A priest, a rabbi, and a Leprechaun enter a bar. . .
Humor. My forte. How did I ever miss my turn at posting when this was one topic I was so looking forward to?
I blame it on Margie. She did exactly as I requested and sent the topics to the blog writers early so we could be prepared. It threw off my rhythm.
Back to the topic. Humor.
My tag line is “Spiritual Truth. . .With A Giggle.” What I attempt to do is dig deep into my character’s souls, but present their story with light humor. For example, in God Gave the Song, Skye is dealing with deep abandonment issues, but I threw in an alpaca who clearly doesn’t like him. She’s normally a gentle sort who hums in contentment all the time, except when he’s around. His bewilderment creates a chuckle or two.
In Crossroads Bay, Paul is trying to become independent in his catering business, but his little Spanish abuela (grandmother) is a constant deterrent. She’s so hard nosed, she becomes comical—to everyone except Paul.
And in Fine, Feathered Friend, due out this month, my comic relief is an African Gray Parrot named Cyrano who tattletales Tim’s affections to the lovely Glenys. This book is the closest to writing humorous that I’ve come so far.
(All three of the above books are in my Oregon series through Heartsong Presents.)
Mark Twain, the great American humorist says, “Humorists of the 'mere' sort cannot survive. Humor is only a fragrance, a decoration.”
- Mark Twain's Autobiography
This is what I strive for in my stories. I don’t want to be “uproariously funny,” I want to open hearts and minds to the truths that God has placed in my writing.
Mark Twain is also quoted as saying, “Humor is the good natured side of a truth.
- Mark Twain and I, Opie Read
This why I write with a giggle. Truth hurts, but humor is the sugar that makes the medicine go down. (Oh great, now I’ll be singing that song all day!)
Now. . .in direct contrast to what I’ve just told you:
A priest, a rabbi, and a Leprechaun enter a bar. The Leprechaun looks around and says, "Saints preserve us! I'm in the wrong joke!"
Kathleen E. Kovach is a “peculiar person” in Christ and is often accused of following her own drummer—who, by the way, plays the bongos. Visit her online: www.craftcinema.blogspot.com, www.kathleenekovach.blogspot.com, www.KathleenEKovach.com.