Melea’s Blog

To blog or not to blog… that truly was a question for me. “Do I have something people want to hear, consider, use in their current writing and storytelling endeavors?”

I decided I do. I’d like to encourage the story you are living out as “a spiritual being having a temporary experience” on this place called Earth (quote is credited to Robert Morris, Gateway Church, TX). Your story matters. My story matters. And for me, living in God’s magnificent story matters the most.

I hope my blog and the processing of the power of story here, along with the sharing of my own writing experiences, encourages you to bring your own skills into a more focused place. Feel free to post a comment or email me directly at info@rightsideupstories.com

 

Melea

 

 

“Re-Story Theater’s Beginning… (Part 2)

Posted by on Nov 16, 2012 in Creativity, Storytelling, Theater | 0 comments

But first, I must share with you about The Green Dress Velvet Christmas Dress!” I will share with you about “Improv In Our Everyday Living” in a future blog.  I promise.  But for now, I want to share about Re-Story Theater’s upcoming Christmas show December 7th, 8th, and 9th. My beloved theater group, Re-Story, is well into its second season (with one show under its improvisational belt) and has begun rehearsals on the reprise of “The Green Velvet Christmas Dress”.  And we are  loving the momentum from Molly’s Coffee House, passing it on to...

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“Re-Story Theater’s Beginning… and the Power of Telling The Stories That Matter, Part I”

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in Storytelling | 0 comments

  Two years ago, God began speaking to me of my past. In the late 80’s and early 90’s I was a H.S. Theater Arts teacher, at two wonderful schools.   I wrote many of my stories during those years of teaching Theater Arts and Speech. I was a “part-time” (what is that when it comes to theater?) H.S. teacher in the afternoon and the first half of my day was spent in writing and developing my growing storytelling work.  I loved it!   One of the first things I taught those “eager to be famous” acting students was the skill of...

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Legacy and Character

Posted by on Oct 11, 2012 in Storytelling | 0 comments

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”    What is your Legacy—your Living Legacy—your present story that others know you to be today? I am working on a character that I hope to use in my future work as a storyteller. I am starting with her legacy first—working from the end to the beginning of her life.  This is no small task. And yet, it’s profoundly moving and she’s fictional! The process brought back the...

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Living the Artistic and Storied Life

Posted by on Jul 21, 2012 in Creativity, Storytelling, Writing | 0 comments

Living the Artistic and Storied Life

Entry One: Living Creatively in a Dry Season I have been through one of the driest seasons of my life as an artist.  I am not sure many know this… I have kept it to myself, save a few trusted artists experiencing a similar season and a dear husband.  Now, work should not define an artist, but unfortunately it happens to be true with this artist. More recently, though, I have sensed the urge to move forward regardless.  Move forward regardless.  Did you hear that?  Write, tell, memorize, prepare. I have had to stare into the mirror and...

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Gift Seven: Letting a Story Inside

Posted by on Jun 6, 2012 in Gifts of Story, Storytelling | 0 comments

Letting a story inside is one of the most wonderful and dangerous places one can go with storytelling—whether telling or listening. I can remember the stories that I have let inside my heart, mind and soul and to this day I can vividly recall the moment of their telling. Some are from as early as my elementary years with my teacher reading The Five Little Peppers after lunch recess. My young teen years when I heard chapters of “The Diary of Anne Frank” powerfully read aloud. And still others into my early young adulthood when I heard the...

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Gift Six: Perspective and Validation of Our Story

Posted by on Jun 2, 2012 in Gifts of Story, Storytelling | 0 comments

In Dale Carnegie’s book, How To Win Friends and Influence People, he states that one of the greatest needs human beings have is validation—“a feeling of importance”—as Mr. Carnegie describes it. Listen Here A story, in its short moments, can unload a great deal of truth about our value, importance.  The person sitting next to us, during the short moments of its telling, would have no idea that a huge searchlight was shining upon our life.  At the same time, a story can give us a generous pat on the back and a big “Woohoo, way to go!”  We...

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Gift Five: Re-gifted Reading

Posted by on Jan 25, 2012 in Books, Gifts of Story, Reading, Storytelling | 0 comments

Have you ever picked up a game that you haven’t played for a long time and it was like a new game?  It was so fun and you couldn’t believe how well you played it.  In fact, you won! Have you ever hopped on a bike, a scooter, a pogo stick, laced up a pair of skates (after years of not using these) and managed to stay on it/them and not fall or provide an “America’s Funniest Video” for a future show? What feeling of euphoria!  “Oldie-Smoldie!” you said sarcastically with a puffed up sense of self. Listen Or have you ever picked up a book you...

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Gift Four: Truth and Ah-hahs!

Posted by on Jan 15, 2012 in Gifts of Story, Storytelling | 0 comments

There is a mirror near my front door that I pass by every day. Sometimes… several times a day. It’s handy too.  I can smooth my hair, put on a dash of lipstick, and check my reflection before dashing or opening the door to a familiar or not-so familiar someone. There have been times when the reflection has checked me, if you know what I mean. I’ve looked at a worried face, a hurried person, a confused face placing something in the mail basket that sits beneath the mirror. Ah-hahs… Gift Four: Truth and Ah-hahs! Stories are mirrors, too.  They...

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Gift Three… Connection and Community

Posted by on Sep 27, 2011 in Community, Connection, Gifts of Story, Storytelling | 0 comments

Now, this wonderful gift of connection and community could apply to many things in our lives. We are a culture that is losing its front porch, actively lending a helping hand to a neighbor, holding the door open, the social graces of waiting your turn, “please” and “thank you,” and the list goes on and on. Small as these may be, they are a connection to our greater community of human kind. We assume we’re connected in every way possible, yet we can drag around a gnawing sense of disconnect that we are unaware of most of the time, until… we...

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Gift Two: Creativity and Imagination

Posted by on Jul 12, 2011 in Creativity, Gifts of Story, Imagination, Storytelling | 0 comments

Your Story Matters is a blog dedicated to encouraging you as a storyteller and as a writer, no matter where you are in these giftings. You may be young or old, naïve or wise in these gifts.  Stay open to learning and building these gifts. And as my blog builds, we’ll find ways to communicate our thoughts concerning our storytelling and writing within the context of our faith in God.  Right now, it feels like a one-sided conversation we’re having.  The blog is new and maybe you’re new to the idea of a blog. I would encourage you to register...

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