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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami April 25, 2016 - 7:57pm

This is a queston after listening to the most current podcast.

With context established, how necessary is it to write fiction that is strictly "funny" for book tours? I just don't tend to do funny. Oh I've been called halarious from witty from time to time, but just mine humor tends to be more fatalistic dark comedy.

It also tends to be highly situational, with myself laughing about uncomfortable things that could happen, as a way of coping and making sure it doesn't happen. Not sure how easily that would be to translate into workable comedy.

Such as, my first experience in Tacoma with a friend who gets lost easily and asking for directions from a couple of joint smoking hippies (I mean that as a complement.) My humor tends to largely have an anecdotal quality.

Put this in self-promotion, as I'm unsure if book tours would actually be viable.

Purgatory is a thing that often features in my work, but has no relation to Catholicism. It's related more to the mental condition of feeling like your dead amongst the spirits of the dead as a psychological thing.

Uncertain how that could work as a flash fiction for a reading. As the book I'd be promoting is a multiple anecdotal account of being trans in the cyberpunk community after my near death experience trip at my wage slave job.

Unsure how that be funny.

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Jose F. Diaz from Boston is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel April 26, 2016 - 12:51am

I'm doing a reading May 10th in Baltimore that is about how my mother neglected me and then a piece on my experience during the war in Iraq. 

Fuck funny. Be authentic with your audience. And maybe, after all the serious and darkness has been examined, you'll find some humor in how serious you took it all. 

I do humor in regular life, not in my writing. Hope that helps.


PS: I think it is awesome how many questions you ask and how willing you are to be open to different advice.

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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami April 26, 2016 - 9:29pm

I sometimes feel I ask to much, but the question I was left with after an excellent podcast I couldnt ignore.

A lot of my issue is due to my game writing background I'm used to "story exploration" and less direct storytelling.

So I'm used to conveying personal tragedies through unique NPC interactions.

I'll read Luena's Tenderness. It best characterizes the original bleakness of my work while keeping under the scope of middle grade like context that is more current in my style.