Five Star Friday's Edition #88

The reader has certain rights. He bought your story. Think of this as an implicit contract. He's entitled to be entertained, instructed, amused; maybe all three. If he quits in the middle, or puts the book down feeling his time has been wasted, you're in violation.

   — Larry Niven

This Five Star Friday roundup is brought to you by a lawyer, a writer, poetry, a birthday, a muse, alcoholism, the end of a marriage, a disordered child, literacy, love, bad habits, a roller coaster, the Underground Railroad, rocks in pockets, oversharing, thankless work, difference, HIV, and world-weariness.

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Happy Friday!

"Solid Ground" from words... thoughts... nonsense

"My Words" from The Word Cellar

"Mustachioed Ninja" from

"Eli" from These Are Days

"Meet My Muse" from Ubi es Caelum

"Hi, My Name Is Heather" from The Extraordinary Ordinary

"And Then There Were Four" from Issa's Crazy World

"Filed Under Things They Never Tell You When You Become a Mother" from From the Cheap Seats

"Also, My Dad Can Beat Up Their Dad" from Sarah and the Goon Squad

"Fire and Rain" from OrdinaryArt

"7 Habits of Highly Ineffective, Unhappy People" from Jurgen Nation

"The Gulf of Grief" from The Eleventh

"The War of the Roses" from Whiskey in My Sippy Cup

"Cold Blasts and Heavy Rocks" from Boy Crazy

"The Corruption of Authenticity" from Modite

"I Could, Perhaps, Have Been a Contender" from Irretrievably Broken

"Advocacy and the Elevator Ride" from Praying for Parker

"January 21, 2010: David Phillips" from the3six5's posterous

"I'm Fifty-Five Years Old and I Just Don't Know" from Bless Our Hearts

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