TwitterLit

January 8, 2008

If you’re on Twitter and you like a bit of word action, check out TwitterLit. Around twice a day you’ll be treated to the first line of a book. If you’re intrigued enough to find out what the book is, there’s a link to the relevant Amazon page. If you buy the book from Amazon, Debra gets a kickback but, hell, I reckon she’s earned it.

I’ve always loved the opening scenes of movies, the playful and sometimes meandering ways in which they introduce what’s to follow. Even if the rest of the movie doesn’t live up to it, a good beginning hooks you in and makes you tingle with the possibilities of what could happen in the next 90 minutes. TwitterLit makes you realise that it’s just the same with books. In the last week, we’ve had:

“From the snap of the ball to the snap of the first bone is closer to four seconds than to five”

“The greatest advice I’ve ever heard was in the women’s bathroom”

“They came for me in the nighttime, which is usually the way of it”

If you’re not on Twitter (and why not?), you can get TwitterLit via RSS (details here) and enjoy it with your regular dose of blogdom.

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3 Responses to “TwitterLit”

  1. Debra Hamel Says:

    Thanks very much for the mention!

  2. cloudcontrol Says:

    wowee. You’re really following through on that last resolution. Welcome back. I’d stopped reading your blog for a while because I kept getting the same post about your watch. Then I check in today, and there’s a flurry! Huzzah!

    Billy


  3. Or you could enjoy just the opening lines of imaginary books as per the annual Bulwer-Lytton competition.


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