Saturday, October 20, 2007

Shahrazade's Wedding, Part I

Because A Thousand and One Nights Are Never Enough

To hear the story, click on the happy couple














To read the story, come to Persia

Need filler?  This ought to get us near to January and another shared story.

27 comments:

AP3 said...

First!

AP3 said...

Shahrazade is trouble.

I was wondering what I'd find here this morning. This is going to be a great new adventure!

Al said...

The bud of another great story, Doug. Thanks!

I just hope you do a better job negotiating the film rights this time.

Minka said...

relatives,n: a sense of impending doom

Minka said...

"Shahrazade felt the same sense of pride, good fortune and destiny that modern women participate in upon their engagements to, for instance, gum-chewing shade-tree mechanics of doubtful morals."

rather hard on your own gender, but very perceptive. The possibility of white lace and veils blurrs our vision and stimulates our imagination.

javajazz said...

wow, not bad for a "filler!"
and i got to work a bit
to find out what
a shade tree mechanic
referred to
in the metaphorical sense...
all in all
i reckon brains and wit
are yet another kind
of currency here on Earth.
ps, Shahrazade's ma
was reminiscent
of some of my lovely relatives....
oy!

tsduff said...

Delighted!! I adore the story of the Thousand and One Nights.... but I always thought her name was Shaharazade. I spent many an hour curled up with my book in hand, reading about the Arabian Nights. I still marvel today at her wisdom and cleverness in cheating death. Oh, I'm looking so forward to this new and exciting venture Doug.

actonbell said...

Me too, Terry. This one's off to a great start:)

G said...

So family wedding politics is nothing new then. Nice start, I like it.

jenn said...

Ah yes, beware the bookish, story tellers. Then watch out for their mamas.

the amoeba said...

Well, since the spelling of the lady's name is شهرزاد, or perhaps شیرازد or شهرازاد, I find it hard to get excited over which spelling/pronunciation in English is least disastrously wrong.

Except to notice this. Shahr-ya, Shahr-azad. Fee fi fo fum, I smell the blood of an English pun ...

Speaking of "hard on your own gender", Minka, I read that the word Shahryar, in Persian, means "king". Thus we have "King King" - or perhaps "King Kong". Thus we have SHAHRAZAD, n. prop.: Beast tamer. Hmm?

Doug said...

Thanks, AP3. I was kind of wondering what you'd find here myself. Hopefully it won't be a suck new adventure, anyhow.

Haha, Al. Next time Hollywood comes calling I'll take the Billy Graham sticker off my pick-up.

Right you are, Minka! I forgot a definition. Yours is apt and stands for today. As for my gender, every man jack of us is a mist-minded, amoral gum-chewing shade-tree mechanic. Some of us are just out of costume.

JJ, relatives can sure be that way. Just when I start to pity Othello, I consider that he only had a father-in-law.

Terry, as Amoeba points out, it's an anglicization. When I wrote this last night I spelled it Scheherazade but this morning, Wikipedia assured me that this was closer to the original. I'm happy to be multicultural when only my typing has to adjust.

Thanks, Actonbell. We'll see where it goes.

G, I obviously have no idea how new family wedding politics might be but they seem old when you encounter them.

Jenn, you don't have to tell me.

Beasts and Kings, Amoeba. The only difference is which end of the flail is sanctioned.

mireille said...

hmmm, a Persian bridezilla. Re the constantly strung-out storytelling being the only thin thread keeping a relationship alive: I've done that. btw, he went through 10950 virgins before S. Maybe he just got tired. xoxo

quilly said...

A serial killer and a serial storyteller plan a proper royal wedding. This will surely be a 'to die for' story.

Nessa said...

I always knew men were suckers for a nice little tale.

Men and women: aught to be lots of fun. Where's the ring?

quilly said...

Oh, NEssa! Shame on you! (I wish I had said that!)

Nessa said...

Quilly: I was very surprised no one beat me to it; )

Doug said...

Mireille, why do I think you weren't the storyteller that time?

Actually, Quilly, it is being posted by a serial serialist so I think maybe Tony the Tiger should be the new mascot. "Theeeey're LONG!"

Nesssa! This is a family site! I mean apart from the violence. Holy cow, I've gone Hollywood and Alabam'

Quilly, don't encourage her!

Nessa, you were first to the pun.

Jamie Dawn said...

Hooray!! A new, exciting tale!

That king is hitonious! I hope Shahrazade makes mincemeat of him.
I can't imagine having a good enough imagination to keep stories entertaining and enticing for over three years. She is SOME woman!!
You have similar skills as a storyteller, since I am eagerly awaiting the next installment.

Jamie Dawn said...

And about that eye problem you've been having...
Gouge it out, Brother Doug!!!!
I'm willing to help if needed.

:-)

tsduff said...

Doug - I hope you are safe and not in the path of the fire out your way.

Doug said...

Jamie Dawn, an eye cannot be made into a truffle! Can it?

Terry, thanks for asking. Yeah, the fire is clear across the valley and traveling westward, away from me. What's burning locally are my crab cakes. Be right back!

Pacific Blue said...

Paradise is burning -- came within 400 feet of our home.

Lily Strange said...

Heck, at that rate a gal might as well just go ahead and become a woman of loose virtue! The bad reputation would hurt a lot less than the loss of the old noggin.
I love the idea of her keeping her head by telling great stories. I probably would have had my head lopped off within a week but I like to think I'd have been able to hold onto it that long!

Doug said...

Quilly, that's scary. There are fires all over the place here on the near mainland but none that close so far.

Lily, Shahrazade had patience for both, I suppose.

ariel said...

"A Thousand And One Nights" or "Kill Them Fast Or They Will Kill You Slowly" or "Life Style Tips For Men".

"seeing the king from a young man full of passionate outrage to a middle aged one of comfortable habits" was hilarious.

I can hardly wait for the next Saturday. You'd sure make a great Shahrazade, heh...

Doug said...

Ariel, I'd need a week's forbearance so I'd probably make a short-necked Shahrazade.