Monday, September 26, 2011

MONDAY'S MUSINGS: Laughter Is Good For You

My sense of ridiculous is easily amused these days. I look for things that make me laugh whether its unusual stories, books, or videos.

This past week I got lots of giggles out of the story of the idea of walking out your backdoor because you’ve heard an unusual bellow and of course you’ve looked in the livingroom and see, no, it isn’t hubs—he’s sitting peacefully in his recliner. So you walk outside to investigate and find an elk. Problem is this elk isn’t at all where you expect it to be nor is she in the condition you expect an elk to be. She’s drunk and she’s up in your apple tree. As in stuck, can’t get up or down. Can you just imagine standing there trying to take that picture in from your back porch? Obviously, your eyes are lying, because there can’t possibly be an elk in a tree!  Try calling that one in to the fire department used to rescuing kids or cats from trees—unless you’re in Sweden where they’re used to strange antics by the local elk that munch fermented apples every fall.

Book blurb
Then there is the book (Judi Fennell’s Genie Knows Best) I just finished reading. Now, you expect some unusual antics when there is a genie involved. Hey, I remember I Dream of Jeanie and she did some really bizarre things (and didn’t you just love the reaction from Larry Hagman and his best friend to those happenings?). But the magical creatures in this book boggle the mind. First off, Aladdin and Abu have nothing on this genie and his fennec fox (who truly cracks me up with his activities). Then there is the Russian nesting doll sort of leprechauns popping out everywhere. No wonder the heroine is wondering if she’s having a nervous breakdown or having a psychotic episode. I had to read that passage twice and cackled each time. Then there are the arguing Dragon couple which both cracked me up and made me wish for duct tape. What really had me rolling was the mental picture of a baby dragon  with Ginsu knife teeth latching onto the villains finger as he kidnaps it. The whole sequence is hilarious as is picturing the villain trying to shake off a baby dragon dangling from his finger. Four star read! No one writes magic and mayhem and fun comedic chaos like Judi Fennell!

A video that made me laugh out loud was Julie Ann Long’s comments on the last 72 hours of insanity meeting her writing deadlines—and the *supplies* required to meet them (anyone else channel Joan Wilder in Romancing The Stone?).

Laughter is good for you and a medicine I’ve been indulging in a lot of late. As my mind clears from the depressive fog and I can contemplate writing again, I think of ways to employ some of the unusual in scenes. Truth is stranger the fiction and there is a lot of fodder out there to use.

  • Do you read or see something unusual, funny, or bizarre, and think about how to use it in your writing?

  • Any funny stories or videos you'd like to share?

The Kitten Files



Tonya Kappes said...

CUTE pics!! Funny too! I don't usually use those for writing, but I do look at them to bring me out of the writing mode and get something else to think about so it gets me thinking outside the box.

Nancy said...

Sia, I don't have any funny stories or pictures today, but these are great! Thanks for sharing them.

When I do see bizarre or funny things, I file them away for future use.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Nancy, me too. i enjoyed your post in the Bandits lair!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I can just imagine the fire department getting that elk out of your tree. Now that would make good fodder for a story!

Hilary said...

Hi Sia .. I saw this and like you burst out laughing .. a quite extraordinary story .. fun - thanks for sharing again ..

I did see a video of an auction in Europe .. there was bidding for the incredibly valuable Chinese vase .. up the bids went .. can't remember what to .. but a huge sum - the auctioneer banged the gavel - sold.

The assistant had the vase on show, where it had been while the auction went on, .. the auctioneer turned round with his arm widespread .. and whacked the vase - guess what next!!!! Yes .. smithereens ..

Cheers Hilary

~Sia McKye~ said...

OMG, smithereens. Boy I bet he wished for a do over. You laugh but how awful for him, the old owner and the new, almost owner. Let's hope there was a nice hefty insurance plan in place.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Alex, you no idea how many time I looked at this and LMAO! Boggles the mind.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

LOL! That poor elk. Almost looks like a moose.
Let's see, I can tell you a stupid cat story. Our little Rocko recently got caught in the cord for the blinds, tripped, and ended up dangling halfway into my office garbage can. Really hard to save a freaking-out cat when you're laughing!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

LOVED the Julie Anne Long video. Here's one (courtesy of my Bandita Donna MacMeans) that had me rolling off my chair:

The Impotence of Proofreading! ;-)



Nancy J. Parra said...

Hi Sia,

Thanks for this post. I sure needed a laugh today- cold, rainy Monday. :)

Hilary said...

Hi Sia .. my 'aunt' of 94 laughed and reminded me when I phoned her last night about the vase ..

So I've printed off the elk .. and will send that down -

She is amazing and still with it - just wish she was nearer ..

Cheers Hilary

Anonymous said...

I love quirky stories in the news. I can place a few of them here and there in my stories. Life is quirky. So why shouldn't it be so for the characters?

Talli Roland said...

Laughter IS good for you. Love that elk in the tree, and the kitties... sigh! I feel all squishy and warm inside!

Laila Knight said...

The sound of the elk reminding you of the hubs is pricesless,and then to find it drunk on a tree, that just doens't happen. And that book sounds like fun. I do a lot more laughing in real life than I do in my writing. Laughter keeps you young...that's what I tell people when they ask my age. :)