Reading an article about yourself is pretty weird when your you are used to being on the other end of a story. But it was an honor sit down with a writer who I have a lot of respect for and answer questions about writing motivation and what the process of creating a novel.
Oh and Soviets and Nazis and all that fun spy stuff.
Check out the Daily Voice‘s C.C. Levine and her article on the Ragnarok Vaults!
So unfortunately, Sports on Earth is no longer active, as is one of my favorite stories I had ever written. It had thousands of views and I was honored (and amused) by the comments and the emails. Below for your viewing pleasure is a PDF. Make sure you have a version of adobe reader to open it.
So over the past year, I’ve been working with my graduate students on their humor writing. Ironically, I’ve never taken a course in humor. I think the harder I try to be funny, the worse it is. When I was younger, I was the serious sibling until we swapped places as we grew older. Tis be life.
You have to be quick. You have to be clever. You have to willing to fail with a joke. You can’t be “funny” if you play it safe. I don’t mean scandalous. But creativity in humor is a risk. Some people will get it, and others won’t. Be willing to find out.
Slice of life stories is real humor that lasts. I think about Larry David thinking he tipped the gardner twice or Jason Segel’s puzzled face at the touristy couple posed with their cutlery. Long lasting humor only comes from real life humor. The rest of the stuff is good for a laugh once and then, it fizzles.
Anyway, I was interviewed by Susan Mangiero (who is quite funny herself) for the University of Dayton blog about being funny. Life and humor are about experiences. So go have some. If you’re trying to write some humor, you can’t be funny sitting in front of a computer.
OK. New Family Rules During the COVID. Need to set a routine with some days. So last Friday we completed the Pushup Challenge. Four hundred pushups in an hour. Tommy completed it in 31 minutes. I was at about 33.30. My wife came in a shortly after. The video is the tail end when arms were rubbery. We’re going to do it every Friday, but moving the time down to 30 minutes.
In honestly, it wasn’t too bad. Until the next day. Upper body felt like it was in a torture rack the next day.