i could be sure no one had read the book and been influenced by it... i suppose i could use actual first sentences if people wanted me too... regarding badges, as you can see, i have no rel badges, only the pretty banner that [Paz] made for me... you can put that in your house if you want, and i shall bug people about making participant badges and 1st 2nd and 3rd place badges. ((a note: i left up all of the previous participants names on the entranrts list, if you are not planning on participating this month, please remov our name))

2006-06-03 [Nell]: Makes sense to me. I might join in this one, but I like to make sure I'll have time first.

2006-06-03 [RiddleRose]: i hope you have time!! we love you Nell!

2006-06-03 [Nell]: Love you too! :) This is such a great group.

2006-06-03 [RiddleRose]: i know, there are such awesome people here! hugs to all! (now you all better enter this month! ;))

2006-06-06 [Jade Summers]: Oh goodness, what am I getting myself into with this? :)

2006-06-06 [Athilea]: I think I might have a story up in a few days, once I work all the kinks out of it.

2006-06-06 [Anninja]: Sorry [RiddleRose]... I guess I'm stepping away for some three months *hugs everybody* There's a lot more work for a violinist in summer than during school... Besides, the only place I write my stories is school lessons ^·^

2006-06-06 [Athilea]: I'm sorry to hear that. Good luck though.

2006-06-06 [Jade Summers]: Glad this has such a short required word count, heh.

2006-06-06 [RiddleRose]: heh... i figured the best way to get entries was to make it short... XD there is no official limit, but over 2000 word is... nice but long. XP we'll miss you [Anninja]!

2006-06-08 [Athilea]: Hmmm. . . .I uhhh. . .I have a 2306 word long story, but it's only 4 pages long. . .not even that. I have trouble wrpping up stories, it will probably end up like folk lore in a book or something. I don't know. I'm going to see about getting advice on it before I post it, but it will be up very soon.

2006-06-09 [Paz]: Sunny I can make badges for this on Saturday as well :) Just remind me! (I'll call you while I do it too ;)

2006-06-10 [RiddleRose]: OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!  an entry and badges!!!!! i <3 you people!!! (even if that thing is freakishly long... XD but it's summer now, so i have plenty of time to read it!)

2006-06-12 [Paz]: Eh... saturday past and I uh... didn't get to it. But I will try some time this week!

2006-06-13 [Athilea]: Yeah. . .I'm sorry about my extremely long story. . .I just kinda found it hard to stop. *pouts* I'll get better, I'm sure.

2006-06-13 [Ravendust]: I dunno what to write... I'll think of something eventually though ^_^

2006-06-14 [RiddleRose]: WRITE!! OR I SHALL EAT THEE!!! MUNCH MUNCH!

2006-06-15 [Ravendust]: lol, I'll get on it this weekend maybe...

2006-06-16 [RiddleRose]: MAYBE???? WHAT IS THIS "MAYBE"?????

2006-06-16 [Kaimee]: ...maybe someone's lost their mind ^^

2006-06-16 [RiddleRose]: are you insinuating something??? eh?? eh??? ;)

2006-06-16 [Kaimee]: *eats some pie and smiles nicely*

2006-06-16 [RiddleRose]: pie? i want pie!!! give me pie!!!

2006-06-16 [Athilea]: *blinks* Umm. . .*sneaks around and stills the pie.*

2006-06-16 [Ravendust]: maybe as in if I have time... perhaps I'll write it in a notebook since my net access has become limited...

2006-06-16 [RiddleRose]: ah well... there's still plenty of the month left, so take your time! ^_^

2006-06-19 [dmeredith]: *Rushes still and removes pie from thumper keg...* Alas the yeast has already done it's incidious work. Curses!

2006-06-20 [Athilea]: *is confused now*

2006-06-20 [RiddleRose]: foiled again!!! MWAHAHAHAHA!

2006-06-22 [RiddleRose]: bumpy bumpy... give me entries.... i cannot judge with only one... cooooooommmeeeeeee..... @_@

2006-06-23 [Athilea]: I hope this don't turn out like the other one I entered where I got Honorable mention and there was 1st through 3rd places and only 4 people entered. *blinks* I like the badge I got though.

