Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Time Out For a Little Fun

Ladies and gentlemen, and all the little children we pretend we wouldn't rather be sometimes, it is once again time to throw off the shackles of responsibility and deadlines and marketing and all that other stuff we writers have to do and just have fun. In recognition of the brutal winter we have all suffered through, I thought we'd start with a joke about the weather.

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In B.C. by Mastroianni and Hart, B.C. peeks out of his cave and sees that it is raining, so he goes back inside to get an umbrella. Then the rain stops and he comes out to see that the sun is shining, so he closes the umbrella and takes it back into the cave, coming back out with fishing pole in his hand. Then it starts to snow, which has him go back into the cave and emerge later with a pair of skis. Now the snow has stopped, and the sun is back out, so he once again goes into the cave, coming out with a golf club. As he steps out of the cave, the snow starts again. B.C. throws up his hand and yells, "Make up your mind."

To which Curls responds, "March Madness."

Speaking of March Madness, here in the U.S. we had our own March Madness with primary elections. Anyone who has read my personal blog, It's Not All Gravy, knows that I have strong opinions about how the political system has disintegrated. That's why this recent strip from Shoe by Jeff MacNelly struck my funny bone.

Shoe and Cosmo are at a briefing where a press spokesman says, "As you know, Sen. Belfry has been working very hard this year. He really needed to get away for a few days to recharge his batteries."

Shoe asks, "Where did he go?"

"It's a Caribbean resort just for politicians."

Cosmo says, "Oh. Scandals."

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In Scott Hilburn's Argyle Sweater, two little green spacemen are standing in front of a counter at a gas station convenience store. The man behind the counter is reading a newspaper and doesn't look at them. He says, "Third cooler in the back, second shelf from the bottom, next to the 20oz bottles and... Oh, never mind."

Then he pauses and looks toward a clerk heading to the back,  "Mike, can you take these boys to our liters?"

I know, I know, that was a real groaner, so we will end with a few neat quotes:

“I find television very educational. Every time someone switches it on I go into another room and read a good book.” ~ Groucho Marx

“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” ― Madeleine L'Engle

“A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” ― Maya Angelou

Posted by Maryann Miller - novelist, editor and sometimes actress. Her most recent release is Boxes For Beds, an historical mystery available as an e-book. Stalking Season is the second book in the Seasons Mystery Series, also now available as an e-book, along with Open Season, the first book in the Season's Series. To check out her editing rates visit her website. When not working, Maryann likes to take her dog for a walk and work outside on her little ranch in East Texas. She believes in the value of a good joke and a good walk.


  1. "... just have fun ..." Now you're talking, Maryann.

  2. A fun blog post to start off a rather dismal day here in SC.

  3. What fun! Thanks, Maryann! Luckily,my little corner of the North American continent hasn't had the winter that blasted everywhere else. We've had a few days of cold (for us), but nothing like we've seen elsewhere on the news. Do we feel smug? Little bit. But then, this is the corner that counts blossoms in February and makes sure 'back east' (as we call it) knows the number.

  4. Most of us are quite mad by March. :)

  5. We writers to need to renew and recharge often to keep the creative juices flowing! Thanks for this, Maryann!

  6. Love that you highlighted the whimsies of March, Maryann, especially the humor it provides that's unequaled throughout the rest of the year. :-)

  7. I tend to take life too seriously. So thanks for this bit of fun and whimsy!

  8. Laughter is such a good release of the tensions that build from work and personal stress. I've heard laughter is the other side of tears, and it is almost as good as a primal scream to just get junk out. :-)


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