Jump to content

Welcome to Nightly.Net
Register now to gain access to all of our features. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to create topics, post replies to existing threads, give reputation to your fellow members, get your own private messenger, post status updates, manage your profile and so much more. If you already have an account, login here - otherwise create an account for free today!
Photo

Opening Lines - Final Vote


40 replies to this topic

Poll: Pick one in each catagory (18 member(s) have cast votes)

BARREL OF MONKEYS (FUNNY/CLEVER)

  1. Samantha Reynolds was an okay enough person, so long as you didn't mind her non sequiturs. If you were having a conversation about the TV show you watched last night, she'd say something about how her goat got stuck in the fence. (6 votes [33.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 33.33%

  2. Whenever she was around, Monday typically lost his bearings. Tripping over innocuous cracks in the pavement. Falling flat like an ill conceived simile. (3 votes [16.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 16.67%

  3. "If Helen's so worried about looking silly, how in the hell has she ever had sex? Talk about looking like a drooling, grunting, basket case!" Romey paused at the unified look of shock on his student's faces. "Well, this lecture just took a darker turn than I intended. Anyway, back to Middle Earth ..." (9 votes [50.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 50.00%

JACK IN THE BOX (ORIGINAL EDITION)

  1. A fat gold band nearly completely covered in a forest of knuckle hair flashed in the sunlight as sausage fingers after sausage finger plopped onto the rusted roof of a Buick Le Sabre. The wench was late and he was hungry. (4 votes [22.22%])

    Percentage of vote: 22.22%

  2. The planetary alignment was in a matter of hours, and every step brought Thaddeus closer to his fate. As momentus as the occasion was, it started in the usual manner, as Thaddeus laughed quietly to himself with the irony of it all. For who would have thought that anyone would decend into the Earth to study the heavens? (4 votes [22.22%])

    Percentage of vote: 22.22%

  3. The television was gone. (8 votes [44.44%])

    Percentage of vote: 44.44%

  4. Going back in time was going to be the easy part. At least compared to convincing himself to take a different course of action than he'd originally done. (2 votes [11.11%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.11%

JACK IN THE BOX (ACTION EDITION)

  1. Thousands of his pictures covered the walls and floor of john's empty studio apartment as he laid bloody and breathless in a pile of the culmination of his life's work, the cataloging of every moment he could capture on film, whether awe inspiringly beautiful or stomach churningly disgusting. His lifeless eyes were fixed upon the crimson writing on the ceiling, " The camera never lies!" (4 votes [22.22%])

    Percentage of vote: 22.22%

  2. Awaiting their execution by firing squad, Anna slapped Jake with her handcuffs muttering, "It's your ****ing fault we got caught." Dropping down on one knee, Jake pleaded, "Marry me Anna." "Marry me and live, Anna, or marry Jake and die," boomed a male voice from the speakers above them. (8 votes [44.44%])

    Percentage of vote: 44.44%

  3. It was the sound of the gravel that gave him away. The peep hole's range of vision wasn't wide enough to tell, but she suspected he was pacing rather than leaving. She locked the deadbolt just in case, and wondered if it would hold when the time came. (6 votes [33.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 33.33%

JACK IN THE BOX (RELATIONSHIP EDITION)

  1. Just once, he thought bitterly, as he pulled a tin of baked beans out of the cupboard and flicked through the bread for a slice without green on. Just once, i'd like to think of a comeback to that bitch the same goddamn week. (5 votes [27.78%])

    Percentage of vote: 27.78%

  2. Their first look lasted one full breath, their first kiss lasted one full heartbeat, but their first argument lasted the rest of their lives. Harold and Eloise's relationship could be summed up suchly. (2 votes [11.11%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.11%

  3. The first part of him to touch her bare skin, leaving behind tiny raised hairs and goosebumps, were his manicured nails. He was careful not to let the balls of his fingers brush her flesh as his nails traced up and down her spine. "I'll never let you in." She promised with a voice that was little more than a baby's gasp. (1 votes [5.56%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.56%