2006-06-23 [dmeredith]: Doesn't one make it easier to judge? At least you know who's in first.

2006-06-24 [Ravendust]: I've got the first two paragraphs written...

2006-06-24 [Athilea]: lol, yay's I'm not alone!!!

2006-06-24 [RiddleRose]: no, i need at least three to judge... because then there's some decent competition. if there's only one, then you win by default, and that kind of defeats the purpose of a contest... or at least, that's the way i see it. go raven, go!!! you can do it! *waves flag*

2006-06-25 [Athilea]: I agree, I would hate to win by default. That's just. . .I don't know, not giving me a good idea on how I could improve or anything.

2006-06-25 [RiddleRose]: yesh. and that is why i need more entries. notice!!! i will be leaving on vacation (no internet access) on the first of july! contest will be judged slightly early if i get entries! if not... it'll continue to the next month.

2006-06-25 [Athilea]: *nods and crosses fingers* Please let there be more entries, please let there be more entries, please let there be more entries.

2006-07-28 [RiddleRose]: hokay, i'm back very briefly... i'm leaving again tomorrow (busy schedule XD) so i'll give you your first line for august a bit in advance, and i'll judge the june-july challenge a bit late. does that work for everyone?

2006-07-28 [Child of God]: Sounds good here!

2006-07-28 [Ravendust]: sure thing

2006-07-29 [RiddleRose]: excellent

2006-08-07 [RiddleRose]: Winners announced for June-July! As always, 'twas a tough decision! Congratulations to everybody, and have fun in august! I shall ug paz for badges some more.  Also, if anyone wants to, feel free to make some... not to big please! 

2006-08-14 [RiddleRose]: dum de dum... bump bump bump... ;)

2006-08-20 [Ravendust]: I'll work on my entry as soon as I finish writing something up... I dunno, but I might just have an idea...

2006-08-26 [Child of God]: Don't think I'm gonna get one up this month *cries*

2006-08-27 [Ravendust]: me either >_<, but there's always next month.

2006-08-29 [Child of God]: True, but maybe if enough people can't do it then the deadline could be extended until the first week of September or something?

2006-08-30 [Calann]: Am I really the only one to write an entry on time? ._. Please don't make me win by default, I'm all for extending the deadline! :O
Oh, I took the liberty of changing a word in the given first line, because it apparently was grammatically incorrect. Hope you don't mind.

2006-08-31 [Shh]: Well, I've put up an entry too, so at least there'll be some competition! :P

2006-08-31 [Calann]: Yay! :D

2006-09-01 [Nell]: Sorry I'm an hour late (well, by my clock anyways), I had some troubles getting on the computer. I hope it can still be accepted...I've got to stop leaving these things to the last minute!

2006-09-01 [Calann]: [RiddleRose] was last seen 9 days ago. *flails* It might be acceptable to submit up until she comes back and closes the contest, but I don't know, would she like that? Gahgah.

2006-09-01 [Child of God]: So if I were to submit one tonight no one here would be upset? (Registration day yesterday and today)

2006-09-01 [Nell]: Well, let's put it in for now, make it look all pretty and full. Then RiddleRose can chuck us out if It's not ok. (Mine was only an hour late by my clock. Hehe, one in the morning!) I say summer has been extended ;)

2006-09-05 [RiddleRose]: sorry about the delay. my computer crashed, and i went on vacation, and that's enough excuses for now. since i was gone without warning, all entries are valid. whee! also, if i ever make any grammatical mistakes, feel free to attack me ruthlessly and fix them. for new folks: in my contests, no one wins by default, the whole point of a contest is for there to be competition. if not enough people enter the deadline will be extended. it's happened before... XD

2006-09-05 [RiddleRose]: wow. okay, i just read the entries for this month. wow. just wow. they are all sooooo amazing! seriously guys, WOW. this is gonna be hard.

2006-09-05 [Anninja]: Hey, me is back! I'll try to participate this month, but don't know if I can make it... Should I put my name back with the participants then?

2006-09-06 [RiddleRose]: hello again! yep, go ahead. i've just been leaving the previous month's participants up because i'm a lazy bum and all that...

