…among many superbly entertaining blogging pals, I count the wonderful Melodie Campbell high on my list… her comedy script credentials mask a finely-tuned intelligent wordsmith-ess… some people ‘hear’ lines and dialogue in their minds… others, such as the redoubtable Ms Campbell also extract the humour in the mis-sounds of WURDS… here’s a post highlighting that talent:
COMEDY WRITER FALLS RIGHT OVER THE CLIFF – Worst Typos EVER
By Melodie Campbell
Ever make a really bad typo? I mean really bad.
My worst ever professional mistake was in an Annual Report for a one-hundred-million dollar corporation, in which an innocent little ‘t’ went missing from the word ‘assets.’ The board was not amused by “This year, we experienced an increase in corporate asses.”
Today, I found out what one little vowel can do to ROWENA AND THE DARK LORD, book 2 in the Lands End series.
Okay, REALLY uncool when you misspell the name of your own book on a guest blog.
ROWENA AND THE DARK LARD is probably not the best way to get sales for a fantasy series.
However, as I do write comedy, I’m thinking about a parody. Is it okay to write a parody of your own book?
Draft one: ROWENA AND THE DARK LARD
Synopsis 1: Rowena moves back to Land’s End and opens up a bakery.
Synopsis 2: Cedric’s use of dark magic goes totally out of control, and so does his appetite.
Synopsis 3: Thane and Rowena return to Land’s End and become pig farmers.
Synopsis 4: Rowena messes up another spell that causes all who look at her to turn into donuts.
Synopsis 5: Rowena kills off Nigella Lawson in a battle with pastry rollers, and assumes the role
of Prime Time Network Food Goddess…..
Synopsis 6: Someone takes a totally justified whack at the author. End of series.
(postscript: Recently was quoted by someone as the author of ROWENA AND THE DORK LORD. Trial for murder is pending.)
Excerpt from ROWENA AND THE DARK LORD
Men’s voices again, echoing like souls lost in a fog. The mist lifted in one swift movement to disappear into nothingness. In its place, were at least a hundred men.
Bugger. I messed up.
“Houston, we have a problem,” I said out loud. This wasn’t supposed to happen. I must have pronounced one of the spell words wrong.
“Who is Houston?” Lars said.
“Romans!” Gareth hissed. He drew his sword.
“Romans?” I stared at the battle-scarred men before us. They looked exhausted. They also looked bloody, dirty and rather short. Not to mention confused.
How the heck could they be Romans?
Someone yelled “Form Square!” in—yup—that was Latin.
“What the hell?” I stared. The men came to life moving with purpose into a square. Within seconds we were facing a shield wall bristling with spears.
The man on horseback stared at me. No stirrups on his saddle. A helmet that was in history books. Definitely Roman. I stared back at him.
Romans? In this time? What the poop had I done?
“It’s a freaking temporal rift!” My laugh was strident. “Where the hell is Spock when you need him?
Melodie Campbell achieved a personal best this year when Library Journal compared her to Janet Evanovich. She has over 200 publications, including 100 comedy credits, 40 short stories, and 7 novels. She has won 10 awards for fiction.
ROWENA AND THE DARK LORD, book 2 in the Land’s End series, is NOW AVAILABLE
And the one that started it all: ROWENA THROUGH THE WALL, book 1 in the Land’s End series
…yeez would be well rewarded to track Melodie on these channels :