Story-Gize: A Spig of Meaning


 

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It hits. An idea emerges. Our bain cells salivate. Our creativity surges. Our imaginations soar.

OK, it’s been emphasized a million times over; the images of story guide and direct listeners to the location, the characters, and the adventures of its journey. Storytelling, being an interactive art form, connects its listeners and storytellers with the vivid imagery of story’s unfolding.

Specializing in the recording and the compartmentalization of information, our minds detail the stories and the ideas of our live’s fated and ill-fated escapades.  We use words to describe them. We use feelings to intensify them. Words, combined with emotions, add meaning and life to the images they describe.

So, what is the image of your idea or story . . . ?

An ostrich-legged cantaloupe spewing sunflower seeds from the top of an inchworm . . .

A family returns to the smoldering carcass of what they once called home . . .

A multi-legged, roving machine gobbles landfill rubbish, before transforming it into clean air, home heating units . . .

The image, or focal point, becomes the backdrop for the advancing parade of characters and their escapades. Story breathes reality and life to our ideas.

Let the images of an idea or story be your guide. See them walk, hear them talk and fly when trouble hits. Emerse your ideas and images with meaning; the reasons why; the justification who, what or how it happened; the excuses for their existence or the story of their reality. Fill them with emotion. Envision the possibilities. Then experience their reality.

Our story’s talk ignites the creativity which spurs the images of our ideas and stories into action.

Until next time . . . Let Your Storyographer’s Journey Continue!

What I Think I Thought


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The images of story tell the tales and mark the trails of story’s propelling journey. These images provide the land marks, the physical locations, the characters’ identities and the desired destination of story’s unfolding. They too spark listeners and ignite tellers in their perceptually engaging, delightfully entertaining duck-if-you-need-to; scream-if-you-want-to; laugh-if-you-have-to interactive moments story’s story-line.

While embarrassing the interactive power of story’s vivid images, one may wonder. One might even ask. Is what I thought was suppose to be happening or really what is happening?

In the Three Little Pigs, did the first pig really build his house out of straw? Or, due to the latest straw embargo, the first little pig was found sniffing around town in search of alternative building supplies. In a moment of un-flatulated wind, a scent crosses his snout. Trotting to the corner of 124th Ave and Huff-Stop Lane, stuffed behind a local dinner, he discovers mounds of discarded onion peels.

What is the real story behind the Three Billy Goat Gruffs? . . . A local press conference reveals numerous accusations and county-wide concerns regarding cases of reported goat-guzzling trolls and troll-butting goats. County officials, recently investigated for lacing city officials grass seed with Witchatill’s Weed Cropping Organic Seedlings, presents an unprecedented, legislative proposal. If signed into law, the proposal will ban all goat-guzzling and troll-butting. Henceforth, all goats will be required to remain on their side of the bridge. County official have also announced their generous donation of Witchatill’s Cropping of Organic Seedlings to replenish the goat’s previously eaten food supply.

When crafting your story, boldly step up into, out of, on to, over and/or under the images of your story’s story-line. Entice, delight, roll or otherwise spray, splat or splatter the image’s of your story’s story-line. Then extend a hand, an elbow or a toenail as you, the story-guide, lead audience members through the captivating realism of story’s mythical and magical journey.

Until next time . . . Let Your Storyographer’s Journey Continue!

Lawfully Lawless – Creatively Inspiring


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Through the power of story, political figureheads, tax regulators, law enforcers, socially perceived hierarchy, culturally-defined norms, bosses, supervisors, parental units and rigamortis impact the course of ones’ life experiences. Story artists throughout the centuries have creatively conspired to orchestrate, direct, lead, dominate, choreograph and otherwise differentiate between the lawfully lawful and the law abiding lawlessness of story. Through the power of story cannibalism moves beyond its perceived cultural preferences, war-lording chiefs and individual menu planners. Questing, never thought they would make it, heroes’ embark on tantalizing bean-stalking, mirror-talking, troll-defying and glass-shoeing adventures. Acrobats death defying feats; athletes epic-sagas; noodle-heads’ rampaging insolence and individuals’ hilarious, gut-hugging escapades frequently challenge previously perceived, story-inspired, social norms and morays.

Scientific discoveries and inventors’ inventions become real through the image of story’s powerful impact. Story; a place where the world becomes round and the planet’s sun takes center stage. A place where jet propelled engines take flight and motorized vehicles storm roadways. A place where towered-connected cellular devises interface human connections. Story; the place where we go beyond the boundaries of what we thought we could do or what we thought was possible.

Stepping into your story’s story-line, experience and embrace the lawfully lawlessness and compelling intrigue of story’s creative inspirations. Step beyond the perceived boundaries of someone else’s words or where you think this story should go. Lawfully respect your audience’s values while lawlessly unleashing the uniqueness of your ideas, your inspiring voice and your breathlessly-intriguing, story-inspirations. Inspire, experience and enrich story’s powerfully, magnetic journey.

