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July 16th, 2006

WHO YA CALLIN’ FUNNY? @ 09:06 am

Current Mood: okay okay

I recently told a friend I had lost my funny bone. I’m fairly certain it isn’t in the house. I’ve combed the place and the dust bunnies aren’t talking. I don’t know what has happened. Perhaps, it needed a break and it hurdled over the pasty lunar thing with that bovine fella. Sheesh. I need to get out more.


I like reading funny (as in haha…not as in upside down) and up until a few weeks ago I liked writing funny. It’s the weirdest thing, though. I’ve lost the ability to make words fasten together in any sort of chuckle-worthy order. See? You’re not even smiling right now, are you?


I adore most kinds of funny. I even like sight gags as long as they’re clever. Silly ala stooge isn't my thing and dirty turns my stomach, but show me a little dry wit and I’ll follow you anywhere. Speaking of which...I think my husband is about the funniest guy on the planet. At least, most of the time. (Note to DH: Funny is NOT squashing your face against the shower glass yesterday and scaring the skeebeehoosits out of me. Funny IS asking the grocery cashier if we have a large enough package of toilet paper based on the amount of food we are buying.)

 

To make matters worse, I’m revising my MG mystery and am having a tough time deciding whether the humor fits my character’s personality or whether it’s me lumbering through waving my wacky wand. How do you make that distinction? And what do you do when your witty flame burns low?

 

Oh, and if you happen to see my funny bone, send it home please. The morning is about to go POOF and I’m off to the shower. (Note to DH: The bathroom door will be locked.)

 
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From:jkcarter
Date:July 16th, 2006 02:43 pm (UTC)
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Thank you, lizzy lyn!

"I don't think you can force "funny."

Verrrrry true! *ditches crowbar* I shall put these words of wisdom in my tool box.
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From:lizjonesbooks
Date:July 16th, 2006 02:27 pm (UTC)
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It's still in there. Why,even this post has a few chuckleworthy moments.
Don't look for her, and she will come.
Oh,yes...
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From:jkcarter
Date:July 16th, 2006 02:44 pm (UTC)
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LOL. I may still try whistling and leaving a path of tasty morsels.
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From:boreal_owl
Date:July 16th, 2006 02:56 pm (UTC)
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You are funny. Just write the way you want and send your internal editor on vacation.

I think my dh's comedy editor is on permanent vacation. He'll say almost anything for a laugh. He tells jokes to strangers. If they laugh, that's great. If they don't laugh, they don't have a sense of humour. Their loss.

I wish I could be as uninhibited as my dh. I used to be, before I learned a bunch of writing rules. I look back on a few things I wrote just for my own amusement in the early 70s and wonder what happened to that uninhibited, spontaneous person.

Anyway, I think that's the space I'd like to get back to. The "monkey mind" as Natalie Goldberg calls it. That's where the true creativity and the humour lie buried.
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From:jkcarter
Date:July 16th, 2006 03:48 pm (UTC)
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*blushes* Awww. Thanks!

You are so right about the inhibitions. Some writing rules are necessary, too many make the writer a stifled wimp. The older I get and the more I learn the less chances I take. That's so wrong on so many levels. I miss the fun, too.
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From:marybethkelsey
Date:July 16th, 2006 05:18 pm (UTC)
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Hi JK,
Maybe our funny bones have slipped away together, snorting at us over their gin and tonics in some sleazy cocktail lounge.
I, too, am writing a MG mystery, with a humorous flair. At least I used to think it was humorous. I'm not so sure anymore, because I feel like you. I'm thinking; OK, is this clever, mouthy stuff actually coming from the MC, or is it me, lurking behind her, forcing it, whispering "go ahead, say something funny!"
Are you finished with your book? I've gone nuts rewriting the first 4 chapters and finally have said STOP. ENOUGH. Do the outline first, then blitz through it and come back for rewrites.
If you ever want to trade chapters, let me know! I belong to a couple of critique groups, but no one is doing MG humorous mystery at this point.
And BTW, your DH's comment about the toilet paper IS funny. hahahahahaha!!!!! See? I'm laughing!
Marybeth
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From:jkcarter
Date:July 16th, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC)
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*claps with fingers spread like a three-year-old*

She's laughing! She's laughing!

I think you're onto something, Marybeth. Do you suppose they'll swagger home when the bar closes or is a search party in order?

Sure! I'd love to trade chapters in the near future. It sounds like we're doing the same thing. Let's talk again midweek. This isn't locked so I'll PM you at the Blue Board and we can exchange e-mails.

Jayme
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From:marybethkelsey
Date:July 16th, 2006 08:09 pm (UTC)
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Great! Thanks, Jayme. I look forward to hearing from you.
BTW -- think I saw our funny bones in the gutter, and it wasn't pretty.
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From:katysd
Date:July 16th, 2006 07:27 pm (UTC)
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Love the tp line to the grocery clerk!

I agree with the others--give that internal critic the boot and let yourself go. Your funny will return.

Katy
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From:jkcarter
Date:July 16th, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, Katy.