  4. Today is supposed to be the best day of my life, but now, even hours later, all I can see is the rain spattering on the sign: FLORIDA STATE PENITENTIARY. I used my phone call to leave a message for my mom, but it's only a matter of time before my bride-to-be finds out. She's going to kill me. (3 votes [16.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 16.67%

  5. Ever so quietly the boy opened the package containing his grandmother's greatest love. (7 votes [38.89%])

    Percentage of vote: 38.89%

MOST BIZZARE/UNEXPECTED

  1. Yo, my name is Derek and I **** goldfish with thousand-dollar toothpicks. (6 votes [33.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 33.33%

  2. He fumbles with his turgid manhood, scrambling to tuck it back inside his gabardine trousers… but it is too late. A school bus full of nuns has already exploded. (12 votes [66.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 66.67%

BULWER-LYTTON BOOBY PRIZE

  1. He was a wirey young fellow in a three-piece suit, with a jubilant demeanor and a two-time step that made even the least destitute inhabitants of the Shantytown uncomfortable, much in the same way that the first green shoots of a mild spring day emphasize the uselessness of last fall's remaining dead leaves. (8 votes [44.44%])

    Percentage of vote: 44.44%

  2. Peter Fonda was dead; at least he was when I fell asleep last night, not that I had any way of checking such a thing, but there he was on Letterman, chatting up his latest film. Sure, I wasn't quite awake yet but I clearly remembered his death; it was back in June of '69, right after Duane Allman bit it on his bike, getting impaled by a wayward piece of re-bar that flew off a flatbed in front of him. And this wasn't the only thing that seemed...off today. (10 votes [55.56%])

    Percentage of vote: 55.56%

Vote Guests cannot vote

#26
ShadowDog

ShadowDog

    Supra-Awesome Badass PIE Pimp

  • Member
  • 42,592 posts

The Wordsmith Award and the Overall Best Opening Line. All entries that have made it to this final vote are qualified. So copy and past your choices for these two categories, send a private message my way, then tune in Sunday night for a complete list of winners.


Don't forget to rock this vote by tonight, guys! :drool:

#27
Antilla

Antilla

    ET phone gnome

  • Members
  • 1,151 posts
I don't know when the cutoff is for these votes exactly - maybe around 10 PM EST. So send sooner rather than later. I do have 6 votes via PM so far and a leader in both catagories. No ties. To this point.

#28
ShadowDog

ShadowDog

    Supra-Awesome Badass PIE Pimp

  • Member
  • 42,592 posts
WOO HOO!! Just remember, my name is spelled with one "g". :drool:

#29
Sheep Murderer

Sheep Murderer

    Sure I'm a boy?

  • Members
  • 6,986 posts
Oh look. The relationship edition is tied.
...
I live to cause problems.

#30
ShadowDog

ShadowDog

    Supra-Awesome Badass PIE Pimp

  • Member
  • 42,592 posts
Well, Sheepie, a tie is like murdering your sister. It's not as bad as murdering your brother but it's better than not murdering at all. :drool:

#31
Antilla

Antilla

    ET phone gnome

  • Members
  • 1,151 posts
So first of all - thanks to everyone who has complimented me on doing a good job and pushing this thing through. It was tough a couple of times. My computer hated me. But we got through it. And now it's time for the big reveal of all the winners. Let's get to that:

BARREL OF MONKEYS

After spending the last day or so in a deadlock SHADOWDOGG managed to come out ahead over Richcelt, while also fulfilling his wish of crushing me in a contest. Man. Whatever. No one even cares about this stupid award. Anyway, back to Middle Earth ... :angry:

JACK IN THE BOX (ORIGINAL EDITION)


An early lead for Copper evaporated as R.C. ALLEN and his lack of televisual entertainment just couldn't be stopped. If the entries had been around to support it, this submission could have been placed under a "horror" category where it still would have dominated like it did here.

JACK IN THE BOX (ACTION EDITION)

With her years of experience paving the way, GREENLIGHTBABY took the action edition of the Jack in the Box award. It was a close competition, with most of the secret ballots being cast for entries under this category. We'll see one of them again.

