Make ‘Em Laugh At Open Mic

Want to Crack People Up at Open Mic Stacey Gustafson

I jumped at the chance to make 'em laugh at Open Mic at the Pleasanton Firehouse Arts Center on April 8. It was an opportunity to share my favorite form of prose, humor writing. Even though I may not win any awards for writing, I bet I can make you laugh out loud. Laughter is part of sharing the human experience. My Problems Are Like Yours When I share my work, people laugh and can relate. That’s because my problems are like yours. Does your husband need to be reminded each week to take out the trash? So does mine. Do your kids complain about everything from the way you drive to your fashion sense? Mine too. See what I mean? You’re just like me except I write about it, much to the … [Read more...]

14 Ways Guys Are Like Twitter

14 Ways Guys Are Like Twitter Stacey Gustafson

The men in our life can be funny, moody, straight shooters, and have the ability to get to the heart of a problem. Small talk? Not my guys! On social media, there’s one place they feel at home…Twitter. Do you know the 14 Ways Guys Are Like Twitter? 14 Ways Guys Are Like Twitter They only speak in 140 characters or less. THEY ARE LOUD AND TALK IN ALL CAPS. If they don’t like what someone says, they don’t reply. Spelling doesn’t matter….to them. Snark and attitude reign supreme. Random people may jump into their conversation. It’s not necessary to understand everything they say. Lurking around is permitted. They don’t need permission to voice their … [Read more...]

Mick Jagger Keeps Me Up at Night and Other Dreams

Mick Jagger Keeps Me Up at Night and Other Dreams stacey gustafson

“Why’d you send me email at midnight with a link to 1,000 Ways to Clean Lint Out of the Dryer?” said my best friend, Jackie. “Can we talk? It was a long night,” I said, going on and on about my insomnia, sparing no details. You asked for it, babe. Can't Sleep “I couldn’t sleep. Nothing went right over the weekend. Lost car keys. Broken garage door. Fight with husband. Argument over homework with the kids,” I complained. “I just wanted to snuggle in bed and forget about the day, catch some serious shut-eye. But nooooooo.” “I know how you feel,” she said with a sigh. “Some days it’s impossible to clear your mind and go back to bed.” Mattress Lumpy … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Add Humor to Your Memoir

5 Ways to Add Humor to Your Memoir Stacey Gustafson

Do you believe that memoir has to be serious in order to get your point across? Think again! Let me teach you 5 Ways to Add Humor to Your Memoir. Adding humor to memoir will hold the attention of the reader longer by lightening the mood. It also helps us remember what we were reading. In his bestselling book, “On Writing Well,” author William Zinsser, writes that “humor is the secret weapon of the nonfiction writer.” It is often the best tool and only tool for making an important point. 1. Use funny sounding words Words that have the hard “k” and “p” elicit humor. We … [Read more...]

9 Survival Tips for Parents of Teenage Boys

9 Survival Tips for Parents of Teenage Boys Stacey Gustafson

Is your teen the master of exaggeration? Are all his responses one syllable like "okay," "yeah" or "whatever"? Does he seem to speak in a foreign language? Congratulations you are the proud parents of a teenage boy! Here's a list of down-to-earth tips with ways to get you through the next few years, 9 Survival Tips for Parents of Teenage Boys. Give it a shot! Might as well have a little fun while you're at it. Never Look Directly in the Eyes Look to the right or left of the head, above the eyes, eyebrows or the forehead but whatever you do, never stare directly into the eyes. Like staring into the eye of Slytherin’s Basilisk in Harry Potter movies, eyes have the power to instantly kill … [Read more...]