Episode 62- Get Creative with Paper Sky!

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Episode 62- The Newbie Writer’s Podcast

Guest: Jacob Ramirez



From the web site:

The question that sparked Paper Sky Creative is, “How do we use technology to bring more stories into the world?” What we came up with was a kind of venue inspired by indie rock and roll. We set the stage, and draw the crowd, and the author brings their tale to tell. And we do it online, using a web page that by its very design, creates drama, engages readers and forges avid fans for our spotlight author.
The ultimate goal in this whole endeavor is to bear more great stories into the world. With our venues we can increase book sales for authors, without taking a piece of the pie. Our hope is that the increased revenue makes it easier for great authors to write great stories.

We’re not in the business of selling books. We’ll leave that to you. What we offer are platforms designed to connect independent authors with eager new readers. We think the best way to do that is by presenting free, high quality content in a strategic manner.
When you share a story with us we publish it online, and use all of our social networking power to introduce your work to people who are excited to read something great. We target very specific demographics to bring the most relevant audience to you. When these people visit our site, they read your work, see your name and hear us rave about you on our blog, where we link to your site or wherever you sell your books.
We’re currently collecting stories to publish over the next year. If you think we can help you grow your audience, or if you just have questions please email publishing@paperskycreative.com.

If you’d like to send us your story, we’d love to read it. We appreciate PDFs or just pasting into the body of the email. Please no doc files. If your story is approved then there’s a simple contract that we can send you to review and sign, and from there we can set a publishing date.

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In honor of my bizarre little brother, write about siblings. What is your birth order? Are you in the middle, oldest? How do you think that changes your view point? How do you think that would change the view point of a character? Are they the responsible oldest? The hapless and pampered Baby of the family? Focus on birth order and how it can define your characters.

Word of the Week:

Many Americans will know this word, though it’s rare in other parts of the English-speaking world. It seems one can’t have just the one fantod — they always arrive in multiples. Modern writers may speak of somebody having a case of the fantods, or hyperbolically the flaming fantods or the swiveling fantods, descriptions of somebody in a state of extreme nervous hysteria or unreasonable excitement (as in the Atlanta Journal in March 1999: “He is beside himself, in flaming fantods, screeching histrionics in the direst of foreboding and doom”).
The word is known in America from the nineteenth century: the first recorded appearance is this:
You have got strong symptoms of the fantods; your skin is so tight you can’t shut your eyes without opening your mouth.
The Adventures of Harry Franco, by Charles Briggs, 1839.
It was a favourite of Mark Twain, as here in Huckleberry Finn: “Th/ese was all nice pictures, I reckon, but I didn’t somehow seem to take to them, because if ever I was down a little they always give me the fan-tods”.
Where it comes from is mostly a mystery. Of the singular the Chambers Dictionary says, “a fidgety, fussy person, especially a ship’s officer”, which is intriguing but doesn’t get us very far. Some etymological works point to its presence in Dorset, Kentish and Lincolnshire dialects, and suggest it probably arose from the dialectal fantique, which may ultimately be from fantastic or fantasy. This turns up in yet another spelling here, meaning an escapade:
“You’re a amiably-disposed young man, Sir, I don’t think,” resumed Mr. Weller, in a tone of moral reproof, “to go involving our precious governor in all sorts o’ fanteegs, wen he’s made up his mind to go through everything for principle”.
The Pickwick Papers, by Charles Dickens, 1837. Dickens is here faithfully recording the London pronunciation of the period, which often turned vs into ws.
By one of those oddities of transmission, having been taken to the US and shifted sense, it then returned to Britain around 1900. For a couple of decades at the beginning of the twentieth century it is found in works by British authors, such as Rudyard Kipling, John Galsworthy, and E C Bentley (in Trent’s Last Case: “ ‘John Masefield has written a very remarkable play about it,’ said Trent, ‘and if it ever comes on again in London, you should go and see it, if you like having the fan-tods’ ”).

World Wide Words

Tortured Sentences:

Courtesy of Dr Michael Pinksy.

“Deep Blue Sea had sharks escape and terrorize people, like Shark Attack, but in Shark Attack, the sharks are not smart, they revert to their basic primitive functions.  So the scientist do not have to outsmart the sharks, but they still have to think like them, and predict their next movie.”

I predict their next movie will be Shark Attack II.  Follow this logic: the sharks are not smart; the scientists have to think like the sharks; therefore, the scientists have to become stupid.  No wonder they all agreed to appear in this film.


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