2006-09-06 [RiddleRose]: all right, winners for august posted. i really couldn't decide, so i made do with a tie. don't you just love ties? i'm going to see what i can do about making badges now. ;)

2006-09-06 [RiddleRose]: loverly. there's your badges! everybody take whichever applies! 

2006-09-06 [Child of God]: Yayness! *glomps [RiddleRose]*

2006-09-06 [RiddleRose]: -is glompified- Whee! Congratsies!

2006-09-10 [Nell]: WOOP! Nice bades, Rose!

2006-09-10 [Anninja]: Yay! Badgies! ^·^ Love you, Rosie...

2006-09-11 [RiddleRose]: wheee! i am loved! -is happy-

2006-10-06 [RiddleRose]: come people! give our lovely nell some competition! i have extended the deadline by the way...

2006-10-07 [Ravendust]: ^_^;; I've been trying to get an entry up, but my computer kind of... died on me and I have to wait to get it fixed.

2006-10-09 [RiddleRose]: ah. an acceptable excuse. i forgive you. and i kow the feeling... me and my computer have a love/hate relationship.

2006-10-10 [Kaimee]: I have totally begun a story for this and I have idea where the file is, and in fact hadn't remembered it existed at all until I re-read the first line just then xD Damnity! I'll hunt through my computer...

2006-10-12 [RiddleRose]: hunt it down... get out the virtual butterfly nets!!

2006-11-12 [Sabrina Catherine]: when is this contest's stories due? I know it's probably in there, but I cannot find it.

2006-11-16 [RiddleRose]: it was the last day in october, but now i suppose it's the last day in november... have fun!

2006-11-21 [Lanrete]: That's funny... I did the exact same thing, began a story and totally forgot about it. Of course, it's on my other computer, where it's cold. Bugger.

2006-12-03 [RiddleRose]: one more entry!!! please! poor nell has been waiting for months! come on writers... one more entry! deadline has been bumped to the end of december, but if i don't have another entry by then i'm just gonna judge anyway...

2006-12-31 [Lanrete]: damn damn damn damn damn. sorry. forgot about it again >.<

2007-01-01 [Ravendust]: I guess I'll try and get one written so that nell doesn't have to wait any longer

2007-01-03 [Nell]: YAY! luv and hugs!

2007-01-03 [Ravendust]: Wow... this story is coming out strange XD, but I like it.

2007-01-04 [Ravendust]: Well... I said it was strange, but there you go...

2007-01-04 [Kaimee]: That's actually kinda scary xD

2007-01-04 [Kaimee]: I take that back. It was incredibly scary. I'd love to see that developed into a bigger piece o.o

2007-01-04 [Ravendust]: lol, I was aiming for a horrorish kinda thing... XD

2007-01-06 [Kaimee]: Only question was how did she manage to kill everyone on earth? Or was it Earth?

2007-01-07 [Ravendust]: I didn't really go into any description on it, but when I created her I had 'Pandora's Box' in mind (hence Pandorus) Basically a lot of people were dead/dying from the unleashing of the initial power (the storm) as well as the unknown disease that was rotting Sakanuma's body...

2007-01-09 [Anninja]: Wheeee! So many nice entries! Love you, Ravendust, love you, Kaimee :)

2007-01-09 [Ravendust]: ^_^ Thanks. I meant to put my entry up much sooner, but I could never find the inspiration for my entry... Sorry fortaking so long with it...

2007-01-10 [Kaimee]: Course you love us, we're wonderful ^^ I tried so long to remember what I'd written last time I started a piece for this line, but could never quite get my head around the idea again or find the original piece... so I just started something new :P Sorry it took so long!
And Ravendust, aha! I didn't get the thing that was going on with the storm, but if it was the unleashing of the initial power and killed a lot of people, that makes more sense to me ^^; Ooops! :P

2007-01-22 [Ravendust]: *Twiddles thumbs* I need something to do...

2007-01-24 [Child of God]: Dang it! Mine ended up being 2300 words :(
. . .
Don't suppose any exceptions eh [RiddleRose]?

2007-01-24 [Kaimee]: Why don't you post only the correct number of words as a 'prologue'? :P

2007-01-24 [Child of God]: hmmm . . . that's an idea . . . *runs back to edit*

2007-01-24 [Child of God]: Yay! Got it down to 2003! Is that ok?

