2016 First Lines:

By the fifteenth month of the drought, the lake no longer held her secrets.
Due date: May 1, 2016

Mrs. Morrison was too busy to die.
Due date: August 1, 2016

In the six years I spent tracking David Addley, it never occurred to me that he didn’t exist.
Due date: November 1, 2016

Remember, all stories must start with the appropriate first line, and you cannot change it in any way unless otherwise indicated.

What's New At The First Line:

Feb. 2

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Winter's still here . . .

Vol. 17, Iss. 4: George pressed the call button and said, "Mrs. Whitfield, you have a visitor."

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NEW TFL on Tape: Robin reads Camille Griep's story, "A Girl Called Blue." Give a listen here: TFLonTape.

Our other literary adventure: We also have the second issue of The Last Line, as well as the new last line for next year here...The Last Line

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