Make ‘Em Laugh (Or Just Make Me Laugh)

2009-07-12 11.53.16If you hang out here often, then you know I write funny. Though honestly, I didn’t start out to write funny. I just can’t quite write a hundred percent serious.

Lord knows, I’ve tried. I thought I could be Ms. Literary Writer of the South (or at least the Southeast). But one day I woke up and smelled the Cathy C. Hall coffee–and it tasted funny. So humor sort of stuck to me and now I couldn’t not write funny. (And yes, I know that’s a double negative. I’m making a point here, people.)

Anyway, all this to say that sometimes, I miss the comedy mark. Yes, friends, I do. But I have a couple tricks up my sleeve that get me back on the humor writing track. I wrote about them today over at The Muffin in “What’s So Funny? (Serious Tips for the Humor Writer)”.

Yep, I might write funny, but I’m a hundred percent serious about this career of mine. So if you have a tip about writing humor, I’d love to hear it. ‘Cause honestly, I’ve got a ton of edits to get to today and I could use a joke or two.

Never Too Busy For Writing Gems!

dogwood tree 001Oh, I hope you all had a lovely Easter! It was a bit busy around here so I forgot to mention my Saturday post over at the Muffin, “Closet-Cleaning and First Drafts.” I think you’ll find a writing tip or two.

And speaking of writing tips, I came across Tuscany Press and their writer resources called “Required Reading (if you want to be published and successful)“. Lots of great gems in that list of required reading, but if you only have time to read one, don’t miss The Story Question. Whether you’re working on a novel or just a short piece of writing, you need to know the question you’re answering, the question that will keep readers reading.

Like, in this blog post, the story question is: “Is this writing advice Cathy’s going on and on about worth my time?”

And as I know you’re busy, I’ll leave you to it!

Fiverr to the Rescue!

file00047523583I came across Fiverr quite a while back–and I’d planned to avail myself of its services.

I mean, I signed up for it, spent hours noodling around over there, considering various and sundry services. But then I got busy with a couple projects and it fell off my radar.

Until this weekend when I realized I had a post scheduled for the Muffin. A post I hadn’t exactly got ’round to writing. So it was Fiverr to the rescue!

And now that I think about it, maybe The Five Buck Deal at Fiverr will come to your rescue in some way, shape, or writing form. Of course, it would help if you had some idea what I was talking about…

So, yeah. Maybe zip over to the Muffin and give it a read? And then let me know if you’ve had any experience with Fiverr. I’d love to hear about it!

Why Are You Reading?

Goodreads pic close upI know most people ask what are you reading. But I often choose books because I have a specific need in mind.

That’s not to say I don’t read for the pure joy of it; I do. But I also read to learn a little something something. And I don’t mean the non-fiction books on writing (though I certainly learn a little something something from those pages, too). I’m talking about the stacks of kidlit fiction I read and what I glean from those pages. Today on The Muffin, I explain The Business of Reading and why I read the books I read.

But I’m afraid you’ll have to read just a bit more to get your answers.

Back At the Muffin With Good Writing Stuff

WOWBlogExcellenceSo all’s right in the bloggy world again as I can click on the little Muffin widget and go straight to that wonderful source of writing info and advice over at WOW! Women-on-Writing. And just in time, too, ’cause I’m over there with some rather timely writing stuff I call “Could You? (Yes.) Should You? (Maybe Not.)

And if that title doesn’t pique your interest, then perhaps I should mention that there’s a pic of a Junior Hall over there. One of my favorite Junior Hall pics, I might add, as this kidder is stunningly handsome and hilarious.

That sort of thing runs in the Hall family.

Which would be obvious if I could get the little widget showing the hilarious yet charming pic of yours truly back on the blog. But I’m starting to think the universe is trying to send me a sign. A Just-Because-You-Can Doesn’t Mean You Should sign.

I haven’t decided yet whether to listen.