I love beginnings.
My favorite part of writing a book is the first three chapters. Those first few sentences, actually, are almost always my favorite lines of the entire novel.
Just about any beginning will do, though. When the plate at a restaurant first gets set down in front of me, I like to just look at it for a moment before digging in. I can hardly hold myself back from picking fruit or veggies from our gardens until they are ripe, I just want to use them so badly. When I buy a book at Barnes and Noble, I study the cover, read the back, then the dedication, the acknowledgements...sometimes I even read who published it and when it first came out, before opening to that first page!
In honor of the Non-Apocalypse, I decided to share some of my favorite personal beginnings, from the past few years, with you. Enjoy the show, and the first person who makes a Swallowed-A-Watermelon crack about my preggers pictures is going on The List.
You've been warned.
|My wedding day! I was dignified & elegant. Clearly.|
|Pregnant with the Prof. Really, really, pregnant.|
|Our first winter in our first house! We used that fireplace almost every day.|
|Poor Flat Stanley came to the hospital when I gave birth to Little Dude. He's still in therapy.|
|Last summer we tried a kitchen garden for the first time. Eh. Moderate success.|
|The Prof started Kindergarten last year too! That was huge, only having one kid at home.|
|This was an amazing career first for me. My first Romance Writers of America conference, this past summer.|
|Then in the fall, Little Dude started part-time preschool. And suddenly, I had blocks of writing time!|
|So I was able to THIS. The Lady and the Duke, my first independent novella, which I self-published online.|
|My first individual (Regency) Bestseller on Amazon. That is a HUGE first. HUGE.|
Here's a little R.E.M. for you.... It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine!
What about you? What are some of your favorite firsts?