General Humor Inspiration for Writers


I’m the kind of writer who tends to be totally absorbed in what I’m working on as if on a cloud of inattentiveness to anything else. 

This can prove dangerous at times or outright funny. This was especially true when I lived alone in a small housing project while in Jacksonville, Florida. Since no harm was actually done, I laughed at the absurdity.

I had just settled in to tackle long overdue writing projects when the phone rang. My neighbor had called to give me a heads up.

“Got some bad news to tell you.”

I didn’t want to hear any bad news, but something told me I needed to. “Go ahead.”

“There’s been another break-in attempt.”

“On Mother’s Day?”

“Oh, yes. About 9:30 in the evening. On the other side of you.”

“Alvin and Lourdes’s house?”

“The rascals cut the wires underneath the meter box, disarming the alarm and power. Then they tried to break-in with a screwdriver. Both Alvin and Lourdes were home at the time.”

I shivered with the realization. Not only did the attempted robbery happen within a few feet of me, I had been totally unaware what was going on. Blissfully at my computer, I hadn’t noticed a thing—not even the police and the power company when they had reportedly arrived soon after.

We laughed over my ostrich lifestyle. My wonderful neighbor said if my house catches on fire, she’ll be sure to call me and let me know so I can get out. Then again, I have a bad habit of leaving my phone somewhere else than where I’m writing.

Glad I have a Lord who knows my weakness and keeps me safe from inattentiveness.

Roger Bruner


Although human praise for my novels and songs is wonderful to imagine, it can’t compare to God’s "Well done, good and faithful servant" when I reach that day and hour.

In the meanwhile, I rejoice in my belief that God has read my manuscripts numerous times and still gets a kick out of my offbeat sense of humor. I think He enjoys listening to my music, too, even when I feel like giving up on it.

He knows the strenghs and weaknesses of everything I create–better than I do, in fact–and yet He keeps blessing me with fresh ideas and permitting me to think of them as mine. Visit me at



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Me in a Nutshell

  • Gentle-spirited servant of God; often with better intentions than follow-through
  • Aged seventy and thankful to be
  • Husband of Kathleen
  • Dad to Kristi, father-in-law to Robert, and grandfather to Robert Austin & Aiden Cade
  • Step-dad to Mo and Trina; step-dad-in-law to Phil; step-grandfather to Jameson
  • Active in church choir, praise team, nursing home ministry
  • Play guitar and sing original songs wherever I have the chance to
  • Write and record Christian songs at home
  • Mission trips to Australia, England, Wales, Romania, and Nicaragua
  • Former English teacher, job counselor/interviewer, and programmer/analyst
  • BA in English/Secondary Education, Frostburg State College (now University)
  • Twelve graduate credits from Salisbury State College (now Salisbury University)
  • Twenty-four credits in computer programming from Chesapeake College
  • Poetry published in three denominational youth magazines and local newspaper
  • Dramatic monologs and short plays published in local magazine
  • Article published in collection Stupid Moments
  • Article published in collection When God Steps In
  • Article published in collection God’s Provision in Tough Times
  • First young adult book, Found in Translation, published by Barbour on 1/1/2011
  • Second young adult book, Lost in Dreams, published by Barbour on 8/1/2011
  • Third novel, a satirical speculative novel, The Devil & Pastor Gus, released on Nov. 25, 2014
  • Fourth novel, Rosa No-Name, prequel to Found in Translation>, released Apr. 2017
  • Found in Translation re-published by Winged Publications, Apr. 2017
  • A Season of Pebbles, previously Lost in Dreams, re-published by Winged Publications, Apr. 2017
  • Overshadowed, published by Winged Publications, Apr. 2017
  • Eight unpublished novels
  • Self-published small book, Yesterday’s Blossoms, in 2014 to showcase some short works (poems, plays, etc.)
  • Self-published second small book, More of Yesterday’s Blossoms, in 2016 to showcase other short works