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October 25, 2004

107 points up for grabs! Get a pencil!

With the top Culture Maven about to be crowned on Sunday night, it's time to pull out all the stops.

That's right, I'm about to get literary on your tails.

For a whopping 107 points, I want you to write three more sentences for me.

These three sentences will be the opening lines of a new fiction novel destined to reach the top ten in Barnes and Noble sales. It can be fantasy, drama, historical fiction, sci-fi, romance, whatever - as long as it's fiction.

If your three sentences make me want to read your novel more than the other entrants, you win.

There can be only one. Deadline for posting is Wednesday midnight. More contests will start before this one ends, so stay frosty, people.


Posted by Dan at October 25, 2004 03:27 PM

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I've been on the verge now for the better part of a decade of writing the Great American Novel: The Prince of Wales is a retelling of Hamlet, set in post-WWII Wales, Wisconsin. The protagonist, Cal, returns from two tours on a battleship (having lost a brother on Iwo Jima--the brother provides the "Alas, poor Yorrick" moment later) to learn that the letter telling him of his father's death crossed his own path home. He finds his mother has taken up with his uncle (of course) and, rather than feign madness, immerses himself in his father's cryptic journals. The upshot is that dad was gay and the marriage was a sham all along, with much crying and running off from home at the end but no death. (More than you needed to know, I bet.) Here are the first three sentences as I've been rolling them around in my head all along:

Cal couldn't remember quiet. Even now, on this last flight home, there was the noise. When he packed up two years ago and waved everyone goodbye, he never though that what he'd miss most was the silence of a Wisconsin winter night.

Posted by: folkbum at October 25, 2004 11:55 PM

I've just barely started this and greatly like the idea behind it. Make note that there would be a break--as if starting a new section within the chapter--between the second and third sentences. It goes as so:

I nearly died today.
But it wasn’t that big of a deal.

The thought of passively killing myself appealed to me; I thought I could escape without consequence.

Posted by: Joel Caris at October 27, 2004 01:50 AM

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