The Storyteller: True Tales of Enchantment
These stories chronicle the development of my Storytelling voice. I no longer have to strive in the outer world as young adventurers do in traditional fairy tales.Writing in the voice of an Old Gypsy Storyteller allows me to share my solitary, quiet work in a creative medium I love. The “Road to Paradise” setting in these Elder Tales, reflects the rhythms and seasons of any traveler. These landscapes are the ground on which the Mythic Storyteller walks her journey. She will tell you about the clouds and storms passing passing over, the animals who provide assistance and speak of her unique perspective. Obviously, her viewpoint is a history of my writing life. I am pleased to be able to root myself in her tales as she spins a net of magic and wonder. She sustains me in the Universal struggle to express my True Self through imagination. Art is the sacred connection we share with others.
Carolyn Myss’ book Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential, says, “The classic Storyteller/Minstrel archetype relays wisdom and foolishness, mistakes and successes, facts and fiction, and tales of love and the impossible on a plane that is often exaggerated beyond ordinary life. Love is greater, power is more daring, successes are more astonishing, foolishness is more obvious…We are, in fact, storytellers by nature. Those who have this archetype find that the Storyteller’s voice and methods are essential to their way of communicating and perceiving the world. A Storyteller communicates not just facts but also a metaphoric learning or experience. Storytellers abound in any walk of life, not just among professional writers.”The tradition of the Minstrel reveals how essential the Storyteller’s role was in medieval culture, because minstrels were expected to tell stories and sing stories as a way of entertaining a group as well as passing on the news of the day…The universal appeal of storytelling throughout history suggests some deeper connection of this archetype with the human soul…This may be a reflection that each of our lives is a story worth telling, or a desire to impose order on what sometimes seems like a chaotic and random universe.”