A small selection of posts I have enjoyed in the last few days and I hope you will head over to read in full. Thanks Sally.
First a wonderful summation of the comedy through the ages from Joy Lennick who shares moments from ‘The Bard’ through to icons such as Charlie Chaplin, Mash, Joan Rivers and Victoria Wood..
Make ’em Laugh
“Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone…” Ella Wheeler Wilcox
I wouldn’t mind betting, way, way back, before the fifteen hundreds, somewhere or other, a farm labourer’s worn trousers fell down and his wife laughed uproariously. Such are the simple things which tickle our funny bones. Our most famous bard, Shakespeare, was no fool and soon cottoned on how to get ’bums on seats’ – apart from tragedy, that is!
Apparently, satire was regarded as a higher genre than other brands of comedy, and was thought to be morally improving. There is some evidence, though, that rules and conventions in comedy were loose in Shakes’ days. One of his most popular comic characters Sir John Falstaff, was celebrated for his verbal dexterity. As he said: “I am not only witty in myself, but the cause of wit in other men.” (The Merry Wives of Windsor was called “An excellent, conceited comedie of Sir John Falstaff.”). A few more examples of Shakes’ wit: “I do desire we may be better strangers.” (As You Like it, Act 3 scene 2) and “Mine eyes smell onions.” (All’s Well that Ends Well, Act 5, scene 3.) A few, more bawdy quotes, are best left unquoted…
Head over to enjoy this lively and entertaining post: Make ’em Laugh with Joy Lennick
The next post is an interview with author Terry Tyler on the blog of Claire of LeCari.co.uk. Terri talks about her writing journey and inspiration behind her work.
Terry Tyler is the author of 23 books — in this interview I chat to Terry about her writing journey and inspiration.
I first met Terry Tyler last year after reviewing her amazing dystopian novel, Wasteland. I absolutely loved it and also featured the book in my YouTube channel last summer. As well as being a talented writer, Terry is a huge supporter of the writing community, especially on Twitter, where she regularly shares other people’s work. Ever since we met she has supported my blog and has been a joy to chat to!
I have read and enjoyed her series Operation Galton, a dystopian trilogy set in our near future. The population of the UK were forced to move into ‘megacities’ during the 2030s and 2040s. Most businesses are now under the control of the government and a corporation called Nutricorp, including apartment blocks that everyone now lives in, known as ‘stacks’. But there are rebels — those who don’t want to comply with the strict regime, who live outside the walls of the megacities. As part of ‘Operation Galton’, all the country’s unemployed and unemployable reside in group housing known as Hope Villages. You can read my review of Wasteland here — and my review of the latest book in the series, Megacity, will be going live later this month!
I spoke to Terry about her life, her writing process and her writing journey so far in this interview
Head over to enjoy the interview with this forward thinking author: Author interview Terry Tyler on LeCari. co.uk
The final post today is from the blog of Joan Hall who is hosting Mae Clair for her book launch for Things Old and Forgotten.. including an excerpt that really sells the collection.
Guest Author @MaeClair1 #NewRelease
Hey, everyone. I’m delighted to welcome Mae Clair to my site today. Mae is not only a talented author but a good friend. She’s also a contributor at Story Empire. Mae is on my auto-buy list, so you can bet I’m over the moon excited about her latest release.
Please give her a warm welcome.
Hi, Joan. Thanks for hosting me today and allowing me to share my newest release with your readers. Things Old and Forgotten is a collection of short fiction that includes stories in several genres—magical realism, fantasy, speculative, even two that touch on mild horror.
The first story, A Once and Future Life, plays off the legend of King Arthur. I was twelve when I read T. H. White’s A Once and Future King, and it’s stuck with me ever since. I still have my original battered paperback, along with numerous books on Arthur, castles, and Medieval England. The movie Excalibur? Watched that one countless times.
Head over to read an excerpt from Things Old and Forgotten: Joan Hall with guest author Mae Clair