Technically it's already the weekend here in Baghdad, since the weekend falls on Friday and Saturday in Arabic countries. So instead of TGIF, we say TAIT: Thank Allah it's Thursday. :)
Before I forget: if you haven't already entered the "Love At First Sight" Blogfest, you can do that here. I'll be posting my little short on Sunday. I am looking forward to reading everyone else's stories too.
And now, our joke:
A string finished the first draft of his novel. To celebrate, he invites some friends to a bar near his house. He's never been to the place, but he throws caution to the wind and makes a reservation over the phone anyway.
On the evening in question, he walks to the bar. Inside, he looks around. He's the first to arrive, so he figures he'll order a drink and relax. He goes up to bartender and orders a beer.
The bartender points to the sign on the wall: "NO STRINGS ALLOWED". "I'm sorry," the bartender says. "We don't serve your kind here."
The string frowns. His friends will be here any minute, and he's rather embarrassed. Unhappy though he is, he leaves peacefully. Outside, he stops and thinks, then hits upon an idea. He goes around the corner into the alley, ties himself in a knot, and frays one of his ends.
Suitably disguised, the string marches back into the bar, up to the bartender and orders another beer. A brief flicker of recognition flashes across the bartender's face, but he shrugs it off and places a cold beer in front of the string.
The string drinks up with satisfaction and waits for the rest of the gang to arrive.
Standing nearby, the bartender eyes the string, troubled by a nagging feeling. Finally, he comes over and says to the string: "Hey! Aren't you the string who was just in here?"
"I'm a frayed knot."
Ahem. OK. Moving on to Friday Link Love:
- Matt Hill has a great list of nine ways to trick yourself into writing. I am already using this list to jumpstart my effort.
- While we're at it, let's look at Orwell's six rules--written with political discourse in mind, but appropriate to fiction as well. Jeff at Alphabet City has a nice writeup.
- Roni at Fiction Groupie shared this great set of posts on head hopping (POV problems) and author intrusion. I found both extremely informative.
- Rachelle Gardner, who always has a great stuff, posted this illuminating piece on craft, story and voice. A must read for any author wanting to get published.
Stay groovy and thanks for stopping by.