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Medieval Fair Stories

I'm the King of the Norman, Oklahoma, Medieval fair. It's a three day festival held every spring, and gets about 300,000 visitors. This year, near the end of Day One, we were finishing up packing…Continue

Started Jun 17, 2010

How many tell "original" stories?
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Just curious. A lot of my stories are original. Most of them are set in a make believe Oklahoma town called "Busted Flush," and revolve around holidays throughout the year.

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Bullock Oct 5, 2010.

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"Another long absence - illnesses for both my wife & I. Doing pretty well now, all things considered. I hope to be more active."
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Tellabration 2018, Albuquerque, NM at “The Old Church” in Corrales, New Mexico

November 18, 2018 from 4pm to 6pm
Oct 31
George Allen Williams left a comment for Brother Wolf
"Hi, Brother Wolf! I'm hoping you remember me - George Williams from Albuquerque, NM. A good time ago I posted a story about Wetumkah, Oklahoma called "Sucker Day." It was the story of a film-flam man caiman to be the advance man for a…"
Oct 31
George Allen Williams commented on George Allen Williams's blog post Kidney Surgery
"Thank you, Fred. I'm at that "dangerous stage" where I think  can do more than I can, and wear myself out very, very quickly. Learning, though, to take it slow and easy."
Oct 21, 2012
Fred A. Shaw / Neeake commented on George Allen Williams's blog post Kidney Surgery
"I pray that your pain has abated and that this time of recovery will be one of renewal.  Blessings."
Oct 21, 2012
Don 'Buck P' Creacy commented on George Allen Williams's blog post Kidney Surgery
"Get well soon! We are sending up prayers for a solid recovery and a "quick" new kidney"
Oct 16, 2012
George Allen Williams commented on George Allen Williams's blog post Kidney Surgery
"I certainly hope you get the transplant, Ed."
Oct 12, 2012
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May 2, 2011
George Allen Williams replied to Richelle Putnam's discussion Songs as stories
"Harry Chapin was one of my favorite "song-tellers," and Stan Rogers' work still knocks me cold. For what it's worth, I've often noticed that people who comment that anything other than what they are doing isn't…"
Sep 27, 2010
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The Marshal of Beer City

In the spring of 1888, The Rock Island railroad reached Liberal, Kansas. Celebrations ensued, a stockyard was built, and shortly cattlemen and cowboys brought in herds to ship back East. Now, these drovers were used to celebrating the end of a cattle drive with a lot of alcohol and a little hourly romance, but Liberal was a dry town mostly populated by church-goers. So, to accommodate the cowboy’s recreational needs, some entrepreneurs went a little bit south and built a little tent town full of saloons and bawdy house in No Man’s Land called “Beer City.” The saloons had fanciful names like “The White Elephant,” and “The Yellow Snake,” and the main brothel was operated by a woman named ... I kid you not ... “Pussy Cat Nell,” who filled the house with full-time talent from Dodge City and Wichita, and some weekend relief girls from Liberal looking to earn a few extra dollars.The place grew like a weed. Wooden structures were built, and dances, horse races, boxing and wrestling matches,…See More
Jul 12, 2010
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"Brother Wolf! Thank you SO much for your comment on "Sucker Day." (I like the story, too.) I was beginning to think that no one on PS actually read the stories I've posted, or just never commented on stuff, of whatever. I'm a big…"
Jul 9, 2010
Brother Wolf commented on George Allen Williams's blog post Sucker Day
"I love this story! A nice enjoyable tale of redemption - in a time of such cynical thought and unforgiving punishment. To bad its not the lead story on every paper in the country. Eric Wolf Storytelling the way it should be."
Jul 9, 2010
Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' left a comment for George Allen Williams
"Glad to hear about the books George. As you'll see not all the stories can be adapted for a modern audience, but they are worth a good read! Dave"
Jul 5, 2010
George Allen Williams left a comment for Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith '
"Good day, David. Just wanted to let you know that I've found copies of "Medieval Comic Tales" and "A Hundred Merry Tales," and am enjoying them tremendously. Thanks!"
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M'Lady Catt

