Posts Tagged ‘humor’


Uncle Joe’s Activism to Appear in Eric’s Hysterics

I had a lot of fun with this one. I wrote it several weeks ago as a very short piece of prose.  I thought it was weird and funny. After a couple of rejections, I opted to revise it into what I hoped would be a darkly comic poem. It’ll appear at Eric’s Hysterics at some as-of-yet undetermined date. This marks the 16th accepted piece I’ve written this year, and the 25th acceptance for the year overall.

I’ve actually used the character of Uncle Joe once before in a Twitter-length micro-story that appeared in Trapeze Magazine in April. That might make you think Uncle Joe is  likable guy that’s fun to have around and that I might wish I had an uncle just like. You’d be wrong. 🙂

This week I resubbed a couple of stories, after revising one a little more, and worked on a very old story that I’m not having much luck with. I saw some places where I could tweak it and make the theme more coherent from beginning to end. I didn’t do a very good job of that, I see now. I also revamped the opening a bit and did a little cutting, ever amazed at how unnecessary things can still pop out after having read it as many times as I have. I still have high hopes for it.

An idea came to me last week for a story, so I started on it as my story for the month. A few days ago, another idea slammed me hard enough that I did some research for it. Neither of these ideas are the most original things ever, so I have to find an angle that raises them above the ordinary if they’re going to be anything but the same old, same old. Fortunately for me, that usually happens at some point after I start writing.

I know which “in revision” stories I want to look at this week and try to wrench into shape, too. I’m having better luck with that now that instead of looking at the list and thinking about them all, which is overwhelming, I decide which one or two I’m definitely going to work on. Then I can go right for those and get much more accomplished.


A Light-Bulb Moment up at AntipodeanSF

 A Light-Bulb Moment has found a new home online this month at AntipodeanSF, an Australian speculative fiction ezine that gets archived in The National Library of Australia, which I find far too cool. A slightly shorter version of this appeared in NFG in 2004 or so.





Teach Your Kids to Stay Safe from Cannibals up at errant parent

Teach Your Kids to Stay Safe from Cannibals went up today at errant parent. This little ditty was one of two humor shorts I wrote essentially as an audition for something quite some time ago. They got me in the door and did their job, so I hated to let them sit on my hard drive after spending time on them. I’ve developed the need to submit everything I write repeatedly until it’s picked up or I run out of places. I’ve submitted the other piece only once, and will be resubmitting it sometime this month, as soon as I find someplace that seems like a good fit.

 I also found out today that my first haibun, “Competition,” will appear in the November 2011 print edition of Scifaikuest. I’m thrilled to be included!


Humor to Appear at errant parent

I found out yesterday that my humor piece “Teach Your Kids to Stay Safe from Cannibals” will appear in errant parent on July 27th. This piece and another that I’m still shopping around represent one of my career high-points and a huge disappointment all wrapped up into one. I wrote them as sample pieces for an amazing writing opportunity last year. They impressed the people in charge, got me highly complimented and got me in the door, which is what they were meant to do, but things didn’t work out in the end.

I had a second huge disappointment in that same week, so I had a love/hate relationship with this piece and its partner for a while. I’m glad to see it find a good home. I’m sure the other one will find a home soon enough, because in case you didn’t know this about me, I’m uproariously delightful, witty and funny. I promise.

I’m stubborn, too. So I’ll keep inflicting it on people until someone cries “uncle” and takes it.

It’s mind-blowing to realize that the year is almost half over. I’ve been doing the Write 1 Sub 1 challenge, which has been an interesting and wonderful experiment. I’m pleased with the way my writing and submitting have been going this year. I just withdrew 5 micro-shorts from one market that I wasn’t getting a response from, even after querying. So right now at 3 pieces out to 3 markets, I have the lowest number of submissions I’ve had out since my first week of this challenge, and that feels strange. Within the next couple of weeks, I should have those numbers back up. It’s an uneasy feeling to have numbers that low, after getting used to having many out at once. That’s a much more secure feeling, because no matter what comes back, hey, there’s still plenty out there wowing people. Try it and see if you don’t feel better!

Another “strange” feeling this week is knowing that my one-and-only will be 15 on Sunday. When did all this happen?


She Wanted a Romance… up at Defenestration

Defenestration is a fun publication. If you like humor that ranges from clever to side-splitting, you should read it regularly. I do. 

My short “She Wanted a Romance on Classics Night, but it was His Turn” is up to day in Defenestration’s April issue. I wrote this several years ago and didn’t do anything with it like revising or submitting until recently. I’m pleased it found a home. 1984 is one of my favorite novels, and John Hurt, who was my favorite actor for years (and whom I still adore), played Winston Smith in the film. That all means nothing to you right now unless you’ve read the story, but that’s okay.

It’s not the first time I’ve been in Defenestration. I had a longer, wilder story called “The Art of Truth,” a hardboiled parody that was huge fun to write and that won me a prize in the writing group where the parody challenge originated, in their June, 2004 issue. It’s a .pdf download, if you’re interested. Two haiku by Andrew Duncan in the beginning are worth downloading it for, in my opinion, so it won’t be a waste of your time. I’ve remembered those poems since the issue came out because I got such a kick out of them. I actually recite them from time to time, during what I feel like are appropriate moments. I just read them again in my head; I needed that chuckle.