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Day 337

I come from a long line of storytellers. To me, a good oral storyteller is hard to come by these days. We do not seem to spend enough time together to regale one another with stories like I remember. But when we take the time, magic happens.

I have written here how much my grandchildren love the stories I make up. They are fly by the seat of my pants kinds of stories and by the next day, I have forgotten most of them. The key is, however, they remember.

When our first grandson was born, at bedtime we always retreated to bed and I told him a story. This went on for years. Now he is a senior in high school and he still remembers, but the stories have ended. I have decided to write a story for him when he graduates about the coming of age of the protagonist of these made up stories. I know he will like it.

I really enjoy fellow bloggers’ fiction and poetry they so generously share in their blogs. I recently read a serial written by Pete over at BentleyPete that was a bit of a ghost story. Click here to read Moving Day if you are not already following him.

Pete’s story helped me recall all the ghost stories we were told growing up. Sitting around the campfire listening to scary stories perhaps helped me fall in love with a good story. So many urban legends (our stories pre-date that term) about local people and the mysterious circumstances and unexplainable events that haunted them. I remember one about three coffins in the sky floating over the mountains, the aliens my dad saw, the body of a drowning victim never recovered, the mysterious heavy weight on the trunk of a local man’s car, etc. Then there were the Appalachian mountain legends — the Brown Mountain Lights, the Creekfield Woman among many, many others. All fodder for a good ghost story.

The ability to spin a good story and make you feel like you are there is a well honed craft. I am really enjoying Teagan’s latest serial where she uses suggestions of objects from her readers for inclusion in her serials. Her latest endeavor has us boarding the Delta Pearl for a riverboat adventure. If you are not reading along, you should check it out.

Linda G. Hill who so generously hosts writing challenges is a successful writer and editor. Where does she find the time?

Yesterday I read Frank’s blog where he posted part of a poem he penned. It was beautiful. He shared the entire poem and through further discussion I discovered he has a collection of his poetry published.

I started investigating which fellow bloggers have work published available to purchase. I have several selections in my shopping cart on Amazon to buy. I want to support those writers who so generously share their work for me to enjoy.

To those who write here — thank you. I look forward to discovering other things you have written and supporting your efforts. I also look forward to all I have yet to discover. Reading what you write is not only enjoyable, but it also makes me a better writer.


21 thoughts on “Storytellers”

  1. Thanks very much for the mention, Maggie.

    I can recommend the following books, all written by bloggers.
    A very short book, with a most unusual idea.

    A saga set during WW2, beautifully written.

    An archaeological adventure, with a sci-fi slant.

    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Thank you, Frank. I look forward to reading more. It is cooling off some here in the mountains. Nighttime temperatures are hovering in the mid sixties. I remember those hot humid Florida days and nights!


  2. Like you, I love a good story and I think it’s becoming a lost art. This has helped me to re-discover radio, or specific shows. One of them is called Vinyl Tap with Randy Bachman (formerly of the group The Guess Who). Every weekend, his show has a theme and he plays songs aligned with the theme. Before each one, he tells a little story either about the artist, how the song came about, etc. It’s fun because it combines two things I like: Music and stories.

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  3. oh this reminds me of story telling sessions with our grandson! precious moments, Maggie! and yes, they are embellished stories from past experiences and make-up stories i can’t remember the day after. great post. thank you! 🙂

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    1. Wilma, children are such sponges. They love to hear stories about what it was like when I was growing up. Such good memories in the making.


  4. This is such a lovely post, Maggie. You had me imagining what all these stories would be like. I felt like I sat in the circle waiting for the tales to begin.
    Then it was a wonderful surprise to find myself mentioned. Thank you so very much. That means a lot to me. Hugs on the wing!

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  5. Storytelling is such a defining aspect of being human. I love reading, listening to and telling stories. Making up stories is something your kids and grandkids will always remember.

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  6. Telling stories is part of what makes us human, I think. One of my best friends in South Carolina is a storyteller — in the verbal sense of it. She has a gift for it, for sure, and can entrance children and adults alike.

    You sound like you’re a wonderful storyteller, as well. I know you’re great at writing stories.

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    1. Lisa, do you know of Patti Digh? Everyone says she has great workshops. She’s an activist as well. I think she lives in Hendersonville but is well known in Asheville.


  7. I don’t know if you follow Jennie the school teacher in Massachusetts who often writes about story telling. Recently she shared how amusing kids think any mention of people in their underwear is. My grandkids love the story of grandpa running outside in his underwear in an earthquake, leaving me and their mother in the house!

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