For those of us who read the guides before applying (hopefully everyone), we knew that the first one was pretty much guaranteed to fail, as we probably weren't as good writers as we thought coming in. But what was your first, if the memory isn't too embarrassing / painful, how long did it last, what happened? And if it didn't fail, lets hear about your good start!
Mine: A self-replenishing nuke in Antarctica that went off from radio waves. Self-deleted at -17. Have yet to create another article that I feel is ready for submission.