Tuesday, 4 January 2011

New-Creation Blogfest & Happy Birthday Summer!

This blogfest is kindly hosted by Summer, and it's her birthday today 5th Jan 2011.

The rules for this blogfest as follows:

1)Pick one ending sentence from last years stories, your favorite one that you wrote. (Only one, and yes it has to be an ending sentence)

2) Write one brand new starting sentence for a story you have been thinking about, or something off the top of your head. But it must be your first sentence. (Yes only one, and yes it must be new.)

Last Sentence 2010 project: 

She let fall her eyelids, his thoughts no doubt as hers: God forbid England be subjected to Civil War again, for King Charles II, albeit in exile, would surely raise an army and endeavour to reinstate monarchical rule.

Sequel to above - First Sentence 2011 Project:

Elizabeth Mountjoy rose from her seat, sense of rage enveloping.

To see other participants in this blogfest go here


Summer Ross said...

Francine~ Oh I adore the fairy picture you posted! She is lovely.

Your ending sentence is fantastic. I bet a lot happened in that story.

Your beginning sentence sounds like it will give great rewards. happy writing~!

Damyanti said...

The Last sentence is so precise and grave, just as an ending sentence should be :)

SO good to be blogfesting again!

Margo Benson said...

Very powerful sentences, really weighty. Great writing.

Ellie said...

Your last sentence is perfect - I could feel the raw emotion through the words and it left me wanting more. Which brings me onto your first sentence - conflict, rage, questions. Who is Elizabeth Mountjoy and why is she enveloped in rage? Loved it!

Liz Fichera said...

I'm already visualizing Keira Knightley for the movie! Such tension in both sentences. Want more!

Angelina Rain said...

So cool. I will have to join this blogfest.

Pk Hrezo said...

Those are really great sentences!

Elena Solodow said...

I like the juxtaposition between the two - long to short.

gideon 86 said...

First sentence is very powerful. Something you would remember at the end of the first book.

Opening lines are so important. You nailed it in one short sentence.

Impressive, Francine.


Dan said...

Love the imagery in the first, and the immediate rise (literally) to action in the second.

Plus, I love anything to do with English history. :)

Erin Kane Spock said...

I love how clearly the first one gives us a sense of place and the second starts out the character with a bang.

February Grace said...

You always post such great blogfest entries!

I really loved the first one- very harrowing. Lovely!!!


Wendy Tyler Ryan said...

Starting novel off with raw emotion is a good thing. Pulls us in right away.

Mara Nash said...

Hmmm, very intriguing. I do love a good historical!

Sean Patrick Reardon said...

#1) Very well written and provided a great ending, with a harbinger of what might still be coming.

#2)Powerful indeed. Now I want to know what is the source of her rage.


Donna Hole said...

Both are active sentences; leaving the reader to question and request more.

Well done.


Clarissa Draper said...

That is the best last line I've read before. You're a wonderful writer.

Elaine AM Smith said...

Hey Francine
That was a powerful ending, full of the fears of the age. Your opening invites questions and would draw my eye quickly down the page.

Margo Kelly said...

Nicely done!

Suzanne Jones said...

Oh, great stuff. Well done.

And happy birthday Summer.

Old Kitty said...


Just catching up with everyone's entry in Summer's blogfest!

Last sentence - what a setting for a historical romance - and bubbling with the potential sequel!
First sentence - Yummy!!! Her name and demeanour already speaks volumes!!

Take care

Sash said...

Love the fairy picture, too!

I believe I already said this in the distant bloggy past, but you really have a gift for a historic 'voice' - that shows in your Last Sentence up there.

Your first sentence, too, shows this - great word choice with "enveloping", btw.


ps. I think you need a "her", though, at the end of that first sentence?

Bess Weatherby said...

Interesting! I love the high tone of the first one!

~ Bess

jo said...

Hey Francine, is it 2011 already?
both of your sentences have me intrigued, hope I get to read them soon

Danette said...

Here for the New Creation's Blogfest-- enjoyed reading your sentences. The first was very strong and you obviously have somewhere you are going with your second.

Anonymous said...

I love the sword with the rose embedded in the blade. That's beautiful.

Though not as beautiful as the way you crafted that final sentence. Wow! Well done. Looking forward to seeing your entry for the WwtS fest (brunch?) on Saturday!

Francine Howarth said...

Hi one & all,

Thanks ever so for dropping by to comment on this contribution. Summer's blogfest has turned up some great writing, and some of the sentences, when put together as one paragraph, could become an opener to story in itself.


Katrina L. Lantz said...

Hey, that last sentence gives a very clear impression of what your story was about. Hard to do in a single line!

It's interesting to see how most of the first sentences in this blogfest are shorter than the last sentences. Wonder why that is?