NEWS: I’m delighted to announce I have a new story (“Memoirs of an Intergalactic Thespian, Chapter XI: No Holds Bard”) forthcoming at Daily Science Fiction.*
If we hold with the advice to “write what you know” then when it comes to writing comedy, the advice is to “write what makes YOU laugh”. This explains why every writer I know can confidently apply the adjective “funny” to a story they’ve written… despite a vast range of reactions from those that read it.
Editors know this too and so, as a result, it’s fiendishly difficult to find a market for these stories.
As the above story marks my own return to publishing a funny story (there, see, I did it!) I thought it would be nice to look back on some other published stories that made me laugh when I was writing them.
“Knowing Your Human” – This story was well received when published by DSF and my biggest relief, of course, was to hear that other people also found it funny.
“CAPTAIN PERCINA SAUNDERS” – I wrote this as a series of 10 adventures and it’s probably the nearest I’ve ever got to writing an actual ‘sitcom’.
“The Hair-raising Spike” – This is a gentler/lighter piece, without the obvious ‘gags’ that a lot of my comedy stories contain. I’m very fond of the piece though, which is why I was delighted when Stupefying Stories liked it too.
“The Wiser of Oz” – I don’t know if this is pastiche, satire or homage, or a mixture of all three. See the note on “In Circles”, below.
“Are Friends Eclectic” – This is another gentler piece.
“In Circles” – My earliest comedy stories were invariably in this style. Sarcastic, a tad cynical, you’re usually laughing at the characters’ predicament rather than with them.
Because of the difficulty in finding a market for these types of story, I naturally have several other comedy stories on my files, sitting there forlornly, hoping one day to be picked up and laughed at. Hmm. But I think the above list provides a good illustration of their flavour and humour and the kind of thing that makes ME laugh.
*Okay, so I’m a big fan of DSF. They’re currently looking to guarantee their next decade by inviting sponsorship/contributions. So check out the site, bounce around and read some stories, give it some thought, bounce around some more, and help to keep them around.
DSF are suggesting a contribution of $15 a year and if you subscribe via Paypal (like I did) you might get confused by Paypal asking for your credit/debit card details (also, like I did!). Don’t sweat, it’s only so that if, one year, your PayPal balance doesn’t cover the $15, you have an alternate source of funding to pay.
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Although I enjoy writing in any genre, most of my PUBLISHED fiction tends to be speculative fiction (sci fi, fantasy, horror).
For some free reads, a selection of those stories still appearing in their respective venues are listed here.