Amanda Hocking's Paradox . . .
After posting "Shocking Hocking: A Young Adult Story," on Amanda Hocking's success as described by Strawberry Saroyan in her New York Times article "Storyseller," I decided to see if Ms. Hocking has a website. She in fact has several, including a blog, appropriately designated Amanda Hocking's Blog, which has a recent blog entry about the NYT article: "Those People Aren't My Family" (June 19, 2011).
Among other things that she wrote concerning the interview by Ms. Saroyan was this aside about the photographer who took the picture that accompanied the article:
Side note: The guy who took the picture -- Ben Innes -- is the first person to photograph me using an actual camera that uses real film instead of digital. Also, he told me this great joke: What do you call a wharf next to a pier? A paradox. Get? Cause they're a pair of docks? Anyway. It's a great joke, and he was a nice guy.That is a great joke, and it's an even better joke if one adds a punny twist, as I did in a comment:
I read the NYT piece and was impressed, so I had my 14-year-old daughter read it aloud, and I even blogged on it: Shocking Hocking: A Young Adult Story.So far, Ms. Hocking has graciously ignored my atrocious pun, which is perhaps not as funny as I first imagined.
My daughter now wants to read your books. Congratulations on your success. May it continue.
Oh, and I also liked the paradox joke, partly because I discovered another joke within a pun:
"What do you call a wharf next to a pier?"
"A wharf next to appear? Is this a trick question?"
But I still like it . . .