Take a quick review:

What first sparked your interest in this story?
What is the most important part or aspect of this story to you?
What do you love most about this story?
What else is possible?

Now reconnect with the images of your story’s story.

Would the story spark more or further dynamically impact audience members if it started at the end or ended in at the beginning?

What might happen if the story was told from another character’s voice or perspective?

Is the main character as strong, sassy, silly, introspective or insane as they appear or don’t appear to be?

Did it really happen this way . . . or maybe, just maybe . . . it happened; yet another way.

So dive, drive, fly, squeak, spurt, float, bob or belly-flop into your next story’s adventure. Remember, it’s your story to tell, in only the way you can. Enjoy, experience and soar into the journey of your story’s images. Boldly break into the lawfully lawlessness of story and the unprecedented uniqueness of your creative inspiration.

Until next time . . . Let Your Storyographer’s Journey Begin!

Opportunity


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Opportunity brings with it the alluring scent of expansion into untapped adventures and uncharted territories. Opportunity rings a curious call summing only those who are willing to listen. Story too brings opportunity. Opportunity for the teller. Opportunity for its characters. Opportunity for its listeners. Opportunity for each one to go beyond the bounds of who they thought they were or what they thought they might possibly be, do or say.

Storytellers craft stories. Storytellers meeting a new story face choices, challenges and opportunities in bringing fresh breath and new life to its unfolding. This new tale is now filled with fresh emotion, opportunity, terror, travesty, humor and romance. Each mixed with the teller’s unique and captivating allure of story’s unexpected twists, turns and fated or ill-fated outcomes. A story which challenges, engages and allows audience members to experience its journey. Storytellers embrace, delight and revel in the deliciously tantalizing reality of story’s infinite journey.  Ham it, can it, ban it, expand it or rubber band it. Whatever you do, take the opportunity to add a touch of you in making this story uniquely yours.

Characters live life. Lives which represent us. Reflect our own life’s journey and the people along its way. Stereotypical character types become t the e universal language of images, events and familiarity. We all know them. We all love them. Other characters, not quite so stereotypical, add a sense of mystery, suspense and wonderment. Delving into your character’s innocent, mischievous or quirky personality traits and adventurous journeys invite us, tellers and listeners alike, into the realm of opportunity, possibility and eye-awaking intrigue. Invite story’s characters into your inner circle. Dress them up, pack them inside your imagination and encourage them before sending them off on the opportunity of their lifetime.

Listeners engage and interact. Receiving the opportunity of story’s invitation listeners enter into and emerge from a world, a reality as vivid as their day’s adventures. A completely unforgettable, non-duplicatable, and utterly unique experience in the course of their lives. One which might challenge, ignite, expand or propel their awareness, beliefs, feelings, emotions, ideas, choices or even unexplored opportunities for change.

Opportunities give all of us infinite possibilities.
Until next time . . . Let Your Storyographer’s Journey Begin.

 

 

 

Story – Moving Beyond Word Encrusted Fossilization


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Every story, every idea, every dream, every reality begins with the image of an idea. Ideas and their images guide architects, business owners, choreographers, chefs and matchmakers into designing the reality of their skills.

But wait a minute. I’m a storyteller. The kind who digs up pre-printed, post-dated,
word-pressed stories. Rather like an archeologist digging up bodily-intact, non-fossilized,
post-living relics and specimens.  Yet, unearthing naturally preserved artifacts from ancient times, much like printing-pressed stories, are devoid of life. Pre-printed stories, while invaluable in their documentation are simply encrusted, fossilized relics of what they once were.  It’s you, the storyteller through the unique expression of your words, your experiences and your interaction with the story which makes this story come to life.

So grab, hail, nab or flag in the image of your idea.  An original story or a retelling of a traditional folk tale begins with an image. Hmm . . . well . . . maybe . . .

Puking wallabies’ in Australia
Fresh canned organic toast
Root blooming flowers
A frustrated prince’s search for Cinderella’s still missing foot.
A stepmother’s four accounts of attempted murder against her own seven-year-old
stepdaughter; Snow White.

Whatever the image of your idea is . . . have fun! Step into the image. Look around. Let it expand, shrink, melt, bloom, grow or spew in your mind’s eye. It’s perfect! What you start out with, may or may not be what you end up with.  Move beyond the words and move into the images of your story. Its images and their voice ignite in mind’s explosion of brain’s turbo fueled, creative engagement. Magically, as if coming out of nowhere, hidden dialogue, unexplored realities and un-circumvented, mind-hooking twists and turns leap into your conscious awareness. For it is here, where the reality of your story lies. A story which lies well beyond the printed-press documentation of someone else’s encrusted, fossilized words.

