The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 18,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
I have been writing almost daily (well, I have been, but not always posting on Tale Spinning) and the responses to continue certain story lines was intense. If you have not visited here before, I created a poll to see which stories have resonated most with my readers. The links to the stories are below the poll, so if you are just discovering my work, you have a one stop page to check them out. Please take a look and post if you have any favorites you’d like to see me continue. You also can vote for up to THREE of the tales.
Yes, I have been writing since, and those will be on another poll, at a later time.
Sunday, March 20th, 2011, was our first event for World Storytelling Day. It was unequivocally a success. I owe a lot of that to Sr St John Delany, the five other tellers who joined me (Jonathan Kruk, Melissa Chernowetz, Katie Issel Pitre, Bernie Libster & Ron Sopyla), and our wonderful audience. This was a day of storytelling sharing at it’s finest.
On May 1st, you will be able to read all about how an event happened, from start to finish in 25 days, by visiting Eric Wolf’s The Art of Storytelling Blog. It was a great experience and one we are sure to revisit again. Please keep an eye out for it, and follow Eric’s link and become a fan. There is a wealth of information on it for anyone who loves a good story.
The World Storytelling Day logo was designed by Mats Rehnman of Fabula Storytelling, Stockholm.
Founded in the early ’90s in Sweden, World Storytelling Day has truly become a global event. Originally more of a celebratory day of Swedish tellers, it has grown to an organization that embraces and entwines the world’s storytellers together.
I am proud to be telling at this event on the PACE University, White Plains, NY campus, with some amazing people: Jonathan Kruk; Melissa Chernowetz; Ron Sopyla; Katie Issel Pitre; and Bernie Libster.
Everyone talks about how stressed they are..well, this is an excellent way to relax with family and friends. Everyone talks about how prices are skyrocketing and what they can’t afford…well, this event is FREE.
Parking available? Check.
Close to public transportation? Check
A beautiful location (The Tudor Room in Preston Hall)? Check.
Family Friendly? Check.
I was doing my annual sweeping and mopping today, and I came across a thriving community of Dust Bunnies. Since the last time I cleaned, not only did they proliferate, but there was an entire infrastructure existing under the hard to reach places.
The Grand Pookah of the DBs (my short affectionate term for them), Mes Usup, cautiously approached me, rolling to a stop just before my WMD (the broom, or Big Betsy). “If it pleases ye, sirrah, we have grown accustomed to the wonders of the labyrinth that is this wonder land of joy and dropped food bits,” he stated in a wafty way. “Please, let my people exist here in exquisite communion. We, the Pulvis, will be eternally grateful…and will do our best to be out of the way when others of your kind come to enter this lofty realm.”
What could I say to that? I dropped my WMD back into it’s silo (the hall closet), got down on the floor, and had a lovely time meeting all the Pulvis population. You’ve never known cute until you held a baby DB in your hand, as it rolls here and there.
A call to arms is needed! Dust Bunnies have a right to colonize and live in peace! Join me on September 4th, 2001, in a benefit storytelling concert to Save The Dust Bunnies!
Well, from nothing to something in less than a week. There’s a folklore story in there for another time.
Sunday, March 20th, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM, our first Annual World Storytelling Day will take place on the PACE University White Plains Campus. Held in the beautiful Preston Hall’s Tudor Room, the theme of “Water” will float, surge, drift, buoy, course, ebb and flow through the stories being presented.
As of this writing, we have four storytellers: Jonathan Kruk, Ron Sopyla, Melissa Chernowetz, and myself (Stuart Nager). More to come as we firm up our roster. This is being done to support The Center for Literacy Enrichment.
I will be building a site on FB, so look for that posting soon.
Hope to see you as the water tales take us far and wide.
Well, this started off on my Teaching Artist blog. I got excited with the first few results, so..here we are. Creating something new from one sentence fits my improvisation background. Will any of this lead anywhere? Who knows.