Let me start with what I don't do!
I do not offer dramatic readings. You will not see me in front of a crowd with a book in my hand. It's funny, this is actually a hard concept for some to grasp. I can't tell you how many times a year people tell me, "Oh, I really enjoy your readings." I have to chuckle, what else can I do?
I think part of the confusion stems from folks not knowing how to describe what they have experienced. One 4th grader put it to me this way,
"When you were talking, I felt like I was watching a movie!"
You see, if I am doing my job well, I disappear as the story evolves and your mind is filled with imagery tailor-made for you by your life's experiences. It's a public performance art with deeply intimate impact. It's a life skill with incredible communicative powers. It's just plain fun.
Quite simply, I tell stories. Yet, there is so much more to it than that!
Essentially my involvement with storytelling can be broken into four parts.
My next few posts, I will spend some time exploring each part.