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Scary Stories for an "Old Miner" ?
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I have to play an "old miner" who tells scary stories this Halloween. Any ideas for inspiration? Reference? The location has an old concrete mine and I think my character is just an old geezer still…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Daniel Bishop, the Storyteller Nov 1, 2009.

Telling Stories for Grown Ups
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Hi All,Just wondering if anyone else tells stories mostly for grown ups. My stories deal with some of the unsavory characters and events that I have been eye witness to and they are not really for…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Coilín "The" Oh-Aissieux Apr 29, 2010.

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Sonia Carmona Tapia left a comment for Doug Motel
"Happy birthday to you! i hope the three wise kings bring you lots of presents!"
Jan 3, 2012
Doug Motel commented on Dianne de Las Casas, Founder's group Storytellers' CDs and Books
"Had a GREAT time producing this CD of my story "Mind Salad" with producer Tim Armstrong in his home studio. It was almost as much as performing it in front of people."
Jul 2, 2010
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May 25, 2010
Coilín "The" Oh-Aissieux replied to Doug Motel's discussion Telling Stories for Grown Ups
"Are you asking me? The most recent significant addition to my repertoire is a story I call "Rane in the taiga" - which is the story of a friend who spent some weeks living in the wilds in Siberia, took a harsh lesson from a wolverine,…"
Apr 29, 2010
L. Schuyler Ford replied to Doug Motel's discussion Telling Stories for Grown Ups
"Well, first I want to know where YOU have been, Mister! Tell me more about your stories! Yes, I am over 13. I am even over 21. When I share workshops and during some concert, I close with a personal story about my mother."
Apr 28, 2010
Coilín "The" Oh-Aissieux replied to Doug Motel's discussion Telling Stories for Grown Ups
"I have just posted an update re events of last week, including our StorySketch Storytelling a la carte, using the same menu as the week before but with a very different outcome in response to a very different audience. The update is on the same…"
Apr 27, 2010
Coilín "The" Oh-Aissieux replied to Doug Motel's discussion Telling Stories for Grown Ups
"Please see my latest blog post, detailing my experiences in storytelling for adults at four different venues in Dublin over the week from 11 April: http://www.narrativeartsclub.com/page3.htm This is intended as a fairly candid account, including…"
Apr 18, 2010
L. Schuyler Ford replied to Doug Motel's discussion Telling Stories for Grown Ups
"A little delay here. Sorry. Cynical adults...the faces. The eye rolling, asides to each other. I used to feel so intimidated. But how can you NOT enjoy a story? So I figured it is their own need to be guarded and their uncertianty about what to…"
Apr 10, 2010
Coilín "The" Oh-Aissieux replied to Doug Motel's discussion Telling Stories for Grown Ups
"Thanks for joining the conversation, Linda! How do cynical adults make themselves known to you? What are they cynical about? And please give us a couple of examples of cante fables you might like to perform?"
Mar 28, 2010
L. Schuyler Ford replied to Doug Motel's discussion Telling Stories for Grown Ups
"Doug, I have worked with all ages, only slightly more for children. Attention spans about equal! The two significant challenges I come across are: squirmy children (but they're still listening) and cynical adults. The adult audiences have…"
Mar 28, 2010
Coilín "The" Oh-Aissieux replied to Doug Motel's discussion Telling Stories for Grown Ups
""I am quite sure that the stories you tell for those above 13 years of age, can easily be modified to the younger ones." bowd·ler·ize –verb (used with object),-ized, -iz·ing. to expurgate (a written work) by…"
Mar 20, 2010
Coilín "The" Oh-Aissieux replied to Doug Motel's discussion Telling Stories for Grown Ups
"Thanks, Niki. A good question. My answer is a, b and c. Particularly c. Let me offer an example: I tell a story that I call Ghanim and the three eunuchs, from the Arabian Nights. This story includes content dealing with slavery, race hatred and…"
Mar 20, 2010
Coilín "The" Oh-Aissieux replied to Doug Motel's discussion Telling Stories for Grown Ups
"Thanks, Daniel. I agree that, if we look deep into any mythic story or folktale, we are likely to find a wise message that may be translated into something that can be told to children. However, there are some stories that have so much detail that…"
Mar 20, 2010
Daniel Bishop, the Storyteller replied to Doug Motel's discussion Telling Stories for Grown Ups
"If the only point to the story is to be gory and horrific, I can see your point. I tell some Ghost Stories that I wouldn't cut for younger audiences, because the hole point of the story is to scare the hell out of you. And as I feel, (in my…"
Mar 19, 2010
Coilín "The" Oh-Aissieux replied to Doug Motel's discussion Telling Stories for Grown Ups
"Thanks, Daniel. I am not convinced. If I take the question, “What is the point of telling the story [Cannibals-in-law] to this audience [adults]?" I might say, "To entertain them through horror and disgust." In my view, it…"
Mar 19, 2010

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At 6:37am on January 3, 2012, Sonia Carmona Tapia said…

Happy birthday to you! i hope the three wise kings bring you lots of presents!

At 1:56am on October 8, 2009, Doug Motel said…
That was really helpful Mike. Thanks!
At 10:24pm on October 7, 2009, Mike Lockett said…
Hi, Doug - you asked last month about the importance of having an ISBN number. If you are only selling at venues where you tell stories - and hawking your own CDs - there is no reason to have one. However - if you wish to have any kind of retail store sell your products - they need the ISBN AND usually need a barcode in order to manage sales. The cost for both is not very large - but having them is helpful in getting others to sell your products. It also makes your products look more professional. Good luck in selling your products. Mike Lockett, The Normal Storyteller (I live in Normal, Illinois - so I can get away with that stage name.)
At 8:28am on October 1, 2009, Jonathan Kruk said…
Thanks Doug! It's always great to receive a supportive word for those also in the life and business of words, storytelling and all. I'm readying for a hectic Halloween season!
At 2:16pm on September 13, 2009, Rebecca L. Buscemi said…
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