Mark Terry

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Today's Challenge

November 6, 2008
I'm editing an interview with geneticist Stephanie Sherman and reading about something called the "Sherman Paradox," which is named after her. So I was thinking, wouldn't it be cool to have something like a syndrome or effect or paradox named after you?

The Terry Effect: an unexplained phenomenon wherein publishers that contract with the author go out of business prior to the contracted manuscript's publication.

The Terry Corollary: in which publishers drop authors mid-contract for no particular reason.

Anyway, if you had one named after you, what would it be?

Mark Terry


Blogger Jude Hardin said...

My PI character sometimes offers up maxims from his imaginary philosophy book.

Rule #3 from Nicholas Colt’s Philosophy of Life: Love will break your heart, and lust will break your bank account.

Rule #3 has been proven many times, and is universally accepted as being true.

7:02 AM  
Blogger Erica Orloff said...


The Orloff Paradox: A.k.a., the Target Black Hole. When going to Target to buy socks and boxer shorts for your children, it is impossible to spend less than $300.

7:11 AM  
Blogger Mark Terry said...

Yes, I suppose the Terry Paradox might be: the number of trips to the high school to pick up and deliver Oldest Son is directly proportional to the cost of gas price per gallon.

7:22 AM  
Blogger B. Nagel said...

The Nagel Paradigm: The more education you have, the smaller the starting salary.

My word verification is gonickh. So if you know anyone named Nick H. that is competing in a sport, bet on him.

10:12 AM  
Blogger Mark Terry said...

The Nagel Paradigm strikes me as being similar to the Stephen King Effect, which he, though did not name it, said to the effect: if your work is appreciated by critics there's a very good chance you will be sitting down to a fine dinner of Alpo and Cheerios.

10:47 AM  
Blogger spyscribbler said...

The Fondren Paradox: it's cheaper to eat out than to buy groceries.

11:01 AM  
Blogger Richmond Writer said...

I like Brooks Smith's: The talismanic phobia of a blank page.

11:48 AM  
Blogger Mark Terry said...

That's a paradox, that's for sure. I've sort of bought into it, but I'm not sure my wife has.

Or "screen" as it were.

11:50 AM  
Blogger Stephen Parrish said...

The Parrish Impediment: when an agent stops taking your calls because the first editor who reads your manuscript doesn't drive a pickup truck full of money to the agent's bank and hire the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes to dance on the agency lawn.

11:38 PM  
Blogger spyscribbler said...

Eight tacos at taco bell: $8.

Eight homemade tacos: $25.

1:09 PM  
Blogger B. Nagel said...

Control of the quality of ingredients in your tacos: Priceless

6:47 PM  
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