Thank you so much for the giggles, Sally! I’m trying to spread the smiles. These are so funny!
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Now something from Sally. Wry Writing Humour
A writer comes home to a burned down house. His sobbing and slightly-singed wife is standing outside. “What happened, honey?” the man asks.
“Oh, John, it was terrible,” she weeps. “I was cooking, the phone rang. It was your agent. Because I was on the phone, I didn’t notice the stove was on fire. It went up in second. Everything is gone. I nearly didn’t make it out of the house. Poor Fluffy is–”
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I like to included humor in my stories. Yet, I don’t want them to be seen as comedies. I like to touch on heavy topics in my stories. Yet, I don’t want them to be seen as serious dramas. That means I need to have both and keep things balanced. That isn’t nearly as easy as some people believe. You can’t throw the two around whenever you feel like it in the hopes of creating an equilibrium. Humor and heavy can clash like battling titans instead of uniting like pieces of a puzzle. So, what are some ways to handle this?
- Whichever one is going to be the main tone of the story should be introduced from the beginning. If you want to have a serious story with humorous sections and conversations then you need to set the heavy stage. If it’s supposed to be a comedic tale that moves into serious territory then start with the funny. You do have a runway to work with since the opening is more character and world introduction, so the tone may be neutral first. Eventually, you need to decide on who gets the bigger slice of pizza.
Thank you so much for Aunty Acid Story Reading Ape! We all need a bit of her wisdom – and humor!
The Story Reading Ape provides us once again with giggles. Thanks so much for Maxine!
Thank you, Story Reading Ape, for a great giggle early this year! I had tons of fun with these and will spread the smiles!
Christmas presents are not easy to pick. But it might be even more difficult for a writer. (Unless you’re together with one, have one in your family or as a friend, then it’s not.)
In my experience, many writers like the following items more than anything:
- desk organizers
- paper notebooks
- more pens
- coffee & mugs
- briefcases & bags to transport their books & accessories
Let’s start with one of the main and most important tools of a writer. Without pens, we’d be lost. I found out, that even though we all have modern computers, many writers still prefer simple pens and paper for personal notes, agendas, calendar entries, and more. A handful of pens to secure a writer’s work is, therefore, always a welcome present.
Now, don’t make a bad mistake here: even though many of us, steal P.R. pens whenever we have the chance to and carry them around with us (I belong to those writers too!), …
… if we get those ‘cheaper by the dozen’ pens as a Christmas present, you could say, we could be a little ‘miffed’.
We love beautiful pens! We enjoy how they feel and we celebrate the time we use them! We just don’t carry them around with us permanently because some of us are a bit absentminded and we tend to forget our pens somewhere, misplace or lose them. Our ‘good pens’ are at home with us! A nice ‘Parker’ or ‘Waterman’ pen as a present, is just the right thing.
Of course, there are clearly outlined modern designed desk-organizers around that you can buy at every ‘Office Depot’ or ‘Staples’… and you won’t do us, writers, a favor. We prefer the extraordinary. Something that not everyone has, something unique, that makes us feel special.
So this isn’t recommendable:
Try to find something that we don’t see every day. Something personalized, maybe?
You can kick us, but as soon as we see paper notebooks, we forget everything around us and focus on that inner voice that tells us: ‘Want – want – want!”
Of course, we’re not talking about a regular scholar 5-subject ring book you can buy at every supermarket. We are talking about extraordinary, leather-bound notebooks! Antique looking ones that we plan to write on with that one special pen we got from you last birthday. And make no mistake: You buy antique, you’ll get rid of it – because we don’t give a hoot does it look antique or is it really old! We will use it!
Now, with the planners, I’m a bit insecure. At this place, I can only talk for myself and many other female writers. We need to plan our publishing, our marketing, how many words we write a day, a week, a month, any upcoming events, and many more things. But we’re not at the office, we’re not at our job, we want to work our writing with lots of fun and some unconventional tools. We like planners, of course! But please, don’t pick the ‘business planner’. We’re not at work – we do what we love! Pick the fun one!
(And if there are any male writers who would prefer the fun ones too, please let us know in the comments! We love to be educated!)
Of course, if a simple Parker or Waterman pen isn’t enough, just for our Birthday or Christmas that will do, but for Anniversaries, Valentines Day, or Wedding (In case our favorite car model has sold out), we would NEVER say no to a pen that’s worth a bit more than the Staples pen we use to write down the shopping list.
Meisterstueck Geometry Solitaire Champagne Gold Midsize Ball Point Pen
SANTOS DE CARTIER ROLLERBALL PEN
Caran d’Ache 1010 Diamonds Limited Edition
Coffee & Mugs
Many writers love drinking coffee before writing, during writing and after writing too. (Mine often gets cold, but who cares…) I love to drink it in a special writer’s mug. (When I moved I couldn’t take mine, so I’m open for new ones. LOL)
Of course, a coffee mug and coffee for a writer is a a ‘side-present’, considering it’s a necessity. But I particularly enjoy the brands here below. (They can be bought at World Market)
Briefcases & Bags
Depending on the writer’s age, we have to admit that carrying a bag, over the shoulder or anywhere else, ain’t as easy anymore as it once was. With a heavy heart, we decided on a rolling office bag to transport our valuables. (which normally means our current, the newest, the latest, and a couple other books, the Work in progress, pens, paper, extra paper and pens, electronics, Kleenex, cables, chargers, hand cream, and tweezers, because you never know…)
In clear words: we take half of our office, if not 2/3, and expect our bags are holding it.