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can't sleep books will eat mematociquala wrote
on November 13th, 2012 at 07:11 pm

laying bait

Well, I just had the unsettling experience of getting 3000 words into a 4000-word story that's due Thursday and realizing that it's not going to be 4000 words. Guess it's back to the drawing board.

I've forgotten how to write short short stories. I was putting in white space as if it were a novel. I had better relearn the trick of density fast. Dear Bear: no transitions.

And that means I need a first lines meme. The idea here is that we post the first lines of unfinished stories, on the theory that we might then be inspired to finish a few...

So here's what's in the queueueueue currently...

Short Stories

"It's not like I'd be selling my own liver."
--"This Chance Planet"

Johnny Backus was a daywalker. Johnny Backus was a vampire. Johnny Backus was a friend of mine.
--"Steel"

When Cecily was three years old, she announced that she was "stared of the scares." It stuck.
--"Untitled"

I loved you not.
--"Posthumous Jonson"

There are no unremarkable worlds. But in all the galaxy, perhaps the ice-moon of II Laetrius VI comes closest.
--"Periastron"

Nothing made Matthew hate himself more than waiting for the elevator.
--"Patience & Fortitude"

The dead woman's fingertips were marked by a number of shallow, parallel cuts.
--"Coronado"

"We wouldn’t be having this conversation if you'd flunked Algebra."
--"On Safari in R'lyeh and Carcosa with Gun and Camera"

The universe will always need plumbers. At least until the Big Rip.
--"Flush"

Krissy paused in the wings stage left, in air thick with the smell of dust, imagining thunderous applause.
--"A Time to Reap"

As the innate perversity of the universe would have it, Officer [Name] was up to her elbows in the guts of a roasted pumpkin as big as her chest when her pager shrilled.
--"Gallowglas"

Before she turned into a dragon, Kathy Cutter was Comanche Zariphes' best friend.
--"Form and Void"


Some short stories without titles or first lines yet:

Modern fantasy story with faceless minions and gladiators
Hieroglyph gynandromophism rightminding story
Seascraping libertarians story
Venusian quantum optogenetics story
Sargasso apocalypse lighthouse story





Novels

Pewter scraped across the black wave-caps of the Atlantic on the morning Carl Hughes learned how his lover had died.
--Smile

You ain't gonna like what I have to tell you, but I'm gonna tell you anyway.
--Karen Memory

It was always night in Gotham.
--Gotham Jazz

Tin laced her fingers together across her gravid belly and frowned along her nose at the feeble human child.
--An Apprentice to Elves

Temur sat crosslegged, the tea Brother Hsiung had brought him cooling untasted in his hands.
--Steles of the Sky

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