I'm paring up my Sword and Sorcery juvenilia with the opening scene from a novel in progress called Empire December.
One of the joys of readings are they give you chance to really look at how something works with an audience. Diana picked this up, started reading it aloud, pointed at a spot about three quarters of the page and said: that's where the novel begins.
And, damn it, she's right.
Of course, I don't have any time to work on this novel at the moment. Death Most Definite is taking up around ninety percent of my thought processes.