Monday - August 1, 2016
Issue # 222

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On a Personal Note

We meet many people in the storytelling community. Most of the folks I have met are warm and caring. I have met a couple of flakes, but they are few and far between.

One of the first tellers I met locally in Phoenix was Sean Buvala. The first thing I remember about him was that he laughed at the small joke in my story of Winnie-the-Pooh and Nana when I (purposefully-mistakenly) described my character as "Winnie-the-Jew". I think that solidified our friendship!

And it has been a grand friendship and relationship! I have been the recipient of some masterful coaching from Sean. His insights and ability to ask the right questions is uncanny. He is the no-nonsense coach!

That moniker of no-nonsense has sometimes put people off - especially on social media. Remember, language is about 30% verbal and 70% (OR MORE) non-verbal. Often, when Sean posts, the non-verbal is lost and his stark verbal seems cold. But let me assure you, he is not!

Perhaps you would call this is a "bro-mance", I am not sure. I just want folks to know that Sean has been one of the most caring and sensitive tellers I have met. He has been a source of inspiration, motivation and true friendship - being there no matter what. His passion for telling great stories is also evidenced by his passion for wanting other tellers to be great.

So on a personal note, thanks Sean, for being a great coach, and a great friend!

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This Week


Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson

Thursday,August 4th
The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress Street , Tucson

This curated Storytelling event in Tucson is in its 13th year! Six people are invited to tell ten minute, personal stories on a theme in front of an audience. The stories are not read or memorized, they are told from the life experiences and creativity of the teller

Theme: Lost - Very Lost
Getting lost to find yourself. Losing your mind to losing your shirt to losing your shit. Getting swept away by love. Stories of finding your passion, experiencing disaster, and going on road trips. Lost arts and traditions. Reinvention and recovery. Dropping off the grid. Lost keys, lost wallets, lost phones, and the ridiculous lengths taken to retrieve them. Come get lost with Odyssey!
Alice Webb 
Patty Walman
Steven Braun
Crystal Alexis Melara
Hannah Woelke
Jerry Diaz
$8 Adults, $6 Students
Have you visited The Screening Room's fabulous concession stand? There's beer, wine, and excellent snacks. They'll even place an order for you with Empire Pizza and have it delivered to your seat. Who knew?
If you have a story to tell, contact Penelope@odysseystorytelling.com or Adam@odysseystorytelling.com

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Coming Up


Arizona Storytellers - Let's Get Political - 1
Monday, August 8th
Valley Bar

Join azcentral.com, The Arizona Republic and Alliance Bank of Arizona as we expand The Republic's coverage of Election 2016 with two live storytelling nights dedicated to illuminating how your vote matters and why the political process can be so maddening, exhilarating and confusing.
It will be funny; how could it not be?
We'll hear from Republic reporters, politicians and community members impacted by laws, as well as voters like you, about unintended, unexpected consequences. 
Republic political reporters will be on hand to answer ballot questions and to demonstrate how to use AZ Fact Check. 
Co-emcee: Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, Republic reporter covering Governor Doug Ducey 
Featured tellers:
Richard Ruelas, Republic reporter, former city columnist 
Rebekah L. Sanders, Republic Congressional reporter
Amy Love, legislative liaison at the Arizona Supreme Court
Maurie Helle, former Valley-based political TV show producer
jeremie bacpac, former ghost writer for the U.S. military in Afghanistan
Accessibility Note: If you require ASL Interpretation Services for this event or a future Storytellers event, or if you require accommodations related to mobility or seating, contact Alexus Rhone at arhone@gannett.com. 
NOTE: Thank you for your interest in Arizona Storytellers “Let’s Get Political – 1” Monday, Aug. 8, at Valley Bar. Located in a historic building in downtown Phoenix, Valley Bar is currently repairing the elevator. While they expect repairs to be completed in time for the event, there is a small chance the elevator will not be operable.
For more details & Tickets
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Creating Stories...from Nothing (Actually from Something)

The age-old question: Where do stories come from? An original story, one you create yourself, obviously comes from within you! Yes, but how did you start? Where did the idea for the story come from? 
Ay, there's the rub

The answer is that stories can start with anything: an idea; a feeling; an observation; a picture or photo; an object; a person; a fleeting thought...anything. So where does one start? It depends on whether you want to be specific, like a story about a sibling you care about, or just improvise, and see where things go.

