As I wrote the title to last night awesome post I realized I wasted a good title on an insubstantial post. “The Monday-Tuesday Bridge” conceals a plot by mixing a few common words unexpectedly.
Maybe the title and the mystery are quite literal. The city in which the story takes place named their streets after days of the week, similar to how sections of Denver are named in alphabetical order or Topeka after states. The bridge may rise over a river or train tracks to connect Monday Avenue to Tuesday Avenue.
Potentially it’s only half literal. There are no streets named Monday or Tuesday but there is a bridge with such bad traffic locals dubbed it the Monday-Tuesday Bridge because traversing the structure takes so long.
Both of those would work out nicely without much torquing of the plot. I am left to figure out how a bridge of any kind plays into that plot. I suppose there’s plenty of ways to clumsily insert a bridge or location of any kind into a story. Characters met there, died there, it was built, it fell down, it blew up, it meant different things to different people…
Where does that leave me with the less literal possibilities? Symbolic bridgey-ness seems the way to go for the bridge part, but where do you roll in the days of the week?
Consider this: there was a bridge so hastily constructed and then torn down that it “went up on a Monday and was down by late Tuesday afternoon”. The hyperbole being trimmed down to a Monday-Tuesday bridge and now meaning any action taken too quickly with no judgment, poor planning, and laughable results.
Something like that could be applied to relationships or business venture or any other ill advised undertaking a character might strive towards. I could even have a theme: futility on one end or perseverance on the other.
I haven’t exposed any of my titles here, but sometimes I think write kick-ass titles. Maybe I could get someone else to do that book part?
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