Monday, February 09, 2015

This World Bites Blog Tour

Today I'm participating in Loni Townsend's This World Bites blog tour. She joins us with a helpful guest blog titled "Am I Funny?"




Am I funny?


by Loni Townsend


Thank you for having me on your blog, Stephanie! 


The thing I love best about Stephanie's blog is that she always delivers pertinent topics with a dose of humor. So many times, I visit her blog and crack up laughing. She'll find music videos that are over the top or memes that express sentiments with wonderful class. 


It seems like she's funny without effort.


While writing This World Bites, I constantly asked myself, "Am I funny?" I know I've read things by other people that are intended to be funny, but when I read it, I didn't laugh. Did I just not get it? Or was it a bad delivery? The written word has no inflection to help interpretation. 


Humor is subjective, and not everyone appreciates my twisted take on it. 


I debated over marking This World Bites as humor. What if people didn't think it was funny? Would it ruin my ratings if I marked it as humor and no one laughed?


I decided to trust my critique partners and beta readers. They laughed. So that must mean I'm funny, right?


Do you write humor? Do you ever fear that you're not funny? Have you come across any humor pieces that aren't as funny as they should've been?


Blurb:


It's her first day on a new world and Cera's already found trouble. Michael, her guardian, has been bitten by a zombie and will soon join the undead ranks.

Everyone tells her there's no cure, but Cera isn't one to be deterred. She's willing to face off with zombie hordes, demon slavers, and black market informants if it means she'll find a cure for Michael. But she's not the only one hunting for something.

Something is hunting her.

Bio:



Loni Townsend





Wife. Mother. Writer. Ninja. Squirrel.

By day, she writes code. By predawn darkness, she writes fantasies. All other times, she writes in her head.

People call her peculiar with a twisted sense of fashion, but don't let those understatements fool you. Her behavior is perfectly normal for a squirrel disguised as a human. That's part of being a ninja--blending in.

She makes her home in Idaho with her sadistically clever yet often thwarted husband, two frighteningly brilliant children, and three sneaky little shibas.

Find her on her blog or social media.

Contact info:

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89 comments:

  1. Humor in print is tough. I've had some funny moments in my books, but not really funny.
    And I've read your stuff, Loni. You ARE funny!

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    1. I don't think I really have humor in my books...although I'm told there are moments that make people smile. If someone's smiling, that's good enough for me!

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  2. Being funny in the written word is tough... the people I laugh at hysterically tend to talk about their lives and crazy incidents... the more real and honest they are, the funnier it is :-)

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    1. I do have a habit of colorfully explaining things...but I'm not quick-witted enough. I end up stalling right before saying something that MIGHT have been funny! It's easier in writing.

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    2. I have a few of those friends who missed their calling as comedians. I think it takes a real talent to deliver it live and on the fly.

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  3. Humor is tough to nail when writing. I don't use humor in my novels but I do incorporate it in my picture books.
    I haven't read Loni's work but I'm sure it's funny.
    And Stephanie, you are fantastic. I love visiting your blog because it's light, appealing and has a nice dose of humor.

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    1. Picture books with humor are the best!

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  4. One way of writing humor is to be over the top, to exaggerate. I think Twain and Bill Bryson does this well as both can take something that is real and blow it out of proportion and make it funny. Good luck with the sales of "The World Bites"

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    1. Good point. Unfortunately, often being funny means stretching the truth a little if you're relaying a real event...

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    2. Thank you!

      Exaggeration seems to be one of the humor tactics my daughter likes to employ. :)

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  5. Stephanie is definitely among those very few bloggers that are actually funny and have a sense of humour :) Intelligent one

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    1. Thank you, Dezmond!!! You guys are making me smile!

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  6. I liked reading about Loni; especially her blurb that she writes in her head, I find myself doing that (brillant ones too in the middle of the night that I can never reproduce in the morning :)

    I do enjoy what you post, Stephanie, great variety of things that hold my interest :)

    betty

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    1. It seems like lying down is an on-trigger for the brain. That's when all the interesting stories come about.

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  7. It is harder to be funny in print because people can't hear your tone, plus there's the timing thing that gets lost. David Sedaris is still my favorite writer when I need a good chuckle.

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    1. I haven't read anything of his. I need to check him out.

