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100 Hours of Humo(u)r – Hour 1: Opening Ceremonies with Dave Fox

By Dave Fox
Singapore

Welcome to the “100 Hours of Humo(u)r” global online party on Globejotting.com! It’s 10 p.m. here in Singapore and we kick things off with my sleep-deprived opening video ceremonies.

They are quiet ceremonies. This is because I am dreadfully sleep deprived right now — not a great place to be when kicking off a 100-hour online event, but perhaps as these hundred hours wear on, once I end up face down in a puddle of my own drool, you’ll have a few laughs.

It’s 10 p.m. here in Singapore, and every hour for the next 100 hours, my goal is to upload new humor-related content every hour. Some hours will feature quick humor blurbs. Others will feature humor writing tips. We’ve got four humor writing contests coming up over these next 100 hours, and a lot more.

I hope.

In hindsight, this has been one of my dumber ideas. It’s been a very busy month with a trip to India (stories coming in the next hundred hours), and a major overhaul of my online humor writing course. I asked Kattina (my wife) if she thought this would be a good idea — because she’s always honest with me when she thinks I have dumb ideas.

To my surprise, her response was, “I love it.”

I might have left out the part about a new blog post each hour for 100 hours.

In any case, Kattina was very excited about this event and even went to work creating the fun logos you’ll see on the Globejotting homepage over the next 100 hours. But then, she saw what this was doing to me. She watched me descend into a quivering, sleep-deprived wreck. So she kindly cooked me a big tray of enchiladas, and has now fled to Indonesia for the weekend, where she will be sipping cocktails on a small, serene island rather than having to contend with me.

My original goal was to have around 50 of these hundred posts pre-written and ready to upload. In reality, I’ve got about 20 or 30 of them ready, and only three are actually laid out so far. So whether I actually pull off this cheap and tawdry publicity stunt remains to be seen. I will be sleeping periodically, with posts uploading automatically during those times.

I hope.

With that in mind, before we go any further, allow me to say this in my defense:

Do not expect my best writing over the next 100 hours, and if spelling errors and other typos freak you out, you might prefer to go read the dictionary. On one level, I’m seeing this as a personal challenge, a learning experience in which I can let go of some of my writer’s perfectionism and just have fun slamming out lots of material.

On another level, I really just want to have a beer and go to bed.

But I am here people! It’s 10 p.m. in Singapore right now, early morning in North America, and other times in other places, I suppose. Check back frequently over the next few days to see how bad this actually gets. We will have some fun “flash humor writing contests every day for the next four days, with the first one starting within the next couple of hours.

In conclusion, please allow me to reiterate: This is a cheap and tawdry publicity stunt.

My ulterior motive for doing this is to unveil my new and improved online humor writing class, “Professional Humor Secrets for Writers, Speakers & Other Misfits.” I’ve been offering this online writing workshop for a couple of years, but this new version is a budget-friendly and improved iteration including new audio lessons to go with the previous printed ones, more flexibility than before (you can do it at your own pace, whenever you like, instead of on specific dates) and access to the new “Globejotters’ Lounge, our online humor lab and chat room for all of my writing students. It has just gone on sale with the start of this “100 Hours” mess, and will be available at a big discount until we hit hour 100. You’ll find more details on my Online Humor Writing Class page.

On that note, please enjoy my opening keynote speech for this prestigious event. Thanks for stopping by. And please, don’t try this at home.

Published on Friday, March 1, 2013

13 Responses to “100 Hours of Humo(u)r – Hour 1: Opening Ceremonies with Dave Fox”

  1. March 1, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Best of luck!Looking forward to reading…:)

  2. Jim Carson
    March 1, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Oh, this isn’t the start of the Iditarod Sled Dog race across Alaska? Begs the question: “What hour will this go to the dogs?”

  3. Katherine
    March 1, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Hola from lovely Eugene, OR Davemeister!

    Appreciate your effort — true … pure … funny … clumsy … effort. Will check in often.

    Bring it on!

    The first contest should be counting how many times you wrote/said “100 hours” in your Opening Ceremonies!

    Yay! Globejotting!

    Encouraging cheap and tawdry publicity stunts for considerably more than 39 years …
    Katherine

  4. March 1, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Thanks for all the comments everyone, and please keep them coming! I’m busy writing at the moment, but will try to reply in batches as hourly posts from time to time. (Because I’ll come up with material any desperate way I can think of.)

    And hey… I’d love to know where you’re checking in from when you do comment. Let’s see how many continents we can hit.

  5. Beth Harling
    March 1, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Checking in from Chicago – Can’t wait for the challenge!

  6. March 1, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    I like writing humor and noticed this going on this morning, so I thought I would check in. I am from Sioux Falls, SD

  7. Debbie
    March 2, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    Hello from Missouri! I see you scheduled this to coincide with the National Day of Unplugging. Nice.

    Looking forward to the giggles!

  8. Jay
    March 2, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    Good luck from Chicago, IL…. it is noon Friday, March 1. You really are nuts … funny, nuts!

  9. March 2, 2013 at 4:45 AM

    Checking in from Sacramento, CA. In view of the fact this has already started, I’m wondering where the prompts can be found. Also, being DEAF, your spoken word on video capture doesn’t do me ANY good. lol. Does this mean I get to just imagine what you are saying?

  10. March 2, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Kinda bummed that this is going on on the very weekend that I am moving to a new house! A little too busy to take part in flash contests right now, but I’ll be following when I take a break. Looking forward to it!

  11. Mary Ellington
    March 3, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Checking in from Jacksonville, FL. I can’t figure out how to go back to hours I didn’t get to read.

  12. Art Segal
    March 3, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Hi, Dave – I’m online at last! Looking forward to some gut-bustingly funny stories from around the globe (Earth, that is) or anywhere else folks might send them in from (Uranus, Alpha Centauri?)

    Rock on, spaceman!

    How’s the weather in Singapore? Let me guess: about 90 F and 90% humid? I bet there’s no market for a meteorologist in Singapore, unless it’s the kind that studies meteors.

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