2007-01-24 [Ravendust]: I'd say that should be fine, I mean it's only three words over...

Hmm... how many words was mine anyway? *Goes to check*

2007-01-27 [RiddleRose]: three words! i dunno, i think that might be unacceptable... XD it's fine. sorry i've been away so long folks, we had some crazy crazy things going on at my place. all right... judging imminent!

2007-01-27 [RiddleRose]: righto! winners posted! congratulations to everyone, that seems ot have been a popular topic. lots of creativity there...

new topic posted! have fun!

2007-01-27 [Ravendust]: How do I get my badge so that I can put it on my page? ^_^;; this is the first contest that I've really placed in...

2007-01-27 [RiddleRose]: aha! right click on the image, go to properties, highlight the url, then paste it wherever you want ot show it within little carroty thingies. like this: <IMG:> or you could just copy and paste that...

2007-01-27 [Ravendust]: lol, thanks. I'm already working on my new entry- it's two pages long so far! O.o Kind of weird, but it's gonna be a prologue to a hopefully much longer story...

2007-01-27 [Ravendust]: Well, my entry is done! ^o^... It sucks, but I guess I'll have plenty of time to edit it when the need arises...

2007-01-27 [RiddleRose]: wow! that was fast!

2007-01-27 [Ravendust]: I was inspired to write :D

2007-01-28 [Kaimee]: Roseyposey, you are a genius for first lines. Thankyou for my 1st place ^^ I wasn't expecting it, because it's truly been awhile since I won anything.. >:P Yay! Congrats to all the other participants too, I love reading what everyone comes up with :D

2007-01-29 [Nell]: Good job everyone!!!!!

2007-01-29 [Kaimee]: My new entry is... not very polished :/

2007-01-30 [RiddleRose]: thank you! and don't worry about it, the point is ot have fun and get creative juices flowing, and maybe occasionally come up with something you like. don't worry about polishedness! (which is a word, i swear!)

2007-01-31 [Kaimee]: Of course it's a word *pats* :P And my only problem with polishedness (!) is that I think often the point I'm trying to write gets lost in my... well, we'll just call it dribble, ok? :P Writing dribble. So I end up not knowing if people will understand the story :/

2007-01-31 [RiddleRose]: this is where elbow grease and bribes come in... ;)

2007-01-31 [Kaimee]: Well I know that, and you know that, but not everyone else needs to! ...*shifty eyes*...

2007-02-02 [Anninja]: Rose, I agree with Kaimee- you really are a geniuos for first lines. Kaimee, I don't know about other people, but I just love when nothing's said too obvious, or not obvious at all. (After all, I'm a musician :P)

2007-02-03 [RiddleRose]: gosh! -blush blush- thanks!!!!

2007-02-03 [Ravendust]: Apparently it was pretty good, considering I came up with an idea almost immediately! *Huggles*

2007-02-03 [RiddleRose]: awww! i got a hugggg!!!

2007-02-08 [dmeredith]: Its been a while, but I'm back... And there's your entry ma'am, BTW.

2007-02-09 [RiddleRose]: whee! welcome back!

2007-03-06 [mousepoet]: Um, I've got an entry, but because I hadn't realized that this contest existed before today, it's late. If you want to remove it because of that, I shan't protest. :) Since it only had three entrants I wasn't really sure.

2007-03-10 [RiddleRose]: no removals shall be done. we don't turn people away here at ffl, on the contrary, we chase them with butterfly nets. XP welcome! 

to everyone: i am super-overloaded with work right before spring break, so i will be judging a tad late this month. apologies, and virtual cookies to you all

2007-03-10 [mousepoet]: Thanks! :)

2007-03-10 [Ravendust]: Good luck with the stuff you have to do, [Riddle Rose]!!

2007-03-15 [RiddleRose]: gah thank you, it's the last week of term. OMG WORK! GAH! DEATH!

2007-04-01 [RiddleRose]: so i am back now. judging is commencing. once again, i apologise for my absence...

2007-04-01 [RiddleRose]: congratulations to our lovely winners! the april first line is now up!

