Welcome to Tuesday Terrific, where we celebrate getting over the Monday hump and picking up speed for the rest of the week.

After spending the weekend at the Malice Domestic convention with fellow mystery writers and fans, discussing murder and mayhem in the rarified environment of hotel banquet halls, meeting rooms and lounges, I’ve been on the lookout for writer humor, and the absurdities of language in general.  I seem to be finding examples everywhere, which I took to be A SIGN.  I must blog about it.  Besides, who couldn’t use a few laughs?

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Let’s start small: the lowly comma

The difference between fur coats and party animals:

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The difference between a cuddly-looking zoo animal and a psychopathic furball:

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The difference between a domestic diva and a character from Silence of the Lambs:

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Who knew such a simple little hook-shaped entity could carry so much power?!  Folks say the pen is mightier than the sword.  I think the comma is mightier than the sword:

Here’s a hilarious example of the power of punctuation, from Victor Borge:

“Phonetic Punctuation”

You know you’re a writer if:

1. A relaxing beach vacation gives you an idea for a murder plot:

2. You have to be able to write – anywhere:

For that best-seller idea that comes to you in the shower, here’s AquaNotes.  Hey, why take chances?

from inewidea.com


3. For the “retro” writer – you’re enchanted with the good old days of hunching over a typewriter, a litter of empty booze bottles at your feet.

Here’s something special for you, retro writer!  Of course, you’ll need a spare “5 to 8 hours to complete this fun project, depending on skill level with a soldering iron.”  As for the litter of empty booze bottles…well, you’ll have to come up with that on your own.

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4. You like to make palindromes out of your pets:

yep, the TACOCAT is back!

What other telltale signs can you think of?  Do any of these resonate with you?  I’d love to hear from you!

Until next time,


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