Friday, August 12, 2005

Lucky you, I'm back :)

I had a wonderful time with my four sisters, my mom, my niece, and four of my eleven greatnieces and nephews. I'll hunt through the 159 photos I took over the week and see what I can post sometime over the weekend. I have to admit that my photos don't look that much like *sisters reunion* photos, but more like a week spent with some active and entertaining kids! The resident sister has custody of her 3 year old granddaughter, so the back yard is all set up with kiddy pool, sandbox, treehouse, and swings under a huge walnut tree. The resident child did a much better job of sharing everything than I expected her to, and there were very few altercations between the kids. And there is a large patio beside the play area for the adults to keep an eye on things. The weather was fabulous, and we took a picnic to the beach one day. Two other afternoons the kids got to go to a nearby park with a wading pool for a couple of hours. My sisses, mom and I had professional photos taken on Tuesday, and we've already had a look at the proofs and made our selection. It's all over but the memories!

I've been reading Bad Ground by Dale Cramer. I'm not usually into contemporary fiction, but this one came highly recommended, and it has not disappointed me yet. In fact, the first sentence was beautiful in itself: "Be anxious for nothing," his mother said, and then she went on to a better place and left the seventeen-year old boy by himself, with nothing. Is that not evocative?

What are some of the first lines you've come across lately that you think are particularly eye catching?


Jean said...

Welcome back. We missed you.

Valerie Comer said...

Thanks, Jean. It's good to be back. Sort of. Hmm. No, really. I couldn't hang out with my sisters ALL the time!

Maripat said...

Hey Val! Nice to have you back.

First line:
"It began with a battle. A nasty one. Then again, is there such a thing as a nice battle?"

Pendragon book six: The Rivers of Zadaa by D.J. MacHale

Katie Hart said...

"Tahn crept up the stone wall like a reptile silent after its prey. Almost he hoped that the young woman was not in the room above him, he so loathed what was to come."
- Tahn by L. A. Kelly

Just finished the book today. Wonderful!

Valerie Comer said...

An intriguing first line can pull for a long way, can't it! Those both sound like good hooks.

Tina said...

Welcome back Val! I'm glad you had a good trip. Hmmm...first lines....I'll have to think about that some more.

lindaruth said...

Welcome back! Sounds like you had a great time.