*shows internal critic the door*

Yes, my DH gets positively giddy when it's TP replenishing time.
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From:de_scribes
Date:July 17th, 2006 03:06 pm (UTC)

Um...Hello?

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What are you talking about? This whole post and thread are funny! Here's my favorite:
"...or whether it's me wandering through waving my wacky wand."
HAHAHAHA!
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From:jkcarter
Date:July 17th, 2006 05:29 pm (UTC)

Re: Um...Hello?

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Awwww...thanks De! I think you're hysterical...so I take that as a high compliment.

Wait a minute. Can compliments be high or just big? Hmmm.

*scuttles off to ponder the answer*
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From:jkcarter
Date:July 17th, 2006 07:33 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! You're very kind!

Yep. It was me. I think. The stories were about my sisters' GRANDkids. LOL. I'm relatively new, too.

Did you get my note I did the same kinda free lance thing for mucho years? I've sworn off logos forever. Loved copywriting and designing ads, though.
From:breckinwood
Date:July 18th, 2006 11:11 pm (UTC)
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erm, Jayme... You wrote: I’ve lost the ability to make words fasten together in any sort of chuckle-worthy order.

NOT true! You get me laughing out loud almost every day, you nut.
(((((Jayme))))) who is a great, funny writer.
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From:jkcarter
Date:July 18th, 2006 11:27 pm (UTC)
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Awwww. You're sweet...and an easy audience.

*spins around with straws up her nose singing I GOTTA BE ME...WHAT ELSE CAN I BE*

The things I do.

From:sruble
Date:July 19th, 2006 07:26 pm (UTC)
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I think this post is funny! You haven't lost it :0) You just need to wave your wacky wand around a bit more. (Love the wacky wand, BTW.)

Maybe if the humor in your MG doesn't fit the MC, it would be better for a supporting character? One who can crack your MC up by saying and doing HIlarious things?

Keep 'em laughing J!

p.s. I'm with you on what kind of humor is funny, and what's not. When I did stand-up, I had to listen to other comics tell sooooo many not funny dirty jokes - ugh!
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From:jkcarter
Date:July 19th, 2006 10:49 pm (UTC)
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I have a few supporting "wacky" characters. I just worry that the MC sounds too much like MOI! *bats lashes* But good thought, though. Maybe I need to step back and quit being so hard on myself. We shall see.

You did STAND-UP? Holey Moley Brave Girl! Now that's something I can't even imagine trying. Forget that my throat shrivels to the size of a pea in front of an audience, but when I think about the timing and the work and the hours I just collapse in awe. Oh. My. Goodness. *bows*
From:sruble
Date:July 20th, 2006 12:42 pm (UTC)
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You'll figure out the MC - taking a step back seems like a good idea. BTW, what's wrong with your MC being too much like you? :0P

Yep, I did stand-up, and I even traveled doing it. I was much funnier off stage (which in comedy was a big compliment, but I would have liked to be funny on stage too!). I never had the timing down, except for a few things, and I didn't know a thing about writing then, much less comedy writing! I was soooo flying blind!!! hee hee

It was great when I had a good night and the audience liked me - it was awful when all I heard were the crickets.

Of course now, the thought of talking in front of people doesn't seem like something I want to do again, and I wonder how I ever did it then! (I was always nervous before shows though.)

I have heard several authors say that if you are going to make it as an author, you need to conquer the public speaking thing - ugh!
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From:l_skeers
Date:July 20th, 2006 02:58 pm (UTC)

I'm calling you funny!

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I stumbled on your post and it cracked me up! Or maybe I tripped on your funny bone. Hard to tell, I trip a LOT! Sometimes I think it's hard to tell when we're being funny -- but others recognize it. And alas, sometimes we think we're funny (okay, moi) and others don't. I was feeling pretty witty one day and asked my husband if he thought I was funny. Without batting an eye he said, "No, not so much." I didn't give up and asked, "No really, who do you think is funny?" He instantly replied, "Adam Sandler, some of the time."

You'll get your mojo back soon! But honestly? I don't think you've ever lost it...
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From:jkcarter
Date:July 20th, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)

Re: I'm calling you funny!

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Hiya fellow White Christmas and Pirates lover. Thanks for stumbling in and calling me funny. I just scampered through your loverly site. (My dentist would appreciate a pirate's hat.) And yeah...my husband doesn't think I'm funny either. His favorite comment directed towards me? Don't do that when we're out.
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From:jkcarter
Date:July 20th, 2006 09:05 pm (UTC)
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LOL. That's a big negative on the couch cushions. I checked a few days ago. I even looked behind the curtains, under the dirty clothes (ew), and inside the dryer. No sign of it. I have hope, though.
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From:lizjonesbooks
Date:July 22nd, 2006 06:48 pm (UTC)
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Hey,Jayme-- emailme.
lizjones dot mrpa at gmail dot com
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From:jgurtler
Date:July 22nd, 2006 07:46 pm (UTC)
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Me thinks you are so funny!

Janet G

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