We are a nation of movie-buffs, bibliophiles, and TV junkies. We love our stories. Even many of our non-fiction books, documentaries, music, and even video games are story-driven.
I am no different. I hunger for stories. Growing up on a farm, in a family who valued silence over story, I would ride my bike to town, scavenge through the library for a bag of books, ride home, consume them like a starving refugee, and repeat the process a few days later.
The same was true for other story mediums. My memories of watching ET and Star Wars in the movie theater as a very young child have a clarity rivaling those of major family events. And the first time I saw a major theater stage production I was completely bowled over like love's first kiss.
I wrote my own first story at the tender age of five. The Flying Whale weighed in at exactly one typed-page, but to this day is counted among my prized personal accomplishments.
As an adult, in addition to stories produced commercially, I have found that I am equally drawn to the stories of the people I meet everyday. Whether it be family, friends, or the person beside me on the ski lift, I find myself (often times unintentionally) drawing out stories from others. At social gatherings I cannot casually flit from one guest to another; I'd rather find someone who also wants to have a real conversation and get to know them- even if I know I'll never see them again. I used to think it was because I hated small talk (and I do), but the truth is, I just love a good story.
That brings me to your story. If you've read this far, I'm guessing you either also love stories or have stories to tell. That's what this blog is for. A place for all of us to tell our stories.
Maybe you are a storyteller at heart or you love to write and could use a new prompt, or maybe you simple have a story to tell but don't want to or can't tell it elsewhere. Tell me a story!
I'll post a topic and a short story and then open the comments for those who want to respond. You can tell your own story or simply respond to someone else's.
1.) Don't post stories if you can't handle responses and
2.) Trolls won't be tolerated.
Thanks for joining me,