Finally, to every set of eyes reading this, thank you for giving me a bit of your attention. I can't promise much over the good ole internet, but I'm always down for more friends. If you read until the bottom, leave a comment, and we can bond over all my typos.
Back when I was reading slush for PodCastle, one of the things that would get me to perk up was when a writer would introduce a clear character motivation within the first page. This didn't have to be anything major. In fact, it didn't necessarily have to be the focus of the story. I just wanted to feel a sense of purpose from the get-go. I hated reading a story and not having a clear understand of why I was reading.