JACK IN THE BOX (RELATIONSHIP EDITION)

In a total stunner, Undome Telcontar was defeated by a single vote and ... SHEEP MURDERER takes home the award? Anyone placing winning bets in Vegas on this one is now a rich, rich fellow. The odds were insane.

MOST BIZARRE/UNEXPECTED

Here, Sheep Murderer's run at two in a row was soundly blocked by TANK and a school bus full of nuns that had already exploded. With the widest margin of victory, his manhood was definitely turgid this go around.

BULWER-LYTTON BOOBY PRIZE

While Svenn was the only one who had a by-the-book Bulwer Lytton, MONKEYGIRL was the one who took home the most votes. They should probably just share the honor. One gets the prize, one gets the booby.

Now we come to the secret ballot votes. I'm so excited. I'm making my excited face. You should see this. It looks exciting.

WORDSMITH AWARD

Cashmere, Copper, GreenLightBaby, and Svenn all came away with nominations, but the battle was between Foxglove and Tank. By the margin of one vote, TANK ends up taking the gold. Another bus load of nuns goes up in flames.

Finally we have OVERALL BEST

Such a close vote on this. Such a close vote. Iceheart, GreenLightBaby, RC, Shadowdog, and even Monkeygirl had nominations, but two entries battled it out down to the wire.

Where they tied.

So I had to go back and give the nod to the submission that received the most public votes. Even that was close. Neither of these folks actually won their category, but I guess the supporters that they did have felt strongly about them. So. Coming close. Almost doing it. Was Nixie. She should never be ashamed of posting her writing again.

But the winner. The overall best. Our new moderator for the month, as demanded by the rules is:

IMERICKA

... aw man. I should have rigged it.

#32
IMericka

IMericka

    Deadly Nightshade

  • Members
  • 15,769 posts
WHAT

recount plz.

#33
Nixie

Nixie

    showing all my haters love

  • Members
  • 2,166 posts
congrats everyone! :)

i knew i shoulda voted for myself! :angry:

#34
Foxglove

Foxglove

    24-7 Rachet!

  • Members
  • 1,686 posts
Damn it. I thought the voting deadline was tomorrow night. Well good job everyone!

#35
Svenn

Svenn

  • Members
  • 727 posts
Good job everybody.

And as a clarification, do I get the prize, or the booby?

Maybe Monkeygirl should get first dibs, seeing as how she actually won and all.

#36
Iceheart

Iceheart

    No.

  • Moderators
  • 20,596 posts
Congratulations to all of the winners! :thumbsup:

#37
Cashmere

Cashmere

    puppy mama

  • Reading Winner Rd 1
  • 7,265 posts
Satisfying end to an epic contest. Congrats on the big win, Ericka! Nice work, everyone. :)

#38
ShadowDog

ShadowDog

    Supra-Awesome Badass PIE Pimp

  • Member
  • 42,592 posts
WOO HOO!! :drool:

#39
Sheep Murderer

Sheep Murderer

    Sure I'm a boy?

  • Members
  • 6,986 posts
.....AhahHAhahhAhaAHAhaaHAhaAhaaa...! Antilla, I would never have bet on myself. Thanks, guys?

I don't really mind being beaten by Tank in that one. Quite frankly, if you alter the narration they could have both been from the same story.

A Modly Being won Modship? I smell a conspiracy. ;)

Great job, everyone. This was fun.

#40
GreenLightBaby

GreenLightBaby

    Following Kromaggs

  • Members
  • 774 posts
Congrats to the winners.

Thanks for the votes. That was a tight race.

Jake and Anna have been arguing with me about their story. She's still pissed at Jake and Jake's laughing at her. I'm enjoying the show. I'm going to try to get their story up by Christmas. They just crack me up.

#41
Sonny

Sonny

    Scared of MonkeyDog

  • Members
  • 3,598 posts
Sounds like it is going to be a lot of fun to read!



Reply to this topic