"Her name is "M'Lady Catt" ... as in "Yes, M'Lady; No, M'Lady; Your wish is my command, M'Lady.""
Jun 26, 2010

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Mt parents & teachers were among the firsy to encourage me to become a Storyteller. They said the yarns I spun to try & get out of trouble were far too good for such limited distribution! I tell mostly original stories, some set in "Busted Flush, Oklahoma, a little town about 100 years SouthEast of the Capitol."

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Happy New Year...

...for anyone who visits the site & clicks on this post. May 2015 be a time of tales told well and often.

- Old Father William

Posted on January 1, 2015 at 6:12pm — 1 Comment

Twelfth Night in Santa Fe, NM

So…just finished a two day run – yes, two day – as Sir Toby Belch in William Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It was a roller coaster ride…about three weeks to get it ready, cast members from both Albuquerque and Santa Fe, rehearsals in both cities, too, and we didn’t get to walk the performance space until the day before the performance. Recipe for disaster, right? Wrong. It was a blast. The people gathered for this adventure were top-notch, and really, really good at…

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Posted on December 16, 2014 at 3:30pm

"Lost Letter" Stage Play - Huge Success!

Greetings, friends! I think a couple of you wanted to hear how my newest stage play ("Lost Letter") fared at it's debut in Albuquerque. Well, to put it succinctly, it was a smashing success!

Here's the synopsis:

"It's November, 1935, and the U.S. Government has found an 18 year old letter written to a resident of the little town of Oxbow, Oklahoma. President…

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Posted on November 20, 2013 at 3:26pm — 1 Comment

Back after a long absence...

It's been quite a while since I've been on PS.



I've been writing! (imagine that...)



I was working on a stage play. Good story. I sent the first draft to several friends around the country, those who would be honest with me, and asked them to read it and make suggestions. To the person, they all said: "This is great, but what about this?" Every 'this' was different and each was spot-on. I incorporated their suggestions, greatly improving the script, and then arranged a… Continue

Posted on June 12, 2013 at 5:55pm

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At 10:59pm on October 11, 2012, Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) said…

OW!  Glad you were able to have the surgery and it went well, but sorry it has you laid up for so long.  Did you need to cancel any gigs?  May the recovery go well and you find lots of stories to take your mind of the pain.

At 2:38am on July 5, 2010, Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' said…
Glad to hear about the books George. As you'll see not all the stories can be adapted for a modern audience, but they are worth a good read!
Dave
At 2:18pm on June 21, 2010, Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' said…
Thanks again George. I'm glad you agree with my sentiments. I also think that stories show us that we are not that different to people from other countries and cultures as well as from different times. When I was telling British tales at the British museum this weekend i had to admit that many stories that we no think of as British came here from the middle east and other far flung places long, long ago!

As for other books, I suggest you take a look at:
Medieval Tales and Stories, Stanley Appelbaum (2000)
Medieval Cautionary Tales, Peter Speed (2003)

Enjoy!
At 1:20pm on June 19, 2010, Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' said…
I've told for the Portsmouth Mary Rose Trust George and it really is an amazing ship (What's left anyway) Better still is the museum of objects brought up with the hull, including the apothecary's chest with jars of ointment that still have the his finger prints in them! Some real human stories there. I'm off telling at the remains of a castle in the North of England tomorrow, at a place called Knaresborough, but when i return I'll send you some more book suggestions. Best, Dave
At 1:35pm on June 18, 2010, Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' said…
Thanks George for your comment on my story blog. In answer to your question the story is an authentic medieval tale and is taken from a collection of 'Medieval Comic Tales' (1972) edited by a number of noted academics including the Chaucer historian, Derek Brewer. A must for any medieval storyteller George!
 
 
 

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