CONTEST TODAY!!! I met Kathryn Caskie at a very cool weekend spent with her local RWA chapter -- the very first chapter of RWA -- Washington Romance Writers. It was a fab time, and Kathryn and her best bud Sophia Nash got me to talk about some stuff in the "cocktail lounge" that I hope they'll never use against me in the future (or at least won't tell my mother about).
Kathryn's "Rules of Engagement" was one of the first romances I read. I found it entirely charming and instantly became a fan. Once again, the lovely Kathryn has found something to make us laugh about -- ourselves -- and I guess you know the drill by now: a warm Bella buongiorno...
I have often been accused of having a quirky sense of humor. Okay, I admit it, I do. And my books, especially my latest, How to Seduce a Duke (Avon, Oct. 2006), certainly reflect my slightly off-center view of the world.
But isn't life more fun when you can find humor in almost any situation? If you've seen Spamalot, or Life of Brian, you will remember the song Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.
If life seems jolly rotten,
There's something you've forgotten,
And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing.
(Or just look at Sawyer's picture. That'll put a smile on your face. Okay, a different sort of smile, but a smile nonetheless. Figured I should work the picture somehow.)
My belief is that something chuckle-worthy to downright pee-in-your-pants funny happens everyday if you're open to it. It's there. Every-single-day. I just happen to write these little gems down in the little pink Hello Kitty pocket journal I snagged from one of my kids. Not just because I am forty hmm mmmm and will forget it I don't. But because, who knows, maybe I will use the giggle in one of my books someday.
Not everything fits mind you, at least not in the Regency period historical romances I write. Not without a lot of twisting the facts. For instance, here is one of the very first entries in my chuckle book:
When my daughter was almost three she saw the Easter Bunny at the mall and wanted to sit on his lap. When it was her turn, she ran right up and excitedly climbed up. Then I saw her look into the Easter Bunny's mouth. Even I could see the man inside the costume. She went white as a sheet and started screaming "The Easter Bunny's eatin' people! He's eatin' people!"
She was horrified and leapt from his lap and ran right past me heading for the food court. With my youngest on my hip I took off after her, right past the terrified crying group of kids in the Easter Bunny line. They all knew the truth now. They could see the man right there in the Easter Bunny's mouth.
The Easter Bunny WAS eating people.
So, here's my question for you. What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you (or someone else)?
I will pick the five that crack me up--warning, I might write them in my little pink book--and those five people will win a tiara and signed copy of How to Seduce a Duke, the first in my Royle Sisters Trilogy for Avon Books.
So, come on Bellas, dish!
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Encore due! I have one of Kathryn's tiara's and, even though I actually own my own crown, I keep my HTSAD tiara on my desk. I sometimes remove my lucky BoSox "writing" hat and replace it with the duchess headgear just for fun.