Monday, August 15, 2011

It's Good to Laugh

Have you noticed how intense many YA books seem to be getting?

I do very much so enjoy me a dark, intense story.  But I have found myself missing good old fashioned humor.  It seems many things have changed since the rise of Twilight.  (I still love you Twilight, regardless of trends.)

One: paranormal YA stories.  Two: love triangles.  Dang love triangles.
Three: ...humor?

While life can be intense and sad and scary, people do laugh.  They do share sarcastic remarks and stupid inside jokes.  Life is a funny, funny thing.  We just forget to sit back and laugh at it.

So, today, I share jokes.  Mostly because my brain is too shot from all the writing I have been busting out the last few days.  But also because I think starting the week with a chuckle would make for a very nice start.  It is going to be a long week.  Let's start it with laughing at our own expense.


A writer died and was given the option of going to heaven or hell.

She decided to check out each place first. As the writer descended into the fiery pits, she saw row upon row of writers chained to their desks in a steaming sweatshop. As they worked, they were repeatedly whipped with thorny lashes.

"Oh my," said the writer. "Let me see heaven now."

A few moments later, as she ascended into heaven, she saw rows of writers, chained to their desks in a steaming sweatshop. As they worked, they, too, were whipped with thorny lashes.

"Wait a minute," said the writer. "This is just as bad as hell!"

"Oh no, it's not," replied an unseen voice. "Here, your work gets published."


Three guys are sitting at a bar
#1: “…Yeah, I make $75,000 a year after taxes.”
#2: “What do you do for a living?”
#1: “I’m a stockbroker. How much do you make?
#2: “I should clear $60,000 this year.”
#1: “What do you do?”
#2: “I’m an architect.”
The third guy has been sitting there quietly, staring into his beer, when the others turn to him.
#2: “Hey, how much do you make per year?”
#3: “Gee… hmmm… I guess about $13,000.”
#1: “Oh yeah? What kind of stories do you write?”


A hungry lion was roaming through the jungle looking for something to eat. He came across two men. One was sitting under a tree reading a book; the other was typing away on his typewriter. The lion quickly pounced on the man reading the book and devoured him. Even the king of the jungle knows that readers digest and writers cramp.


How many science fiction writers does it take to change a light bulb?

Two, but it’s actually the same person doing it. He went back in time and met himself in the doorway and then the first one sat on the other one’s shoulder so that they were able to reach it. Then a major time paradox occurred and the entire room, light bulb, changer and all was blown out of existence. They co-existed in a parallel universe, though.


A screenwriter 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–”
“Wait, wait. Back up a minute,” The man says. “My agent called?”


There was once a young man who, in his youth, professed his desire to become a great writer.

When asked to define great, he said, "I want to write stuff that the whole world will read, stuff that people will react to on a truly emotional level, stuff that will make them scream, cry, howl in pain and anger!"

He now works for Microsoft writing error messages.


Did you hear the one about the pregnant woman who went into labor and began to yell, "Couldn't! Wouldn't! Shouldn't! Didn't! Can't!"? She was having contractions.


Ha ha ha. Har har.  Giggle.  Chuckle.  Snort and wheeze.

Ok, ok.  Tell me you at least smiled.  A little?
Do you have a joke to share?  A funny thought? Do share!

Go off now, write, laugh, and welcome in the week as best you know how!

Happy writing!


Dia said...


Kelley said...

LOL. Those were good.

Also, BAD TASTE IN BOYS was pretty refreshing in terms of humor! Fun, funny writing while still having a good plot (zombies!).

Kimmel Tippets said...

Thanks for the chuckle! I needed it after a let down of a morning!

Lady Gwen said...

You're so right about YA fiction - it's very tense! Thanks for the laugh!

David Powers King said...

That was hilarious! Great jokes.

Good stories have tension. It seems the market wants novels that you can never put down until it's done. I like good tension, but I like good writing and savory moments, too.

Michael Offutt said...

Funny writing jokes. Oh boy...writing does not pay.

Trisha said...

Gave you an award:



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