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Help Me Write a Story

I had an idea a couple days ago, and I thought I’d let you help me write a story! Here’s how it’s going to happen. I give you a list of word types, and you respond in the comments with all of those words. I’m not giving you much time to do this, as I’ll be writing these stories in a couple days. However, I’m going to try to do it in a way so that I can’t see what’s been written. It’ll be a mystery to me until I read it.

That’s right, I’m doing a mad lib story! I’ve already written the short story, but now it’s time for you to give me the words. So, in the comments section, please enter the words. Keep it PG? Actually, write whatever you want. Let’s see how silly or crazy this can get. Here are the categories:

  1. name (famous person)
  2. noun
  3. feeling
  4. noun
  5. adjective
  6. verb
  7. adjective
  8. adjective
  9. adjective
  10. adjective
  11. plural noun
  12. verb past tense
  13. verb past tense
  14. noun

I will be doing this all on video, by the way. You’ll see my reaction to the stories as I read them. I’m going to see if I can get someone to just copy and paste them into the story so I have no idea what they are until I read them.

So, let the insanity begin!

Authors Answer 101 – Books That Make Us Laugh

Everyone loves a good laugh. There are some funny books out there, but not all of them make us laugh out loud. It takes a special book to make us laugh. The art of comedy is difficult to be successful in. An author who can make the reader laugh has a certain talent. But what we find funny may not be funny for someone else. So, what do we find funny?

laughingQuestion 101 – Which books have made you laugh?

H. Anthe Davis

I don’t read humorous books on purpose, so they sort of have to ambush me with the laughs, and I can’t really remember any off the top of my head.  Terry Pratchett’s stuff amuses me, yes, but it doesn’t make me laugh out loud.  Usually it’s some quirk of character interaction that does it, and I don’t know that any book has done it in a while.

Jean Davis

My favorite laugh out loud novel is Heroics for Beginners by John Moore. Milking the giant cow never gets old.

Beth Aman

I have so many answers to this.  Two books that come to mind are The Fault in Our Stars and Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.  Both are fabulous.  But also the Harry Potter series is full of humor.  And the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Mass is equal parts terrifyingly suspenseful and surprisingly hilarious.  OH!  I almost forgot!  The Martian is the funniest thing I’ve read.  Ever.  It’s so great.

Tracey Lynn Tobin

The one that comes to mind immediately is “Apocalypse Cow” by Michael Logan. Jason found it at Chapters one day, we shared a laugh at the cover and summary, and then he ended up picking it up for me for Christmas. It’s basically a zombie apocalypse story in which the outbreak starts with cows. There are plenty of serious, scary, and morbid moments, but there is also a ton of dark humor, some of which made me seriously laugh out loud. I haven’t read the sequel – “World War Moo” – yet, but I expect it to have a similar effect.

I also got a good chuck out of Max Brooks’ “Zombie Survival Guide“, mostly because of the dead seriousness with which it’s written. Apparently I find the undead to be quite humorous. I wonder what that says about me?

I’m sure there are plenty of non-zombie books that have made me laugh as well, but since I mostly read horror and supernatural stuff I can’t really think of any at the moment!

C E Aylett

A Fraction of the Whole – Steve Toltz.

This book deals with mental illness, but in a most hilarious yet sensitive way.

The Help – Katherine Stockett.

The pie. You know it’s all about the pie.

When I was younger I used to pinch some of my mum’s books. She had a few Jilly Coppers hanging around which were funny, in a chick-lit, Carry-on-Camping kind of way.

And then there’s a short story I read by Irvine Welsh back in my twenties. Was it in Ecstasy, or The Acid House? Can’t remember now, it was so long ago. Anyway, there’s a scene where the protag has taken a trip and he’s thinking about dolphins forgetting to breathe and other abstract nonsense. I found it hilarious.

Eric Wood

Lamb; The Gospel According to Biff by Christopher Moore and The Sister Brothers by Patrick DeWit both had me laughing out loud. I literally LOLed.

Gregory S. Close

Anything by Douglas Adams.  Specifically, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is one of the funniest things I’ve ever read, and it’s full of profound observations about the nature of existence, humanity, and the truly brutal prose of Vogon poetry.

Paul B. Spence

Well, many books. Most recently the Vlad Taltos novels by Steven Brust. In general, I don’t read many books that make me laugh. I prefer serious works.

D. T. Nova

Several science fiction short story collections, though I don’t always remember which story was in which book.

But by far the two books that made me laugh the most were What If? and Thing Explainer, both non-fiction by Randall Munroe.

Elizabeth Rhodes

The one book that stands out to me is The Martian. I don’t go seeking out comedies to read, and this one doesn’t really qualify as one in my view. But there were parts of the narration where Watney made me laugh out loud.

Linda G. Hill

My own…? Seriously. It’s funny enough to make me laugh every time I read it. The other one that immediately comes to mind is A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. It runs the whole gamut of emotions. Great novel.

Jay Dee Archer

There was one book that made me laugh out loud in class when I was in elementary school, and that was Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, by Roald Dahl. One scene was absolutely hilarious. But as an adult, Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series and Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy have made me laugh inside. However, the book that made me laugh the most was a non-fiction book called Japanese Made Funny, by Tom Dillon. It’s all about the mistakes foreigners have made speaking Japanese in Japan. I laughed on the train home after buying it. I had to read it.

How About You?

What are some books that make you laugh? Let us know in the comments below.

Up Close and Personal With a Wild Animal

As I returned home with my daughter after visiting the playground, we encountered a wild animal. There it was, the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog!

We were in mortal danger! This bloodthirsty creature was ready to lunge at us and tear our throats out! But I have been trained the arts of Bunny Fu. I battled bravely, and the fiendish rabbit ran away. I managed to take a picture of it as it escaped in fear.

I was lucky, wasn’t I?

Japanese Made Funny – Book Review on Video

The book that made me laugh on the train surrounded by many people. It’s Japanese Made Funny, by Tom Dillon. It was also my third review on this blog. So, it’s now my third video review on YouTube. Check out the video!

It held up to my original rating of 5 stars. I still love reading it.