How to Write Your Story!

What about The Stories?I received this email and thought that I would answer the question right here on the blog.  

Hello Ron, Thank you for the great podcast. I listen each week and can’t wait for the next episode. At first, I missed the old time radio shows, but the new content with more listener stories is the future of the show. I can see that. Also, I like how easy it is to get stories to you. My question is this – I am not a writer and each time I sit down to tell my story I walk away frustrated. Can you help me? Do you have any tips on how I can tell my story? – Marleen Carlisle – Dover, Texas

Writing short stories or real-life stories can be tough, but not impossible. Start by writing down the events in the order they occurred. What stops people is the thought, How do I start this thing off? Don’t worry about that as much and concentrate on the facts. Once you have your list fill in the gaps with the details and you will see that your story has just written itself.  Now all you really have to do is to put it together and then write your opening. This is what I do and it has never failed.

I hope this helps you, Marleen. I look forward to reading your story,

-Ron

The RAS is now on the Amazon EchoThis Week’s Podcast:

On the show this week we have a lesson in physics, an attack by a killer owl, a question from Wendy and a tornado at Wendy’s. Also, we continue with Tom’s Growing Up series. 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 Sunday Night at 8:00 PM (PST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link.

Ron’s Amazing Stories is produced and hosted by Ronald Hood:

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The Stuff Of Dreams

Did you know that some of the best stories that have been written were from the stuff dreams by their authors?

The Stuff Of DreamsOne of the most famous of these is The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. It was first published in 1886 and the idea for the story came from a dream. Upon awakening, he took that inspiration and used it for scenes that would appear in the story.

Another author that has her dreams to thank was Mary Shelley the creator of the classic tale Frankenstein. This book is often cited as the world’s first science fiction novel, but did you know that it was inspired by a vivid nightmare. She experienced what she described as a waking dream:

“I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life, and stir with an uneasy, half vital motion. Frightful must it be; for supremely frightful would be the effect of any human endeavor to mock the stupendous mechanism of the Creator of the world” – Mary Shelley

Not all stories that are the stuff of dreams have a scary theme. Stuart Little by E B White stemmed from a dream he had in the 1920s, although it took him nearly two decades to convert his notes into a novel. The result is one of the most beloved children’s stories ever written.

So why I am I taking the time to share these facts? I believe that dreams are a wonderous thing. For years I have kept journals of my own and I have to say there are some pretty good story ideas in those writings. Have you ever thought about tracking your dreams? If not…why not?

This Week’s Podcast:

We have another story filled podcast this week. We have a rare Black Eyed Kids story, Mark Nelson continues to read the book, Anything You Can Do, and we have a new installment of, Johnny Is It True? 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 Sunday Night at 8:00 PM (PST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link.

The Calendar:

June 21 – RAS #333 – Growing Up!
June 28 – RAS #334 – Mason Henry Blue
July 05 – RAS #335 – The Adolphus Bride
July 12 – RAS #336 – Replay of Episode #291
July 19 – RAS #337 – Growing Up 2!
July 26 – RAS #338 – Terror At Alamo Lake

True or False with Boris Karloff

On this edition of Ron’s Amazing Blog, we will explore the American icon, Boris Karloff. We will do this with a good old-fashioned game of True or False. Can you guess the answer before you read it?

Boris Karloff 1950William Henry Pratt, better known by his stage name Boris Karloff, was an English actor who was primarily known for his roles in horror films. He portrayed, most famously, Frankenstein’s monster in Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and Son of Frankenstein (1939).

Q1 – Sure he was a great character actor, but could he… would he… do Doctor Seuss?

True – His best-known non-horror role was as the Grinch in the animated television special, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966). For his contribution to film and television, Boris Karloff was awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Q2 – Boris has a blood link to the movie The King and I?

True – His mother’s maternal aunt was Anna Leonowens, whose tales about life in the royal court of Siam (now Thailand) were the basis of the musical The King and I.

Q3 – It is said that Borris took his stage name from a mad scientist character,”Boris Karlov”, in the novel The Drums of Jeopardy.

False – That book was not published until 1920 and he was already using his stage name by then. Karloff always claimed he chose the first name “Boris” because it sounded foreign and exotic, and that “Karloff” was a family name from his Slavic roots. However, his daughter Sara Karloff publicly denied any knowledge of Slavic forebears. One verified reason for the name change was to prevent embarrassment to his family. His brothers were all dignified members of the British Foreign Service. He was considered the “black sheep of the family” for having become an actor or at least Karloff apparently worried they felt that way. He did not reunite with his family until he returned to Britain to make The Ghoul in 1933. He was worried that his siblings would disapprove of his macabre world fame. Instead, his brothers jostled for position around him and happily posed for publicity photographs. After the photos were taken, Karloff’s brothers immediately started asking about getting copies of their own. The story of the photo became one of Karloff’s favorites.

Q4 – The last time Boris donned the monster make-up was for the television series Route 66?