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    2. Holidays on Ice and Naked are my two favorites. It's not for everyone, but I think you would find him funny, too.

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    3. I'll have to check him out. I think Christopher Moore is one of my more favorite humor writers.

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  8. Diana_Bez162/9/15, 5:47 AM

    Ya..I agree! I haven't read any of Loni's work but after this post I'll check it out! And Stephanie, you ARE funny! People see humor in different ways--sometimes they see it as funny or sometimes as something relatable. I enjoy coming to your blog to read all your AMAZING posts! Your posts always make me smile-whether it's something you've said or a funny quote you've found! Keep writing!!

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    1. Aww, thank you, Diana! Glad I can make you smile.

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    2. Stephanie is fantastic. I always look forward to her posts.

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  9. I love books that have humor in them. Though, for me its hard to write. And i agree Stephanie, you are funny.

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    1. I think I need humor for me to absolutely love a book. :)

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  10. Thanks for hosting me today, Stephanie!

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  11. I can crack myself up, does that count? lol Not everyone will get everyone else's type of humor and written is tougher, but it can be done.

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    1. It totally counts. The way I figure it, if we can't make ourselves laugh, then we're doomed.

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  12. My daughter says I'm funny, but I don't really think I am. My characters crack me up all the time though. I wish I were as funny as they are.

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    1. Sounds like your characters have a good thing going for them!

      I've found I'm rather deadpan in person. Though I think that's just another trick of me entertaining myself--watching other people's confused expressions as I crack a pun with a straight face.

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  13. Hello, Stephanie, Loni cracks me up. I'm seeing this fabulous book all over the place. Wishing her great success.
    Darn, I didn't win the Gift Pack.

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  14. Best of luck to Loni! I seriously doubt she's going to have any trouble with humor :)

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  15. yes humor is SO HARD in writing! I learned this so many times...great post!

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    1. Sometimes, the only person I crack up is myself. At least I'm always laughing though.

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  16. Humor is so much harder to do in print than in person. In person, you can get a feel for whether or not you are hitting the mark.

    Another downfall is once you've got a name for humorous writing, you're never allowed to be serious again. I'll post something and get an email: "That wasn't funny. What's up? Are you depressed?"

    Can't win fer losin'...

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    1. Ha, yeah. A friend read This World Bites and then started reading Thanmir War. I had to warn her that it was an entirely different beast, and not quite as funny. :)

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  17. Great guest post and I couldn't agree more, humor, like so many others things, can be so subjective. :)

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  18. love her bio! how cute! go, ninja squirrel!

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  19. Great post! I find any time I write something funny, it's never intentional. Sometimes funny lines just decide to pop into my head, even if I didn't plan on writing something funny.

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  20. Stephanie is very funny and I don't think she has to work at it either. Comes natural.

    I too love Loni's bio. Very clever.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  21. Humor is subjective, so I think as long as you write it in a way you think is funny- at least some other people will find it funny too. Sometimes it is about the delivery, so it is good that you had other people read you writing and awesome that they agreed it was funny/ Best of luck, Loni! :)
    ~Jess

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    1. There were a few lines that I cut because they didn't come across well. One critique partner highlighted one saying, "I know this was meant to be funny, but the delivery failed." At least they're truthful about it. :)

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  22. It's always hard to write something funny and have everyone else think it's funny, too. I guess because humor is so delicate. There's a fine line between it and tragedy, in fact, underlying all humor there is some tragic element. I'm with others here. Write what tickles your funny bone and a lot of others are going laugh with you.

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    1. If we can't entertain ourselves, then we probably won't entertain others, right?

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  23. I think you have to write what you find humorous. There will be people who get you, and people who don't. Just be true to your style.

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    1. I make my husband giggle, and I think that's good enough for me. :)

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  24. I think you have to write what you find humorous. There will be people who get you, and people who don't. Just be true to your style.

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  25. I fill my Atlantic City books with humor, and still laugh at some of the things I wrote a good 10 or 20 years ago. Some of the comedy, however, is dark humor, so it wouldn't appeal to everyone.

    I try not to lose sight of the fact that they're historical, not just spoof and satire, so the entire books can't be a constant stream of funny situations.

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    1. I enjoy dark humor. I'll have to check out your Atlantic City books.

