Monday, March 24, 2014
Issue # 100

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My 100th Newsletter Issue Today!

Celebrate with me! Win Prizes!

Today is the 100th issue of Storyteller News from Storyteller Mark Goldman. Thanks to all of you out there who have subscribed and supported this newsletter and me!

Now for some fun! - A CONTEST! 
Have you been reading the Newsletter?

Below are ten questions. The answers can be found in the issues of the newsletter.

Here are the ten questions.
(Only GREEN questions are eligible for single answers
- see rule #4)

  1. Name at least TWO of the five dates when the Newsletter was NOT published on a Monday.
  2. What is my favorite tip?
  3. According to the videos in Tidbits, who are the two women I am in love with? One’s a storyteller, one is not?
  4. Who are the two people named Karen that I follow and most often post about?
  5. Which storyteller wrote about the “Twenty Skills a Storyteller Needs”?
  6. I posted videos of which two deaf storytellers?
  7. What time is it on the clock in the “Try Going Backwards” tip?
  8. Which issue date had no actual “Tip”?
  9. I have written several tips regarding Significant Objects. According to these tips, what is one of MY most significant objects?
  10. What color hair did the girl have that I saw in the small town square in Dublin?

    ​BONUS QUESTION: Which film writer/director/producer did I attend high school with?


  1. The FIRST PERSON to E-mail me the correct answer to ANY of the "eligible" ten questions will receive ONE Arizona Story Slam T-shirt (a true collector's item).
  2. One submission per person.
  3. One win/T-shirt per person.
  4. Once a question has been correctly answered - IT WILL BE MARKED RED - AND IS OUT OF PLAY & IS NOT ELIGIBLE TO BE ANSWERED - except for submitting ALL the answers together.
  5. You may NOT submit an answer where YOU are part of the answer (see rule 6, 7, 8 for exception).
  6. The FIRST THREE PEOPLE to E-mail me the correct answers to ALL  ten questions will receive A T-Shirt AND I will buy you a drink at the 2014 NSN Conference.
  7. The FIRST person to E-mail me the correct answers to ALL ten questions - AND answer the bonus question correctly will receive A T-Shirt, a drink and I will buy you breakfast or lunch at the conference.
  8. NOTE: People who are part of any answer MAY submit ALL ten answers together (and the bonus question answer) in an attempt to win the above stated prizes for answering ALL TEN questions together (and/or the bonus question).
  9. Contest will end when all winners have been acknowledged (total of 14 winners - ten individual question winners, three TEN question winners and one TEN QUESTION PLUS BONUS QUESTION winner). 
    OR at MIDNIGHT, April 30, 2014; whichever occurs first.
  10. All decisions by the judge (me) are final. Don't argue...don't cheat...play nice.

Remember; E-mail me - no posting of answers on this site's comments or separately in FACEBOOK OR ANY OTHER GROUPS - Play Nice!

NSN Conference Update

Earlybird Registration DEADLINE - MAY 15
Save BIG BUCKS when you register early.
As little as $255 for Seniors or Students BEFORE May 15
(after may 15 - prices go up $75)
Click here for Registration
Congratulations to
These LOCAL Tellers Presenting at the Conference:
Liz Warren, Marilyn Omifunke Torres, Sean Buvala, Doug Bland, Marilyn Eileena Torres-Sierra, Megan Finnerty and Caleb Winebrenner.
And These Other Great Presenters:
Karen Chace & Simon Brooks; Kate Dudding; Pam Faro; Terry Foxx; Jackson Gillman; Mary Hamilton; Priscilla Howe; Doug Lipman; Marilyn McPhie; Elaine Muray; Pat Nease; Rachel Nelson; Lauretta Phillips; Steffani Raff; Delanna Reed; Regina Ress; Joseph Sobol; Tom Sparough & Geralyn Hoxsey Sparough; Liz Weir and Rivka Willick
Click here for full workshop descriptions
Fringe Performers Set
The Fringe Performers have been set and contracted. Several AZ tellers are included. 
Click here for names and full descriptions

Make Your Reservations NOW - Storytelling Tour in China

Join Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo and Nancy Wang of Eth-Noh-Tec on September 12-26, 2014 for their two-week Storytelling Delegation to China!

