Hey, Ann - I did it - I graduated from the storytelling program. It's a great feeling but now I have to push hard to make it work. Meanwhile, I'm working at two jobs up here in Johnson City and looking for work to sustain me as I tell stories. I passed the second audition as a performing members with the Jonesborough Guild and they vote tonight - keep your fingers crossed. Meanwhile, I have a proposal for a book called Riding the Clouds, the personal journey-stories of our beloved Appalachian storytellers, at a publishing house. I queried, they responded and asked for a proposal to include as many as fifteen storytellers! Can you imagine?
Hope I see you in Gatlinburg. Saundra
well Ann I lied to you. I'm not going to be able to make it to conference after all. After I talked to you I did the math on how much it would cost...it wasn't pretty. Even with lower cost lodging and car pooling I just can't make it work this year. You see I had to miss the National Fest last year because I went to conference and this year I'm going to swich and miss conference and go to the National Festival. That's the plan now anyways. So yea...just thought I'd let you know. :-)
Give me a break! I just signed up. I'll get those dog pictures on and even a couple of my little rodent friends. Doing an original story, an Airedale story, on the 3rd. Went over beautifully when I did it here for bunch of red hat ladies. Got paid and fed. Really good food, too. Those gals can cook. They even included me in a door prize thing they did. I tried to back out gracefully, but they wouldn't let me. I even won something.
I sent it to all the group members and I didn't think about the discussion page. I will try to do that. I hope we get some interest. I also put an ad on the NSN webpage. How is your project progressing?
Hey. I'm so glad you joined our Aplied Storytelling group. Please do me a favor. Take your message (I've pasted it below), copy it and paste it into a new discussion in our group. That way others might see the good news! Then I will give a response! Thanks, and bless you! STEVE
A message from Ann Scroggie to all members of Applied Storytelling: the Power of Story on Professional Storyteller!
You are a part of a group that thinks and reasons and works with applied storytelling. We see applications or ways of using stsorytellikng to achieve an active purpose in our communities and organizations. It is exciting to understand that a story is more than a time filler, but a thought processing that can and does changae lives.
I am writing to encourage each of you to write a proposal for NSN Brimstone Grant for applied storytelling. This $5000 opportunity is detailed on the NSN website and is currently accepting proposals. Here is your opportunity to make your vision come alive! Do more than talk about it, submit a proposal. Go to the NSN website for details, contact me for more information, but get it submitted before May 5.
I am the chair of the Brimstone committee and we have five projects for 2008, including one by Steve Evans. These are five very different projects and you can read about them on the website. The submissions due May 5 are for 2009.
Don't wait. Make your story come alive in a proposal to Brimstone.
I would second David Joe's suggestion. Also, I'd love to talk with you about what I'm starting. Email (firstname.lastname@example.org) me and I'll send my phone number, etc. I'm still getting the website up. If I don't answer right away it's becasue we are moving data from old to new laptops.
I keep missing you, Dear One. Yes, I am already and anxious to spend some time catching up. I'll try calling again and see if I can catch you. I just had a few questions about the camp. I'm so glad I got that surgery out of the way in plenty of time for the camp. I would have been beside myself ifit had hit me just before or during the camp. See you soon!
Thanks for the welcome. This is shaping up to be a very, very good year. I've got some things in the works to move into promoting tellers. There are some opportunities of audiences that I have and am going to use to get gigs for you guys. More will come...all things aren't in place yet, but soon.
More important...I'm happy and living a fairly stress-free life. After a totally crappy first 8 months of last year, it feels really, really good.
What irony! I was thinking about you just today and was planning to write. I have been invited to a puppetry festival in Largo, FL in April '09. I was just today thinking about trying to set up another FL state tour for spring of '09. I was wondering who the story camp people were and if I should let them know I would be in the area and available. I remember that you had a "parting of ways" with the leasdership of the camp, but I thought that you might know who to contact.
I know that most festivals are set up to have new performers each year, or at best to rotate through a roster of favorites every 3 years or so. However, I was spoiled to be involved with the Ocala Fest for 2 years in a row and this year I am suffering withdrawals. ;0) I may be different from most tellers (Groark would say here: "DUH!"), but I become rather attached to my hosts and fellow tellers and feel like I am missing good friends if I don't get to see them regularly. So I will start sending out letters in the next few days to my FL contacts to see what business I can drum up for spring '09. Do you have any suggestions of places or people to contact?
Visit my website to see copies of my new craft books for children that are now on the market. I am excited.
Thank you for thinking of me. Give my regards to Everett!
Hi Ann. Thanks for introducing me to this site. Already it's been fun interacting with others. Carla and I will be heading stateside in mid-August and will probably be there until the end of January, when we have plans to return to India.