Okay, people, we’ve got our first batch up! I want you to know I did an especially careful job on these brave folks who stuck their necks out while the rest of you waited to see if I was going to slap them silly. I can make no guarantees about my moods in the future—by the end of the month, I may be just yelling, “HELL, YES!” or, “GOD, NO!” as the whim strikes me.

Read ’em: 2009 Free Edit HOOKS

A reminder for future submissions, please stick to the 150-word limit. If you go more than a couple of words over, I have to cut off the end to keep it fair to everyone.

Please feel free to heap praise upon the heads of the participants in the comments section. That’s what it’s there for!

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Thanks to everyone participating! You should see the view stats since these first HOOKS were posted. We’ve had over 700 views in the past three days.