Back in the Storytelling Saddle Again

Posted on October 8, 2013. Filed under: storytelling | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Well, I survived. I had a baby and then my life ended, for a little while, and then I started to get it back.

Two weeks ago, I think, (can’t keep track of time these days) I returned to storytelling in a big way. Basically, all in the same week my baby girl turned two months old (and I have been a stay at home mommy during these months) I had a panel discussion on storytelling at George Mason University, a storytelling show at the Auld Shebeen in Fairfax, a storytelling workshop at the Workhouse Arts Center and another storytelling show at the Reston Nature House.  Phew.

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It felt good to be back out there doing grown-up stuff, and was also one of the stupidest things I have ever done.  I planned it all before my baby came into the world, not realizing that babies really do keep you very busy.  Meaning, I had very little time to write and memorize two stories, pull a cast together for two shows, prepare all the materials for a new workshop, and then make arrangements to go to all those events.
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But I survived that week as well.  I wouldn’t say I told the best stories of my career, but I wasn’t booed off either stage – which is always a good sign. I had enough storytellers to fill the bill for both shows.  The panel discussion at George Mason was awesome and well attended.  And the workshop was a lot of fun.

I would write more about the whole experience but I hear my baby girl grunting, which means I have just enough time to post this before she starts crying.  Sigh. Back to work!

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