I finally got around to doing it. I entered my first paragraph (or what is the first paragraph so far) of my first draft in agent Nathan Bransford's contest.
You can check out the post about the contest at this link.
With around 2,500 competitors when I submitted mine, I have no illusions about winning anything or even becoming a finalist or anything. But it was kind of neat to be able to see the various other first paragraphs out there by people in the same spot as I am.
I also have to admit: It's a pretty good feeling to have something to submit into something like this.
Here's my first paragraph:
Somewhere, paint was drying. Boy, was I missing out. Lying in the ditch and staring at the road's dusty dead end had lost its luster awhile ago, but I couldn't find it it in my heart to tell Will how boring this was. He had been so wound up. But when I heard the snakes rattling, I figured I had been on the ground long enough.