“…Howl fell over the chair and caught his foot in the stool so that it shot across the room. After that, he tried to go upstairs through the broom cupboard, and then the yard. This seemed to puzzle him a little. But finally he discovered the stairs, all except the bottom one, and fell up them on his face.”
Admittedly, I am a Diana Wynne Jones fan. I was probably predisposed to love this relatively unimportant blip in Howl’s Moving Castle. But even if this had been my first outing in
In the course of editing stories for Fibromyalgia AWARE (a very excellent glossy consumer magazine for patients with this chronic pain disorder), it has come to my attention that there is very little humor can’t improve. (Just think how much better that preceding sentence would have been if anything even remotely funny had not been so conspicuously absent from it!) A couple of the freelancers I regularly turn to have the gift of weaving humor into the heavy scientific info they’re foisting upon our readers. It’s the sugar that makes the medicine easier to swallow, as Jessica Franke demonstrates in “Fibromyalgia & Migraines: Enough Already!” (a particularly fine contribution to vol. 11, now available for purchase: www.fmaware.org/magazine.html).
Pause for laughter—and then Franke launches into the symptoms of migraines (serious stuff indeed, including blind spots, speech problems, and nausea), recent studies, migraine triggers, and so on.
(Yes, that's really the end of this entry. You didn't expect me to come up with anything funny, did you?)