Time to Play!

As I was considering what to write for this week’s blog, I realized I needed a break from all the seriousness of the last few weeks. Not that I don’t love the “conversations” and insights everyone has shared. But, at the core, I’m a golden-retriever kinda gal, and I gots to play! So today seemed perfect for a game I love: First Lines.

SO! Get your play on, folks, and share your first line—and ONLY the first line–of a project you’re working on. Fiction, nonfiction, children’s, short story…we love ‘em all. Now is your chance to test your line out on some readers.

Here’s mine, from a nonfiction project I’m working on:

It took an angry hummingbird to open my eyes.

Ready? Set. Go!

 

 

77 Responses to Time to Play!

  1. Justin Swanton May 31, 2017 at 3:31 am #

    We were four months out when they told us.

    (First line of my hard SF Christian novel ‘Immortelle’)

    • Cathy Hinkle May 31, 2017 at 6:33 am #

      Ok, I’ll bite… told you what? 🙂

      • Justin Swanton May 31, 2017 at 7:00 am #

        Oh, nothing much. Just that 1036 Ganymed, a 20-mile wide asteroid, had been knocked from its orbit by impact with a planetesimal and would collide with Earth whilst they were on the first manned mission to Mars.

        • Cathy Hinkle May 31, 2017 at 1:39 pm #

          I like that! It would be bad for the people, but make for some good sci-fi! I like it! It’s a lot of research, isn’t it? 🙂 (Working on sci-fi, myself, and I’m giving a friend writing historical fiction a run for her research time.) Keep on going!

          • Justin Swanton May 31, 2017 at 10:35 pm #

            Glad you like it.

            Yes, hard SF has proved a lot of research – things like how a thermal nuclear motor works, the difference between aerobraking and aerocapture, what could go wrong with the cooling system of a suitcase reactor, etc. Been fun though.

      • Sally Bradley May 31, 2017 at 9:08 am #

        Great line!

  2. Brennan S. McPherson May 31, 2017 at 3:59 am #

    “The Hunter awoke with his back to a stone floor and his gaze to a vaulted marble ceiling.”

  3. Jane Tucker May 31, 2017 at 4:40 am #

    “Don’t call us, Mr. Arnold. We’ll call you.”

  4. Rebekah Dorris May 31, 2017 at 4:44 am #

    “Once upon a time—”

    “Titus Ford! You’re telling me a fairy tale? Oh, please! I ain’t no baby!”

  5. Kirsten Panachyda May 31, 2017 at 4:56 am #

    The day the wounded young acolyte stumbled into the compound, Tiann was helping with the endless weaving.

  6. Charles Franklin May 31, 2017 at 4:58 am #

    A century after The Great War, in a city believed to be Earth’s last, Arik Martin helped lower his dead friend into the ground.

  7. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser May 31, 2017 at 6:08 am #

    Across the candle-lit table Hermoine’s eyes sparkled like sapphires, and when she smiled Sebastian realized that he needed to pick up dental floss on the way home.

  8. CJ Myerly May 31, 2017 at 6:26 am #

    Ryley Rhodes punched the air in front of her, her feet stumbling through the quick step while she tried to follow the insane exercise instructor on her flat screen.

    • Hope May 31, 2017 at 7:45 am #

      That’s me!

  9. Cathy Hinkle May 31, 2017 at 6:32 am #

    The moon shone down with clear white purity the first time I ever saw a sky.

  10. Martha Whiteman Rogers May 31, 2017 at 6:33 am #

    Josephine Weatherby slammed the door and shook her bony finger at Emma’s face.

    • Cathy Hinkle May 31, 2017 at 6:34 am #

      Love the name, and the bony finger. 🙂

    • Bob May 31, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

      Intriguing start.

  11. Janetta Messmer May 31, 2017 at 6:40 am #

    “She’s up to something, Mary, and we’re going to find out what it is.”

  12. Marie Wells Coutu May 31, 2017 at 6:46 am #

    The familiar knock came before the rooster crowed.

  13. Katie Powner May 31, 2017 at 6:54 am #

    His middle name was Havok, but I didn’t know that until it was too late.

  14. Carol Ashby May 31, 2017 at 7:00 am #

    Saying goodbye was always hard; when it’s your youngest daughter, that punched a hole in a father’s heart.

  15. Carol Tanksley May 31, 2017 at 7:03 am #

    They say you shouldn’t begin with “the phone rang.” But my phone did ring at 2am.

  16. Jay Payleitner May 31, 2017 at 7:05 am #

    Imagine the Creator of the Universe sitting across from you as you map out your day, week, and life.

    • Peggy Booher May 31, 2017 at 6:27 pm #

      Wow! I like it! I’d like to read the rest of it, too!

  17. Jennifer Deibel May 31, 2017 at 7:39 am #

    She was going to fail.

  18. Hope May 31, 2017 at 7:44 am #

    The plane landed.
    (2nd novel of God’s Girl)

  19. Diana Harkness May 31, 2017 at 7:51 am #

    He shivered and drew his cloak around him, hugging it tightly as the night’s breath rustled the wiry boughs and cast a few dry leaves to the ground.

  20. Nicola May 31, 2017 at 8:22 am #

    Clariseen’s eyes ached trying to see how far she could see.

  21. Henry Styron May 31, 2017 at 8:26 am #

    Have you ever been invited to dinner, or to a date, or as a houseguest, and you arrived at the appointed time and place and found that everything had been made ready for you?

  22. Damon J. Gray May 31, 2017 at 8:42 am #

    Every spring, for the past six years, I have watched the farmer plow his field.

