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First Lines

First Lines Meme from truepenny  and matociquala!

Long Projects (Now you see the awful truth, of how very many plates I twirl at once:

1. Once upon a time, a girl named September grew very tired indeed of her father’s house, where she washed the same pink and yellow teacups and matching gravy boats every day, slept on the same embroidered pillow, and played with the same small and amiable dog. (Pretty sure you know where this comes from)

2. In a city by the sea which was once called St. Petersburg, then Leningrad, then, much later, St. Petersburg again, there stood a long, thin house on a long thin street. (The novel formerly known as Deathless)

3. So there’s this Japanese fairy tale about a samurai who was born from a peach. An old woman is  washing her clothes in the river and singing about how she never could get pregnant when a huge peach comes floating her way, and, being pretty sensible, she snaps it up and takes it inside to cut up for lunch. (Monogatari)

4. Three people killed themselves the night the red snow fell. (The Year of Red Snow)

5. O my Brothers, I have gathered for you such a basket of ash! (The Habitation of the Blessed--the perpetual Prester John novel)

6. Neva is dreaming. (Like Diamonds, early stage AI novel)

7. EXT. The cannon pad at the Vancouver World’s Fair in 1986, late afternoon, festooned with crepe and banners wishing luck and safe travel. (The Radiant Car Thy Sparrows Drew, alternate history of space travel novel. The short story from which it sprang will come out from Clarkesworld next month)

Short Projects (Less of these, I tend to finish short ones quickly)

1. I ran away from home when I was sixteen. (The Sweet and the Quick, working title)

2. Let me tell you about circumcision. (Grandmother Euphrosyne)

3. Buenos Aires, (which others call a novel), is seven hundred and forty pages long, with six pages of endnotes. (This month's Omikuji)

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