Recently the Rubies did a post on the importance of openings and sponsored a first line contest. The entries were many (we reached the max of 100 entries) and varied in tone and genre, giving us quite the time chosing the finalists and winners. You can find who won and placed—with their expanded entries—here.
Also recently, I promised the prequel to my series. With the importance of openings in mind, I’ve written the opening scene three times and deleted it twice. So, just for giggles and grins, I’m going to give you the opening line of the current incarnation—which is, of course, subject to change; I’m still not satisfied with the tone. I am, however, interested in your opinions, both good and bad so don’t be shy. Let me know what you think.
Within Glastonbury Tor, 542 A. D.
Heat snaked beneath his skin, writhed and slithered straight to his groin, rousing his usually disinterested phallus to painful rigidity.