True – Karloff donned the monster make-up for the last time in 1962 for a Halloween episode of the TV series Route 66.  As part of the story Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., and Peter Lorre meet to discuss whether their old monster costumes, they used in films, would still scare a TV audience today.

Q5 – Borris worked in Comic Books?

True – Karloff lent his name and likeness to Gold Key Comics based upon the television series Thriller. After Thriller was canceled, the comic was retitled Boris Karloff’s Tales of Mystery. An illustrated likeness of Karloff continued to introduce each issue of this publication for nearly a decade after his death. In fact, the comic lasted until the early 1980s.

Q6 – Borris delivered his only child in full monster makeup.

True – He married five times and had one child, daughter Sara Karloff, by his fourth wife. At the time of his daughter’s birth, he was filming Son of Frankenstein and reportedly rushed from the film set to the hospital while still in full makeup.

Boris Karloff was truly a special actor who graced us with some of our greatest tales and horrible nightmares. He spent his retirement in England at his country cottage named Roundabout in the Hampshire village of Bramshott. He contracted bronchitis in 1968 and was hospitalized at University College Hospital. He died of pneumonia at the King Edward VII Hospital on 2 February 1969, at the age of 81.

This Week’s Podcast:

On the show this week we will replay one of my favorite episodes from 2017. It is called Tales from Development Hell. 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 Sunday Night at 8:00 PM (PST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link.

The Calendar:

June 21 – RAS #333 – Growing Up!
June 28 – RAS #334 – Mason Henry Blue
July 05 – RAS #335 – The Adolphus Bride
July 12 – RAS #336 – Replay Episode #291
July 19 – RAS #337 – Growing Up 2!
July 26 – RAS #338 – Detective Week

Your Stories, But Up A Notch!

A couple of weeks ago I put out the idea of you guys writing fiction stories for the show. I wondered how this would go over and I got my answer. So far two folks have responded. Kean Kennedy from the UK and Daniel Contee from Ohio. Both are working on their respective projects.

We Want Your StoriesI started this because we get a lot of stories from you guys, but many of you have written to me and say that you don’t have a story to tell. My response to that is: How would you like to write a fiction story for the podcast? Maybe you have already written a short story, or have always wanted to try. I would love to have them and you can submit those to Ron’s Amazing Stories.

If you are up a challenge let me know using the contact page and tell me that you want to write a story. I will give you a concept and then you run with it. I will even help edit your story to make it the best it can be. When we are done you or I will read your work on the show.  If you think this sounds like something you want to try let me know.

To Kean and Daniel, I say good luck and I hope that you enjoy it.

-Ron

This Week’s Podcast:

On the podcast this week we have, you guessed it, stories! As promised we will have a western theme and will play an excellent episode of Gunsmoke.  Also, we have two listener tales straight out of the old west catalog. One is a ghost a story from podcasts past.

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 Sunday Night at 8:00 PM (PST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link.

The Calendar:

May 24 – RAS #329 – The Nothing Equation
May 31 – RAS #330 – Memorial Day Replay
June 07 – RAS #331 – The Beast Of Space
June 14 – RAS #333 – Impossible!
June 21 – RAS #332 – Growing Up!
June 28 – RAS #334 – Western Tales

What About The Stories?

What about The Stories?

I have been getting a lot of stories of late and thought that it was time to go over what I do with these and the process I am using to ready them for the show. First and foremost every story I receive is important to me. I take a careful look at each one and I always send out feedback. Some of the questions I get are:

How do I deal with all the stories?

All stories go into a reading cue. The exception is that short tales usually get read on the spot. I don’t like to let stories sit so I try to get to them within 24 hours. As I stated I always send out an email to the author. I will tell you if your story is going to be used and confirm your permission to use it.

Do I edit all of the stories?

Yes, that is necessary.  I try to minimize this, but the truth is I have to make the story readable. For example, I remove tongue twisters. People often don’t even know they are doing it, but some things are difficult to read aloud. I remove brand names. If you say Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes I might change it to just frosted flakes. Of course, I always remove bad language and replace it with a family-friendly version. If I edit your story I will send you the copy for your approval. I May not do this if the edits are minor.

Do I reject Stories?

Sadly, I do have to pass on some stories. Anything that would not be heard on television Saturday morning is going to be suspect. I always offer the sender the chance to rewrite the tale and sometimes they do and sometimes they get mad. I also avoid stories that have agendas. I will leave that at that.

I hope this gives you some insight into the story process at Ron’s Amazing Stories. I want your stories and I hope that this does not stop you from sending them in.

Thank you for reading,

-Ron

This Week’s Podcast:

On the podcast this week we have a super secret guest, two tales about growing up, and a listener sent in a request that I was happy to fill. 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 Sunday Night at 8:00 PM (PST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link.

The Calendar:

May 24 – RAS #329 – The Nothing Equation
May 31 – RAS #330 – Memorial Day Replay
June 07 – RAS #331 – The Beast Of Space
June 14 – RAS #333 – Impossible!
June 21 – RAS #332 – Special Guest
June 28 – RAS #334 – Western Tales