ELBIE'S BAR and GRILL: THE RETURN
ADVERTISEMENT FOUND IN A LOCAL WEEKLY OF MIXED REPUTE: Elbie's...Where the entertainment's lively, the customers (Especially the regulars!) even livelier and where the Bartender never runs out of your favorite libation (She's got 'em all, just test her, we dare ya!).
South of the outer limits of imagination, beyond the twilight zone of most dreamscapes, day or night (Our doors never close.), pay us a visit and experience an ever changing gallery of suprises...
The denizens of Elbie's are murmuring among themselves.
The mysterious Storyteller has come back and the feeling in the audience is one of curiosity and...anticipation.
The voices still as the lights dim and a spotlight is trained on the famous stage...
A dark haired figure dressed all in black nods toward the audience and begins to speak...
"Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen, I am a humble weaver of tales. My name is Sneakeasy and you have enjoyed my stories in the past and have probably wondered where I've been in the last 2 years.
I have been on a journey to explore this land. A land of fresh beginnings for me and one, I believe, that will provide me with new ideas for my storytelling.”
But enough of that....for now.
I was reading one of my writing books and the author talks about first sentences and paragraphs being narrative hooks to draw the reader in and hook them.
Reading that first chapter got me to thinking about my Storyteller Saga.
You can tell where, in those stories, that narrative hook occurs.
Actually there are two things going on here: A story WITHIN the story, I suppose, and that has always been in the back of my mind since I wrote them a few years back.
There is the story of THE STORYTELLER, and the world of ELBIE'S BAR and GRILL, then there are the stories THE STORYTELLER tells his audience.
I've always wanted to continue writing the stories he tells, but in the back of my mind has been the germ of an idea for expanding on the OTHER as well.
I took a walk somewhere, a couple of years ago, that gave me the idea for a hook to get me into doing just that, but life got in the way since then.
Before I attempt to continue I need the thoughts of those, other than myself, who have read my pieces, to see what they are thinking.
I want you to especially focus on the framing device of THE STORYTELLER AND THE BAR:
Not just what you thought of it as writing, but what did you think and wonder as you read it.
What questions did you have about the characters and surroundings, the context, or lack of it, or anything else that comes to mind as a reader, or writer, discovering a new world, or cast of characters?
Of course comments on his stories are welcome as well.
You can share your thoughts as comments to each post, or you can send them to me in e-mail at madmacedonian-at-sbcglobal-dot-net.