Sunday, October 18, 2009

Humor that Victimizes Mothers and Mothers in-law

There are many ways to express humor. I love a good laugh. However, I don't enjoy humor that requires a victim in order to be funny. I much prefer situational jokes. Strangely enough, in our country of "motherhood and apple pie," mothers and mothers in-law are far too often victimized in our humor. Our media puts down mothers and mothers in-law so frequently that foreigners sometimes question how much we really value these people. After all, there's truth in jest. Maybe we need to ask ourselves how much we really treasure our mothers? Perhaps we should alert the generators of this type of humor that we don't enjoy the message it sends.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

School of Life

When a door is slammed shut, a window is sure to open. This has proven true for me. The door slammed shut when my agent quit the profession, leaving me without a link to a publisher. A window opened when I got notification that my novel, Murder in a Teacup, came in second in the California Writers Club Jack London writing contest. The cash prize is nice, but adding it to my resume will be great.

Friday, October 2, 2009

School of Life

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. I know this to be true. However, sometimes it's difficult to propel yourself forward when you've had a setback. The agent who offered me a contract on my novel, Murder in a Teacup, just up and left the agency for "personal reasons." Translation: Publication of my novel is back in square one. Now I have to get tough and get going. Know any agents?