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  26. Humour is such an individual thing. Pretty much everyone is made happy or sad by the same things, but humour? Something that makes my sides ache leaves someone else cold. And vice versa.
    I hadn't read any of Loni's work before, but am very, very tempted now. Thank you both.

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    1. My friend (the one of the cover of This World Bites) has very different tastes in humor than I when it comes to movies. She likes the stupid crude stuff and that usually makes me wince. To each their own, eh?

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  27. Great post, Loni. Nice to "meet" you.
    Sometimes there's a little humor in my writing, which usually surprises me. I don't try to make people laugh; my characters may come up with something that does. I enjoy a story that's fun.

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    1. Nice to meet you too. :)

      I'd actually started the Cera Chronicles on a premise of being action fantasy. It just happened to turn into humor.

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  28. Being funny is a funny business and I don't mean in a funny way. I try to be funny sometimes, but mostly I'm probably annoying or my humor is so obscure that most people don't get it. When people say I'm funny guy I don't think they're referring to any sense of humor that I might have. In other words, not "funny like a clown".

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I think the phrase we use in our house is, "Funny haha? Or funny weird?" And then there's the case of funny looking. :) Funny how that works out.

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  29. I got lucky on my humor in my latest but I have lots of conflicting personalities and no shortage of culture clash. So the humor came easy. Sometimes its dark humor, but often that's the funniest of all.

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  30. I love good clean humour. I would imagine that writing humour is more difficult than say a comedian performing in front of an audience. After all, reading is a lone activity but being in an audience we are more predisposed to laughing out loud and it seems to have ripple effects.

    Take Bob Newhart for example, someone else can say the same thing he says and it won't be funny but Bob has a special talent to make it funny.

    Good luck with your writing Loni.
    JB

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  31. Wow. From coding to fantasy. She sure sounds like a well divers person.

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  32. I struggle with writing humor. I've written too many posts on how to do it when you can't, but it doesn't solve the problem. Your book sounds great!

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  33. I just downloaded 25 Roses. I'll let you know what I think when I get to it!

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    1. YAY! Thank you, Mark. I know what you mean. I often throw things onto my Kindle just so I don't forget to read them. Then when I'm finished reading something, I can scroll through and pick one!

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  34. Humor is hard, but when it's done well, it's amazing. I love a good funny book.

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  35. You're definitely funny, Loni! At least I get your twisted and quirky sense of humor. :) I wonder all the time if I'm funny.

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    1. Thank you. :)

      And I enjoy your humor too!

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  36. I have been told I am funny and I try to inject humour in my little posts. I love funny and you are! Humour is difficult because there are so many different kinds of humour that not all relate to all people. I think if we write what we feel then it works and if it's funny-great!

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    1. Thank you! :)

      I've enjoyed your posts, and they do have a good dose of humor.

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  37. Humor is a tough one. I'd love to be able to write it and it actually be funny.

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    1. Me too. It seems hit and miss for me.

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  38. Humor can be tricky. And I know sometimes people say a certain passage in my book was so funny and I'm like, "That wasn't the purpose, but hey I'll take it." Like you said, it's subjective. But trust your beta readers and yourself.

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  39. I definitely caught the humor in This World Bites. My first two published novels are meant to be humorous--some readers got it, while others didn't.

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  40. I always ask myself the same question, Loni. While I'm writing, and trying to make it funny, I think I've failed. But then when I read it for editing, I burst out laughing and say, "I didn't know I was that funny!"

    I caught the humor in This World Bites and loved it!

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  41. I don't have to worry about this because I'm not funny. I know that so it's not a thing, you know? I don't fit in with the "funny" crowd, and don't fit in with the "literary" crowd so I'm sort of on my own. Floating... Drifting...

    I love your witty, dry sense of humor. It's awesome. You're right. Humor is subjective. But I laughed my way through your book. You are funny.

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  42. Hi Loni, Well, I often write introspective, sad pieces. Once in a while though I'm in the 'funny' mood and will write a light hearted piece. I'm not funny though and I often wonder if my humor is actually coming across to my reader. Great post! You're probably one of those super funny writers :)

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  43. My husband and I have very different opinions of what is funny and what isn't. I think it depends a lot on the audience. Good luck!

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