This contest happened with perfect timing for me! I've had an idea for a while now about a totally different story than the one I'm working on. Different genre, different tone, different everything! And I came up with it because the first line sort of popped itself into my head one day... It was present in the back of my mind for a while, and one night before falling asleep, I thought of the first paragraph. No more than two weeks later - Nathan's contest starts!
So I typed up what I'd been storing in my head, edited it and entered it in the contest. I took a night off from Project Jane to work on this, and I'm not going to lie - I had a really fantastic time! Don't get me wrong - I'm having a blast with PJ, but sometimes a little break will do wonders. I woke up the next morning with full steam for Jane.
Anyway, here it is - here's the paragraph I entered:
Spencer Irwin had an unfortunate nose. “You think it’s bad from the front,” he’d once overheard someone say, “but from the side, man, it looks like a God damn ski slope.” Laughter ensued. So rang the tune of Spencer’s life. Snubbed by his peers, ignored at work, spurned by women; Spencer knew, without a doubt, his nose was to blame for his adversities. Truth be told, the ski slope comparison was a mild, almost kind, description. His nose began as a ridge protruding unevenly between his brows. It fell past his eyes in a sharp, 30 degree angle and ended right above his thin, always tightly pressed lips. The skin along its bridge puckered into a crooked, ashen wrinkle; one black coarse hair spouted from the center of its fold. When Spencer crinkled his nose in disdain, a somewhat frequent habit, the hair quivered and twisted; it danced to an awkward, inharmonious rhythm. He plucked the hair every week with expensive, stainless steel tweezers. And every week it grew again, a weed determined to flourish in an otherwise rotted garden.
Will it win? Doubtful! There are literally thousands of participants - sure to be some great talent. But it's still fun nonetheless :)
*To give you an idea of how many people have entered - I posted my paragraph last night around 10:30; I was poster #2,134. And today, as of 1:00 pm, the participant number has risen to 2,394. That's a heck of a lot of participants!! So fun :)