The old man had a shock of white hair pulled back from a broad forehead; startling eyes glittered in a severe high cheek-boned face. (1990)Proof positive that you really do get better with practice.
The Doctor stood alone on a Devonian beach and tried to persuade the lungfish to return to the sea. (1992)
According to the old woman there had once been a leopard that fell into a trap. (1995)An allegorical phase obviously
It should have been raining the day they put Roz into the ground, not bright and sunny under a blue sky. (1997)It should have been a full stop after the word ground, not additional contrasting clauses which should have come later.
See that woman there. (2006)When in doubt steal(1) - in this case from a Nobel prize winning author. I really have no shame.
They set a post-hound on Benny's trail on Tallyrand, slotted it to her biometrics and the colour of her hair. (2006)More blatant theft; can you see who I'm stealing from here?
'Do I know you?' asked the man. (2006)I think the second one sets the tone of the story well.
While she was waiting, the girl passed the time by counting the thermonuclear warheads as they went gliding by. (2007)
It started at one thirty on a cold Tuesday morning in January when Martin Turner, street performer and, in his own words, apprentice gigolo, tripped over a body in front of the West Portico of St Paul’s at Covent Garden. (2011)Some people don't like long sentences.
(1) Did i say steal? I meant of course 'pay homage'.(2)
(2) Recursive theft - love it!