The Comedy Monologue

Me:  I’m thinking of writing today’s post on comedy writing.

Inner Critic (hereon known as IC):  You! What makes you think you’re funny?

Me:  Well, I do write women’s fiction and women’s fiction often has funny scenes in it.

IC:  True. But you also write crime novels, about serial killers and college professors who get murdered. And then you wrote that memoir all about death and grief and mourning.

Me:  It did have some humor in it.

IC:  Tell me a joke.

Me:  This is not about how to write a joke book.

IC:  See? You can’t even tell a joke. How do you expect to write comedy?

Me:  Okay. Here’s a joke. I heard it on the radio yesterday morning. Jess Bering, known as the Hunter S. Thomson of science writing was being interviewed on CBC.

IC:  Never heard of him.

Me:  He wrote this book called Perv – The Sexual Deviant in All of Us.

IC:  That’s the joke?

Me:  No. The joke is that during the interview he said that some people get upset over gay marriages so they say “What’s next? People wanting to marry their horses or dogs?”

Me:  (insert hilarious laughter).

IC:  You think people having sex with their animals is funny?

Me:  It depends on how the animal feels, I guess.

IC:  You’re joking, right?

Me:  I thought you said I couldn’t write humor.

Anyway, it’s Friday. Who wants to hear about more writing techniques? All you want is a date, right?  So instead have a look at this video. I’d love to hear your comments on what makes it funny to you. If it does.

Happy Halloween

Wishing you all a Happy Halloween 


Suzy Paradise, one of my characters in The Dating Club,  would like to open her own pastry shop. Here are some marzipan pastries which she made for Halloween.

In truth, I stole these pastries photos from my daughter, Catherine, who is studying to become a pastry chef.

You can see more pastries by clicking photography on the menu bar and then go to Catherine’s pastries.


Up until now, my first dates have been during the day. So, I thought that visiting the Japanese Light Show would make a remarkable first night-time date.   The Japanese Light Show is in the Botanical Gardens and it so happened that the amazing Mosaic exhibition was going on. Unless, you have a season’s pass, the price is pretty hefty to get in and I didn’t find it fair to ask a date to fork out twenty-five dollars as entrance fee.  So, I went date-less. I felt a bit like a movie scout searching for good filming locations.

In order to reach the Japanese Gardens, I passed by some of the mosaics, and in particular one of my favorites, The Red-crowned Crane.


The Red-crowned crane mosaic, tells the true story of a young Chinese woman in the late 1980’s who traveled to the Yangcheng Nature Reserve to care for cranes. While trying to save an injured crane she slipped into  a swamp. Continue reading