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Weekend Challenge: Page One

Hello, everyone, and hooray, that the weekend has arrived!

Every issue of Poets & Writers magazine features a little section called Page One where some intriguing first lines are taken from recently released works. I've gathered a list of 26 of these lines, complete with book titles and authors.

Choose a number from 1-26 and I'll give you a prompt. If any part of it (quote, title, or author) inspires you to write 200 or more words or create an artwork for it by Thursday January 24 at 11:59 CST, please leave a link here. If you like, I can reward you with a drabble (recent fandoms are here), words to a WIP, or one hour of editing time to one of my "still in the drawer" NaNo novels.

Have fun and happy writing!

PS - I'm posting this before work, so there may be a delay before prompts are sent out.


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Jan. 18th, 2019 12:21 pm (UTC)
#1 please!
Jan. 18th, 2019 12:49 pm (UTC)
Here's your quote:

I am running late for the airport, trying to catch a cab on my street corner. - Look Alive Out There by Sloane Crosley

Good luck!
Jan. 18th, 2019 12:32 pm (UTC)
9, please.
Jan. 18th, 2019 12:52 pm (UTC)
Here's your quote (feel free to change the relationship and time frame if it suits you)

One day, my brilliant, beautiful, complicated mother appeared at my kitchen table, thirty one years after her death. – The Year My Mother Came Back by Alice Eve Cohen

Have fun!
Jan. 18th, 2019 01:08 pm (UTC)
13 please and thank you!
Jan. 18th, 2019 01:28 pm (UTC)
Here it is:

In the seventh hour of my ascent I begin to weep – Fragile by Jeffrey Thomson

Good luck!
Jan. 18th, 2019 01:11 pm (UTC)
15 please :)
Jan. 18th, 2019 01:29 pm (UTC)
Here's your quote:

Leave the dead alone – Beautiful Wall by Ray Gonzalez

Happy writing!
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Jan. 18th, 2019 01:36 pm (UTC)
12 please!
Jan. 18th, 2019 11:56 pm (UTC)
Here you go:

I only wanted one thing on tour: to slam my hand in a door and break my fingers. – Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein

Have fun!
Jan. 18th, 2019 01:47 pm (UTC)
Could I have #26?
Jan. 18th, 2019 11:57 pm (UTC)
Here's your prompt:

If I concentrate, I can see where the river should be. – Let’s No One Get Hurt by Jon Pineda

Happy writing!
Jan. 18th, 2019 01:58 pm (UTC)
Hi! I'd like #23, please.
Jan. 18th, 2019 11:58 pm (UTC)
Here it is:

My life seems to be an increasing revelation of the intimate face of universal struggle. – We’re On: A June Jordan Reader by June Jordan
Jan. 18th, 2019 02:02 pm (UTC)
5 please. (I just hope I'll have time *sigh*)
Jan. 19th, 2019 12:00 am (UTC)
Here you go - feel free to change the place or the gender of the character if you need to

What was she doing in Havana? – The Third Hotel by Laura van den Berg

Hope you are able to have the time! Good luck!
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Jan. 18th, 2019 02:24 pm (UTC)
I'll try number 16 :)
Jan. 19th, 2019 12:01 am (UTC)
Here you go:

Every body has a story and a history – Hunger: a Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay

Have fun!
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Jan. 18th, 2019 08:41 pm (UTC)
number 22
Jan. 19th, 2019 01:55 am (UTC)
Here's your prompt:

Now, as I write this, you know nothing about anything, about what awaits you, the kind of world you will be born into. – Autumn by Karl Ove Knausgaard

Have fun!
Jan. 18th, 2019 09:06 pm (UTC)
I'll would like to try number 8
Jan. 19th, 2019 01:57 am (UTC)
Here's yours. This was one of my favorites:

Down here in the basement we’ve built a city out of blocks, divied up the Matchbox cars, the toy soldiers and model planes, and begun yet again what we call The Game – Love and Other Ways of Dying by Michael Paterniti

Good luck!
Jan. 18th, 2019 09:52 pm (UTC)
May I try 21 please?
Jan. 19th, 2019 01:58 am (UTC)
Here's your prompt:

The old house hunkers on a hill, all peeling white paint, bay windows, and spindled wooden railings overgrown with climbing roses and poison oak. – My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

Have fun!
Jan. 20th, 2019 05:28 am (UTC)
If it's not too late, could I please try #11? Thank you!
Jan. 20th, 2019 05:31 am (UTC)
Not too late at all. It's good to see you. Here's your prompt:

The drought began in May and lasted three months – Soil by Jamie Korengay

Hope it inspires you!
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