As you can see (for the next few days, anyway), Sentence Three won the opinion poll with 51% of the vote. I therefore ignored the poll completely and did it my way.
I didn't really care which opening sentence I used. It was remarkably easy to incorporate the new sentence into the existing story structure without any noticeable loss or change of meaning. Caissa is still sitting on a rock in the middle of a prairie writing in her journal. She just hears the approaching horses a little sooner. No big deal.
I have now written everything required by the contest. I don't like the 10 word premise very much so I'll continue to fiddle with it until Wednesday. Who am I kidding? I'll continue to fiddle with everything until Wednesday.
I"m up to page 186 of 614 for editing purposes. I've already increased the chapter count by 8. I expect most of my chapters will get broken up into two or three by the time I'm done.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the poll. Thank you to everyone who continues to pray for me. May God's blessings be upon you all.