We're starting the contest off with a tough one. Get your pencils sharpened!
Post your entry on the comments and we'll announce the winner, along with the prize, on Sunday, July 5th. If we post your first name and last initial as the winner, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information.
Here we go!
Take the following paragraph and transform it into the best opening paragraph you can manage. Entries must be no more than 250 words. Posts that go over 250 words will be deleted and not considered for the prize.
Sally Rogers, a tired forty-year old housewife, wiped the counter for the hundredth time. Her kids were so messy! She hated all these chores. She should have followed her dream. Being a showgirl on the Vegas strip was what she wanted from the time she was a little girl. Everyone laughed at her and her made fun of her dreams. If only her mom had paid for dance lessons. Maybe now she wouldn't be a hundred pounds overweight, married to a total slob and living in a rat-infested apartment in Daytona Beach. She had to get the heck out of here. But she needed some funds.
Feel free to add, subtract, alter any details you want as long as the opening keeps the same basic storyline.