Do you need a little writing-oriented chuckle? Check this out:

Since 1982 the English Department at San Jose State University has sponsored the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, a whimsical literary competition that challenges entrants to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels.

The winners are posted here:  and are quite funny — and well written for opening lines to bad novels!

Thank you,  Shutta Crum, who always enjoys a good laugh (, for bringing this to our attention.