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November 2, 2020

Is humor an important element is your stories? Do you ever laugh at something you’ve written?

Of course! My Endeavor Series covers a lot of hard topics. It was my design to write a set of fantasy books that centered around the female experience, because seriously, Tolkien and co. are lacking in that department. So it’s a vital part of my books to balance miscarriages and depression and suicide and all those other hard bits of being human with the good parts of being human, which is why I have a couple fauns banging against a tree. I know. Tolkien just rolled in his grave. But he can bite me, because I’m a Christian, too. And yes, I get the giggles from my own writing just like I get angry or sad from it, too. Anyway, here’s a funny from Opalescent Immersion, book 4 of my…

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Open Book Blog Hop – 2nd November   1 comment

Stevie Turner

Hi all and welcome to this week’s Open Book Blog Hop. Today’s topic is given below:

‘Is humour an important element is your stories? Do you ever laugh at something you’ve written?’

Life’s one long laugh for me most of the time, because it’s better that way. I try not to take anything too seriously anymore, and can find humour in many situations where perhaps others cannot. I’m a terrible giggler, and I’ll give you an example:

I don’t usually attend church services, but on this occasion my son and his fiancee were having their marriage banns read for the third time and he wanted us to be there. We started to sing the first hymn, but behind us there was somebody singing who was also very tone deaf, very loud, and totally out of tune. My son and I are quite musical. I looked at him, he looked at…

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Writing Humor in Romance   Leave a comment

Lyndell Williams

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Is humor an important element is your stories? Do you ever laugh at something you've written?

Funny you should ask. I think humor is an essential part of romance writing, especially if a writer seeks to add layers to their characters. Sure, readers want the whole falling in love thing, but restricting protagonists’ interactions to the lovey dovey stuff reduces them to caricatures.

Nothing is funnier than the way people fall in love. The rom-com subgenre highlights the comedy in doting and devotion. No, I do not write romantic comedies (yet), but I do add humor elements like wit, sarcasm, and irony in my writing to give characters depth and readers a levity as a way to further connect with them and their amorous pursuits.


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Laughing At Myself #OpenBook Blog Hop   Leave a comment

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Why Not Laugh?   16 comments

November 2, 2020
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Not a Comedian

Humor is not a huge element in my novels. The apocalypse isn’t funny. Peter’s life isn’t funny. I haven’t written a minstrel into Daermad Cycle.

But …

Sometimes life hands you lemons and humor is the ultimate juicer. There’s Trevor in “What If Wasn’t” series. He’s got a great sense of humor and he verbalizes it often. Little jokes just laced through the rather dark tale of a young man who can’t seem to find the light.

Occasionally there are reasons to laugh in the apocalypse. Shane makes observations about Cai’s tendency to talk too much, for example. Jill makes jokes about how adventurous and oppositional Shane was as a child. Mike makes self-deprecating observations about himself. Marnie thinks her dysfunctional family is really odd and Cai understands her humor. It doesn’t turn the apocalypse into a laugh-riot, but it relieves tension occasionally.

And Then There’s Satire

I’m a libertarian (small “l” deliberate, I remain a nonpartisan) and I didn’t vote for Donald Trump in 2016 and currently don’t plan to vote for him tomorrow. A side effect of not having a dog in the political pit is that I don’t need to freak out or defend anyone. I can enjoy the benefits of this administration while ignoring the negatives … if I choose.

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Following the election of Trump in November of 2016, I watched with bemused alarm as the American left lost its mind in disbelief that their flawed, screeching, corrupt, condescending candidate lost the election. Trump Derangement Syndrome was on full parade and I found that fascinating. I also watched with amusement as my conservative friends waxed lovingly about how Trump could walk on water. I then ran across an article that confirmed my observations. I had a prompt for an anthology to write a humor piece from a libertarian perspective and I created Connor, a libertarian-anarchist (so he doesn’t vote) living in a fictional upper Midwest town who infiltrates enclaves of both major political parties on the day after Election Day 2016. It was meant to make people laugh about a subject people take too seriously. I don’t know. Maybe you’re as sick of this nonsense as I am and wish you could find a reason to laugh about any of it. It might also help you to know what libertarians and nonpartisans are thinking during such partisan times.

“Beacon barks, so I let him in. He climbs back up on his coach where he can look out the front windows at the distant cars on the road past our place. I ruffle his ears. He licks my hand. Does he wonder what I taste like or does he love me? He’s a yellow Lab. Of course, he loves me! They don’t actually taste their food.”

“Whoa! That’s a lot. It doesn’t really surprise me, but I’m hardly a good judge of an election. The polls had insisted Clinton would win, but trying to influence an election through demographic analysis is not the same as actually putting your finger on the pulse of the electorate. You just can’t measure the depth and breadth of American political sentiment by asking 1000 people a question, no matter how well worded. The Trump signs in the yards had alerted me that our neighbors were planning to vote for him. Why are the bagel shop patrons surprised? Trump signs outnumbered Clinton signs by 4 to 1 as of last week. I wrote an article about it. Do these people not read my articles?”

“I can do political education while entertaining sarcastic thoughts. Or maybe it’s because I can think sarcastic thoughts that I excel at political education. Humor makes it all so much less caustic and cruel.”

Really? Does the largest military in the world really need rebuilding? Do we have to have troops in the Netherlands?

Really? I envision the bagel shop coterie tied to chairs with duct tape over their mouths, sitting here amidst their neighbors. It’s a brilliant idea. My parents would spend the rest of their lives in prison for kidnapping, but it might be worth it.

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