Saturday, October 26, 2013

Humor and Inspire Me, Buddy!

Back to the Blog

I follow many writer’s blogs, and lately I’ve been unsure what I could possibly add to the writing/author blog-o-sphere. Hence, my longer than usual absence. (Okay, in the spirit of honesty, that may be my brain making excuses.)

But my brain kept saying things blog post needs to be interesting, enticing, entertaining, new, knowledgeable, perky, pretty--STOP--too much pressure. (I feel a migraine coming on.)

So... I asked myself. What do I enjoy in the zillion blogs I read? (Okay, might be an exaggeration or a form of procrastination, take your pick.)

What I like best in blog posts:

Humor. Inspiration. Camaraderie. 

Plus, I like the post to be short, less than a minute read time. (can we say ADHD)

Oh, and visuals--love me a pretty photo.

So... in the spirit of a short, humorous, inspiring, buddy-to-buddy blog post, I give you


A writer died and was given the option of going to heaven or hell.

She decided to check out each place first. As the writer descended into the fiery pits, she saw row upon row of writers chained to their desks in a steaming sweatshop. As they worked, they were repeatedly whipped with thorny lashes.
"Oh my," said the writer. "Let me see heaven now."
A few moments later, as she ascended into heaven, she saw rows of writers, chained to their desks in a steaming sweatshop. As they worked, they, too, were whipped with thorny lashes.
"Wait a minute," said the writer. "This is just as bad as hell!"
"Oh no, it's not," replied an unseen voice. "Here, your work gets published."


“It is perfectly okay to write garbage--as long as you edit brilliantly.”
C.J. Cherryh


There’s no instant feedback for writer’s. Instant happens in the time it takes for something like this to occur.

(Photos of New Zealand, Courtesy of Chris Marin)

As always feel free to comment and/or offer what you like to see in the blogs you read.


  1. I tend to agree with your criteria for the blogs I go back to. I will more than likely read shorter, to the point, blog posts. I do like to receive some kind of inspiration. I like the personal feel to a blog post, too. I guess that's why I tend to write my posts kinda like we were sitting around just gabbing together. I hope you find yourself inspired to write more posts like this one - from the heart and personalized.


    1. Paula, thanks so much for stopping by my blog. And thank you for the motivation to keep posting.

  2. If we only spoke when we had something new and different to say, this world would be boringly silent!

    1. Ah Carlene, I love this! How insightful.

  3. I agree that a good blog has to contain lots of humor, thoughts, questions. I freed myself from a traditional writer's blog about 6 months ago and have had tons of fun since then, plus compiling shorts that I may be able to put together into a book eventually. I call it "ordinary people, extraordinary lives." I don't know that traffic has increased, but I like what I'm doing so much more. See my blog at

  4. Thanks for stopping by Bonnie. I went and checked out your blog. Great posts on everyday events. Love it!

  5. Yep, I've missed your blog, Buddy! But you have been quite busy!
    I'm still chuckling over your joke--because sometimes it feels just like that!
    I say yea for technology. When I need an instant fix (or even a little feedback), my Buddy is only a few keystrokes away.

  6. Sandy, thanks for stopping by. And i agree with you and Liz, nothing like a smile :) to brighten a blog post.

  7. Love the humor--so true about writers!--and the inspiration, and felt the camaraderie. Thanks for posting!

  8. Thanks for stopping by and sharing. I feel the camaraderie too! :)

  9. Loved the writer joke, and the photos were awesome! :-)

  10. Thanks for visiting my blog Lynn. Photos are from a friend who spent several weeks in New Zealand. Some beautiful scenery.

  11. Okay, you made me laugh Suzanne. Thanks.

  12. Thanks for stopping by Dale and having a laugh. :)