2007-04-01 [Jenna Rose]: *has been silently watching*
I like the line... For a poem. xD
I think I may give a story a try for here this month.

2007-04-01 [Ravendust]: Congratulations everyone!

2007-04-05 [Eloura]: I'm entering this one!

2007-04-06 [RiddleRose]: have fun you lot! love y'all!

2007-04-07 [Eloura]: Shall do! I al;ready started it!

2007-04-07 [Ash]: I was wondering if I need put anything else next to my entry link.

2007-04-08 [RiddleRose]: no, that's fine. thank you for entering! two already! you must like this one!

2007-04-08 [Ash]: Well I remember that quote and I was going to write something like my entry when I found this so I just got a base for it.

2007-04-08 [RiddleRose]: don't you just love it when that happens? it makes everything so much easier!

2007-04-18 [Eloura]: It may take me time to get it up ok.

2007-04-25 [Anninja]: Lol, I still haven't finished the Alder one :P But I will (never mind that it won't be a competition piece)... This first line is soo nice, Rosie... I bow to you.

2007-04-25 [RiddleRose]: awwwwww... -blush blush- you guys are all so nice!

and ps, check this out guys, FOUR ENTRIES ALREADY!!! WHEEEEE!!!!! thanks everyone!!!

2007-04-30 [Calann]: It sucks, but at least I got something in. :P

2007-05-02 [RiddleRose]: Congratulations everyone who entered, and to all this month's winners! so as usual, ridiculously difficult ot judge. there were some REALLY great ones this round. i was really impressed!

your new first line will be up as soon as i think of one. 

2007-05-02 [RiddleRose]: Also, Happy one year birthday to this contest!

2007-05-02 [mousepoet]: Hah, Calann. Sucks? You silly. :) Congrats.

2007-05-02 [Calann]: *blinks, drops jaw* Wow. :D Thank you! :D

2007-05-02 [Anninja]: Happy birthday!!! *dances with balloons*

2007-05-02 [Eleanor]: I love birthdays, especially the cake and ice cream. A cool badge to mark the next contest would be one with a birthday cake on it, or something like that.

2007-05-04 [RiddleRose]: sorry about the delay on the first line guys. it was the end of term and... i'm sure you all understand. but you can have one now! boring i know. but hey. it has birthday and may in it. I LOVE MAY!

2007-05-06 [mousepoet]: May IS my birthday month. :)

2007-05-06 [Anninja]: Mine too:) No, RiddleRose, it isn't a boring firstline, it has some strange, hidden ideas in it. Somebody could make a great story on it:)

2007-05-06 [Eleanor]: I’m working on it!

2007-05-06 [mousepoet]: Yeah, I really like this one.

2007-05-06 [Eleanor]: That was so inspiring, I barely made it in under the limit: 1,963 words. I didn’t know I was so verbose!

2007-05-07 [RiddleRose]: aww, thanks guys! you are all so nice! and two entries already! wow!

2007-05-31 [Kuzco]: meh, as long as you aren't forced to cut back. Happened to me three times already, annoying. ;)

Anyways, entry's in during the last call, last day. Good judging and good luck to everyone.

2007-05-31 [Eleanor]: Yes, good luck all.

2007-06-01 [mousepoet]: Gah! I've got most of an entry and a couple hours left before it's midnight in my time zone. I want to finish...but I probably won't. Oh well.

2007-06-01 [Ravendust]: Working on mine really late. If you don't agree with me putting the entry in now, you can just take it off if you want... but I had a sudden inspiration for it and am seeing where it's taking me...

2007-06-01 [mousepoet]: ^^Same goes for me. It's fragmented and scrappy and rough (no, jagged) around the edges, but it's in!

2007-06-01 [Ravendust]: My entry's a little... odd XD

2007-06-01 [RiddleRose]: i figure that i'll accept anything up until i look at the page on the deadline day. since that's usually a little late in the day, you get an extra few hours, and it should also account for most time zones. 

ps. [Ravendust], your link doesn't work, but i'll find your entry and judge it anyway... XD and thanks to everyone for entering!