This leads us straight across the finish line. Yes! You are correct, the finish line; not the starting line. For any of us,  it’s hard to get there, or even get started, if we don’t know where we are going. So, for now, let’s start with the ending and end at the beginning.

As you have danced, fried, sautéed, scalped or otherwise romanced the image of your idea or main story point, ask yourself: Where I am going? Where or what is my destination? What would I like to see happen?

Then ask yourself: What do I like about where I am going?

Whether you are planning a family vacation, designing the latest in talking plant technology, writing up the analogs of life’s realities or working up your latest story; decide where you are going. See yourself, with the image of your idea, in its final stages. Moving forward allow the uniqueness of your voice, your experiences and your interaction with with the image of your idea and your story to propel you into it’s vibrant, non-fossilized, living reality.

Until next time . . . Let Your Storyographer’s Journey Begin!

 

 

Story’s – Heart to Heart


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Story – The place where life is as it is; Change Happens – A new normal unfolds.

Body’s hearts command, oxygenate, circulate, and pulsate life. They beat the beat and pump the blood. They fall madly in love and tragically out of love. Without them we are nothing more than abandoned houses and decomposing transportation.

Jumping into the heart of hearts, Valentines Day pumps up the beat of sizzling romance and dazzling escapades. Then behind piles of discarded cards, ill-fated floral arrangements, chewed-up chocolates and  intimate entanglements.

Hearts ignite love at first sight and love at first story. Now immersed in a cardiovascular sea of pulsing emotion and circulating oxygenation a new story beings. Beating uncontrollably, it springs to life. Story talks. People listen.

Through the wisdom of the ancients, Chinese Medicine sites the lips and the hands as heart’s external components. By extending a hand or a embarrassing a kiss, we say; from my heart to yours.

Story’s vivid realism and outrageous adventures are often as wildly zany and catastrophically unpredictable as any of us truly are. When grabbing a story, select one which excites your toenails, sparks your eyeballs and  ignites your brain cells. The more you love it, the more you become involved with it. The more you become involved with it, the more vivid and real it becomes.

If you love a story; tell it. If you like a story; let someone else tell it. Your words, through the vivid realism of story’s vibrant imagery, tells the tale of you and your story’s engaging courtship.

“People pay you to practice and to haul your equipment around, but at the moment you step out on stage, (pausing, his face lights up) this is your gift to the audience. I get paid to practice and haul equipment, but the performance I do for free.” Steve Seqavac, Midwest Musician

So, join us in extending a hand, embracing a kiss and/or sharing a story. A gift from our hearts to yours.

Until next time . . . Let Your Storyographer’s Journey Continue!

Minotaur’s a-Maz-ing Labyrinth Part 11


 

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For Athens and Crete dwellers alike, love and politics leave deceitful trails of revenge. Since our last visit to Crete, Minotaur is now adjusted to his father’s under the palace, housing accommodations as well as his annual supply of fresh, young Athenian blood.  This naturally places Minotaur at the bottom of the King’s to-do list. However, this is not the case for the erupting monarchy and outraged citizens of Athens.

Unfortunately for the folks in Athens, King Minos’s only fully human son, Androgeus (as opposed to his step-son Minotaur) entered the Panathenian games. Due to a freakish act of nature, or in this case, a humankind’s product of nature, he returned home in a coffin. Outraged, King Minos of Crete sentenced seven of Athens most beautiful maidens and young men to serve as an additional food source to his other, half bull, half man son, Minotaur. An extremely tasteless act as deemed by the Athenians.

Since the local oracle offered no assistance Theseus, son of King Aegeus and ruler of Athens, offers a hand. Setting up a private consultation with dad, Theseus assures pop he has the Minotaur situation well under control. So confident of his victorious return, he vows to replace the black funeral sails of their departure with the white sails of victory upon their return. Pop agrees. Theseus and the other thirteen sacrificial youth, soon to become dinner mates, set sail. Theseus, not knowing what to do or what might be done, figures he will wing it when he gets there.

Upon his fated or ill-fated arrival, Ariadne, King Minos’s daughter, proclaims love at first sight. Capitalizing on his good fortune, Theseus asks for her assistance. His plan becomes clear. Equipped a ball of yarn, and Ariadne’s explicit instructions, he ties one end to the opening of the labyrinth. Leading the way with the ball of yarn in hand, he and his other thirteen dinner mates enter the non-postal residence of Minotaur. Trailing the yarn behind him, his search ends in the untimely death of Minotaur. With the ball of yarn still in hand, retracing his steps, he and his former dinner mates emerge victorious.

While the tragedy of this story and its a-mazing and unwary characters continues, for now we end with the elopement of Theseus and Ariadne.

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Until next time . . . Let your Storyographer’s journey begin!