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March 2008 Blog Posts (95)

The Story Biz Blog: Awesome Online Press Kits


By Dianne de Las Casas

If you want to promote yourself effectively, a press kit is a must. But printed press kits can be time-consuming and costly. Want a better solution? Welcome to the digital revolution. The Internet and the World Wide Web have made access to artists so much easier. Want to get an editor’s or journalist’s attention? Create an awesome online press kit.

Editors Can Access You at the Click of a Button

Editors are under… Continue

Added by Dianne de Las Casas, Founder on March 24, 2008 at 11:49pm — 5 Comments

Professional Storyteller FAQ


Here are some of the questions that need to be tackled. To answer, please join the FAQ group and list the question as a separate discussion.


Dianne de Las Casas

Founder of Professional Storyteller

Professional Storyteller FAQ

Why create a group of friends within PS?

How to invite someone to join PS?

Messages can be public or private, how do you send private messages within PS?

Is there an… Continue

Added by Dianne de Las Casas, Founder on March 24, 2008 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Little by Little things get done (Aesop 600 BC) Five things I did today for my storytelling


1. I spent part of my lunch studying a chapter out of Robert McKee's book..."Story." There is a discussion about Unity & Variety, Pacing, Rhythm & Tempo, Social & Personal Progression, Symbolic & Ironic Ascension, and the Principles of Transitions. I have the feeling that I will be studying that book for years to come.

2. I mailed two CDs to a customer for CDs sold through This site is starting to work better for me as a… Continue

Added by Don 'Buck P' Creacy on March 24, 2008 at 5:31pm — No Comments

FYI - Odds Bodkin Saturday Summer Workshops

For school principals, teachers, librarians and adults in general!


The Door to Imagination:

How to Awaken Your Inner Storyteller

--Saturday Summer Workshops‹

Saturdays: June 21st, June 28th, July 12th, July 19th & Aug. 2nd 2008

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (with 1 hour lunch break) 5 contact hours

Odds Bodkin, award-winning master storyteller, children¹s author and musician creates a warm, easygoing atmosphere for learning with his… Continue

Added by Dianne de Las Casas, Founder on March 24, 2008 at 1:49pm — No Comments

A Celtic Tale

A Celtic Tale from the Isle of Man

The following story is a Manx tale in the public domain. It has a typical Celtic theme of mortals becoming ensnared in the fairy world. The Isle of Man has a very interesting history and culture. Celtic Settlers came to the island during the bronze age, their language is akin to Irish Gaelic and had much in common with Ireland and the Western Islands of Scotland. The island is named for the Celtic Sea God – Mannanan MacLyr and was called “The Throne… Continue

Added by David S. Sharp on March 24, 2008 at 12:17pm — 4 Comments

55th Birthday Gary Wittmann

I am excited about May 6, 2008 because I will be turning 55 years old. The other excitement is I will be completing 33 years as a Special Education Teacher in Ferdinand, Indiana. This year has been filled with lots of excitement because I was recognized by the Learning Disabilities Association as Indiana State Teacher of the Year 2007. What a way to end a career! In 1993, I receive the Lilly Endowment Teacher Creavity Award to research family storytelling which has open… Continue

Added by Gary Wittmann on March 24, 2008 at 11:00am — No Comments

Lipstick Writer Has Coffee Breath

I love coffee. There’s nothing like it. I don’t care how you take your coffee. Some folks like it from roasted Columbian beans; others prefer theirs brewed from green leaves grown in China. Sometimes I’ll make it from chamomile flowers right out of my garden, and Godiva makes a nice sweet concoction. I like mine with a cream, no sugar.

Coffee is magic. To get the full impact, I suggest using a mug, (I often carry my own). I like the weight of the mug and I love feeling the warmth of… Continue

Added by Rivka Willick on March 24, 2008 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

PS Members - Please help answer the questions in our new FAQ group


LoiS suggested an FAQ for our site. Great idea! Please join the group and help add answers to the frequently asked questions. Thanks!

Dianne de Las Casas
Founder of Professional Storyteller

Added by Dianne de Las Casas, Founder on March 24, 2008 at 3:28am — 1 Comment

Little by Little things get done (Aesop 600 BC) Five things I did today for my storytelling


1. I filed my receipts and travel card and check stubs from this weekend's work for my taxes.

2. I made some further edits on my postcard and ordered 10,000 of them.

3. I bought a date stamper for my postcards to keep them current well after the IRA Conference in May

4. I slept a great good long sleep today. I needed it, i took it... I think it was just the thing for me to do. This entry will be brief but I have lots to add to the Marketing and the… Continue

Added by Don 'Buck P' Creacy on March 23, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Little by Little things get done (Aesop 600 BC) Five things I did for my storytelling today


1. I had a good breakfast prior to traveling right at 5 hours to my storytelling gig at the Calhoun Health and Safety Fair. Checked my inventory of CDs and Booklets, filled out my travel card with the starting mileage and placed that card with the receipt from breakfast into my travel wallet. ( you can find these handy wallets at truck stops... oversized wallet with snaps and dividers for receipts and paperwork and my travel expense card (see the Fishbowl) fits in it… Continue

