How to Kill Weeds (A Parody)

Next, we feature a favorite Associated Content Producer, The Barefoot, in his weed-whack at parody (pardon the pun, and all the plosives!):

How to Kill Weeds, Flowers and Your Lawn
Lawn maintenance is harder than it looks. Here are 5 easy steps to ensure you kill every green thing in your yard. It's easy, fast, and effective. Just follow me into the dust bowl that is my lawn.
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November Focus: Humor+Satire+Parody= Humody!

This month at the Writer's Blog, we begin a joyful romp through that delightful genre: comedy. But we're going to spin it slightly to my personal pet form of humor and comedy: parody and satire. I like to call this kind of humor: Humody. (what do you mean, 'that's not funny!' I know it's not funny. It's not supposed to be funny. It's just sort of cute...never mind. Pay attention!)

Parody can trip up some would-be writers. Parody or satire takes a ordinary, serious subject and pokes gentle (or not so gentle) fun at it. The trick is to find the weak spots in a subject, or the parts that are taken far too seriously and make jest at them. Satire-Parody or Humody is black comedy, film noir, mock-ups all mixed up in a fruit salad of humor.

We begin with a piece I wrote myself. I just shared in my social writer's network, Web Writer's that I was too embarrassed to share my own stuff. And then I thought, 'oy vey' what have I got to lose? A reputation? Nah...

So for this chilly potentially wet and unpleasant month of November, let's enjoy the lite side of life!

5 Reasons Why You Don't Need DSL
Whimsical but relevant overview of DSL. Reason One: Being able to use the phone and internet simultaneously? What? No more battles over who needs the phone and who needs the internet? With DSL, we can call and surf at the same time? No more missed calls? No more yelling at the kids to get off the net so I can talk to a prospective employer? Now while I admit that the screaming, swearing and arguing may get a little tedious and most of the household furnishings get destroyed in the daily fistfights, is peace at any price really worth it? How important are those calls anyway? We'd just find something else to fight over. Sanity and is pretty overrated anyway. And don't forget how much money you save on dial-up; enough to replace one broken window at least?

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Theater of the Absurd: Comedy Plays and Films

Top 10 Comedy of the Absurd Plays and Movies
Do you like parody, spoofs, satire, black comedy and silly, nonsensical humor? Then you will like these comedy of the absurd books, movies, plays and stories.
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Grant-Writing Basics

Grant-Writing with Students: Class Gardening Project
Grant-writing skills involve many core curriculum skills. This rubric guides teachers and students through the grant-writing process as a class lessons. Gardening money for classroom use is the focus, but this rubric adapts to many grant-writing venues.
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How to Write an Ad Campaign Jingle or Slogan

How to Write an Ad Campaign Slogan or Jingle
A jingle, in advertising vernacular, is a catchy phrase or slogan, set to a cheerful tune. The jingle ideally becomes associated with the product. Consumers world-wide, the manufacturer hopes, will remember the jingle and buy the product.
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Free Websites for Free Writing Help

Top10 Websites for Free Essay, Report, Composition, Creative Writing Homework Help
Websites that offer free English or writing homework help.Online communities, web thesaurus, dictionary, encyclopedia. Web literature guide and tutorials! Free!
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Mystery Writing Story Starters~ The Mysteries of Harris Burdick

Inspire and Enthrall Students with the Mysteries of Harris Burdick
Need a mystery story starter? Want to hold your students spellbound? Explore the work of Chris Van Allsburg's The Mysteries of Harris Burdick! Great mystery writing prompts for all ages!
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Hitchhiker's Guide to Time Travel AKA~ My Literary Venture into Parody

What to Do If You Are Warped into WoW, Runescape or other Medieval MMORPG
An overly cautious historian with a vivid imagination offers up-to- the-minute practical advice for anyone inadvertently or purposely traveling through time, especially to the middle ages.
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