A funny cookbook author Q&A and satire submission opps
Plus a great list of funny TV recs
May 2022 Newsletter | Julie Vick
Well, it has once again been a week, and as someone with elementary-aged kids I have been at a loss for what to say. I am impressed by satire writers who can channel their frustrations into pieces, but I tend to not be able to write that fast. So I've been donating, taking some walks while listening to a non-serious novel, and staring into the void. Hope you are finding ways to manage too.
This month I've got some comic relief, an interview with humorist Kristen Mulrooney, and satire submission opportunities.
Books, humor, and other distractions:
The cats being weird little guys Twitter account has some good funny cat photo distractions.
Funny tv recs. I needed to take a break from the good but bleak TV show I've been watching to find something funny so I asked on Twitter, and Twitter delivered. Hope you find something to make you laugh there too.
Podcast for kids: Looking for summer distractions for your kids? My kids have been into the Greeking Out podcast.
And shout out to writer friend Lisa Lewis whose book The Sleep-Deprived Teen comes out June 14th. I got an advanced copy of the book and it's an informative read about the importance of teen sleep that is worth checking out.
Q&A with Kristen Mulrooney:
This month I talked with triple-threat Kristen Mulrooney, who is a co-author of the Gilmore Girls Cookbook, satire writer, and editor at The Belladonna Comedy. Kristen is also one of the winners of the Erma Bombeck A Hotel Room of One's Own Humorist in residence program (I'm not jealous, you're jealous).
Congrats on the book! Can you talk a bit about what it was like to work on? Have you memorized all the episodes of the show? Are you now close personal friends with Lorelai and Rory?
Thank you! Going forward, I would prefer to only work on projects that require me to binge-watch my favorite TV shows. Making the Gilmore Girls voice come through on paper was a fun challenge—I wanted readers to have a sense of that fast-paced dialogue, no matter what speed they read at. I think focusing on how to manipulate that reading experience made me a better writer overall.
I have memorized all the episodes! But mostly in terms of food. If you name an episode, I might not remember its plot, but I’ll know it’s the episode where they ate egg salad.
I’m only close personal friends with Lorelai and Rory in my heart. But in real life, I did meet Scott Patterson, who plays Luke! He was very kind, definitely more like sweet Luke than grouchy Luke.
Do you have a favorite recipe in the book?
It’s super hard to choose because I love so many of them for different reasons, so I’m going to cheat and pick three. The Lobster Pot Pie was a late addition, and I was excited we decided to include it because when I saw it on the show, I desperately wanted to eat it.
Then there’s Lorelai’s preferred sick food, Chicken Noodle Soup with a Side of Mashed Potatoes, which if you think about it is a brilliant sick food because it’s so warm and hearty. And my favorite recipe concept is Lorelai’s Giant Birthday Pizza. In the show, the pizza was so big they needed a crane to lift it, but my co-author Elena Craig has a fun workaround so fans can make it in a regular-sized oven.
In addition to being a very funny satire writer you are an editor at The Belladonna Comedy. What tips do you have for writers getting started with satire writing?
If you’re new to satire writing, start simple! I was just mining some of my old notes from when I first started, and I was surprised to find that a lot of my brainstorming was about super serious issues like politics and gun control—topics I never write about. Satire is supposed to say something, and when I first started writing, I thought that meant it had to say something heavy. It doesn’t! A recent Belladonna favorite is 7 Things You Know About Kim Kardashian But Not Your Dad. It’s very silly and fun, and even though it’s not a life or death matter, it still makes a (hilarious) point.
What is something you can recommend to readers that makes you laugh?
I just finished the latest season of Russian Doll and then watched the season finale of SNL, hosted by Natasha Lyonne. I love her whole deal so much. Her vibe is, and always has been, so uniquely her own. So I’m going to recommend her, just overall as an entertainer, because finding your own vibe and being unafraid to flaunt it is one of the biggest keys to finding success in humor.
Satire market: Since it can be hard to find paying satire markets, I was happy to see that the excellent humor publication Points in Case started paying contributors.
Reductress is also taking pitches through June 14 (they only open for pitches at certain times of the year). Details are here.
And if you want to sharpen your satire writing skills, The Needling is offering a fake news workshop in June.
News from me
Podcast: This month I appeared on the Minimalist Moms podcast to talk about my aspiring minimalism and introversion. You can find the episode here.
Class: I'm teaching a intro to pitching mainstream publications class for Lighthouse Writers Workshop's LitFest this June. Details are here.
Next month I've got some travel/downtime planned so I'm going to take a break from the newsletter, but I will plan to be back in your inbox in July.
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