Hear Ye (as opposed to Care Ye)


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Humor is our most enjoyable form of truth.

Every four to six months, I find it necessary to walk away from pretty much everything for a week or two. While this may be contrary to the bloggers’ discipline, I have to admit that it’s not-at-all-contrary to me or to what passes for my mental health. Sometimes, I just need to drop everything and find a way to recharge my dwindling resources and ambitions.
NET RESULT: I’m back and I feel good.

While away, I put some thought into the structure of this site, and noted a few certainties:
• I love talking about writing.
• I love talking about humor.
• I love reading and writing humor.
• The more fun I have with this blog, the more sustainable it will be.
• Everything else falls under What Can I Get Away With?

I’ve decided that posting bits of humor is not secondary to this blog’s stated purpose. It’s just as important (to me, and hopefully, you) as discussing the craft of humor and comedy writing itself. Therefore, I intend to post more than I have in the past. After all, there’s no point in discussing how to plant and harvest if we never get to see the actual fruit. Or, some reasonably good facsimiles.

BUT…

How to organize?

Good question.

Seriously!

I’ve been pressed by friends to do more political commentary, which for some odd reason they seem to enjoy more than actual politics itself. However, I enjoy commenting on all of the news that I read, not just on the kindergarten under the capitol dome.

I also occasionally like to wax philosophical, which is a term not much in use recently. It comes from the Old English weaxan, meaning to increase or grow.

Philosophical, of course, derives from the ancient Greek, meaning If I make it sound erudite, they’ll swallow it.

I must also be honest. I tend on occasion to drift in whichever direction I might find the best laugh. It really is impossible to be forewarned about the possible direction humor might take. That’s entirely normal. Our most advanced medical texts fail to adequately describe the funny bone, ergo my overinflated ego need not compete (or suffer).

Therefore…

Rather than add a ton of new but piddling categories to the archives, discussions of writing will be covered under Craft. All other blog posts will be placed under either Just for Fun or Messages to My Readers. No further new categories will be added. (Policy subject to change if reviewed while sober.)

Note, there will be no changes to the main menu at this time. Tidbits, et al. will remain separate from the blog posts as they have always been.

So, dear reader, please look forward to a few changes in the coming months as both this blog matures and my scotch continues to age.

Next post, tomorrow if all goes as planned.

Lastly, a fine example of the need to be philosophical: Reading this page has indeed cost two minutes of your life that you will never get back.

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Wishing All A Funny New Year!


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Humor is our most enjoyable form of truth.

Many of us celebrate the New Year holiday, as of old, regarding it as a time of renewal. We wish to look forward to future accomplishments rather than look back at another year bygone.

Fair enough.

Thoughtful planning is vital to your proposed accomplishments in the coming year. However, along with new goals and a glance or two backwards, the New Year offers us an opportunity to remind ourselves of thoughts more basic—personal insights if you will.

We all learn, we all grow, and hopefully we all become better human beings with each passing year. At this time of renewal, reminding ourselves of these personal insights (Yes, a bit of introspection.) helps us to realize that the intangible is as much of an accomplishment as the completed manuscript which we can hold in our hand. I would like to share (or, perhaps reemphasize) one tiny, tiny, little New Year’s insight-reminder for writers:

Humor is a craft, (like all writing) that you have learned, are learning, and will learn with each passing day.

Momentous? Perhaps not.

However, your desire to share a smile or a laugh with your readers, although intangible, enhances this human experience that we all share. Your desire to improve your craft is indeed noble. If you could only hold that accomplishment in your hand…

I wish you all a happy and more humorous New Year!

Jay Cole