Schadenfreude and the Bad Sex Award

From "Longmire Does Romance Novels" at www.worldoflongmire.comMy last post was on the Bulwer-Lytton competition, where contestants submit a bad opening line to an imaginary novel. What makes that competition such innocent fun is that the contestants themselves compose and submit a sentence that they hope will garner first prize as ...

The Art of the Literary Pick-up Line: “Hey, call me, Ishmael”

For an author, the opening line of a novel is the literary equivalent of the snappy pick-up line in a singles bar. Indeed, some of our greatest novelists are also some of our greatest pick-up artists. My latest post at the Poisoned Pen Press blog is on the great opening lines of literature. I ...