Archive for June, 2012

Independence Day Stories

Posted on June 22, 2012. Filed under: Events, storytelling | Tags: , , , , , |

My next storytelling show with Better Said Than Done – the best performance act in Virginia according to Virginia Living Magazine –  is just over a week away and we are going to bring the fireworks.  Join Better Said Than Done for an explosive night of storytelling!

Independence Day: stories of declarations, freedom, and fireworks
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Epicure Cafe
11213 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA
7:00PM Show
Doors Open at 6:00PM
$10 Tickets at Door (Cash Preferred)

The performance will feature entertaining performances of true, explosive stories. Storytellers include: Geraldine Buckley, Lisa Kays, Jessica Piscitelli, Mojdeh Rezaeipour, Adam Ruben, Ellouise Schoettler, John Tong and Michael Zhuang.

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The “Right” Writing Style Conclusion

Posted on June 14, 2012. Filed under: storytelling, writing | Tags: , , , , |

A couple weeks ago I wrote about trying to change the way I write my stories that I perform for Better Said Than Done.  I just wanted to follow up with what actually happened.

In trying to work on the story, I talked it out with a few people, mostly through rehearsal. I spoke it out loud a few times, trying to work on being conversational. I struggled with that because I kept feeling like I was trying to find the words and map out where I was going while I was talking. I finally decided I needed to write the story out like I usually do. So I did.

Then something funny happened. As soon as I wrote it out, finding the structure I was looking for, I realized that I already knew it. I had needed to write it out to put all the pieces together in the right order, but from having said it out loud, and having lived it, I already knew all the pieces.  Once they were put together, I didn’t even need to read the written piece to know it.

It ended up being a bit of a merging of styles, in the end.

Here is the finished product. A story from the Better Said Than Done Show, “Our Bodies, Our Selves.”

Might try that method for our next show “Independence Day – stories of declarations, freedom, and fireworks” on June 30th at 7PM at Epicure Cafe in Fairfax, VA.

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R.I.P. Ray Bradbury

Posted on June 6, 2012. Filed under: Short Stories, writing | Tags: , |

Some of my friends are literary snobs. They refuse to read Westerns, mystery novels, and, of course, speculative fiction. I am a bit of a snob myself. I refuse to read (except when tricked) crap.

Ray Bradbury elevated the genre of science fiction to literature and should have made it impossible (snobs and all) for anyone to dismiss that entire genre again after novels like Farenheit 451 or my favorite short story ever, “Kaleidoscope.”

“Kaleidoscope,” originally published in the short story collection The Illustrated Man, tells the tale of several men whose deaths are imminent. Their space ship has just been torn apart by an asteroid and they are all drifting alone in space to various planets and asteroid belts.  The main character, Hollis, has a chip on his shoulder. He hasn’t lead the happiest of lives and blames everyone else for it.

Normally, that wouldn’t sound like a story that will show you the meaning of life, but Bradbury made the characters so real, and their revelations in the midst of their final living moments so relatable, that it teaches the reader so much about a life worth living. That is, if you aren’t too much of a snob to read it.

Rest in peace, Mr. Bradbury. Your genius will be missed.



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