Recently I got a comment from a listener who wished to remain anonymous. His note was short and sweet. It read:
“Ron, I love the show, but you need to edit your blog posts and show notes better. Please accept this critique in the spirit it was intended.” – Anonymous
He or she left several examples of my failings. At first, I tried to defend myself by saying that it was just a blog and that gave me a pass to not write my best stuff. When I sat down and gave it more thought, it became clear to me that I was wrong. In the end, we are responsible for what we write and in some cases, it is the first impression we give of ourselves. I guess that means I owe Mr. Anonymous a debt of thanks. So, what is the real story here? I guess it is more of a “moral” than a story. No matter what you are writing for, you should always put forth your best effort.
This Week’s Podcast: On the podcast this week we have a treat. Listener and friend to the podcast Jose Munoz has written a science fiction story and has agreed to share it with us. It is titled Faster Than Light and it will be read for us by Mark Nelson. You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from iTunes, stream it on Stitcher Radio or on the mobile version of Spotify. Do you prefer the radio? We are heard every Thursday at 10:00 pm and Sunday Night at 11:00 PM (EST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link
OnRon’s Amazing Storiesthis week we had so many tales that I had to cut one to make Room! We have two guests on the show. Sylvia Shults is back with another round of incredible ghost stories, and we meetAlton Chung. Alton is a professional storyteller who will read a tale about a haunted man cave. Our featured story comes from Mexico and could be the scariest chupacabra encounter we have ever had.
Featured Story – The Night I will Never Forget
This story was sent in by Gabriel Jordan from Texas City, Texas. It tells of his two encounters with Chupacabra while in Mexico. It presents a side of the cryptid that I have not heard of before. Terrifying!
Program Note:Sylvia Shults is a Librarian, Author, and Ghost Hunter. She has spent a lifetime in the pursuit of the weird and strange. Her non-fiction works includeGhost of the Illinois River,Fractured Spirits,44 Years in Darkness,Hunting Demons,The Spirits of Christmas,and her latest releaseFractured Souls.All of her books are available onAmazonand you can find out more about her at herWordPress Home Page.
No matter what you know or think you know about a subject, there is always more to learn. One of the most embarrassing situations to have happened to you is being called out because what you thought was true was not. If there are differences of opinion in the area you are presenting, recognize the other side. You will come across more strongly if your audience knows you have taken the time to learn both sides of an issue. It is amazing but true, that once you write something most of your followers are going to believe you. You owe them accuracy.
What if you are writing your autobiography or maybe your family history. Who better to know the story than you? It’s true, but others may have a different perspective. Memories, even yours, can be faulty. Checking your facts can lead to the perfect tale. As an editor, I see all kinds of stories. I was editing a memoir and the author made a reference to an event that took place during World War II. The problem was that it never happened. It was related to a post-war event and that meant it had to be moved and rewritten. A little research on the author’s part would have solved that problem.
What if you are writing fiction? Surely doing research is not needed in this case. After all, you are making things up as you go along. The truth is that the details of fiction need to be as accurate as nonfiction. There is always an element truth in every story and those details need to be correct. For example, if you are writing about an ax-wielding maniac and you call his blade a rapier, there is a problem. Even when you invent your own universe, it has to be understood by earthlings. If you are going to have impossible things happening, you need to offer some explanation that will make sense.
I myself love to do research. I look at facts to build my stories and locations on. It gives your audience a starting reference and will make them feel comfortable with the subject matter.
This Week’s Podcast: On the show, we have more stories than you can shake a stick at! Sylvia Shults is back with her famous brand of ghost stories and we have one of the creepiest chupacabra tales I have ever heard. Also, I introduce a new member of Ron’s Amazing Stories family. You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from iTunes, stream it on Stitcher Radio or on the mobile version of Spotify. Do you prefer the radio? We are heard every Thursday at 10:00 pm and Sunday Night at 11:00 PM (EST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link
OnRon’s Amazing Storiesthis time we have a cave murder, a donkey story, unknown eyes and even a spirit who throws people around. Jack White reads the exciting conclusion ofThe Diamond Thunderboltand we end the show with more classic old-time radio commercials.
Featured Story –The Diamond Thunderbolt by H. Thompson Rich
This story comes from the pages ofAstounding Magazine, July of 1931. It is called, The Diamond Thunderboltby H. Thompson Rich and features many answers to questions that I ask myself all of the time. It is expertly read for us by James White.
Locked in a rocket and fired into space!—such was the fate which awaited young Stoddard at the end of the diamond trail!
I don’t have much of a blog this week. It has been a crazy weekend. On Saturday morning at about 11 am I heard a heavy explosion in the backyard. It literally shook the entire house and sent a cold chill through my body. I thought a tree fell on us. It was not a tree, but the concrete patio in the backyard was buckled and broken. I tried to reason why this happened and thought perhaps a water pipe burst. I checked and sure enough, the meter indicated a leak. The problem, however, is that no water lines run under the patio. So, in a nutshell, I have two issues probably not related.
The podcast will roll out as normal, but the blog is skimpy.
This Week’s Podcast: On the podcast this week we have an amazing story about Billy the donkey and we play the conclusion to The Diamond Thunderbolt. We also hear a listeners’ story that just might be the most chilling we have ever had! You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from iTunes, stream it on Stitcher Radio or on the mobile version of Spotify. Do you prefer the radio? We are heard every Thursday at 10:00 pm and Sunday Night at 11:00 PM (EST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link