Find more info here

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Near. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Far

Some of you may remember Grover from Sesame Street teaching kids about "near" and "far". For storytellers, near and far can be used as a great device for crafting a story. There are (at least) three ways to use it:

Physical Distance

The old man looked off in the distance. He saw a figure that looked like it was turning and twirling, as if dancing. As he got closer, he could see that it was a young boy, and he was not dancing, but was bending over and picking up items from the beach and throwing them into the ocean. Getting even closer, the man realized that there were hundreds of starfish on the beach. The boy was gathering them from the beach and throwing them into the ocean.

With each step that closes the physical distance, the audience knows that more and more will be revealed. We are anticipating more, and want to know what the end result will be.

Distance in Terms of Time

As each day passed, the princess grew stronger. In a week, the color had come back to her cheeks. In two more weeks, the smile came back to her face. By the time a month had passed, she was a changed woman.

We can add more details to the transformation. The time element can be short or long, depending on the type of story.

Emotional Distance

When I was thirteen years old, my father and I did not get along very well. As I got older, our relationship changed almost yearly. By the time I had graduated from high school, it was even worse. But when I turned twenty-one, something even more incredible happened; we began to get closer. I don't know if it was him, or me, or perhaps both of us. But something good was definitely happening to us!

One of the interesting things about this concept, is that the teller can use it backwards too, as in a flashback.

When my father passed away at the age of seventy, he and I were very close. It wasn't always like that. In fact, when I was thirteen years old, my father and I did not get along very well at all.

This makes the audience wonder, "Well, we know it changed. We want to know when and how and what happened."

Near and far - not just for Grover and kids who watch Sesame Street.

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Az Teller Ty Nolan on Best Seller List
One of our own local tellers, Ty Nolan, has a "best seller" book out. Coyote Still Going: Native American Legends and Contemporary Stories. Read Sean Buvala's review here. On March 15th, the book received the 2014 BP Readers Choice Award for "Short Story Anthologies and Collections." The book features some of the many traditional legends Ty has told over the past four decades around the world and comments about choosing stories for a specific space and time.

Ty also has one of his stories ("Romancing the Wolf") included in a new anthology (Fated Mates) that has hit #22 on the NY Times Best Sellers List and #55 on the USA Today Best Sellers List. In this one he used my pen name of Skye Eagleday.
These and two other books are available on Ty's Amazon.com page.
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------------------------------------THERE'S A LOT GOING ON EACH MONTH
---------------------------------CALL TO MAKE SURE THE EVENT IS STILL ON

Homebase Poetry
First Sunday of each month - Phoenix

Infuse Open Mic
Second Sunday of each month - Phoenix

Yarnball Storytellers Mic
Every Wednesday at  8 pm - PHOENIX

FStorytellers - Female Story Tellers
Every Second Wednesday (usually but check calendar) at  7 pm - TUCSON

Odyssey Storytelling
First Thursday of each month (usually but check calendar) - TUCSON

Storyline: Origins
Third Friday (usually) of each month - PHOENIX

Lit Lounge - Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMOCA)
Fourth Friday of each month - SCOTTSDALE

Tucson Tellers of Tales - Storytellers Guild
First Saturday of each month (except July and August) - Tucson

East Valley Tellers of Tales -Storytellers Guild
Second Saturday of each month - SCOTTSDALE

West Side Story Tellers -Storytellers Guild
Second Saturday of each month - GLENDALE

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Got some news or information you would like to get out to the storytelling community?

Contact Mark Goldman -x602-390-3858x - Mark@Storytellermark.com


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