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Telling Stories and Literacy: The Things You Don’t Usually Get To See

Photo Credit Jonathan Van Ark I am an unrepentant bibliophile and logophile. I love words and word games and reading. I could spend months sitting by a lake with a stack of books and little else and I would be in Heaven. I can’t imagine a life without books....

We Are Our Stories: Nothing More. Nothing Less.

  I love doing sets that challenge audiences when I work in schools. I’m always trying to challenge them linguistically and developmentally. I try to challenge their imagination and their assumptions. We are the sum of the stories we believe, and the stories we reject. We can’t incorporate any...

Peaks and Valleys In the Gig Economy

The Gig Economy can rip your heart out. January you have so much work you don’t know if you can do it all, and February you have one gig and it was a ‘take it because I need something’ type of show. March and April are a wasteland, and...

Don’t Let Ridiculous Speed Overwhelm You

Bullet Trains move at ridiculous speed! As a touring artist, most of my life moves at ridiculous speed when I am awake. Ridiculous speed is something many people can relate to. Got a manuscript to my agent on Wednesday. Hooray! A moment to breathe….not so fast. Hadn’t really cleaned...

Taming The Wild Personal Narrative

source My Uncle Pete loved cats. he had a million of them. His favorite one had one blue eye. The other eye, whatever color it might have been, had been missing as long as I’d been alive. “Uncle Pete,” we’d ask, “tell us how that cat lost his eye!” My...

Sometimes I Forget…..

Storytelling is work Being a working storyteller is a pretty intense job at times. Right now the booking season is in full swing and schools, libraries, conferences and other types of performance and workshop venues are calling for dates and shows. In my brain this translates to the work...

Reading Up: A Literary Strategy

  My son loved this book when he was three Emergent readers are typically children, but they can also be adults, who are just beginning to learn the forms of grammar and written syntax found in literature. To Read Up in this context means to have someone read something...

Li Chi Slays The Serpent

  source This story has been sitting in my body for days. It wants to be shared. Long ago, in China, there was a fearsome serpent who lived in the Yung Mountains. His head was as big as a large rice barrel and his body was fearsomely long. When...

Justice Fairytale Style!

source Over the course of my storytelling life, I have marveled at how kids react to villains. Depending on what that character is doing, kids turn on a dime. They will love that character right up until the moment he betrays them, and then that character is dead to...

How To Avoid Blundering Into Horrible Gig

source There are few things worse than blundering into a performance situation that is annoying or horrible. We all have types of shows we won’t do. For every performer who runs screaming, another would do the venue at the drop of a hat. Some people like birthday parties. Some...