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How can I submit a Thought?
What makes a good Thought?
But all I have is either too long or too short.
How long could it take for my submission to get on the air?
So has every reader submitted their particular piece?
What do I get for submitting a piece?
Any ideas to stimulate my Thoughts?

How can I submit a Thought?
Before we even get to audio recording, I have to make sure the text works and the permissions are received. So the first step is simple email. Send me the portion of text and any information (publication, page number, author, publisher/producer, title, who said it, addresses, emails, date, etc.) that will help to secure permission.

What makes a good Thought?
The intent here is to take the usually shallow sound bite and transform it into something deeper, something that provokes attention, maybe even action. Pieces with multiple layers of understanding that require reflection – thoughts that linger after they're heard.

  • Pieces must have published, produced, factual, or cultural sources; they are not "musings" of your mind.
  • These are not just quotations. Quotations are over in 7 seconds; this is a whole thought. So if you have a good quote, look at its context. Is there something good before or after it?
  • 45-60 spoken seconds long. The goal is a non-shallow sound bite, a thought only small in its expression.

But all I have is either too long or too short.
Okay, email it to me. I can help edit or perhaps find something to flesh it out.

How long could it take for my submission to get on the air?
That depends on whether your piece is protected by copyright or is in the public domain. Older pieces can be quick; anyone can use them once their copyrights have expired. In many cases, the permissions process is arduous (finding defunct publishing houses, agents, widows, attorneys), so those take longer. I'll let you know once permissions have been received and you and your piece are ready for the "big time."

So has every reader submitted their particular piece?
No. Sometimes a piece is submitted by someone who prefers not to read it. Sometimes a piece is submitted by someone in a city that I don't have arrangements made for recording. Sometimes one piece leads to a source which leads to more pieces. So I give away pieces to members of the community who might have a special interest in it (Pablo Casals' pieces to musicians, for example).

What do I get for submitting a piece?
Good karma. Plus a photograph, 2-sentence bio, and a web link to the website of your choice.

Any ideas to stimulate my Thoughts?

  • Check the calendar: Presidents' Day, First day of Spring, Independence Day. Election Day, for example, could lead to Thoughts of historical statistics about elections decided by one vote, the lines to vote in South Africa, fights for The Vote.
  • Multiculturalism: thoughts from different cultures, religions, ethnicities, potential for bilingual segments
  • Ask your book club to examine your book picks for Thoughts
  • Maybe you know an author who'd like to voice pieces from his or her work
  • Don't forget magazines, newsletters, whatever else.
  • If one of the goals of this is to increase general Thoughtfulness, you'll be surprised how many Thoughts start appearing. It's about paying attention. Ever notice how many blue cars suddenly appeared on the road once you bought yours?