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Play WTF? (and win a copy of Fur-Face)


 
WTF, or as I’m sure you already guessed, ‘Where’s The Fib?’ is my little twist on one of those meme thingies which always seem to be doing the rounds (a hat tip to my WritersCoffeeHouse friend, Popple, aka Barbara Custer, who planted the seed of this idea in my head).  
 
Here’s how it works:   
 
In the comments, list four interesting facts and one fib about yourself – please don’t tell anyone which is which yet, that takes place later.
 
The facts and fib must be about you, but otherwise can be about anything you like.  Try to make it hard for folks to guess which item on the list is untrue. 
 
I'll stop taking WTF lists on Monday, June 28th, at 11:59am (US/Eastern).  Later, I’ll post everyone’s lists in the form of poll questions and we can all play ‘Where’s The Fib?’
 
The winner will be the person who correctly identifies the most fibs from the various entries.  In the event of a tie, I'll come up with a way to break the deadlock (possibly involving pistols).
 
As if bragging rights and the sheer joy of taking part weren’t enough, I’m awarding a prize of a free PDF of my debut novel, Fur-Face (or if they've already bought a copy, a Quake eBook of their choice), to both the winner of the contest AND the person whose list is voted the most interesting - this will be a seperate poll question.  In the case of a tie, see above (but possibly with wet haddocks).
 
To give you an idea of the kind of thing I have in mind, here are my four facts and a fib:
 
JonGibbs – which one of these is NOT true? 
 

-          I’ve had my nose broken six times.

-          I knew the individual letters, but I couldn’t recite the alphabet until I was eleven years old.

-          At the age of 16, I worked as a disc jockey in a pub/strip club.

-          I can trace my family name back to 1066, when one of my ancestors, Henry de Guibe, was given lands in England by William the Conqueror.

-          I met Senior Management at a wedding I was filming.

 
How about you?
 
What are your four facts and a fib? 

 



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mtlawson
Jun. 20th, 2010 04:32 am (UTC)
Okay, I'll play:

-I've been fired from a job
-I've had my collarbone broken twice
-I've been on a Parish Council
-I'm published in a scientific journal
-I once smuggled a gallon of hard liquor on a plane to an academic conference
jongibbs
Jun. 20th, 2010 09:45 am (UTC)
Lol, well I know which one I'm picking :)
mary684
Jun. 20th, 2010 12:16 pm (UTC)
Very fun, Jon!! I'll play!!

1. I used to be a magician's assistant and have been cut in half and made to disappear into thin air.
2. I once skied alongside John Kennedy Jr.
3. I have seen Elvis Presley in concert.
4. The FBI has interviewed me regarding a bank robbery.
5. My wedding announcement appeared in Variety.
jongibbs
Jun. 20th, 2010 03:11 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you've lived an exciting life :)
lysythe
Jun. 21st, 2010 10:23 am (UTC)
1. I'm part of a Guinness World Record.
2. I broke my arm my first time parachuting.
3. A few centuries back in China, my family were important people.
4. I fell down a drain once.
5. I've been published once, but only when I was in primary school.
jongibbs
Jun. 21st, 2010 02:06 pm (UTC)
Re: #2 And you went back up to jump again?

Good list :)
authorwithin
Jun. 21st, 2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
These are great. I'm having a hard time spotting the fibs in many of these. Here is my list:

1. I've eaten fried worms.
2. I got paid to read letters from Katherine Hepburn.
3. I discovered and held an original Picasso.
4. I met the sculptor of the Nurses Memorial (the monument in Arlington National Cemetery).
5. I sold my first bit of writing when I was sixteen.
jongibbs
Jun. 21st, 2010 05:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks, for taking part, Joan. I hope you had ketchup with those worms :)
authorwithin
Jun. 21st, 2010 05:57 pm (UTC)
Isn't ketchup one of the four basic food groups . . . ketchup, chocolate, icecream, and chips, right? ;-)
jongibbs
Jun. 21st, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
lol, sounds good to me :)
snapes_angel
Jun. 22nd, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
4 and 1, hey? Let's see.....

-I wrote a story once, about a mortal secretary working for B. L.Z. Bub Enterprises, where there was apparently a contract dispute over the actual ownership of one sad soul who wanted to become a rich, world famous author, whose rejction slip pile once toppled over Manhattan, crushing several publishing houses. Something to that effect, anyway.

- I also wrote two other stories, using the same character, in a similar setting, but different.

-Said mortal secretary once worked for Chrysler but, six months into her employment there, they started laying people off, so she quit before it happened to her.

- Said character (Ms. Mae Day) has a sister named Armistice, who appears in one of the stories.

- The Feline Wonder needs longer, sharper claws.
snapes_angel
Jun. 22nd, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
Sorry it's not more innovative or exciting.
jongibbs
Jun. 22nd, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
Hmm, it should really be about you, not your characters. Still, I don't suppose it matters. Thanks for taking part, Elizabeth :)
snapes_angel
Jun. 22nd, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
That actually is about me. that is, the most interesting thing. For it to actually be about me (and interesting!), it would have to be four fibs and a fact. XD

Ok. Let's try this, then. Not about me, in relation to family members, right? Well, that leaves Dad out.

1. I was hit by a car in 1963, which left me in a coma for 3 days and in a full-body cast for about a year. Immediately after the cast came off, I learned that you should not scratch your itches immediately after cast removal, because the slightest abrasion can cause bleeding.

2. I was bit in the eye by a friend's dog , a few days before turning ten. I did not lose the eye but, to this day, the socket is still loose, and sometimes the eye tends to sort of slide up a bit in its socket when I'm tired. I used to take advantage of this when I was younger to disconcert people, and was warned that the eye would freeze that way. Of course, the eye never did, and I suppsoe the muscles needed to retain the eye at a constant level never regenerated, so sometimes I have to consciously force my eye back nito position, usually when I am very tired. This, of course, left me with the habit of closing one eye, or else keeping the other eye rather narrowed, when I read. The bite was in the right eye, and the good eye is on the left.

3. I am left-handed, predominantly, although I can write with both hands, when I so choose. I started practicing with my right hand when a camp counselor pushed me, trying to get me to actually roll, rather than tot along, on roller skates.

4. My balance has always been rather atrocious (which may have led to the above incident which, incidentally, left the camp counselor very contrite when my left wrist was broken in the fall). This made it an absolute, personal triumph for me when I finally learned to ride a two-wheeled bicycle, rather than one with training wheels, when I was sixteen.

5. I was never married, had no children. and do live in Manhattan.

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Is that any better?

The first story, by the way, and none of the subsequent 3, the third in notes, was published back in the 1990s in a small zine called "Alternate Hilarities". It was the first and, so far, only time I received galleys.
jongibbs
Jun. 22nd, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
These are great! I look forward to finding out which one is the fib :)
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