The World of the Story Vs. The World

January 21, 2013

Dominica Morning

Sometimes you take a trip. Sometimes the trip takes you.  –Eric Saperston

As a storyteller, I often think I have control of the story, especially when I’m on the outside of it, re-telling what happened, say, versus reporting what is currently happening.

Two months ago I set off for South America, with big stories to live and big plans to share them blow by blow. Two months later, I am still not in control of the story.

Sometimes the trip takes you

I started in Buenos Aires, to spend a week solo, and then climb aboard Semester At Sea, an ocean-faring college campus sailing around the Atlantic.

It turned into an epic journey, with staggering turns, fantastical beauty, and depths that have found no ground even yet. It was hollow with loss, dense with love, and it was miraculous. I am churning in its wake.

As is Story Charmer. At some point, Story Charmer will emerge from living in the world of the story—bobbing in the ocean of experience that delivered me from country to country—to re-tell what happened, from outside the story’s grasp. For now, I’m reeling from getting rocked. My world of the story met the actual world, and the echo is booming.




{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

lisa field-elliot January 21, 2013 at 12:46 pm

I adore you. In the living and in the telling.


Linda Croyle January 21, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Hellava start! You sure have a way with words.


Juli January 23, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Five paragraphs…a world of amazing! Looking forward to what comes next!


floyd January 23, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Beautiful way to start the next chapter of Story Charmer. Much much Love <3


Irka March 23, 2013 at 3:15 am

Pema, love your way of telling and writing stories and I’am so excited about the new ways you will share with us… love greetings to you, Irka


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