I failed the 2011 Global Reading Challenge where you read 1-3 books from each continent, found that I was more interested in Europe and the UK, couldn't find books I liked from Alaska that I wanted to critique and so I stopped.
As I read other reader/bloggers, I was impressed by their critiques and analysis, much better than mine. The whole list thing felt like an assignment. So, what do I like-- the writing itself--the turn of phrase, choosing just the right word, the one sentence or two that remains with you long after you have closed the book. What I enjoy is the creative part, how one word can change everything, as Mark Twain said.
So instead of writing opinions, and critiques, I will delve into creative writing, suggested by others first lines, or other lines. Push ups for writing, a favorite activity I have done in the past. Intriguing first lines are found everywhere--books, newspapers, comments overheard.
So, to begin, something I wrote a while ago.