Here's an example of improvising. Remember that this is ME improvising. Your thoughts are different, and your mileage may vary!

Consider a bowl of oatmeal; a seemingly inanimate object. 

Start by thinking about all the ways you might describe this object: 
Go ahead and make your own list FIRST.
Before you look at mine.

It's food in a bowl
It was dry and room temperature at first
I added water and heated it up (microwave)
Now it is hot and moist/mushy
The pieces of oatmeal now cling to each other
It has a slight nutty flavor

Do any of these things start to gel in your mind? WHAT ABOUT YOUR LIST? Do they suggest anything else to you? Can you connect the dots in some way? Brainstorm - don't limit yourself or judge anything that comes up. Just imagine, and roll with it. Don't worry about a beginning, middle or end, or all the elements of a good story. You will sort it all out later. Now is a a time for wild energy and imagination! Look at YOUR list and imagine the possibilities.

The next step depends on what you have listed and thought of. There are a myriad number of directions one could go. As I looked at my list, I focused on the words, "Mushy, hot, cligny, nutty." I began to think about, "What if two oatmeal flakes were talking? What would they say?

Oat #1: Hey baby, what do you say?

Oat #2: You're such a dry flake!

Oat #1: Oh  yeah? Well, we're about to get all wet, and things are going to heat up!

And just as the 1st Oat predicted, so it was...

Oat #1: Ooo baby, you're so hot!

Oat #2: You're all wet! Don't be so mushy.

Oat #1: Don't be that way. Why, with just a little brown sugar, you'd be so sweet. We could cling together...maybe even spoon a little.

Oat #2: You're really a little nutty. Be careful, you might just be consumed by all that talk.

And indeed, eventually they both were!

That's just the begining -- of the process, not necessarily the story. It might become a story about two oatmeal flakes. It might also turn out to be a personal love story. Or maybe a story of unrequited love. It might be two stories, side-by-side. The process of imagination and brainstorming and making different connections goes on until you feel there is a good story in the works. Even if it has no connection to where you started (with the bowl of oatmeal). The process is there for exploration, for getting from one place to another, until you fiind yourself in a place that you like.
Then you make sure the story has all the elements it needs: Who are all the characters? Where does it take place? What is the problem or obstacle? Is there a "Helper". What is learned along the process of overcoming the obstacle? What is the story about?
So where do stories come from? A lot of places. But they can surely start with breakfast - the most important meal of the day!
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Pace Yourself - Another Angle
Last week's tip was all about pacing: the different pace of the story at different points; the pace of each character; and pacing yourself throughout the story. That last one is quite important.

You need to make sure you have enough gas in the engine to finish strong. Don't peter out and let your voice drop away. Don't make that last line a "throwaway line"! Make sure the end of the story is strong enough to let the audience know that, "This is finished. We're done. Now take the story and make it yours."

So, here's just a short (7:22) video to remind you about pacing. This is Kacy Catanzaro, the first woman ever to finish the American Ninja Warrior course! It's pretty inspiring, but also watch how she paces herself, even in between obstacles. 

I may not be able to do this obstacle course, but I can learn from observing others...and apply it to storytelling!

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------------------------------------THERE'S A LOT GOING ON EACH MONTH
---------------------------------CALL TO MAKE SURE THE EVENT IS STILL ON

Infuse Open Mic
Second Sunday of each month - Phoenix

Pink Slip Open Mic
Every Monday at  8 pm - PHOENIX

Yarnball Storytellers Mic
Every Wednesday at  8 pm - PHOENIX

FStorytellers - Female Story Tellers - Tucson
Usually sometime during the first week of the month - but check their website) at  7 pm - TUCSON

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

Third Friday (usually) of each month - PHOENIX

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

West Side Story Tellers - Storytellers Guild
First Saturday of each month - GLENDALE *NO meetings in July & August

East Valley Tellers of Tales -Storytellers Guild
Second Saturday of each month - SCOTTSDALE - *NO meetings in July & August

Fourth Saturday of each month (usually - check calendar) - *NO meetings in June & July
SMCC Storytelling Institute
A monthly workshop designed to help storytellers build community and deepen repertoire.
See the Calendar

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