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May I Have The Envelope Please?

With apologies for the delay, I can now confirm that the 2009, Meager Puddle of Limelight Award for Best Opening Line goes to…

 

E. F. Watkins

 

Here’s a list of the ten finalists in descending order (In the case of a tie, I used the qualifying votes to decide which came higher).

 

1: Without meaning to, Camilla Torres had picked a good place to die.
E F Watkins

 
2: Every morning I ask myself the same question: would I be happier now if I'd never sailed off the edge of the world?
[info]maeve_the_red
 

3: There wasn't enough L'Oreal on the planet to cover her white trash roots.
Chris Redding

4: Clinton Folk stood in the doorway of the Theatre of Curious Acts and looked out at the end of the world.
[info]catephoenix

 5: Max woke up inside his kennel, unplugged his tail from the wall, and ran an automatic systems check.
[info]cloudscudding

6: You know how some women can get any man into trouble just by walking into a bar?
[info]jakobdrud

 7: Some say the dead don't care, but they do.
[info]alaneer

8: A dead girl invited Matthias to dinner.
[info]cloudscudding

9: George Lasenius shipped me to Mars in a lead crate.
[info]jakobdrud

10: Even hiding under my bed, armed and silent in the darkness, Cupid got me; I never even saw him coming.
[info]jdawson001

Congratulations to the top three, I’ll be in touch with your interview questions soon, and a hat tip to all the other finalists, in particular [info]cloudscudding and [info]jakobdrud who both had two opening lines in the last ten.

Thanks again to everyone who took part and/or voted.

I hope you had fun. We'll do it again next year.






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serge_lj
Dec. 16th, 2009 12:58 pm (UTC)
My metaphorical hat off to all of you.

Edited at 2009-12-16 12:58 pm (UTC)
jongibbs
Dec. 16th, 2009 01:12 pm (UTC)
I would tug at my metaphorical forelock, but I haven't had one for years :(
serge_lj
Dec. 16th, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
A receded hairline took over my forelock long ago.
jongibbs
Dec. 16th, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
It was a protruding forehead that got mine ;)
ajjones
Dec. 16th, 2009 01:03 pm (UTC)
Aw dude, those smileys. If I wasn't awake before, I am now!
jongibbs
Dec. 16th, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
I wanted to do sparkles, but I don't know how :(
karen_w_newton
Dec. 16th, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
It was fun, except now I sit here and think, "I am not good enough to win a Meager Puddle." Sigh.
jongibbs
Dec. 16th, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)
Don't worry, I've plenty more Puddles up my sleeve.... er, if you know what I mean :)
karen_w_newton
Dec. 16th, 2009 01:37 pm (UTC)
Hah! Better a puddle up your sleeve than down your trouser leg?
jongibbs
Dec. 16th, 2009 01:40 pm (UTC)
Lol, very true. That has an Aesop-like ring to it, don't you think? :)
mtlawson
Dec. 16th, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
Better a puddle than a piddle.
jakobdrud
Dec. 16th, 2009 03:57 pm (UTC)
Not to mention a poodle...
jongibbs
Dec. 16th, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
oh dear :(
jakobdrud
Dec. 16th, 2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
And congratulations to the winners :-)
mtlawson
Dec. 16th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
Hey, we could have mentioned a paddle.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 17th, 2009 01:22 pm (UTC)
Meager Puddle
That's not so bad. Now I have to try to brag about having won a Meager Puddle!

--E. F. WAtkins
karen_w_newton
Dec. 17th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Meager Puddle
Hey, I would brag my head off! Congratulations!
mtlawson
Dec. 16th, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
Congrats to all the winners!
clarionj
Dec. 16th, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
Great opening lines! This is worth keeping as a reminder to go back and tweak those old opening lines we've gotten used to by our tenth edit.
jongibbs
Dec. 16th, 2009 01:41 pm (UTC)
That would work, but personally, I plan to steal them as chapter beginnings for my next novel ;)
clarionj
Dec. 16th, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
LOL, you know, that would be fascinating! Imagine all the unexpected doors that would open.
joannhali
Dec. 16th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
Congratulations to the winners! I'll remember many of these lines. Thanks, it was fun.
jongibbs
Dec. 16th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks for taking part :)
catephoenix
Dec. 16th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
Woot!
jongibbs
Dec. 16th, 2009 07:20 pm (UTC)
Congrats on your fourth place. You know, you were the clear leader after the qualifying rounds :)

Edited at 2009-12-16 07:20 pm (UTC)
catephoenix
Dec. 18th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
Ooh, that makes me so happy.
maeve_the_red
Dec. 16th, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, I'm in the top three - excellent. There were some great opening lines there (and some people had more than one) so that's very pleasing. Thanks for hosting, Jon.
jongibbs
Dec. 16th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
My pleasure, and congratulations to you :)
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