The nicest thing about being named one of BlogHer's "Voices of the Year" in humor writing is the instant credibility it elicits from your family members.
Everything changes. As an award-winning humor writer, you now find family members falling all over themselves to be considerate.
No longer are you subject to the unpleasant crunch of tortilla shards on your office chair or the inconvenience of discovering your desktop covered in Ryan Gosling photos.
Now your work has real meaning to the members of your family, who might even offer to help.
"All that typing must be funny to somebody," they will conclude, possibly.
My point is, I owe a great big thank you to those of you who, from the very beginning, have seen something here worth reading, and who have never once left snack wrappers on my desk. I hope to meet many of you at the BlogHer annual conference later this month, where I have been invited to share some tips on humor writing, along with the very funny Elizabeth Jayne Liu. So, if anyone has any, please e-mail them to me immediately.
Check out all the other Voices of the Year winners here.
Photo: Humor writing requires a keen eye for the absurd. Family life, on the other hand, requires that you learn to accept the absurd as completely ordinary. Balancing these two perspectives is achieved through generous servings of red wine.