Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Typosphere Weigh-In Time: May I Use the Collective Terminology In My Book?

Salutations Typospherians!

I had a burst of inspiration today and have laid foundation for another short-story in the same line of thought as my recent post As Seen From A Remington RandI have decided to publish a collection of these stories in e-book form, and I will be working on them quite a bit in the following weeks, possibly months, depending upon how the editing goes, how many more typers make their way to me between now and then, et cetera. I feel that inclusion of the Typosphere and all of it's terminologies, such as 'type-in', 'tlogger' 'typewriter insurgency' 'Typosphere' and the like is vital to the story...because it is so intrinsically tied to every typer I have. I'd even like to add a link index to blogs and sites that have played a significant role in the renaissance of the typewriter and the evolution of my own knowledge base.


So my question for all of you is this: May I use these terms, create a cited sources/resources index and/or a link index in my book? I won't use names at all if you prefer I don't, or I can use pseudonyms. But I would like as many denizens of the Typosphere to weigh in on this before I embark upon the project of compiling the information. Your input is greatly appreciated!


Use your words as ammunition in the weapons of the Typewriter Insurgency!

--Anna.

15 comments:

  1. Go for it! The platen is mightier than the sword.

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  2. I don't see why not. Does anyone own words? I guess sometimes if it is brand name. I bet whoever coined those terms would just love to see them used.

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  3. Thank you, Ted and Richard!

    That was my thought as well, Mark, but I wanted to make sure before I really got going on this...so I wouldn't need to make retractions later, or possibly face a lawsuit or something of that sort.

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  4. Go for it.

    Just remember, I'm usually referred to - in polite company as: 'He who shall not be named'.

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    1. Hahaha, I'll keep that in mind, Scott. ;-)

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  5. I'll add my voice to the resounding chorus of "yes." I think we all intended for these terms to take flight and be adopted by as many people as possible. It's a collective victory for all of us if someone reading your book starts to use them too!

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    1. Thank you! That's what I figured, but I wanted to be certain.

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  6. This sounds like it is going to be a great read. Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? Sounds like a good venue and motivation for such a project. At any rate, I would be delighted to read some typewriter related stories. I fit a bit into the last chapter of my last novel, and plan to use some more soon. It is great to squeeze something you love into a story.

    Best of luck to you!

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    1. Thank you very much, Ken! The encouragement is greatly appreciated! I am indeed being charged by a particular mini-rhino; I'm really excited and I think, as long as I'm diligent, it shouldn't be too difficult, as I have a feeling I get pretty close to 50,000 words in a month with the blog, anyway...certainly between that and other sites I contribute to.

      Where can this novel be acquired? I would love to read it!

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  7. It's exciting to see this typewriter story project develop before our very eyes!

    What a great concept. You're going to have a lot of fun with this one.

    You certainly get MY "clack of approval" on using any and all Typospherian Terms.

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    1. Hee, thank you! All those in favor, ring your bells!

      Even with the structuring and foundation-laying, I'm really beginning to enjoy it. It may mean I'm a little less prolific of a blogger, however. I don't think you guys will miss me too much.

      I'm very excited to get everything rolling!

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  8. Bill Gates has claimed ownership of ones and zeros (It must be true; I read it in The Onion) and Walt Disney has claimed ownership of most of Grimm's and Anderson's fairy tales, so I suppose I could claim ownership of any portmanteau beginning with "type-" or "typo-" and allow you to send me several dollars for each infringing use of same if it would make you feel better. I suspect it would be more satisfying to tell me to piss off, however, so you may also do that and I will still read your stories.

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    1. And that right there is why we adore you around here, Winston. *Laughs*

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