Sunday! When we do beginnings, taking a look at the start of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker™. I’m tempted to go with A Farewell to Arfs, the next Chet and Bernie novel (Aug. 6, pre-orderable) just so I can post that wonderful cover again, but it seems a little early for that. Since I’m about to start writing the next Mrs. Plansky adventure, let’s open the first, Mrs. Plansky’s Revenge (even though Mrs. P herself does not appear until chapter 2).

“Hello, it is I, your grandson, insert name here,” said Dinu.

“Correct,” said Professor Bogdan, language teacher at Liceu Teoretic. He leaned back in his chair and lit up a Chesterfield. “But too correct, you know?”

Too correct? Dinu did not know. In addition, he was asthmatic and the mere presence of a cigarette aroused a twitchy feeling in his lungs. No smoking in school, of course, but these private lessons, paid for by Uncle Dragomir, weren’t about school.

6 Comments on “Beginnings”

  1. Google Translate?

    OFA would never win the Bulwer-Lytton award. But I’ll bet he could if he wanted to badly enough.

    For those wishing to enter, deadline is June 30th. I just entered my weak and feeble attempt.

      1. Oh, I don’t know. Did you read the PUN category? Just outrageous.

        The submission acknowledgement e-mail is in keeping with the spirit of the contest:

        Subject: “Oh my, that sentence was awful.”
        Body: “Thanks for your BLFC entry. We’ve received your putrid prose and our Panel of Undistinguished Judges shall ensure it gets the treatment it deserves.”

        The sender is “grandpanjandrum”

        One of last year’s winners is the editor of a publishing house so I’m sure if OFA put his mind to it and held his nose, he could come up with something disgustingly foul enough to win one of the categories.

        You are limited to one sentence and no more than 50-60 words.

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