Friday, August 29, 2008


I'm going to play Jenny the writer for a brief moment, and list the things that I need to get finished or revise, writing-wise. Along with the first lines of everything, but the novel, because it'd be a boring post otherwise. =)

To Do:
Revise "Angels Are Always On Time"
Revise "The Carbon Nanotube Tea Ball"
Finish "Of Wings and Flying Things"
Finish "Mrs. Smith" (a joint project with Jodi Meadows; it kicks ass, btw)
Write my Codex Halloween Contest story
Write The Novel

First Lines:

"Angels Are Always on Time": They came the night before the wedding in their black boots and guns.

"The Carbon Nanotube Tea Ball": It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a tea-drinking man is always in want of a hot cup of tea.

"Of Wings and Flying Things": Rosemary lost her wings when she was eight, in a shower of blood and feathers that fell from her back.

"Mrs. Smith": She sat as still as a mannequin while the female wardens permed her hair, painted her nails a ladylike shade of pink, and took out their makeup kits to adorn her face with mascara and rouge, lipstick and eye shadow.


Anonymous said...

comments/criticism/suggestions for the opening lines???

Anonymous said...

the first part of that sentence was supposed to read: are you wanting comments/criticism...

Jenny Rappaport said...

Tannat, only if you want to give them. They're just sentences. =)

Tez Miller said...

Does Zoe take over your desk, like Kippy takes over Jodi's? ;-)

Have a lovely day! :-)

Jenny Rappaport said...

Tez Miller, Zoe does indeed take over my desk on a regular basis. She's especially fond of blocking the computer screen with her body, when I need to see something. =)

Joel Sparks said...

"Carbon Nanotube Tea Ball" is a great concept!

Steve Axelrod said...

Here are some great first lines:

"I have never begun a novel with more misgivings."
(Maugham, The Razor's Edge)
It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen."
(Orewll, 1984)
"All children, except one, grow up."
(Barrie, Peter Pan)
"All happy familiea are alike; every unhappy happy family is unhappy in its own way"
(Tolstoy, Anna Karenina)
"Robert Cohn was once middle-weight boxing champion of Princeton."
(Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises)
"Years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia would remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice."
(Gabriel Barcia Marquez, One Hundred years of Solitude)

Just a sample ...

Chris said...

Do you ever find it difficult to get excited to write after spending time around so many others' work?

Jenny Rappaport said...

Chris, the simple answer is "yes". I either push through or I just don't write on the days I can't get excited.