Like you, I like to laugh. Laughter cleanses the blemishes on the soul that build up like cobwebs from the daily grind. As a child, I waited for my Dad to come home from the long business trips because I knew he would come back with stories that made me laugh. Although his humor was innocuous, as I read more, I grew to like satiric humor with social commentary. Mark Twain, George Bernard Shaw, and Marathi humorist P.L Deshpande became my favorite writers. I rolled over laughing when I read the exchanges between Sir Winston Churchill and the fools who were the objects of his sharp wit.
These were some of the classic masters. Later when I became a mother and lived the life of a stay-at-home mother for a short time, I discovered Erma Bombeck and instantly identified with her brand of humor.
When I started working in the eighties, I discovered UNIX fortune cookies. Like the zillions of the others, I was hooked on those for sustenance during the dreadful all-night coding sessions. Along came the early humorous email messages circulating through the engineering community. I owe my survival during those years to humor.
Humor is the perfect antidote to any illness, physical or emotional. So, I have always been partial to people or writing that makes me chuckle. Humor is a powerful tool to shed light on the social ills, phobias, or what have you. Humor sometimes slaps us in the face, and we smile and ask for more. Now that’s power.
When I judged the flash fiction contests, humor always captured my attention. I wished there was an award for the humor, but I didn’t ask for it. When The Literary Nest was launched, I didn’t consider including a category for humor. Basically, to me, humor is not a separate entity. It’s an organic part of the life and literature.
But, the majority of us do not think of humor when writing fiction or poetry, mainly because, it’s difficult to be funny in a serious manner. So, I decided to try an experiment.
Each Sunday night PST (or PDT depending on the season), I will post a picture prompt here for inspiration. You will have till next Sunday 6:00 pm PST (or PDT) to post a 300-1500-word humorous story in the comments section. You don’t have to incorporate the picture in your story. On Sunday night, I will pick one winning story to post to The Literary Nest blog. A grand prize winner will be chosen to be published in the next quarterly issue of The Literary Nest.
Here is the prompt for the week of 9/20/2015.