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What's your line?

We all have favorite lines from our work, but can you pick one all-time fave? No, really--ONE line. No more. Here's mine; its from A Time Never Lived:


No wings crested these landbound creatures of mountain core and ice; they were big-boned instead of hollowed, bulky instead of sleek, beasts of
burden like household servants, and not the stuff of kings.

What's yours?

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queenoftheskies
Jan. 20th, 2014 07:20 pm (UTC)
Nice.

I had to go think about what line I liked best from my work and come back. I think it's this line, though I'm not sure it'll actually end up in the final novel:

Midnight hit the streets with a crackle of energy that sent sparks sizzling through the Denny’s sign on the corner and set off every car alarm on the block.

Edited at 2014-01-20 07:35 pm (UTC)
bogwitch64
Jan. 20th, 2014 07:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you, but what's YOURS?
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cmcmck
Jan. 20th, 2014 07:52 pm (UTC)
Being a poet, I'm not sure it works in quite the same way. You'd have to tell me! :o)
bogwitch64
Jan. 20th, 2014 07:54 pm (UTC)
Don't you have one line that you love more than most? The one that, whenever you read it, you have a moment of self-love only the perfect words can create?
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harvey_rrit
Jan. 20th, 2014 08:43 pm (UTC)
Ending of SOUL SURVIVOR:

Jann began lathering him. "We could afford the down payment on that place in Colorado," she said. "Bring in the equipment from here."
He shook his head. "I told them when I turned them down, I am not a professional refurbisher. And anyway, if it's such a great resort why'd they wait so long? It must have been gutted sixty-five years ago. They should have either rebuilt or sold right after the fire."
"I've been asking around. —Your back's ready to rinse, turn. —They tried," she said, starting to soap his chest. "Nobody ever finished the job. Seven different contractors paid their penalties and split."
"From a mountaintop?" (The penalty clauses would have been mild next to lost time and moving expenses.) "What's wrong with the place?"
"It's haunted," she said, watching his face as she soaped.
He looked at her for a long moment. "How bad?" he finally said.
She shrugged. "Couple hundred at least. Killed some people." A faint smile developed on her face. "Oughta fill a few weekends."
He gave her a look of skeptical amusement. "When do the owners expect us?"
"The fifteenth." She looked down at her hands. "Am I to employ this, sir?"
"I dunno. Are there any openings it might fit?"
"I believe I'll try it in all of them and see what position it's best suited for. —So, are we going?"
"Of course."

Somewhere, high in the Rockies, a ghost shivered.

Edited at 2014-01-20 08:45 pm (UTC)
bogwitch64
Jan. 20th, 2014 08:50 pm (UTC)
Is Soul Survivor yours? And which of those lines is your fave? Is it the last one?
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msstacy13
Jan. 20th, 2014 09:55 pm (UTC)
Too weak to shiver as the utter cold of death filled him, he remembered that warm and beautiful summer day when he had set out to search for his father’s donkeys, and wondered how much happier he might have been if he had simply waited for them to come home.
bogwitch64
Jan. 20th, 2014 10:56 pm (UTC)
LOVE! It says so much, so beautifully.
seaivy
Jan. 21st, 2014 04:54 am (UTC)
four stanzas but the last line of each
Let the seed within you grow
bogwitch64
Jan. 21st, 2014 03:49 pm (UTC)
Lovely. Thanks for sharing!
peadarog
Jan. 21st, 2014 09:28 am (UTC)
I haven't written my favourite line yet ;)
bogwitch64
Jan. 21st, 2014 04:01 pm (UTC)
But you have written something that IS your favorite right now, no?

(You spelled favorite wrong. There's no U in it. hehehehehee!)
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readthisandweep
Jan. 21st, 2014 02:03 pm (UTC)
As she stepped onto the bus, she brushed his cheek with a kiss and slipped a dove’s feather into his pocket.
readthisandweep
Jan. 21st, 2014 02:09 pm (UTC)
It's a favourite - it's fresh & current. I want to behave (I love this post) but have to say, it's impossible to choose one... ;)
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nineteen68
Jan. 21st, 2014 11:32 pm (UTC)
"Because I'm your friend, asshole."
bogwitch64
Jan. 21st, 2014 11:52 pm (UTC)
I love it! Very you.
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