The Dog Ate My Blogwork

I KNOW. I’ve been missing in action on this blog since FOREVER.
What can I say? The dog ate my blogwork. (Bad Rocco.)

If you’re not buying that, how about: “I broke my back.”?
(I really did. This is where you say: AWWW. Thanks for caring. It REALLY hurt.)

Eventually I got my vertebra “cemented,” and got back to publishing in print pubs. (THANKS, Reader’s Digest Canada, Writer’s Digest, Flash Nonfiction Funny, and others.)

Then I started storytelling to live audiences (dead audiences being much less receptive). I also began giving presentations to help other writers and storytellers find THEIR OWN funny bones. (Talk about “Humerus.”)

Anyhow, I’m finally blogging again—but mostly over on Medium. I’m posting funny stuff there: stories like “Fitbitten” (about being a jackass with my Fitbit) and “Bidet, Mate!” (about trying out our new bidet. Yikes!).

I’ll also be sharing writing-related posts to help other writers and storytellers add humour and oomph to their own writing and/or storytelling.

If any of that sounds like your kind of fun, I hope you’ll click HERE to connect over there.

Why? Because . . .

Laughter connects us all.


P.S. As always, you can be in touch via the Contact Form. I’d love to hear from you!

Colonoscopy cruise – all aboard!

colon-humour_OharaHaleThank you to those who emailed to say they enjoyed reading about my “colonoscopy cruise” in April 2015 Readers Digest Canada. (If you missed it or you’re contemplating a “voyage to the end of the colon,” you can check it out here: “Behind: The Scenes.” You’ll love Ohara Hale’s illustrations!)

The magazine asked me why I’d chosen to write about the colon. I told them that as a writer, I love colons. And semi-colons. And embarrassing topics. And I do. Although the research I had to undertake to complete my colonoscopy cruise piece was more “in depth” than usual!

My motto is this: You might as well laugh at yourself—everybody else is. Whether you’re embarking on a colonoscopy cruise, about to be poked and prodded in some other procedure, or simply struggling with a pesky life problem, laughter is still the best medicine. Find the funny; heal the spirit.

~ Judy

P.S. I know I promised to post my “kissing for klutzes” video. Between performances and new writing, that hasn’t happened yet. Maybe my conveyor belt video will give you a giggle. And if you’re setting out on your own colonoscopy cruise—bottoms up!

Conveyor belt klutz

Have you ever tangled with a conveyor belt? I don’t recommend it.

I was a conveyor belt klutz. I promised to share more tales of my factory floor fiascos. Well, here’s one for the klutz record books. Who knew sorting poultry parts could be so dangerous? Enjoy!
(And if you do, thanks for sharing!)

Trailer factory screw-up

I am a writer. I consider this a good thing because there is a limit to the actual damage you can do to yourself or others while sitting at a keyboard. This cannot be said of some of the other jobs I have attempted over the years. I’ve shared tales of my employment fiascos with audiences and it’s time I posted a few videos of those stories here too. This week, allow me to demonstrate how NOT to be an electrician. Let me tell you about my time as a trailer factory “screw-up.”  ~ Enjoy my fiasco–and tell me yours!

Finding your funny bone

How’s this for a terrific “welcome home” from my three weeks of prowling around Portugal—a note from the Mark Twain House and Museum people about their inaugural Royal Nonesuch Humor Contest! No, it didn’t say I won (darn), but it said I made the top 20. That sure tickled my funny bone!

The note said (in part):  Mark Twain would have been thrilled with the quality and quantity of our results–we received nearly 400 hilarious submissions. […] Choosing the finalists and winners was an agonizing process and […] so competitive that the judges requested we include the entire top 20 in our recognition
…  Dusty Zima, Judy Millar, Nikki Stern, Kara Dawn Goodwin, Wayne Johnson, Jon Ziegler, Alison McGaughey, Leah Prinzivalli, John Kachuba, David Finkle, Katherine Varga, Melanie Vare, Patrice Fitzgerald, and Dinty Moore.

I’m thrilled to be listed with others who’ve found their funny bone and who exercise it regularly (did you notice the name “Dinty Moore” above? If I’m not mistaken, he’s the editor of Brevity magazine and he’s written numerous well-respected books on writing.). My congratulations to the winners (Yaron Kaver, Melissa Fay Greene, Briana Haynie), honorable mentions (Allison Williams, Josh Dobbin, and Alice Nguyen) and finalists. You’re all on my list of humorous writers to search out and read.

The story that earned me my finalist spot is “Ink in a Blink”—an as-yet-unpublished story that’s long been earmarked for inclusion in the sequel to my book Beaver Bluff: The Librarian Stories. That sequel project was relegated to the back burner as I got busier with live storytelling and speaking opportunities—maybe it’s time to get back at it. Speaking of speaking— this coming Saturday (October 25, 2014), I’ll be presenting “Finding your Funny Bone” at Vancouver Island Regional Library. If you’ll be in the Nanaimo vicinity and you want to find out how to add more zest to the stories you write or tell, you can register by calling 250-933-BOOK, ext. 109. Maybe your story will win next year’s Royal Nonesuch Humor Contest!

~ Judy

George Clooney street cornerP.S. As far as my last blog post about my George Clooney crush is concerned–yes, I am “crushed” to learn that he did indeed get hitched in Italy in September. But we managed a brief rendez-vous on a street corner in Lisbon a week later. Don’t tell Amal. 🙂