Challenge to myself - before the end of the year, write short stories that begin with the following lines:
"In the end, all that was left was the pain."
"God only knows where I come up with this sh*t."
"I'd seen dogs in carry-on bags before, but never one that size."
"All she really wanted was to see the team win one more title before she died."
"I don't know where that sense of entitlement came from, but man was it annoying."