My thoughts upon waking up this morning: “Gee, I wonder how the Stupendously Ultimate First Line Challenge is going, let me open up….. Holy Spicoli!!”
Needless to say, I have already started shying away from the monumental task of whittling down the entries into a list of finalists and have enlisted the help of thrice-published author Anne Dayton of Good Girl Lit, who doubles as a book editor and thus knows a thing or two (or a gazillion) about first lines.
Anne and I will take a look at all of the entries on Wednesday evening (the cutoff time will be earlier because Anne is on the East Coast) and come up with a list of finalists. Voting will commence on Thursday, hopefully with a handy-dandy electronic voting thingie, and you will also have the opportunity to exercise the power of the people with the ability to write in votes in the comments section.
Some have already expressed concern about voting fraud (in America?? No!!), and to alleviate these concerns I have enlisted the same accounting firm who tabulates the votes for the Oscars to ensure that there are no irregularities, and I have authorized the full use of tasers to enforce the rules. (Actually we’re going to use the honor system with some additional safeguards.)
Keep on entering the SUFLC if you haven’t already, and I hope you’re enjoying reading the entries as much as I am.