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1: I know what you’re doing

IMG_4145For the first episode of the Spill Your Guts’ Guts podcast it has long been my goal to have the first Story Night winner as the subject. In this episode we hear Rosi Farley’s story as she told it on Oct. 2, 2014. The theme of the night was “schooled,” and Rosi tells of an enterprising teacher who was more “enterprising” than “teacher.”

After you hear Rosi’s story, you can hear a follow-up conversation I had with her, offering more context into the story, some more information about the teacher and about her experience of getting up on stage.

The Story Night event was held at the Manette Saloon in Bremerton. The Manette will be hosting another Story Night on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 at 7 p.m. The theme that night is “family.”

In the coming weeks we will work to get this podcast available on iTunes and other formats. I’ll keep you posted.

— Steve

P.S. I look forward to hearing your story.


What Have We Learned and What’s Ahead?

Rosi Farley, the first Story Night winner.
Rosi Farley, the first Story Night winner.

On Oct. 2 we took part in the first of what I hope will be many Story Nights. I was thrilled with how things turned out overall, but of course being in the middle of it I don’t think I could observe and enjoy it from any distance.

So I’ve been relying on feedback. I’ve talked to some people, and I put out a survey giving people an opportunity to weigh in. The 11 people who participated so far suggested new themes a number of places we could go for future dates.

The biggest concern so far has been the noise at the Manette Saloon. I love that place for Kitsap Quiz Night, because that event does just fine even if there is other activity going on inside the bar. I’m not sure Story Night does, because storytelling doesn’t go as well with tons of distractions, such as loud groups and revving motorcycles right outside the door. I heard that motorcycle and the boisterous tables in the back and felt like they were daring us to vacate immediately. Still, most people said Story Night was fun despite the distractions. In the end I’m glad they happened. They were enough of a distraction to be noticeable, but not so much to ruin the night.

I’m continuing to gather information to help with the next event. In the meantime it will soon be time to put together podcasts featuring some of the speakers. Ideally the podcasts will help promote interest in future Story Nights. I still haven’t listened to the recordings, so I’m not sure whether those will be available.

Stayed tuned. And go to the Story Night Facebook page to see what’s next.

What’s the future of this here site and why are you doing this?

This is what happens when baseball gets rained out in Tacoma. The whole city blows up.
This is what happens when baseball gets rained out in Tacoma. The whole city blows up.

You may ask yourself, why a story night? Maybe you don’t, but I’m telling you anyway.

Several years ago I wrote a short essay called “Jane.” It sat on my blog for years and years, just sitting there doing nothing. I thought it was a good story, but I didn’t really have any way to get it told elsewhere.
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