Holding all the stories that I have ever heard … to put that energy into the present one I’m telling, to entertain a particular audience.
I carry stories inside me. They make a growing list.
I have to get better at thinking on my feet and responding to a question like this … with how I feel at the time.
Mostly I’m in a warm, ordinary place connected with a story – the one that I’m working on is usually working on me, as the teller.
I do a lot of walking and take my time.
Being a storyteller is an ongoing journey towards every telling.
Then I give it away.
Today I’m heading to a storytelling festival and when I looked at my elephant-shaped, perpetual calendar, not only did it show the day I leave, but also the day I return! I hope to think about storytelling like an elephant … and never forget!