Well, all I can say is--wow!!
Yesterday's response to the First Line Grabber was astounding. And while I haven't read the entire deluge of hundreds (thousands?) of comments, the ones I've read were remarkably honest and clear. And the bipolar nature of some of the responses -- strong YESES and NOS for the same sentence -- are not only amusing, but indicative of the overall subjective nature of this business.
If you haven't critiqued any of the entries yet, there's still time! I'm not going to close the contest until midnight on Saturday. Which means, of course, I'll be spending Sunday evening counting YESES.
No worries, though. Mr. A has expressed an interest in reading the first lines (and voicing his never-subtle opinions, no doubt), and has offered to read and count with me. Sounds romantic in a geeky, literary sort of way, don't you think?
At any rate, here's what to expect next:
The fifteen winning entries will be announced on Monday, and will at that point be invited to submit their first 3 sentences for round 2. The fifteen posts will be up on Wednesday morning for critique. No voting this time, though! A guest author will be critiquing this round and choosing her favorite 5.
Details next week.
(Isn't this fun? Or is it me, fighting the winter blahs in any way possible?)
So again, thanks for being wonderful! And have a great weekend.