Monday, July 29, 2013

First and Last

My writer's group has been playing a chain email game where we share the first lines and last words from our novels. Since we're sharing, I'm posting them here too. Do you have a favorite first line of all time? A favorite last one? (thinking of Scarlett O'Hara's last words here.) What are your most unforgettable first and last words?
Lemme know in the comments.

~ Frances

First Lines:

Moth in Darkness: The dancing would kill her eventually. 
Fly in Paradise: Blackness swelled and hovered around the woman 
Spiders from Memory: Hoof beats rang like gunfire down the alley. 
Dimensional Shift: She hit the deck at the sound of footsteps on the front stairs. 
Aspect Ratio: "How many?" 
Echo Location: Stevie leaned around a clump of cactus and peered into the burrow. 
Unlikely: Satina could smell the paper from the street facing entrance. 
Horded: Had she cared about THIS town, she might have warned them not 
to wear the Shade colors, not to mess with gangs at all. 
Space Slugs: The sign above the main spaceport read: Welcome to the planet Crag. 



Last Words:

Her 
North 
Busy 
Asked 
Zero 
Too 
Mattered 
Vane 
Adventure.

The last words almost make a found poem. If you have some of those, heck, share them too. :)

2 comments:

Jaleta Clegg said...

First lines are always a bear to write, but when you get a zinger, it's a marvelous thing. Here are mine:

"Dace? We really need to talk."
The office on Herifon was the same as a thousand other Patrol offices.
Lowell thumped his feet on the desk and leaned back in the chair.
If you ever find yourself as crew on a small ship with newlyweds, don’t go.
“Target acquired,” Touk announced.
“Commander Tayvis, please, sit.”
I slouched at the table, the same one I’d been at for most of the last three weeks.
I shifted a bale of cargo, shoving it onto the trolley.
It was the pain that finally woke me, a dull aching throb centered somewhere left of my navel.
The darkness tasted of wet stone and thousands of years of undisturbed rest.
The stone halls were silent, cool and dim even though the sun blazed outside.

And last words:
brighter
heart
back
it
smiling
do
wept
free
good
dark
first

Frances Pauli said...

awesome! Thanks for sharing.