Four Years and Counting!
Today marks the 200th issue of this Newsletter!
I began four years ago on May 1st, 2012. Perhaps I was a little crazy, when I began, wondering just how it would turn out. Clearly, I am even MORE crazy after four years of rising early every Monday morning and wondering, "What will I write about today?"
One thing I continue to "re-learn" from storytelling and doing the Newsletter is to "Trust the process." Some mornings, when I sit down at my computer and begin, I don't have a clue. Eventually, as I fill in the news of valley storytelling events and scour my mind, I somehow come up with a "Tip" for the Newsletter.
Fortunately, this resulted in writing and publishing my book, Storytelling Tips: Creating, Crafting and Telling Stories. I have been quite blessed with the positive reaction from the storytelling community, and certainly many of my most cherished colleagues who have praised the book.
Often, folks will thank me for publishing this newsletter or comment on a Tip or Tdbit. Sometimes, even they wonder how I continue to grind it out each week. The simple answer is, I LOVE STORYTELLING! I love telling, listening, teaching and writing about storytelling. That's what keeps me going.
There is, perhaps, a more deep-seated reason underneath my single-minded storytelling life. Although I have been in the storytelling community for about seven years now, the roots of what drives me, what has molded me, what seemingly pushes me onward is something that I have owned for many years.
It is something that, although I have seen in a few others, I believe I wear it more proudly, as an expert and a master in a little known, but recognizable affliction known as: Witzelsucht! The definition, from the Medical Dictionary of Psychiatry is at the right. If you have spent any time with me, I am sure you will verify this diagnosis.
But seriously folks, if you read this Newsletter, like it, look forward to it, or have any suggestions about it, please click this link and leave a COMMENT below to let me know how you feel.
Thanks for all your support and encouragement!