T is For Tongue ~ Ironic Mom’s Giving Lessons on Where to Put Yours (if you know what I mean)

Those who hang out at More Cowbell know about the hilarity of “IYKWIM.” [In layman’s terms = “If you know what I mean…]

What you might NOT know is where I got that phrase. No it wasn’t the #IYKWIM hashtag on Twitter. It wasn’t from Whose Line Is It Anyway? It was from Leanne Shirtliffe, AKA Ironic Mom and her post, Inappropriate Books For Kids.

I first used it here at More Cowbell in one of my favorite posts ever: Do I Have a Dirty Mind? (<– Duh. Of course I do!)

For today’s post, I’m bringing you the Goddess of Giggle (that’s Leanne) to show you how to write tongue-in-cheek laugh-out-loud posts. She was also strutting her stuff at Kristen Lamb’s place over the week in Humor is Everywhere — The Art of Being Funny.

Leanne’s 10 Reasons Why You Should Sign Up for her Class,

  1. It will improve your sex life. Studies show both men and women are attracted to a sense of humor. Ergo, more sex.
  2. You only have to invest 90 minutes of your time. That’s only 10x longer than the average sexual encounter of a married couple. Including foreplay.
  3. To make your fiction and nonfiction (including blog posts) more marketable. Humor can improve all writing, including serious, heavy themes (one of the examples of humor I’m going to share is from The Boy in the Striped Pajamas)
  4. To figure out how to make your Twitter and Facebook updates original, engaging, and laugh-out-loud funny. Although I’m primarily discussing full-length works, I’ll use many examples from Twitter (from famous people to WANA’s own Paige Kellerman) to demonstrate the structure of a joke.
  5. Because you will learn 10 takeaway strategies you can start using in your writing that very day.
  6. To laugh. We will take apart humorous excerpts from picture books, young adult, popular and literary fiction, and nonfiction. They will be funny. You will laugh. Endorphins will flow…
  7. Because you want to see my hair stick up. Yes, my webcam will be on. This also means I’m due to have an acne breakout that day. Who wants to miss that?
  8. To enter to win a copy of my book, DON’T LICK THE MINIVAN: And Other Things I Never Thought I’d Say to my Kids. Trust me. Reading this will make you feel much better about your own children and/or parents.
  9. I’m sharing everything I know. It’s the WANA way.
  10. You can come in your pajamas. IYKWIM.

Class Dates/Times: Wed., April 24th, 8:30 – 10:00 pm, EST.
Where: WANA Online Classroom
Price: $45.00

p.s. Leanne is a teacher by day…of high school students. I guarantee you her class is gonna ROCK! Plus I got to beta-read her book and it’s fantastic. All of you here at More Cowbell can use discount code Leanne10 to save $10 on tomorrow night’s class.

Do you have questions about writing funny? Do you long to do so, or feel like you have the knack already? Who is the funniest blogger you know? Enquiring minds LOVE to know these things here at More Cowbell!


About Leanne Shirtliffe:

Leanne ShirtliffeLeanne Shirtliffe is a humor writer whose book, Don’t Lick the Minivan: And Other Things I Never Thought I’d Say to my Kids, has received positive endorsements from Jenny Lawson (The Bloggess), Jill Smokler (Scary Mommy), Kirkus Review, and others. Leanne writes for the Huffington Post, NickMom.com, and IronicMom.com. When she’s not stopping her eight-year-old twins from licking frozen flagpoles, Leanne teaches English to teenagers who are slightly less hormonal than she is. 

About Jenny Hansen

Avid seeker of "more"...More words, more creativity, More Cowbell! An extrovert who's terribly fond of silliness. Founding blogger at Writers In The Storm (http://writersinthestormblog.com). Write on!
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25 Responses to T is For Tongue ~ Ironic Mom’s Giving Lessons on Where to Put Yours (if you know what I mean)

  1. Sisyphus47 says:

    This made me smile – still smiling! – and yet humour is sometimes so difficult to translate, and yes it is an art? 🙂


  2. Thank you for the giggles and smiles today, Leanne! Humor is definitely an artform and you’re a master. 🙂


  3. SKA-WEEEET! I have rearranged my schedule. I’m signing up for the Webinar.

    I, too, got an advance copy of Don’t Lick the Minivan, and Ms. Leanne Shirtliffe, you are directly accountable for my lack of writing productivity. I. Can. Not. Stop. Your words snatch me right up with the humor and one-liners.

    Where do I go for a funny blog? Well, it’s gotta’ be More Cowbell because of the Blog-jack fodder Jenny Lou Hansen puts out here. [Again, middle name is getting you primed for Texas, Jenny.]

    And, of course, Leanne. So much fun! So little time. L-O-V-E-D the visual of you kicking the case of coke through the grocery store, Leanne.

    I wish I could say my own glob, but I spend ridunkulous valuable time blog-jacking and striving to become known as The Common Tater.

    I have several snark-riddled posts in the works. All zipped up neat & tidy in a Ziploc Freezer Bag labeled Blog Fodder.

    I can not post about OMG! until Jenny, Julie, K.B, Tameri, and a plethora of other blogging buddies spew the beverage of their choice when I show them the illustrations and quizzes in that informative tome. I have plans for timing the show-and-tell.

    You have been warned.


  4. Her book is faboo! And I am going to miss Survivor this week and watch it on the DVR so that I can attend Must sign up now. 😉


  5. Jenny! Thanks for the opportunity to guest post here. You can never have enough cowbell, IYKWIM.


    • Jenny Hansen says:

      LOL, you sweet thing. I hope EVERYONE signs up for your webinar. If I wasn’t in a meeting, I’d be there myself. I might have to wangle the recording. I’ve got connections IYKWIM…


  6. zkullis says:

    This is what I saw when I read the title of this post ===> “Tongue – lessons on where to put yours.” I know there was more to it than that, but I latched on to what I thought I read with abandon. 😉 I can’t help myself…..

    This Webinar sounds great Leanne! If some of us sleep nude does that mean we can show up for the Webinar in said PJs? I promise to leave the camera off.


  7. K.B. Owen says:

    This is super, Leanne! I’m going to try to arrange my schedule to take your class tomorrow night. I do need some of that humor magic you have in abundance…I tried to get Thing 1 and Thing 2 to cough up some of your humor secrets when they visited – wow, almost 2 years ago now – but they were as close-mouthed as only Things can be. At least they never tried to lick my minivan. 😉

    Congrats on your upcoming book release!



  8. filbio says:

    Sounds like a great webinar. Heck, if it means having better sex why the hell not?


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