Thursday, January 28, 2010

Joke's on me!

Need a good laugh? Take a break from the keyboard, sit back and grab a steaming cup of hot chocolate (the sugar-free kind is a delicious pick-me-up and guilt-free!).

Today I thought I'd borrow a terrific writer's joke from WordServe agent Rachelle Gardner's blog:

How many agents does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

Agent 1: Sorry, we're not accepting screw-in lightbulbs anymore. Bayonets only, and we only get them from the lightbulb store.

Agent 2: We considered your lightbulb but it's a bit too modern. Have you considered turning it into a candle?

Agent 3: Loved your lightbulb. Lots of illumination. Unfortunately, the agency's decided to remain in the dark indefinitely.

Ha! You've gotta love an agent who is secure enough to poke fun at herself.

As a writer, it's sometimes difficult to laugh at our own faux pas. We tend to take ourselves a little too seriously. Here's one on me from Grit for the Oyster: 250 Pearls of Wisdom for Aspiring Writers:

"Because I failed to thoroughly proofread a cover letter, instead of assuring an editor that I'm an internationally published freelance writer who shuns incompetence, I admitted that I'm internally published and try to avoid incontinence.

"When I realized my alteration, I hastily apologized and translated that I meant that I write from my heart and clean up after myself. The editor chuckled. My article was accepted."

So what's a funny on you? I'd love to hear from you!