  23. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser May 31, 2017 at 8:44 am #

    I’ve got to build a story around this, but here goes:

    “Mom, of COURSE I wouldn’t have gone out with him if I knew he was a trending hashtag!”

  24. Norma Brumbaugh May 31, 2017 at 8:46 am #

    Her eyes alight with awe as she gazes into the globe; it is magical, like a snow scene in Toyland.

  25. Danise DiStasi May 31, 2017 at 8:50 am #

    By now you must be wondering what a dog has to do with leadership development.

  26. Heather Marsten May 31, 2017 at 9:22 am #

    I hate boys’ games.

  27. Mindy Peltier May 31, 2017 at 10:08 am #

    Wendy didn’t wake up with the usual hangover after Ladies Night, she woke up drunk.

  28. Loretta May 31, 2017 at 10:41 am #

    Maybe it’s just me but sometimes I feel invisible in this big world, like no one see’s or cares about what’s happening to me or in my heart.

  29. Mary-Anne Crooks May 31, 2017 at 11:01 am #

    Dad’s shouting for us Danielle. Seriously sick of this yacht. Wish it was finished already.

  30. Kristen Joy Wilks May 31, 2017 at 11:02 am #

    I gave my sister a sheepish smile in lieu of an apology and then ducked beneath the antique pew.

    (YA, Contemporary Paranormal)

  31. Mary-Anne Crooks May 31, 2017 at 11:03 am #

    Crackle and heat from the red-glowing bush-land assailed the senses.

  32. Mary-Anne Crooks May 31, 2017 at 11:08 am #

    Dr Mendel’s arctic blue eyes darted from scientist to scientist, the creases that outlined his eyes were rigid and his pale eyelashes fluttered.

  33. Mary-Anne Crooks May 31, 2017 at 11:10 am #

    Hatred, it filled the air, my lungs, my senses – why had I married this man?

  34. Sally Farrell May 31, 2017 at 11:21 am #

    The trees talked. Branches touching, crowns bowed, huddled in a circle, they soughed and sighed, shivering their shared secrets.

  35. Mary-Anne Crooks May 31, 2017 at 11:26 am #

    Zebedee ran helter skelter into the room, slid on the wooden floor, applied brakes too late, went into a full slide and crashed into the suitcase.

  36. Debra L. Butterfield May 31, 2017 at 11:38 am #

    He was finally dead.

  37. Linda May 31, 2017 at 11:44 am #

    Ashes from Will Ryan’s dying cigarette sprinkled onto his hand as he fished around in his Wranglers pockets for his last twenty.

  38. Linda May 31, 2017 at 11:48 am #

    Ashes from Will Ryan’s dying cigarette sprinkled his hand as he searched his worn Wranglers pockets for his last twenty.

  39. S.A.Farrell May 31, 2017 at 12:00 pm #

    My name is Theodor Winston Isambard King and I hate it.

    • Andrew Budek-Schmeisser May 31, 2017 at 12:10 pm #

      If my initials formed the acronym ‘TWIK’ I’d hate it too.

      • S.A.Farrell May 31, 2017 at 2:19 pm #

        His goth sister calls him Twix…and English chocolate bar…he hates that too!

  40. Edward Lane May 31, 2017 at 12:11 pm #

    She didn’t see the pockmarked face of the man peering over the edge of the boat as Ben and she embraced.

  41. Jennifer Deibel May 31, 2017 at 1:18 pm #

    I’m thinking about changing mine to:

    “All her life, Moira Doherty had longed to see the places her mother told her about.”

  42. Carrie Stuart Parks May 31, 2017 at 3:23 pm #

    Who’d have thought admitting to drawing skills would land her in an early morning rendezvous with a dying man?

  43. Henry Styron May 31, 2017 at 3:46 pm #

    “Mr. Monster’s best friend Elspeth worked in a flower shop.”

    (Children’s book)

  44. Robin E. Mason May 31, 2017 at 4:02 pm #

    It couldn’t be her; she was dead, we had all watched her die, floating away like that in the swamp.

  45. Bob May 31, 2017 at 4:39 pm #

    I’m thirteen years old and pretty tough, I can handle a rifle and my double barrel shotgun.

  46. Daniel J. Parker May 31, 2017 at 4:41 pm #

    “BORN TO DIE?…BORN TO DIE?…BORN TO DIE? …NO…PLEASE …NO !” (Mary, the mother of Jesus, during a conversatition with God during a dream. From The Gifts-Part II)

  47. Tracey Dyck May 31, 2017 at 5:15 pm #

    There’s some serious talent showing up here! I like it!

    My first line: Not in centuries had the mountains rung with such gladness. (YA fairy tale retelling)

  48. Karen Ball May 31, 2017 at 5:46 pm #

    Oh, what fun! Thank you all for joining in!

    • Justin Swanton May 31, 2017 at 10:37 pm #

      You haven’t worked it out? We’re all submitting!

      (BTW I’ve got a really, really good MS…)

  49. Mary-Anne Crooks May 31, 2017 at 10:16 pm #

    Do you want to spice up your relationship: Recipes for a Yummy Marriage

  50. Michael Emmanuel May 31, 2017 at 11:15 pm #

    One – The cop ushered me into the room and hushed the door.

    Two – “What is your name?”

    Three – It was 4:17pm when the call came in.

  51. Joyce Glass June 1, 2017 at 11:15 am #

    Jessica wrapped her jacket tighter to keep the crisp wind of the morning from cutting right through her skin as she walked across the campus.

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