Wednesday, 1 April 2020

No fooling

It's April the first, which means that as well as it being Insecure Writer's Support Group day, it's also April Fool's.

In England, and some other countries, this is traditionally a time for spoofs and practical jokes. It's common to see photos of invisible stealth planes and ships which are really photos of nothing, or silly news stories by people with names made from the letters of April fool(s). This isn't a good day to trust anyone called Olaf or Flo!

One very important part is to get your fooling in, and reveal you've done so, by noon. If you wait until after twelve it's you, not your victim, who is the fool.

Although tempted to make up a spurious word for Wednesday Word of the Week today, I've resisted. Instead I'm sharing some fun pictures. Have you ever played an amusing April Fool's prank? Or been on the recieving end of a funny one?

You don't need to have been fooled in order to benefit from joining the Insecure Writer's Support Group, although I'm sure you'd find advice and sympathy if that were the case.

Members will help you through anything from constant self doubt about your writing abilities to momentary anxiety or where to place a comma.

Thanks to Alyson Hilbourne for this link to another free travel writing competition. There's a $100 

Thanks to Alyson Faye for passing on details of this free short story competition. The prize is a Google Home Mini and a seesion with the plot doctor!

Something else which is currently free – My garden themed short story collection Through The Garden Gate.


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Patsy - I've always loved April Fool's Day ... the best was the spaghetti tree one - such fun, when I did see it in the 1960s ... actually it's what we need today isn't it?! Cheers and look after yourselves - Hilary

Dave said...

Thanks for the heads up about the writing competitions. Or was that an April Fool too?

Anne Higa said...

Yes, I have played some April Fool's pranks before. Man, it's been a while. I have a sister, so she'd usually be the brunt of it. Thanks for sharing this one as it made me smile. :)

Also, I am clicking the I'm not a robot box even though I am a highly-advanced android unit - because for some reason these sites are biased against my kind. So I'm clicking it, but I am not happy about having to click it just to post comments.

Anne from

Michelle Wallace said...

I've never played an April Fool joke.
With all the doom and gloom, we need some light-heartedness more than ever, though some people may think it out of line with all that's going on in the world at the moment.
(Hope you manage to access my blog. Not sure what's the problem. Maybe something to do with the fact that there's been a change with regards to the server, or something like that)

Natalie Aguirre said...

Thanks for sharing some fun pictures in these hard times. I'll be home alone all day so I guess there are no April Fools Day pranks for me.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's a tiny Stonehenge.
A little silly fun is what we need right now.

Marguerite said...

Love the mini-Stonehenge!
I used to wind the rest of the teachers up at school by sending a child round demanding their coursework marks all be completed there and then (they had until early May really). I was in charge of the school exams and most of my professional time had a Very Serious Face ;)

emaginette said...

The pics are lovely. Thank you.

Anna from elements of emaginette

Donna Hanton said...

Some light-hearted fun is what we all need now. But, I'm terrible at dreaming up good pranks! Stay safe!

Celia said...

Poor first year student nurse was sent by unkind Staff Nurse to next door ward's Staff Nurse for a 'long stand'. Poor student thought it was an 'Intravenous fluid bag stand' the sort of thing you see beside patients' bedsides. But after she'd been hanging around for 20 minutes (and bollocked by a passing Sister for being idle) the two Staff Nurses laughed at her, asked if she'd had a long enough stand and sent her back to work.
I've never liked practical jokes
Happy Birthday, Tosh

Doreen Mcgettigan said...

I almost forgot it was April 1st! I've not really ever fooled anyone but I've certainly been fooled, especially by my siblings, they get me every time!
Happy writing.

Shannon Lawrence said...

I've never heard of the noon rule! But I'm not an April Fools fan. Trust is important for me, and having to weigh everything said or done on the 1st makes me uncomfortable and irritable.

Book Review Tours said...

It's been years since I have played a prank on 1st April.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

I've never been a fan of April Fools Day though I've both played (mild) pranks and been taken in by them in the past! I was quite relieved when it reached mid-day without one this year. Thanks for that travel comp link as I'm entering as many comps as I can just now - think it's to keep me off getting on with the novel! Hope you and Gary stay safe and well.

J Lenni Dorner said...

Usually I find April Fools to be good fun. Simple pranks, nothing that causes harm. But this year? Nothing felt appropriate. The jester is in quarantine, I suppose.

Diane Burton said...

I forgot about April Fool's Day until my DIL sent a meme that said all kids would have to repeat their grade because of the virus. My oldest g'kids were not amused. LOL Thanks for the fun graphics.

Patsy said...

@ Hilary – Fun ones are good and you're right that we can do with a laugh at the moment.

@ Dave – I don't joke about the important stuff!

@ Anne – He he. Sorry for the anti robot stuff. That's Blogger not me – honest!

@ Michelle – I think we need humour now more than ever. (Think the problem was with my internet connection, not yours.)

@ Natalie – It's not the same playing them on yourself!

@ Alex – It's a cute model, isn't it? Not mine, I just came across it on a walk.)

@ Maguerite – sooo mean!!!

@ emaginette – Thank you.

@ Donna – I can never think of them either.

@ Celia – I'm not a huge fan of practical jokes either. Genuinely funny ones are rare.

@ Doreen – Yes, siblings are the most usual culprits I suspect.

@ Shannon – I don't like the ones where it's just someone saying something untrue. Anyone can tell a lie – I think a joke needs to be more than that.

@ Book RT – Me too, although I expect I tormented my brother I don't recall doing so.

@ Rosemary – There's nothing like novel writing for getting us procrastiwriting something else!

@ J Lenni – Yeah, it's harder to think up fun stuff this year.

@ Diane – I hope they weren't upset too long before the truth was revealed.

Allie Bock said...

I love your post. I've done some April Fools jokes. The best one was when I was a kid and rigged the sprayer on the kitchen sink to be on. But I got in trouble when it sprayed my mom. This year it was hard to get into the spirit of it with all the COVID going on. said...

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