The Sentence Starter

Jackie Morse Kessler has just chosen Filling the Void by Keir Malone as the winner of The Sentence Starter contest. Congratulations Keir! You’ve won a whole bunch of stuff.

Jackie also chose Huda Alawa’s Wilting as the runner-up, so congrats to Huda as well!

Thanks to all who entered, and I hope you all are having a very happy New Year’s.


56 thoughts on “The Sentence Starter

  1. Does it have to be in past tense? I prefer to write in present tense, so is it alright if I do “Even with the taste of food on her tongue, even in the face of all the horror she’d caused, she [is] still hungry.”?

    • Just a note if you do present tense, (I know, I like it a lot too!) it would be “all the horror she causes” had and caused are past tense.
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      • Actually, “Even with the taste of food on her tongue, even in the face of all the horror *she’d caused*, she is still hungry,” would in fact be correct, because the horror being referred to could have been caused before the tasting of food and feeling of hunger occurred. Just FYI. Sentences can contain multiple tenses.

  2. Okay, can it be “Even with the taste of food on my tongue, even in the face of all the horror I’d caused, I was still hungry.”

  3. What about 1st person POV?
    “Even with the taste of food on my tongue, even in the face of all the horror I’d caused, I was still hungry.”

  4. Quick question! How long does it take for your own entry to show up in the list of entries? I submitted mine and tagged as required, and it hasn’t turned up yet.

    Thanks!

  5. Can you mix pronoun usage?
    For instance:
    Even with the taste of food on his tongue, even in the face of all the horror she’d caused, he was still hungry.

  6. Would “Even with the taste of food on my tongue, even in the face of all the horror I’d caused, I was still hungry.” be acceptable? 1st person rather than 3rd?

  7. if my characters name is “It” can i use that like this,

    “Even with the taste of food on It’s tongue, even in the face of all the horror It had caused, It was still hungry.”
    thanks

  8. is it ok if the given sentence starts in the middle of another sentence, like this?:

    But then I needed to start again, because even with the taste of food on my tongue, even in the face of all the horror I’d caused, I was still hungry.

  9. Hi. Can the sentence be in present tense? Meaning: Even with the taste of food on its tongue, even in the face of all the horror it’d caused, it is still hungry.

  10. OR, even better, Even with the taste of food on its tongue, even in the face of all the horror it causes, it is still hungry.

    Or is that changing the sentence too much?

  11. I don’t see my entry “Sacrifice” even though I submitted it before the deadline. Is it because I added a cover afterwards?

  12. What if a little while ago our book didn’t qualify but now it does? And I’m not sure it did before the deadline… so is mine entered?

  13. I hate to be the one to point it out but it seems like something odd happened in the contest. I saw all these contestants posting on the self-promotion forums and going to greta ends to get hearts. And even though I don’t like the heart-for-heart system they all deserve it for the efforts. But one of the stories, not that it isn’t good, only appeared in the end of the contest and garnered tons of hearts with out much self-promotion and surprisingly without many people commenting on it or reviewing it. Furthermore the writer has very few followers so… how?
    I’m not accusing anyone of cheating or pointing fingers but isn’t it kinda odd anyways good job everyone, my favorite is death and all her friends.

  14. I noticed the same thing as Kevin and found it peculiar. I’m also quite certain I saw one of the writers create a second account and use that to promote themselves on the ‘found something good on figment’ forum, and to bring up the story again in the general forum. Not saying for sure, but it certainly seemed odd.

    The contest system really needs some reworking.

  15. @Kevin and Kelly, I agree. I was making a list of the top 10 or so people right before the contest ended, and I checked the hearts of “Wilting” and it was at about 74 or so. Five minutes later, I happened to check it again, and it had over 85. Thats not right… something was very wrong here. Lindsay, can you tell where all the people logged in from? Because if you can, I recommend putting something up that you can only CREATE, not log in, one user name from each internet source. Kevin and Kelly have a large point. It does seem as if one author did make many multiple accounts.

  16. One thing that could be an issue about the IP thing is that I use my University’s wireless – if anyone else from my school wants to make an account, and there’s a system that allows only one per IP address, would it stop anyone else at my school from making one, since I have one?

    I agree that multiple accounts is a major issue, but issues like the above could arise, we do have a lot of users who seem to live on campus. What if two happen to live on the same campus?

  17. TJ, that is very true… I’m not a tech person so I don’t know how to make the IP code thing work… I hope they figure something out.

  18. From a techie perspective; a university generally has a bank of IP addresses, behind a firewall. It’s quite possible to sort out one individual student from another. If it wasn’t, each person there would get a horrid mishmash of what everyone else was looking for on their screen.

    Think of a place like a university as a really big apartment building. Everyone shares the same mailbox, but each apartment (and person inside) can still get their mail as an individual.

    This is likely a moot point considering the changes to how the contests work, but if people creating accounts to get votes becomes a major issue, I’m certain that Lindsay and her minions ( 😛 ) will deal with it appropriately.

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