My suffering left me sad and gloomy.
That's the first line of Chapter 1. It's possible, I think, to read the Author's Note as fiction, so perhaps its first line should be presented instead? Shoot, this is my project, so I'll do both!
This book was born as I was hungry.
First read this in 2005 (here's the book tale) and I have to say I'm even less impressed than I was back then. This time around, it actually made me angry.