Added by Don 'Buck P' Creacy on March 23, 2008 at 12:30am — No Comments

Telling Stories "outside the box"

One of the things that I like to do is to tell stories to people in unusual settings. I have realized that many people have forgotten that stories aren't just for children. Worse, they think of storytelling as something that only occurs in a library or a school. So, whenever possible, I bring storytelling to other settings...museums, parks, even a cemetery [I told the stories of some of the Civil War veterans buried there, and got a very good response from visitors at an event that was… Continue

Added by Nick Smith on March 22, 2008 at 12:42pm — 2 Comments

Little by Little things get done (Aesop 600 BC) Five things I did today for my storytelling


1. I sent the Postcard to the Fishbowl to show everyone what changes had been made and no sooner than I sent it there... than I realized there was some things that needed changing to match my vision... and then I noticed some more things

2. I wrote a standard introduction for emcees to use when they introduce me to the crowd. For years I have relied on the "15 minutes before I perform" interview method. The old method goes like this... Hi I am… Continue

Added by Don 'Buck P' Creacy on March 22, 2008 at 4:03am — 7 Comments

Guest Speaker for the Outside-In Marketing Workshop August 2008

I'm happy to tell you that Priscilla Howe returns as one of our guest speaker for the August 15-17, 2008 "Outside In Storytelling Marketing Boot Camp."

“Practical- a road map- a clear plan for implementation makes the fuzzy part of the money clear.”

Kori, New Mexico

As you know, we will have a different guest speaker at each event. I decided to invite back Priscilla as a type of "living lab" regarding the information we talk about at the Boot Camp. As a…

Added by Sean Buvala on March 21, 2008 at 4:38pm — No Comments

Pre-Post Card Re-Write, Five things I did for my storytelling today


1. I printed off all the comments that everyone made about my finally revealed postcard.

2. I read it at least ten times. And demanded objective answers from myself about the questions everyone had asked of me. Why do I hang onto the moniker "Toolmaker?" What does that have to do with storytelling? What am I really trying to say about myself as a teller when I use the term "toolmaker?"

3. Sat very still, and listened to past conversations in my… Continue

Added by Don 'Buck P' Creacy on March 21, 2008 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

The 250 Challenge for All Members of Professional Storyteller - March 21, 2008


Since I began this site about 2 months ago, it has really grown! Major contributors to the site's growth include Rachel Hedman, Buck Creacy, Sean Buvala, Tim Ereneta, and Tom Taylor. They have been the "backbone" of the site, really contributing and helping Professional Storyteller grow. We're already at 175 as of this date! Thank you so much, my friends. I <3 U!

I would love to see it grow even more ,so I took Buck up on his suggestion to make our goal 250… Continue

Added by Dianne de Las Casas, Founder on March 21, 2008 at 5:00am — 16 Comments

Working with youth at the Storytelling Festival

March 20, 2008

I have the best job with the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival – I work with the youth tellers.

We partner with the local school district – Alpine School District. Any school who wishes to may hold their own storytelling festival. They select two representatives to come audition for us. On top of that we have open auditions for school kids who attend a non-participating school. All told, we, the youth committee, saw over 90 children in four days. From that we… Continue

Added by Cherie Davis on March 20, 2008 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Storyteller Sound-Scapes

Storyteller Sound-scapes

I wrote this for our local storytelling guild newspaper last year or so.

One of my favorite sound effects for storytelling is the Irish Bodhran.

(pronounced in Gaelic, Bough-ron) It is a versatile frame drum with a

variety of pitches and sounds that can be made.

A few years ago my wife and I had our first experiences making sound

effects and music for other storytellers. It seemed to me that the Bodhran

helped express… Continue

Added by David S. Sharp on March 20, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

Postcard Opinion Please

3/20/08 My "In the Fishbowl" Group I have placed the %$##@$^%%#@%^%* postcard... Two versions... Please feel free to comment... I could use all the advice I can get... Thanks for your participation in the "public experiment." Let me know what you think of the struggle to get a clean effective card out there.


Added by Don 'Buck P' Creacy on March 20, 2008 at 5:00am — 4 Comments

Dianne de Las Casas on front page of Philippines' largest newspaper, Philippine Daily Inquirer


On Sunday, March 16, 2008, an article was written about a "Read-Along" sponsored by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the Philippines' largest newspaper, at which I was a guest storyteller. The article, which ran on the front page and about a third of an interior page featured a lot about me. :) Very cool. Though some of the facts are a bit incorrect, the article is still great. (I did not sing "If You're Happy and You Know It" - same tune but my adaptation called "If You Like… Continue

Added by Dianne de Las Casas, Founder on March 20, 2008 at 4:30am — 5 Comments

Little by Little things get done (Aesop 600 BC) Five things I did today for my storytelling


1. Refined my business card, less clutter.. 33% white space... got some help from a friend who can see better than me and knows what she is looking at... the card now looks good.... no... kidding.. Ordered a bunch.

2. Made a first and second semi-final running pass at the postcard. I will post it in the fishbowl... so you can see it. Someone PLEASE critique it... before I spend my money to have a million of them printed.

3. Talked to two… Continue

Added by Don 'Buck P' Creacy on March 19, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

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