Monday, July 16, 2012

Quick Contest: Fun with first lines.

I'm deep, deep into the first draft of something utterly crazy, so in the spirit of that, I thought we could play a game. Mostly because I'm too fried to think of anything intelligent to post.


So.

Below are first lines from several of my manuscripts. None of which are under contract by the way--these are not lines from Sanctum or Scan or their sequels. Below are lines from two trunked mss and three that have yet to see the light of day but probably will in the future. I pretty much never share excerpts from things I've written, so today will be a wild and crazy departure from the usual! Yay?

Here's what I thought we could do. I'll give you the lines and then ask a few questions. The person with the most correct answers wins a $10 gift card. If more than one person gets all answers correct, I'll flip a coin or use a random number generator to choose the winner. We can call this my so close to 500 followers it BURNssss contest, okay?

Okay, here are the first lines ...

A. "The chauffeur drove them home from the hospital, maneuvering the amphibious limousine through the waist-deep canals in their Back Bay neighborhood."

B. "If I had fingers, I would dig them into the earth at your feet."

C. "Amy and I picked our way through the thick stand of trees, the only boundary between the high school fields and the cemetery."

D. "By the time we cross into Sinaloa from Durango, I understand that I will never see my home again."

E. "When you’re cornered, you find out what’s at the heart of you."

And here are the questions ...

  1. Which first line comes from the first manuscript I ever wrote?
  2. Which first line comes from the manuscript I'm working on right now?
  3. Which first line starts out a manuscript that includes walking personifications of doom and violent death who happen to be very good at Irish dancing?
  4. Which first line is delivered by a character who is on an airplane?
  5. Which first line is delivered by a character who is the daughter/son of a psychiatrist?
Okay, friends, happy guessing! Feel free to share a first line from your own work if you so desire. At the very least, it will make me feel a bit less self-conscious. Winner will be announced next Monday!

24 comments:

  1. 1. D
    2. B
    3. C
    4. E
    5. A

    And now I'm thinking I should've guessed A for all of them, so I'd get at least one of them right.

    P.S. Is that a flooded Back Bay of Boston? If if isn't, someone should write that.

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  2. Um, I have too much inside information for this to be fair, but I will echo Steve, and say I really want to read about Back Bay!

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  3. I have no idea, but have to say I LOVE the line from E :)

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  4. 1. C
    2. E
    3. B
    4. D
    5. A

    Fun stuff. Love them all but especially B.

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  5. Eek! A quiz. I'm never good at those. They're all so good, but I could never guess which is which.

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  6. 1.C
    2.D
    3.B
    4.E
    5.A

    I so didn't win, did I?

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  7. Okay, I thought the airplane one was too obvious to be right, but I had nothing better for that one. So here goes:

    1. C
    2. E
    3. B
    4. D
    5. A

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  8. 1. A (And then you remembered that you hate driving in Boston, even if Boston is a swamp, so...)
    2. B
    3. You totally did not mention that you had an Irish dancing, walking personification of doom! That is such a coincidence! Me too! Oh--um...C.
    4. E
    5. D because it's all I have left, but my heart isn't really in it.

    This was fun.

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  9. Wait, haven't you been writing for something like a couple of years? So it's like a manuscript every six months?! HOW DO YOU DO IT?!

    I'm guessing A,B,C,D,E because I haven't a clue, but I'm really a methodical, alphabet-loving kind of person.

    Keep deep drafting the utterly crazy, Sarah!

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  10. Great idea for a contest, and as I hail from Oirland, I am curious to see the answer to No. 3 :)

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  11. This is fun but frustratingly difficult!

    1. C
    2. E
    3. B
    4. D
    5. A

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  12. Haha, I'm way going to overthink this But! But here are my answers:

    1 - C
    2 - E
    3 - B
    4 - D
    5 - A

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  13. I love A, Sarah and this is because I went to college in the Boston area so immediately I picked up the Back Bay area and understood it. :)

    1. E
    2. B
    3. C
    4. D
    5. A

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  14. Well SHIZ...okay here goes. :-)))))

    1.B
    2.E
    3.A
    4.D
    5.C

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  16. Ooo! Fun stuff! And I LOVE B., btw.

    OK, here are my guesses:
    1-A
    2-E
    3-B... or C
    4-D
    5-A... wait. I messed up. Huh? :D

    They all sound awesome. Can't wait for SANCTUM! :o) <3

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  17. I'm not gonna play cuz I have a seriously unfair advantage ;-) However, did you change some of your first lines? My memory is not recalling two of these...

    ~JD

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  18. hi dr sarah! yikes! i got not one idea which is what or what goes where. ack! so im just closing my eyes and guessing. here goes...
    1 a
    2 c
    3 b
    4 d
    5 e
    ...hugs from lenny

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  19. 1. B
    2. A
    3. C
    4. D
    5. E

    I probably got these all wrong but you have some really great first lines. :)

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