It’s Like that Time When I Almost Killed My Grandma

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What happened to the bottom of the graphic? I don’t know. The show is at 8pm and costs $8.

What is storytelling really? I say I’m going to Lithuania to teach storytelling, but what is that? Reading story books to kids in the library? Telling a ghost story by the campfire? Confessing about that time you were so drunk and you woke up in your best friend’s brother’s bed?

It’s all that, but I tell true, personal stories without notes, Moth-like. It’s a mix between a speech, stand-up comedy, writing, improv and therapy (of an alternative nature). The stories are about what really happened to me. The performances by multiple storytellers are usually around a theme.

You can see it live and in person when I will tell a story titled, When I Almost Killed My Grandma, with The Story Department on Tuesday night. The theme is Mommy Dearest and my story takes place in Portugal, when my Grandma served as my temporary Mom, even though I was almost 30 years old. Catherine Berry, winner of Best of the Fest at Frontera Fest this year, will also be telling a story. It’s just $8, to raise money for a non-profit that teaches writing to kids. Come if you can, because you are going to want to know more about my super young Portuguese boyfriend.


I Have Totally Been Cheating on Y’all

Yes, there is another man writing project. I may have seemed distant, not really engaged and hardly ever posting.

The truth is, I have been storytelling.

Not ghost stories by the campfire, but true, personal stories told in front of a live audience, like The Moth. I told my favorite story the other day, with The Story Department, mostly about my breasts. That is a bit much to put out on the Internet, especially when I am looking for a proper day job, but here it goes anyway.

I’m going to try to see both of y’all, even though that hardly ever works out. I’ll let y’all know when I tell my next story. Maybe the two worlds will merge one day.

Hope to see you soon,

Carol


Stories Are Different at The Moth in New York City

Last month, I was visiting a friend and we went to The Moth Story Slam, an open mike where people tell true personal stories without notes.

The only thing is that I LOVE the Moth and I would MARRY The Moth if I wasn’t already married.

The only other thing is that my friend doesn’t live in Austin, she lives in NEW YORK CITY.

The final thing is that I PUT MY NAME IN THE HAT TO TELL MY STORY AT THE MOTH IN NEW YORK CITY.

Just so you know, I’ve told stories before, this wouldn’t be my first time.

Just so you know, stories are different at The Moth in New York City.

These story tellers were famous. Well, I didn’t know for sure that they were famous, they just seemed famous. They were comfortable on stage and their voices filled the room. These voices had international accents and an unusual number of stories took place in Paris.

The last story teller was tall and handsome, with dark curly hair to his shoulders. He was half French and half Israeli, which made for an especially beautiful accent. He lived in LA, where he was a PhD scientist and he had friends in the film industry, which was how he ended up on the phone with the movie actress who was his crush.

Just like I said, stories are different at The Moth in New York City.

Each time the MC pulled a name from the hat, I had two equally powerful feelings…

“I don’t know what I’m doing here in NEW YORK CITY, please get me back home to KANSAS, I mean TEXAS.”

and

“PLEASE CALL MY NAME, I came all the way from TEXAS to tell MY STORY.”

There were fifteen names in the hat.

They called ten.

They didn’t call mine.

But, they did let the other five folks tell the first line of their story. Here is mine. I hope you like it. Maybe I will tell the whole story in Austin one day. And, stay tuned for how this New York City experience totally changed my performance at the Maternal Instincts Project a few weeks later.

If you love stories too, The Moth will be in Austin in December with a performance instead of an open mike. Definitely famous people will tell stories about the theme “On The Road” and I will definitely be there.