So I’m doing this again. I created this tag, and I’m hoping that I can really make it take off. In order to do that, I need to do it a few more times in order to see if I get results. Hence round two.

So, let’s reiterate. Once you’ve been tagged for “First Day, First Paragraph” tag, you have to do the following:

  1. Publish your own post on the first day of the month.
  2. Use the graphic above
  3. Thank and link back to the person who tagged you.
  4. Explain the rules like I’m doing now.
  5. Post the first paragraph of a story you’ve written, are writing, or plan to write someday.
  6. Ask your readers for feedback.
  7. Finally, tag someone to do the post next month (for example, if you do the tag on the first of August, the person you tag has to do it on the first of September), and comment on one of their posts to let them know the good news.

Published on November 1st? Check. Used the graphic above? Check. Thank and link back to the person who tagged you? I’ll pass, because I’m the one behind this tag, and I talk to myself too much already. Explaining the rules? Kind of doing that right now.

As for the first paragraph from a story (potential, WIP, or already written), I’ve got a special one for today. It’s November 1st, which has a special meaning for me. Three years ago, I published my first novel, Reborn City, a science-fiction novel about street gangs in a dystopian future. Today, as part of National Novel Writing Month, I’m starting work on the final book in the series, Full Circle. So, I figured it was just right to post the first paragraph from Reborn City here. Enjoy:

Zahara and her family had decided to eat out at a restaurant in North Reborn that served kosher meat, the closest they could get to halāl. “I know it’s for Jews mostly, but it’s a very nice place and the Jews were very nice to us in New York.” Zahara’s father, Emir Bakur had said when he’d suggested it. “They know they don’t have to fear Muslims anymore. And the Chaplinsky family in 4F was nice enough, right?”

Reborn City, my first published novel

Reborn City, my first published novel

Thoughts? Comments? Let’s discuss.

And finally, let’s tag someone! I mentioned last month that there were two people I really wanted to tag for this thing, and I had to choose. Now it’s time to choose the person who didn’t get it last month. Joleene Naylor, you’ve been tagged for “First Day, First Paragraph.” On December 1st, you have to do the tag. Have fun!

That’s all for this post. Make sure to check out the post for Reborn City‘s three-year publication anniversary and my plans for Full Circle after you finish this. See you there!

  1. Whoo hoo! I love this tag idea! (I loved it last month too!) and I also love your opening paragraph 😉

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