Good Talk...Good Talk Excerpt (Lone Star Book Blog Tour)

Ginny Andrews

Nonfiction / Humor / Comedy / Essays
Publisher: Ginny Andrews Comedy, LLC
Date of Publication: October 5, 2023
Number of Pages: 171 pages 

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Raise your hand if you have ever run into a mannequin in a store and apologized. Continue to keep your hand raised if you want to pre-write thank you notes to those whom you anticipate attending your funeral because you suffer from chronic “way too nice” syndrome. Keep it up high if you have ever farted in church or yoga class. Man, my arm is getting tired!

Most people are awkward during the middle school years, grow out of it, and blossom into mature, well-functioning human beings…I’m still waiting for this to happen. Awkwardness is my hidden talent, although most who know me would tell you it isn’t hidden—it’s written on my forehead. My daily life is filled with epic failures. Sometimes I feel like I’m one big malfunction! As I have gotten older, I just try to embrace it.

After you read this collection of essays, hopefully you will be able to accept your imperfections too! Nope, probably not because I’m still not there! However, maybe my comedy will stick with you like that hemorrhoid you can’t seem to get rid of, like ever—Good Talk. . .Good Talk.

Praise for Good Talk. . .Good Talk:

“Reading Ginny Andrews’s Good Talk. . .Good Talk is a lot like hanging out with that girlfriend that invariably makes you laugh until you cry." --Lauren Cassel Brownell, author of Zen and the Art of Housekeeping and Dying to Donate

Good Talk. . .Good Talk is a laugh out loud winner, filled with quirky stories reminiscent of Patrick McManus.” --J. Andersen, author of The Breeding Tree, The Gene Rift, and Legacy’s Impact

“Anyone with anxiety will totally relate to Ginny Andrews’ humorous tales of the struggle of day-to-day life in today’s world.” --John A.B., Amazon Reviewer

Excerpt from

Good Talk. . .Good Talk

by Ginny Andrews


I Am a Donkey

Everyone has a spirit animal. I could tell you mine is a butterfly because I am going through a period of major change and I will come out transformed, but that would be a lie; mine is really a hamster. A hamster on a wheel to be precise—a huge metaphor for my life. In all areas of my life, I feel like I am working super, super hard, but alas, I am just like that hamster on the wheel—I’m going nowhere!

Or maybe my spirit animal is closer to a donkey because lately, I feel more like a jackass than a hamster. The proper name for a female donkey is a “jenny,” which happens to be a version of my own name, just spelled a little differently. The gals can also be called she-asses. Your average person refers to all donkeys, male and female, as jackasses—even though the jack is reserved for the male. I really felt the need to break this down for you. Also, the research is legit. I found it all on Google.

Therefore, I am a version of a donkey. A jenny-ass, she-ass, or a jackass used incorrectly—I am all the things. This is only fitting seeing as how many of my behaviors always provoke the word “jackass” to come out of the mouths of innocent bystanders who witness my disastrous actions.

I’m never dressed appropriately for any occasion, I always say the wrong thing at the wrong time, and bad luck follows me around like that hemorrhoid you can’t seem to get rid of, like ever. Funerals and weddings happen to be my favorite venue for living up to my name. I don’t mean to be disrespectful or inappropriate; it just happens.

I think I come by this naturally, as I was taught to be awkward at an early age at funerals. When I was a child, I witnessed my cousin walking into a family funeral, and he taped a “get well soon” balloon on the casket. No one said anything to him, and everyone acted like that was something a normal-acting forty-five-year-old man would do.

          Weddings are tough gigs for me. It is extremely hard for me to stay focused, be serious, and not engage in or cause a laughing spell. I have been a bridesmaid, like fifty times, and during one of my stints, my friends (I was acquainted with both the bride and groom) decided to write their own lyrics, I mean vows. At one point the bride said, “I will be your cheerleader for life,” and the groom replied by saying, “I will be the team captain of this family, and it will be the A team.”

          What if they had a son that hated sports and wouldn’t even make the C team? What if the daughter was a stoner and hated cheerleaders? I tried to hold my breath, bite my tongue, anything to keep from laughing. Simultaneously, I looked over at another bridesmaid and saw her struggling to hold it in, we made eye contact, and then I lost it. My covered-up laugh came out like a snort, and then I coughed to cover it up—then it turned into a case of the body shakes, and even the preacher stopped and stared at me.

During another run as a bridesmaid, I was using one of the portable potties at the reception (note to self: Don’t have a reception outside where women who are dressed up must squat on portable potties; this is a difficult task in a pair of shorts, let alone an evening gown), and I fell over, and the portable potty went with me. Luckily, we weren’t on a hill, but it was enough commotion to draw a crowd, and this all transpired while the bride and groom were having their first dance. I thought those apparatuses were secure enough not to be pushed over. However, the task of setting them up was given to one of the cousins, and he didn’t secure them to the ground properly. When I was set back upright, I opened the door to be greeted by half of the wedding reception, including the photographer, who snapped a couple of pictures. I’m positive that one made the wedding album!

Ginny Andrews is a former high school teacher and coach, who is now an aspiring comedian, speaker, and writer. She would greatly appreciate it if you purchased her book! Door Dash, dog-sitting, used car sales, lawn mowing, and selling random items found in her house aren't high paying gigs!


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  1. HA! SOULMATE! Sounds like Ginny is a fellow danger prone Daphne (nod to my fave Scooby Doo team). I feel seen. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing! :) Ginny Andrews


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