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09:13 pm: story swap #1
I went to story swap! I had a story! I put my name in the pitcher! My name did not come out of the pitcher.

Which is okay, because my story was kind of a mess. I like telling stories that look like they're going to be a mess, like I'm handing you a codfish and a bicycle wheel and Euclid's fifth postulate, but at the end you see how they all fit together!

This story had a theme, which was that telling the story of a traumatic event is healing, but the fish and the postulate did not come together to support that theme. They went to the place of Things People Actually Say to a woman who has just lost a baby and stayed there, because I can make Things People Actually Say funny, and I love making people laugh. It is the best.

Next time I will be less scared!

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From:randomdreams
Date:November 21st, 2014 04:58 am (UTC)
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Man, getting selected/having your name drawn would be a little paralyzing, I'd think.
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From:boxofdelights
Date:November 21st, 2014 05:10 am (UTC)
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Sitting and waiting was pretty goddam terrifying!
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From:randomdreams
Date:November 21st, 2014 05:20 am (UTC)
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Yeah. That reminds me of the xerox that used to circulate of the two goldfish swimming in a blender, one saying "the anticipation is killing me"
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From:ljgeoff
Date:November 21st, 2014 05:12 am (UTC)
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I would find telling a story very difficult -- the words would get stuck!
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From:lookfar
Date:November 22nd, 2014 11:31 pm (UTC)
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But what is a story swap? What does it mean that you take a name out of the pitcher? Please give more info, it sounds interesting.
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From:boxofdelights
Date:November 23rd, 2014 06:20 am (UTC)
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It is an amateur storytelling hour-and-a-half, hosted by my local indy movie theater. For $10, you can listen to other people tell stories, and if you want to, you can sign a release and put your name in a pitcher. They pull a few names out of the pitcher, and those whose names are drawn get to get up and tell a story. The release is because the local community radio station recorded it all, and needed permission to use your story however they wanted. There were six or seven storytelling turns, but the organizers reserved the first and last for their friends, so the chances of getting pulled out of the pitcher were small.
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