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So the Story Begins... (Halifax Literary Trilogy)

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Hidden : 7/11/2005
3.5 out of 5
1 out of 5

Size: Size: micro (micro)

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Some people really like to read the entries in cache log books. Well, if you're one of those people, this cache trilogy is for you.

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Maritime Geocaching Association

Some people think the first line of a novel can grab your attention and reflect the rest of the story to come. The annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest was inspired by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, who in 1830 began Paul Clifford with the famous line "It was a dark and stormy night". The competition challenges people to write the most ridiculous opening line to a story that they can come up with. For example, the 2004 winning entry was:

"She resolved to end the love affair with Ramon tonight . . . summarily, like Martha Stewart ripping the sand vein out of a shrimp's tail . . . though the term "love affair" now struck her as a ridiculous euphemism . . . not unlike "sand vein," which is after all an intestine, not a vein . . . and that tarry substance inside certainly isn't sand . . . and that brought her back to Ramon." - Dave Zobel, Manhattan Beach, CA

This cache is a trading cache, but what you'll be trading is your literary skill. To claim a cache find you must both find the cache container and in your log entry leave your own Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest submission. There is a bench near the cache you can relax on while you create your literary masterpiece. Feel free to repeat it in your log entry here, or not if you want only those who find the cache to experience it.

If you have big hands, you might have trouble reaching the cache (hence the difficulty rating). I put a loop of fishing twine on the container to make it easier to snag, so bringing some sort of hook could make your job easier. Please be sure when you put it back to try & place it out of direct sight, since this is a high traffic area (both pedestrian and vehicular; use the cross walks to access the area of the cache) and a high chance of getting muggled. We don't want all that literary genius to be lost. :)

If you need inspiration, you can check out entries on the contest home page here. You can also find some humourous (and apparently real) novel opening lines here and here.

If you enjoyed this cache, you might want to check out the other two parts of the Halifax Literary Trilogy: Hark! I Hear a Haiku! and So the Story Goes....

NOTE (May 15/'12): I put a new container in a new place, since the old hiding spot has become inaccessible. The new spot is very winter friendly, though cachers who don't have the length I do may hate me. :)

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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