Elizabeth Bear does this thing on her blog occasionally where she posts the first line of all her works in progress. I've always thought that was pretty cool, but since I'm not Elizabeth Bear I've never done anything similar (that I recall). But I'm off work today and not sure what to do with myself, and our new neighbors are moving in next door and blocking the driveway so I can't go anywhere, and I can't turn on the TV because I'll get too overwhelmed with horror over Japan. So I opened my WIP file to work on Bloodhound, and noticed just how many WIP files I do have. Maybe posting the first line will help me focus.
First lines, in alphabetical order:
Adventures in Zoology
Of course I was prepared for the expedition. I'd been preparing for it my whole life.
On Tuesday afternoons, Mama and Alessandra had their weekly appointment at the dressmaker's, followed by tea at one of the better tea-houses on Dawnowl Street.
I arrived in the foreign city of Farlin via a goddess's spell cast by a murderer.
Dottie was living up to her name, as usual.
Darla Dare, Girl Detective
When I got the call from the temp service, my first thought was, "Finally!"
Sparrow had chosen the perfect night to change his coins into gold.
How Christopher Kaplan Learned to Lie
Chris found Ojo sitting under a forsythia bush one drizzly Friday afternoon.
Isabella arrived in Rio Tesoro on her twenty-third birthday, on foot and carrying everything she owned in a saddlebag over her shoulder.
"Shades of Gray"
Mayra pulled her mule to a halt at the sight of the overturned wagon.
"The Shepherd's Apprentice"
The treeless hills looked like a newly shorn sheep's flank.
Stag in Ruin
My brother Gabe had fallen. He'd fallen down the stairs.
A lalo had found Tea, and it wouldn't leave her alone.
All of the short stories and some of the novels will undoubtedly languish on my hard drive until I realize I'm never, ever going to finish them. Then I'll delete them, and they'll deserve it. But I fully expect to finish the rest. Eventually.