Tag Archives: storytelling

i received an interesting message today…

why is spiderman at the top of this post? read on... read on...

this is what her message said –

“as it currently stands, i am having to make decisions about my job i never hoped to make which is leading me to question career choices in journalism and life as a writer. i’ve often viewed writing talent (or any art form) as a curse. There is the relentless need to achieve perfection and writing is subjective-loved by some, hated by others.
i find myself questioning why God gave me talent as a writer and why i couldn’t have been blessed with something else that would have been easier to establish job security in, like having a gift for science or math and pursuing careers in medicine or business.
as i was reading my bible tonight, i began to realize being gifted in writing is one of the greatest gifts of all. why? God needed writers to spread his word. True all scripture was inspired by God, but he needed someone there to put ink on the pages.
and although this doesn’t necessarily bring about resolve to my concerns, it does provide a little comfort.” this was sent to me by Emily Jane Vernon, (check out her blog. follow her on twitter.

she makes a really good point, doesn’t she? and i love our God for encouraging her through the very medium that she was questioning. I love that he shared a love letter and showed her how important the written word is… it gives life in the case of the bible… by using his word written down for us.

it’s true, writing is an interesting thing because it is very subjective, and with the new outlets like blogs, tweets, posts, etc. many of the traditional rules are out the window too… so you can’t even really judge something on it’s structural elements. it’s pretty much, do people like reading what we write? which leads to something altogether different.

it’s our responsibility to find contentment in Christ and not look for it from others. this is true in relationships (it is not your husband’s job to make you feel a certain way. it is not your child’s job to complete you. and on and on… ) when we have contentment the other things that we really want take care of themselves. that being said, we have to be content that what we write honors God, and is worthy of our time and effort. when we share, we have to be confident in what we are sharing. we take a risk that it won’t be well received or considered “good enough”. and we have to be ok with that. and content that we did the best we could.

if you are a writer, be grateful. you have been entrusted with a powerful gift. use it wisely.

story. writing. capturing the best ideas. sharing. it’s crucial, and has life changing effects.

like peter’s grandfather told him in spiderman “with great power comes great responsibility”.

Tagged , , , , , , ,

@herbadmother at Blissdom, oh yeah, and Disney—i “babble” on.

women are the new storytellers

@herbadmother @babble @disneyinteractive speakers …brought some EPIC info about storytelling

Catherine “@herbadmother” Connors talked about this EPIC moment we are living in. She spent her academic life studying, for such a time as this.

She said that the platform we now have harkens back to the times “when women told stories over the fences and in the kitchen”. and Grass Roots STORYTELLING is coming back! blogs are a broad public platform for mother and women storytellers. this, friends, is truly EPIC. (she said this word alot, but i know that it’s because it’s the only one that adequately represents what is happening… i will admit that my friend and i took a sip of our chai tea everytime she said “EPIC”)

rufus from babble talked about the thrill of entrepreneurship (i totally get that… even wrote a book about it once : PTBATM). and the LOVE of creative expression… oh, how i totally get that… and then, to find a subject we care deeply about. ( i care about artists… writers… women… creatives… friends… etc) what do you care deeply about?

he discussed how it’s hard to surrender your old life, when you become a parent… but you do.

then one of the most beautiful things i heard during that keynote came from my friend across the table… tami said “YOU SCREAM TO BREATHE TO GET NEW LIFE.” i have to tell you… i’m going to have to dedicate a whole new post to that, i’ll do it soon, i promise. it’s my favorite thing i’ve heard this week.

disney interactive and babble together, recognized the power of mom bloggers. think about that… the most expert storytellers on earth…. are taking their hats off and their money where there mouth is… to moms. to women. to bloggers. pretty cool, huh?!

•don’t miss this: women are taking the stage as storytellers for the first time in history… we are going to be so good at this! what stories do you need to capture, and preserve for your family and as your legacy today?

Tagged , , , , , , ,