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First off, I’d like to say a big ‘Thank you’ to everyone who entered the competition and/or voted to select the finalists for this year’s Puddle for Best Opening Line (and a final apology for all the messing about I caused during the process).
Out of nearly seventy entries, ten made the final cut with at least fifteen votes each. Well done to one and all.

Without further ado, it’s time to select the winner.


Poll #1493468 The Meager Puddle of Light Awards: Best Opening Line
This poll is closed.

From the following list, please vote for the sentence which you feel should win this year’s Meager Puddle of Light Award for Best Opening Line:

You know how some women can get any man into trouble just by walking into a bar?
4(7.7%)
Without meaning to, Camilla Torres had picked a good place to die.
12(23.1%)
There wasn't enough L'Oreal on the planet to cover her white trash roots.
6(11.5%)
Some say the dead don't care, but they do.
4(7.7%)
Max woke up inside his kennel, unplugged his tail from the wall, and ran an automatic systems check.
5(9.6%)
George Lasenius shipped me to Mars in a lead crate.
3(5.8%)
Every morning I ask myself the same question: would I be happier now if I'd never sailed off the edge of the world?
8(15.4%)
Even hiding under my bed, armed and silent in the darkness, Cupid got me; I never even saw him coming.
2(3.8%)
Clinton Folk stood in the doorway of the Theatre of Curious Acts and looked out at the end of the world.
5(9.6%)
A dead girl invited Matthias to dinner.
3(5.8%)




This poll will close on Sunday, December 13th at 11:59pm (US/Eastern)

So, what's at stake here?
Aside from the envy and admiration of their peers, the top three finalists will get to dip their toes in the meager puddle of limelight which my journal can provide when I post an interview with each of them – assuming they’re still talking to me by then. In addition, the overall winner gets the offer of a guest blog spot, here on An Englishman in New Jersey, if he/she so wishes.

Congratulations to these honorable mentions (who just missed the finals with fourteen votes apiece):
Earthrise stretched shadows over the dusty pock-marked ground, lending a faint touch of indigo to the airless surface
darkspires

I wonder sometimes, if I could have lived a perfectly normal life if I hadn't burned the roast.
karen_w_newton

Of the three planets that could summon me, the humans on the third planet were the rudest.
ghostposts

On my one-to-ten scale of rude awakenings, a leprechaun standing on my bedside table and urinating loudly into my ear is a definite Nine.
david_bridger

The hills above Paradise were burning the day the man with no heart came to town
tchernabyelo .

One last thought:
If you didn’t make the finals, but would like to know how many votes your opening line(s) got, let me know in the comments and I’ll send you the answer in a private message.

Happy voting, and thanks for taking part.



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alaneer
Dec. 2nd, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
Wow, looks like I made it - never thought I would. Thank you for running this. It'll give us an idea of what people like.
jongibbs
Dec. 2nd, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
My pleasure :)

It's interesting to see what different people find captivating.
catephoenix
Dec. 2nd, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
Oh my, they're all wonderful (ahem!). Decisions, decisions.
jongibbs
Dec. 2nd, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
I'm in awe of how many of you guys resist the temptation to vote for yourselves during these (albeit for fun) polls. I'm not sure I'd have the internal fortitude to do the same :)
catephoenix
Dec. 2nd, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
But where would be the fun in that.
jdawson001
Dec. 2nd, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
But where would be the fun in that.

Amen!

I'm having a hard time picking one, too. I think I'll ask my husband his opinion before I vote...
jdawson001
Dec. 2nd, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
I'd love to know my final tallies... thanks!
jongibbs
Dec. 2nd, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
Results on the way :)
jdawson001
Dec. 2nd, 2009 03:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks! You're awesome;)
jongibbs
Dec. 2nd, 2009 04:00 pm (UTC)
And modest too, it's by far my best feature ;)
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jongibbs
Dec. 2nd, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
Message on the way, and no, it wasn't zero :)
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jongibbs
Dec. 3rd, 2009 07:50 am (UTC)
My pleasure :)
joannhali
Dec. 2nd, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
This was really fun and interesting. Thanks!
jongibbs
Dec. 2nd, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks. For what it's worth, I realy liked your 'Thirst rode him like a skeleton' line :)
tracy_d74
Dec. 2nd, 2009 08:59 pm (UTC)
these are great! i can't wait to see who wins.
jongibbs
Dec. 2nd, 2009 10:28 pm (UTC)
Me too :)
ex_camillea
Dec. 3rd, 2009 01:09 pm (UTC)
Fun stuff! I wasn't around to vote in the prelims, so I hope it's all right I dove in at this late juncture.
jongibbs
Dec. 3rd, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
Of course!

Thanks for voting :)
natf
Dec. 9th, 2009 01:15 am (UTC)
I hope you do this again sometime. I missed entering!
jongibbs
Dec. 9th, 2009 11:51 am (UTC)
Absolutely!

I plan to make 'The Puddles' an annual event :)
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