Friday Link Love: String Theory

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Hi gang!  It's Friday once again.  Man oh man, these weeks are flying by!  Are you ready for the weekend?  I am. 

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:

*drumroll please*

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:
  • 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.
  • 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.
So that's the rundown.  I hope you have a great weekend.  As I said, check back Sunday for my "Love At First Sight" Blogfest short, and on Monday we get back to my Battle Plan post series.

Stay groovy and thanks for stopping by.

7 bolts from the blue:

Tabitha Bird said...

Awesome. Love the joke. Thanks for the links too.

Liza said...

I love these kinds of jokes. Great links. Thanks.

Roni @ FictionGroupie said...

Thanks for the link love, glad you found the post helpful. :) Now I'm off to check out your other suggestions. Have a great weekend!

Portia said...

I agree, thanks for the fun joke! Brightened my Friday. Looking forward to reading your "Love At First Sight" Blogfest short. Happy writing!

jbchicoine said...

Okay, that's just too funny...can't wait to share it...

Postman said...

Another gem! "I'm a frayed knot." Brilliant. Good links, too. Roni and Rachelle are awful informative, ain't they?

Thank Allah it's Thursday. Hope you have a good weekend.

Jon Paul said...

Thanks everyone! Humor belongs to Fridays, doesn't it?

Gracias for stopping by.

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