2007-06-01 [RiddleRose]: congratulations everyone! there was some really great writing here!

so i have a proposal for all of you. i was inspired to make this contest by the first line from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, and i was wondering what people would think if i added a new aspect to this contest. up until now i have been making up first lines right and left, but i was thinking of using first lines from actual books for a few tries, and seeing how it worked. the rules would be altered slightly to include "try to keep your story as far from the plot of the actual book as possible" and i would give you the title and author of the book the line was from.

for this month i'll give you a normal first line, but what do you think of the idea? good bad? absolutely awful? don't care? give me some feedback, and i'll make a poll, just for fun.

2007-06-02 [mousepoet]: I don't think it's an awful idea, don't get me wrong, in fact I kind of like it, but I really like the original first lines. They've all been good to me. :)

2007-06-02 [Eleanor]: The problem I would have with a line like the opening of A Tale of Two Cities is that it’s just too well known and has too many connotations. If you were to use the opening of an actual book, it would have to be one with which we were mostly unfamiliar so that we didn’t have to purposely try to steer it away from the direction the original takes.

2007-06-02 [Ravendust]: Sorry my link didn't work ^_^;; I don't know why...

2007-06-02 [Calann]: I'd feel like I was stealing something. :P

2007-06-02 [Laika]: It's not stealing, it's developing! :D That's how literal expression evolves, by authors taking stuff from others and turning it into something new. (sorry, I'm studying this stuff at the moment for the..uh..entrance exam..thingy.)

2007-06-02 [Annie]: Well, I feel like it's stealing too, but since I'm not going to attempt publication with it or anything, it's more just like a game.
If I tried to publish it with the exact same first sentence as the other one, I would definitely consider that plagiarism.

2007-06-02 [RiddleRose]: so my lovely poll is telling me that a majority wants to try the new idea... and that [Eleanor] likes cheese.

so how about i try it for one month, and if it isn't as much fun, or people have issues with it, then i'll go back ot original first lines. 

so now my new question is, well-known book, or not well-known book? i lean towards well-known, because that means that you have to actively think outside of the author's ideas for that book, and i think it would be more challenging, but i am open to suggestions.

2007-06-02 [Eleanor]: There are only a few books that have opening lines that everyone knows, A Tale of Two Cities and Moby Dick being foremost. I’m going to stay out of this one because, as you all know, I like cheese.

2007-06-03 [Annie]: Haha...

2007-06-04 [RiddleRose]: so does [Child of God] apparently. i am glad there are fellow cheese-lovers present. how about i take the opening from tale of two cities then? maybe not the entire thing, because it's a paragraph long, but the first part of it? sound good?

2007-06-05 [Jenna Rose]: What is the opening exactly? I've never sat down and read Tale of Two Cities, but I've seen the play of it, and I've probably heard it before.

2007-06-05 [Eleanor]: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...

2007-06-05 [(Later)]: ... Actually, is was pretty mediocre. Kind of boring... Only thing of note was the half empty bag of Skittles on the kitchen counter. That, and the duffle bag stuffed with human heads... Best of times; worst of times... ...Didn't even get to finish my Skittles...  [:) ;) :)]

2007-06-06 [(Later)]: Alright, I've got my entry done for next month. ^^

2007-06-06 [mousepoet]: Hey Eleanor, the link to your writing doesn't work. Just a heads up.

2007-06-06 [Eleanor]: I fixed it. I’d accidentally typed @wiki instead of @writings in the address. Thanks for the heads up.

2007-06-07 [Ravendust]: That might've been what was wrong with my link last time around too ^_^;;

2007-06-07 [RiddleRose]: lol [(Later)], i'm a little worried about that entry now... XD i'll probably use a bit more than that though, so don't plan on just that small part of it. the entire first line is literally a paragraph long. dickens got paid by the word... it is occasionally very annoying. ;)

2007-06-08 [Ravendust]: oooh, I've got inspirationd :D

2007-06-10 [RiddleRose]: yay inspiration-mice!

2007-06-10 [Ravendust]: Heheh, that's new... I usually use plot bunnies :D

2007-06-13 [RiddleRose]: plot bunnies are all very well, but for inspiration you need mice

2007-06-13 [Eleanor]: Chocolate works well for me.

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